Western Province received good news this morning when Schalk Brits declared fit to play the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.
It was initially feared that the lively No 2 would be sitting out for awhile after an old knee injury flared up. A medical test revealed that he should be alright for what will be his first Currie Cup game for WP at Newlands.
“I will only know whether I am playing for definite tomorrow after I’ve undergone some fitness tests,’ Brits told keo.co.za, “but I’m feeling good.”
The news from the doctor is that their are no structural problems and that his knee shouldn’t get any worse. Brits will undergo a reassessment of the injury in a month’s time to confirm this.
Meanwhile, WP lock Andries Bekker has been ruled out for the next two weeks by a similar injury.
“There was a lot of water that was drained from his knee, but he will also undergo further testing at a later stage,” said Brits.
Flanker Justin Melck comes into the side for Bekker, while Gerrie Britz shifts to lock.
Brok Harris, the new front row signing, will be expected to make an impact against a strong Sharks front row in the second half when he comes off the bench.
15-Gio Aplon, 14-Chumani Booi, 13-Corne Uys, 12-Peter Grant, 11-Joe Pietersen, 10-Naas Olivier, 9-Bolla Conradie, 8-Robbie Diack, 7-Justin Melck, 6-Luke Watson (C), 5-Gerrie Britz, 4-Francois van der Merwe, 3-Attie Winter, 2-Schalk Brits, 1-JD Moller. Reserves: 16-Huia Edmonds, 17-Brok Harris, 18-Schalk Ferreira, 19-Rob Linde, 20-Pieter Myburg, 21-Neil De Kock, 22- Sarel Potgieter