Recruit starts for Maties

JP Koster will line-up for Stellenbosch against his former team-mates from UCT in their opening match of the Varsity Cup.

The SA Students hooker and older brother of Stormers squad member Nick, JP played for the Ikeys last year but has defected to Maties for this campaign.

The match on Monday afternoon is a repeat of last year’s final at Coetzenburg, which Stellenbosch sneaked 16-10 due to a last minute try from wing Morne Jooste.

The Stellenbosch backs include recruited centre from Pukke Paul Bosch, as well as Vodacom Cup players Coenie van Wyk (flyhalf) and Dabeon Draghoender (No 13).

Livewire flank Wesley Wilkens returns to captain the side after missing the final last year due to injury.

The match kicks off at 16:45 at the Groote-Schuur fields, and will be preceded by the Shimlas/NMMU fixture at 14:45.

Maties – 15 Hayden Groepes, 14 Wilhelm Looch, 13 Dabeon Draghoender, 12 Paul Bosch, 11 Llewellyn Winkler, 10 Coenie van Wyk, 9 Donald Stevens, 8 Morné Hanekom, 7 Wesley Wilkens (c), 6 Conraad Britz, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Marinus Pretorius, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 JP Koster, 1 Johan Roets. Subs: 16 Matthew Dobson,  17 Andrew Crusauz, 18 Erich Loubscher, 19 JP Mostert, 20 Kosie Eksteen, 21 Jean Stemmet, 22 Adnaan Osman.