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Schalk stays among WP subs


  • 02 Oct 2013
Schalk Burger will be on the WP bench Schalk Burger will be on the WP bench

Schalk Burger will again be on the Western Province bench for their Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions at Newlands.

The Bok flanker returned to rugby last weekend after an 18-month lay-off due to injury and fitness, getting 20 minutes off the bench in Bloemfontein.

WP coach Allister Coetzee has opted to keep him there for Saturday's game, but made four other changes.

Halfbacks Louis Schreuder and Demetri Catrakilis will start, while fit-again flanker Rynhardt Elstadt returns at No 7, which sees Michael Rhodes shift back into the second row where he began the Currie Cup season.

Scrumhalf Nic Groom and flyhalf Kurt Coleman will warm the bench, but lock Taz Fuzani drops out altogether.

Prop Frans Malherbe could make his first Currie Cup appearance of the season – having recovered fully from a long-term ankle injury – while Ryan Nell joins the bench as a backline replacement as WP revert to a regular four/three (forwards/backs) split.

Western Province – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Schalk Burger, 19 Josh Katzen, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman. 22 Ryan Nell.

Photo: Gerhard Steenkamp/BackpagePix

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