Rhodes to start for WP
Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has made just one change to his side for Saturday's clash with the Free State Cheetahs in Cape Town.
Michael Rhodes starts in the number four jersey, with youngster Gerbrandt Grobler dropping down to the bench after making his Currie Cup debut in WP’s 24-24 draw against the Blue Bulls last Saturday.
Grobler will join fit-again hooker Tiaan Liebenberg amongst the replacements, whilst uncapped Maties utility back Ryan Nell replaces Berton Klaasen on the bench as one of WP’s three back-line reserves. Nell will cover centre, wing and full-back.
Tighthead prop Brok Harris will play his 100th match for Western Province, having made his debut for the union back in 2006. During that time, the hard-working front ranker has also amassed 83 Super Rugby appearances for the Stormers.
WP assistant coach Robbie Fleck paid tribute to the 28-year-old prop, saying: “Brok has been a stalwart for Western Province and the Stormers and reaching the 100-game mark is just reward for a very popular team man.
“The team would like nothing more than rewarding Brok with a victory, but we also want to right the wrongs from last week. We need to cut down our errors and improve our discipline, otherwise Free State will make life very uncomfortable for us on Saturday.”
Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Pat Howard, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Ryan Nell.
Date: Saturday, August 17
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Marc van Zyl
TMO: Deon van Blommestein