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Kolisi back to lead WP in Currie Cup semi-final, Kitshoff ruled out

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Western Province captain Siya Kolisi.
Western Province captain Siya Kolisi.
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Siya Kolisi is back to captain Western Province in their Currie Cup semi-final against the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.

Having missed the previous two games due to Covid-19 protocols, Kolisi returns at openside flank for the play-off match, which kicks off at 16:30 on Saturday.

There are two further changes to the forward pack, with lock Salmaan Moerat also making his return, while in the front row loosehead prop Ali Vermaak makes his first start of the season in the absence of Steven Kitshoff who was ruled out through Covid-19 protocols.

The backline that did duty in Western Province's victory against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein three weeks ago remains unchanged.

WP coach John Dobson said they were intent on making the most of every minute out on the Newlands pitch on Saturday.

"We have earned the right to play this semi- final at Newlands and we want to deliver a fitting performance on Saturday," he told the WP Rugby website.

"We have had time to prepare properly and we are fielding a number of settled combinations, so the challenge is to go out there and put together an 80-minute performance and secure our place in the final next week."

Teams:

Western Province:

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak

Substitutes (from): 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Jaco Coetzee, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Ruhan Nel, 24 Sazi Sandi, 25 Tristan Leyds

Sharks

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Jaden Hendrikse, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Manie Libbok

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