Springboks Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg have been ruled out of WP’s play-off match because of injuries.
Liebenberg sustained a back injury in the game against the Cheetahs, while Bekker picked up a debilitating toe injury. Both players will visit specialists to determine the extent of these ailments later in the week.
Neither player will be considered for this Saturday’s semi-final against the Golden Lions, and there is a chance that they will both miss a possible final.
De Kock Steenkamp will be promoted to the starting line-up for this do-or-die match and tasked with managing the lineout in the absence of Bekker.
Scarra Ntubeni will start in place of Liebenberg. Coach Allister Coetzee said that it was an easy decision to make given Ntubeni’s progress over the course of the season.
Deon Fourie will remain at openside flank even though he is considered the Cape side’s second-choice hooker in the Super Rugby competition. Coetzee feels that Fourie is adding more value as a flank at this stage.
Meanwhile, former Bok scrumhalf Bolla Conradie is currently training with the WP squad. Coetzee explained that Louis Schrueder and Nic Groom are still available for selection and that Conradie has been brought in just to provide cover.
‘Our U21 team is also in the semi-finals, so I don’t won’t to disrupt them at this stage of the season,’ he said. ‘If one of Louis or Nic goes down injured, I can bring in Bolla. He also has a lot of experience.’
By Jon Cardinelli