Pote justifies back row call

Pote Human believes he has the back row cocktail to sink the Vodacom Cheetahs in Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final.

Pundits have questioned the wisdom of breaking up a successful loose trio after Pedrie Wannenburg was selected at openside flank in favour of Danie Rossouw [shifted to lock].

But Human plans to harness the youthful zeal and enthusiasm of Derick Kuün and Pierre Spies and blend it with the experience of Wannenburg.

The Spies/Kuün/Rossouw combination was sensational in the tight and loose against Vodacom Western Province in the semi-final but Human explained that the selection was meticulously planned.

“We decided that we don’t want to move Danie to lock at a latter stage in the final,” Human told the Pretoria News. “We would rather bring on a fresh lock like Hottie, who played well against Western Province last weekend.

“Pedrie gives us something different in the loose trio and he combined well with Pierre Spies when they were at the Springboks together. I think it is a good call to give him a chance and he is hungry to play once again.”

He said he feared that selecting Hilton Lobberts along with Kuün and Spies could leave them vulnerable in an important facet of play.

“Hilton Lobberts is young and if you play him, Derick Kuun and Pierre Spies together, then you play a young loose trio.

“We need someone with experience there. Hilton played well when he came on as a substitute and I think he will do well in that role again this weekend.”

All the talk this week has been about whether Cheetahs flyhalf, Willem de Waal, will recover from injury before the showpiece match. The competitions leading points scorer is said to be nursing a groin strain and earlier prognosis suggested he looked doubtful to play.

Human though laughed off those reports saying: “We don’t believe that one. We think it is a ploy on Rassie’s part,” Human said. “We will be prepared for whoever goes out there, but we can’t see anyone other than Willem playing for them.”

De Waal has been central to the Cheetahs success this season, and in a final where teams are often hesitant to take too many risks, his boot will be crucial to the defending champions cause.

“We expect them to kick tactically and drive us in the mauls in the first half,” Human said before adding, “but that’s not the way we will play it. We want the guys to go out and play positively.

“We’ve told the players that we can’t wait for something to happen. We must make it happen on Saturday.”