Curriecup, Western Province Rugby

Ernst van Rhyn to lead WP in Currie Cup opener against the Bulls

Lock Ernst van Rhyn will captain Western Province in their Currie Cup campaign and will have his first assignment against the Bulls on Saturday.

2021-06-18 11:59:00 AM

Lock Ernst van Rhyn will captain WP_RUGBY in their CurrieCup campaign and will have his first assignment against the Blue Bulls Rugby on Saturday By WynonaLouw IOLsport

Lock Ernst van Rhyn will captain Western Province in their Currie Cup campaign and will have his first assignment against the Bulls on Saturday.

Out wide, Sergeal Petersen will have a go at fullback, with speed machine Seabelo Senatla and the promising Sihle Njezula follow out the back three. Dan du Plessis and Rikus Pretorius will continue their midfield partnership in the opening weekend, with Abner van Reenen and Paul de Wet forming the halfback pairing.

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ALSO READ: Sharks name powerful line-up for Currie Cup opener against GriquasRoos and Otto are joined by Johan du Toit in the loose trio, with David Meihuizen partnering captain Van Rhyn at lock. In the front row, Kotze will have experienced props Ali Vermaak and Neethling Fouche on either side of him.

Province head coach John Dobson said he’s looking forward to seeing how their combinations go in the North-South clash."It is always a challenge playing up at Loftus and we know that we will have to be at our best to start with a win."We have got some really exciting players and combinations in the team and we are looking forward to seeing what they can produce on Saturday," he said.

Western Province:15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Sihle Njezula, 13 Rikus Pretorius, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Abner van Reenen, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Niel Otto, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Ali Vermaak.

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