Valke ready for WP

Vodacom Western Province will be aiming for a double over the Valke at the Bosman Stadium tomorrow night.

Having surprised the Valke in the Vodacom Cup by hauling down their colours, Luke Watson’s team are looking to make it two from two this season.

But this time the Valke are ready and waiting. “In the Vodacom Cup we were top of the log and they were bottom so I made nine or ten changes because I never thought we would lose,” coach John Williams told

“And that was a tactical blunder on my part. This time round we have as close as possible to our full strength team.” One player who is missing is hooker Deon Strydom, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. He underwent surgery this week.

However, Williams was able to welcome back flank Jacques Nieuwenhuis after the burly flanker recovered from concussion. “It’s great to have him back and he adds an extra dimension to our play.”

“It’s going to be totally different from the Vodacom Cup. I know that they don’t enjoy coming up here and playing us at the Bosman Stadium so we need to make the most of that.

“We have worked hard on the errors that cost us against the Lions.” The most glaring of those is the fact that the Valke are struggling to score tries at the moment.

“I think that is down to poor option taking – playing flat when we should be deep and vice versa. Hopefully that will have been ironed out for tomorrow.”

By Andrew Hollely