Coetzee backs Groom

Nic Groom has been picked ahead of Super Rugby regular Louis Schrueder for WP’s clash with the Cheetahs.

Dewaldt Duvenage, the first-choice scrumhalf at the union, broke his leg in last week’s match against the Bulls. Groom produced a good performance in Duvenage’s absence, and has been picked to start this week’s match – this in spite of the availability of Schrueder, who played understudy to Duvenage during the Super Rugby season.

Other changes that have been made see Damian de Allende starting for the injured Ederies Arendse on the wing, and Brok Harris rotating with Frans Malherbe at tighthead.

WP – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Deon Carstens.
Subs: 16 Steven Kitshoff, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21 Pat Howard, 22 Kurt Coleman.