Province shuffle pack for do-or-die Durban trip

Western Province have made five changes to their forwards pack for their make-or-break Currie Cup encounter with the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Province require a win in their final league match, which kicks off at 7pm on Saturday at Kings Park, in order to qualify for the playoffs.

Up front, there are two new props in Leon Lyons and Neethling Fouche starting on either side of hooker Andre-Hugo Venter.

Johan du Toit shifts from the loose trio into the second row, with flanks Deon Fourie and Marcel Theunissen coming into the starting lineup on the side of the scrum.

In the backline, Juan de Jongh comes back in at outside centre and Ruhan Nel moves out to the right wing, with Sergeal Petersen at fullback in place of Warrick Gelant who has a minor injury niggle.

Western Province head coach John Dobson said his team is ready to put everything they have into this must-win game.

“This has been a Currie Cup campaign unlike any other and we know exactly what we need to do in order to be playing in a semi-final next week.

“Having had a whole week to prepare, we have worked hard on certain areas of our game and the players will definitely be highly motivated to do the jersey proud and get the result we need in Durban,” he said.

Western Province – 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Marcel Theunissen, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Johan du Toit, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (c), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Andre-Hugo Venter, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements (from): 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Dian Bleuler, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Simon Miller, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Rikus Pretorius, 23 Tristan Leyds, 24 Justin Basson, 25 De Wet Marais.

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