WP brace for forward battle

JC Kritizinger is the only change to a WP starting line-up that is anticipating a massive Griquas forward onslaught this Friday.

Allister Coetzee initially bracketed Brian Mujati with JC Kritizinger, but the big Springbok tighthead has pulled out with an arm injury. Coetzee told keo.co.za it’s going to be no cake walk up front.

“Griquas are a good team with a very good pack. We are going to have to earn our respect out there in the rucks and in the scrums,” the WP coach said.

“We won’t be short of motivation having lost the previous fixture in Kimberley. We’ve also looked at how they beat the Valke and Boland, they are not to be taken lightly.”

Ricky Januarie is included in the team despite being arrested for drinking and driving early last Sunday morning. Januarie will play even if he is found guilty of these charges when he faces a Bellville magistrate on Wednesday.

Coetzee has opted for a traditional 4-3 split on the bench. Province are after the four-try bonus and after an intense forward battle in the first half, the WP speedsters should thrive when the game opens up.

Western Province - 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Sireli Naqelevuki, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Wylie Human, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 JC Kritizinger, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18 AJ Venter, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Joe Pietersen, 22 Morgan Newman.