Keo.co.za brings you the news from the Currie Cup.
Fondse back in Province frontline
Adriaan Fondse is back in the WP starting line-up while JD Moller replaces the injured Wicus Blaauw.
Lionel Cronje and Conrad Hoffmann return from injury as the other two changes to the match 22 that faced Griquas.
WP - 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (c), 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 JD Moller.
Subs: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Paul Bosch.
Steenkamp bolsters Bulls
Gurthrö Steenkamp will start against Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Dewald Potgieter has been cleared of a knee injury although he will only feature from the bench. Okkie Kruger starts at No 7.
Gary Botha is unavailable meaning Chiliboy Ralepelle cracks the nod. Flanker Derick Kuün will take over the captaincy.
Blue 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 Okkie Kruger, 6 Derick Kuün (c), 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Dewald Potgieter, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Stephan Dippenaar.
Sharks lose battle for Mapoe
Lionel Mapoe, was on Wednesday ordered by a Bloemfontein court to report at the Cheetahs by Thursday 15:00.
The court order follows a dispute when Mapoe joined the Sharks while still contracted to the Cheetahs. Mapoe would be able to play for the Cheetahs from Thursday.
The Cheetahs have had their request to recruit a wing from another province denied by Saru, as a player needs to feature in three games before he becomes eligible for the Currie Cup play-offs.
This follows confirmation that torn knee ligaments will sideline Cheetahs wing Jongi Nokwe for eight months.
Uys wings it for Cheetahs
Corne Uys will start at wing against the Lions in place of the injured Jongi Nokwe.
Hennie Daniller returns at fullback after being rested against the Pumas. while the forwards welcome back Hendro Scholtz and Walti Vermeulen.
Cheetahs - 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Corné Uys, 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 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Kobus Calldo, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Riaan Smit.
WP to clear issues with Joubert
Allister Coetzee wants to have a chat with referee Craig Joubert before WP’s clash with the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday.
After the Super 14 final defeat to the Bulls, head coach Coetzee and skipper Schalk Burger criticised Joubert’s handling of the game, especially at the breakdown.
This will be the first time since then that Joubert will be incharge of a WP match and Coetzee hopes to clear any issues during the week.
‘The breakdown is of course crucial and it will be part of the discussion,’ said Coetzee. ‘It’s just an informal thing. If he doesn’t want to talk about it he doesn’t have to. It’s just about finding out what he thinks about the game, as referees do watch the previous games of teams. So we want to get a heads-up on what he thinks of different aspects of the game.’
Daniel to lead Sharks
Keagan Daniel will captain the Sharks in their match against the Leopards on Friday.
With Stefan Terblanche (dislocated elbow) sidelined and Ryan Kankowski expected to be suspended on Wednesday, Daniel will lead the Sharks in Durban this weekend. Terblanche is set to return to action next week.
Meanwhile, lock Gerhard Mostert will make his return to the field after recovering from a serious shoulder injury he suffered in the opening round of the Super 14. Springbok tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis will also get a run.