Keo.co.za brings you the news from the Currie Cup.
Chiliboy gets rare start
Chiliboy Ralepelle will start for the Bulls against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The hooker fell behind Gary Botha and Bandise Maku in the pecking order after recovering from a foot injury earlier this season. He will, however, claim the No 2 jersey this weekend while Botha provides cover on the bench.
The Bulls have also selected Bok scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and lock Flip van der Merwe in their starting line-up, while inside centre Stefan Watermeyer replaces Wynand Olivier (rested) in the starting line-up.
Bulls – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jaco Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7 CJ Stander, 6 Derick Kuün (c), 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling
Subs: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Jaco Engels, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Okkie Kruger, 21 Dustin Jinka, 22 Stephan Dippenaar.
Cheetahs without CJ
The Cheetahs will be without CJ van der Linde for their clash against the Bulls in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
President Harold Verster confirmed on Monday that skipper Juan Smith was not released by the Boks for selection but he was under the impression that prop Van der Linde was available for this weekend.
However, Saru confirmed on Wednesday that Van der Linde would not be available for selection. This sees no changes to the Cheetahs starting line-up after their win against Griquas in Kimberley last Friday.
Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Louis Strydom, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 WP Nel, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Corné Uys.
Triple Bok boost for WP
Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh and Jean de Villiers will all start against the Leopards this Saturday.
As expected, coach Allister Coetzee has brought the trio straight back into the line-up. Lionel Cronje will start at No 10 with Conrad Hoffmann getting an opportunity at fullback.
Brok Harris is granted some rest with JC Kritzinger coming into the team at tighthead.
WP – 15 Conrad Hoffmann, 14 Conrad Jantjes, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Nick Koster, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (c), 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 JC Kritzinger, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 JD Moller.
Subs: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Wicus Blaauw, 18 Brok Harris, 19 De Kock Steenkamp, 20 Yaya Hartzenburg, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Paul Bosch.
Terblanche back at 15
Stefan Terblanche has moved back to his preferred position of fullback for the Sharks’ coming game against the Pumas.
Louis Ludik’s injury has necessitated the move. Andries Strauss shifts to outside centre in place of Terblanche, with Riaan Swanepoel starting at No 12.
Sharks -15. Stefan Terblanche (c) 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. Andries Strauss 12. Riaan Swanepoel 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Charl McLeod 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Willem Alberts 6. Jacques Botes 5. Alistair Hargreaves 4. Steven Sykes 3. Eugene van Staden 2. Craig Burden 1. Patric Cilliers
Subs: 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Wiehahn Herbst 18. Michael Rhodes 19. Skholiwe Ndlovu 20. Rory Kockott 21. Andre Pretorius 22. Louis Ludik / Luzuko Vulindlu.
AWOL Mapoe frustrates Cheetahs
The Cheetahs plan to take the Sharks and Lionel Mapoe to court as the player still refuses to return to Bloemfontein.
The saga was supposedly settled when the Cheetahs won the case against the Sharks for Mapoe’s services. This after Mapoe signed a new deal with the Sharks after the Super 14 despite already having a contract with the Cheetahs until October 2011.
However, Mapoe has still not returned to the Cheetahs’ training and is reportedly still based in Durban with the Sharks. It is known that Mapoe does not want to return because of salary disputes.
Cheetahs president Harold Verster confirmed that they plan to take action in court again.
‘We will take this incident to Saru and sort this matter out in the high court,’ Verster told keo.co.za. ‘We also do not want any transfer fee from the Sharks for Lionel Mapoe. We want him back with us.’
Plumtree, Vermeulen rewarded
John Plumtree and Duane Vermeulen were named the Currie Cup Coach and Player of the Month on Tuesday.
Sharks head coach Plumtree received the Coach of the Month award after his team enjoyed a seven-match winning streak before their loss against the Bulls last weekend. The Sharks currently top the table with 36 log points, eight clear of Western Province, the Cheetahs and Bulls who are all tied in second place.
WP No 8 Vermeulen received the Player of the Month award as he has been a stand-out performer despite his team’s consecutive defeats in their last three games.