Western Province u/21 Host Sharks In A Desperate Fight For Semi-Final Spot

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DHL Western Province U21 will host Cell C Sharks U21 in a curtain-raiser to the Currie Cup game at DHL Newlands on Women’s Day on Friday. In the previous encounter in the first round of the u/21 SARU Championship, the Sharks won 36-22 at Kingspark and will hope to repeat that victory.

Western Province is currently in the third position on the log with 21 points with the Sharks having 18 points and occupying the fourth position. The Sharks need a win as the Golden Lions is only three log points behind them in a fight for the last semi-final position.

However, the Sharks was bullied upfront by the Golden Lions and went down 29-14 after travelling to Ellispark as favourites. Western Province travelled to Potchefstroom and started with their "B" team winning 47-19 after the Leopards put up a brave fight in the first half

DHL Western Province U21 have reverted back to the same starting line-up that did duty in their last game at DHL Newlands, which saw them pick up a 21-20 win against Vodacom Blue Bulls U21 two weeks ago.

The Western Province made several changes to their pack with only M Theunissen and A Paarwater the only survivors while only D Coetzer, R Pretorius and D Kriel survived at the back.

For the Sharks, Dylan Richardson returns to his familiar position at hooker while Vian Fourie comes in at six in the place of captain Adam Mountford who moves to 8 in the place of Evan Roos who was promoted to the Sharks Currie Cup team. At the back Muller du Plessis comes in at outside centre replacing Henk Cilliers who moves to wing in the place of S Tole while T Abrahams at full back is the last of the three changes made.

DHL Western Province U21 Head Coach Jerome Paarwater said that his team will have to be at their best at DHL Newlands.

“As a team, we are looking forward to playing at DHL Newlands and building on the winning momentum we have had recently. It will require a focused performance for 80 minutes if we are to come away with the win,” he said.

Western Province: 15. David Kriel, 14. Sihle Njezula, 13. Lyle Hendricks, 12. Rikus Pretorius, 11. Angelo Davids, 10. David Coetzer, 9. Vusi Dlepu, 8. Adrian Paarwater, 7. Shaine Orderson, 6. Gift Dlamini, 5. Ben-Jason Dixon (C), 4. Marcel Theunissen, 3. Sazi Sandi, 2. Schalk Erasmus, 1. Leon Lyons. Replacements: 16. Daniel Jooste, 17. Divan Bleuler, 18. Dandre Degenaar, 19. Ian Kitwanga, 20. Jesse Johnson, 21. Gerardo Jaars, 22. Abner van Reenen, 23. Matthew More.

Sharks: 15. Thaakir Abrahams, 14. Henk Cilliers, 13. Muller du Plessis, 12. Murray Koster, 11. Caleb Dingaan, 10. Boeta Chamberlain, 9. Jaden Hendrikse, 8. Adam Mountford, 7. Jeandre Labuschage, 6. Vian Fourie, 5. Emile v Heerden, 4. Dylan Weideman, 3. Francois Klopper, 2. Dylan Richardson, 1. Sean Barnes. Replacements: 16. Donovan Grant, 17. Jame Scott, 18. Tiaan de Jager, 19. JJ vd Mescht, 20. Lunga Ncube, 21. Xavier Swartbooi, 22. Donald Falconer, 23. Asandre Kunene.