CAPE TOWN – If there is one Currie Cup team that has been disrupted by national duty this week, it’s Western Province.
Earlier this week, Scarra Ntubeni, Wilco Louw and Dillyn Leyds were called up to Pretoria ahead of the Springboks’ farewell Test against Argentina on Saturday, while Bok skipper Siya Kolisi also made his expected return to the national frame.
It will be the fringe players’ last chance to play themselves into the World Cup mix, and while Province will go into their big one against Griquas without some key players, it’s a well-deserved chance for the WP players... even though the call ups meant that coach John Dobson had to make a few late plans to accommodate the call-ups.
SP Marais comes in at fullback in the place of Leyds in the only change to the starting backline, while Damian Willemse will also make his return from injury from the replacements bench.
In the loose trio JD Schickerling is back at blindside flank, with Ernst van Rhyn shifting back to No 6. Salmaan Moerat will start at lock alongside captain Chris van Zyl, while up front prop Carlu Sadie and hooker Chad Solomon come in for Louw and Ntubeni.