Juan, Bongi boost for WP

Juan de Jongh and Bongi Mbonambi will start in two of six changes to Western Province's starting lineup for Saturday's Currie Cup semi-final against the Blue Bulls at Loftus.

De Jongh will run on at outside centre alongside the fit-again Huw Jones in midfield, while Mbonambi slots in at hooker. However, fellow Springbok Damian de Allende is not available due to a hand injury.

There are two other changes to the backline with Dewaldt Duvenage back from a hamstring injury to take his place at scrumhalf, and Werner Kok slotting in on the right wing.

Besides the return of Mbonambi, the only other change up front sees loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg take over from Alistair Vermaak.

Western Province – 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (c), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Stefan Willemse, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Johnny Kotze, 23 Scott van Breda.

Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

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Craig Lewis