Keo.co.za brings you the news from the Currie Cup.
Province lose Bok centre
Jaque Fourie will miss WP’s semi-final against the Cheetahs this Saturday with a foot injury.
It’s been confirmed that Fourie will be sidelined, and will only be available should WP progress to the final.
Meanwhile, Fourie’s injury will see a reshuffling of the backline. Jean de Villiers will go back to centre, Gio Aplon will move to wing and Conrad Jantjes will come in at fullback.
Jonker, Lawrence will blow semis
Marius Jonker and Mark Lawrence will officiate the Currie Cup semi-finals this weekend.
Jonker will be in charge of the Sharks vs Bulls semi-final in Durban while Lawrence will feature in the WP vs Cheetahs semi-final in Cape Town.
Craig Joubert will take charge of the final on 30 October.
Mitchell will stay in SA
John Mitchell says he will remain with the Lions despite being attacked and stabbed twice in his Hyde Park apartment on Saturday.
The Lions head coach, who recently signed a three-year-deal with the Johannesburg-based union, luckily escaped with minor shoulder and leg injuries. Mitchell said he will try and move on from the incident.
‘I went for some trauma counseling on Sunday evening which was very beneficial, and I now have a process to work through on myself,’ said Mitchell. ‘I cannot dwell on this and I need to move forward. I am still very committed to the Lions.’
Deon Fourie was found not guilty at a disciplinary hearing in Cape Town on Monday.
The WP hooker was cited under Law 10.4 (M) – for an act contrary to good sportsmanship as his hand allegedly made contact with Sharks No 2 Bismarck du Plessis during Province’s 33-21 win last weekend.
However, he was cleared and will be available to play against the Cheetahs in the semi-final on Saturday. This is good news for WP, who have already lost first-choice hooker Tiaan Liebenberg to injury.
De Bruyn backs Duvenage
Free State scrumhalf Tewis de Bruyn believes his opposite number in the semi-final on Saturday should be Dewaldt Duvenage, not Ricky Januarie.
Januarie started ahead of the Duvenage last weekend against the Sharks and put in an impressive performance. However, De Bruyn said WP will play better against the Cheetahs with Duvenage in the No 9 jumper as he has featured there during the whole season and his game will suite the hosts better.
EP in hot water
The EP Kings will have to attend a disciplinary hearing in Cape Town on Tuesday after allegedly fielding an ineligible player against Boland last weekend.
Centre Rudi Keil, who joined the EP Kings after playing for College Rovers in the Club Championship, was selected in the hosts’ match 22 in their semi-final win over Boland last Saturday.
However, it is believed Keil’s selection has breached regulation 16.7 of the competition rules.