Keo.co.za brings you the news from the Currie Cup.
Koster blow for WP
Nick Koster has been ruled out of Western Province’s match against the Lions in Joburg on Friday with an elbow injury. He will be replaced by Pieter Myburgh with Yaya Hartzenberg coming on to the bench. Francois Louw will wear the No 7 jersey with Myburgh at 6.
‘Flo will have more of a ball-carrying role on attack, but in defence he will still compete for the ball at the breakdown, and so will Pieter,’ WP forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot told the Cape Times.
Kuun: Time to step up
Bulls captain Derick Kuun has told his side to raise their game ahead of their match against the Sharks on Saturday. The defending champions have had a mixed season so far, winning just four of their eight games and losing to the Pumas last weekend.
‘The guys are very focused on what we are doing and what we have to do in the match against the Sharks. We are not sure yet who will be back next week [from the Bok squad]. We can’t afford to wait until next week to say that we have our strongest team and then hope to win the remaining games of the competition. Everyone needs to step up now and ensure that the team does well,’ he told the Pretoria News.
The Sharks will wear pink jerseys against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday and the Cheetahs at Kings Park on 18 September in support of the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa).
‘All spectators attending the game [in Durban], regardless of who they are supporting, are encouraged to wear pink. Cansa celebrates women’s health in September and October but funds raised at the match will go towards all forms of cancer research and patient support,’ said Michael Ablett, marketing manager of the Sharks.
Koen in shock return
Boland assistant coach Louis Koen (35), who retired from rugby in 2003, will start at flyhalf for the Kavaliers against the Valke in Wellington on Friday.
Under fire Boland coach Loffie Eloff has also picked former Sharks U21 fullback Chris Micklewood in the No 15 jersey with Jacquin Jansen moving to right wing.
The Kavaliers have lost four out of five matches in the Currie Cup First Division, having been relegated from the Premier Division last season.