De Allende, Louw set to start for WP

Damian de Allende (Gallo)
Damian de Allende (Gallo)

Cape Town - Springboks Damian de Allende and Wilco Louw will start for Western Province in their Currie Cup encounter against Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday.

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Centre De Allende and prop Louw have both been released from the Springbok squad for the clash at the Mbombela Stadium, which kicks off at 18h30 on Friday.

Dillyn Leyds will continue as captain and shifts to fullback, with two new wings in SP Marais and Sergeal Petersen and De Allende in midfield alongside Ruhan Nel.

Craig Barry and Dan du Plessis join Herschel Jantjies as backline cover on the replacements bench.

In the forward pack Ernst van Rhyn comes into the starting line-up at lock with Chris van Zyl among the replacements on his return from injury, while Louw’s inclusion sees Michael Kumbirai move to the replacements bench as well.

Western Province head coach John Dobson said that his team is focused on delivering an accurate performance in Nelspruit.

“We know very well how tough it can be to play in Nelspruit, which is a challenge that we are looking to embrace.

“It has been a short week, but preparations have gone well and we are ready for a big effort away from home,” he said.




Western Province

15 Dillyn Leyds (captain), 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak.

Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Herschel Jantjies, 21 Dan du Plessis, 22 Craig Barry.

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