Rugby news from Western Province:
Currie Cup semifinal action at DHL Newlands:
DHL Western Province will host the Xerox Golden Lions in a Currie Cup semifinal which kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday at DHL Newlands.
DHL Western Province finished the league phase of the Currie Cup in second position on the standings, with their victory against the tabletopping Cell C Sharks in Durban last week securing a home semifinal.
DHL Western Province U19 will face Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 in a semifinal curtain-raiser which kicks off at 14h30, with gates opening at 13h45.
Before the main game the DirectAxis Fancam will be capturing an epic high-resolution, interactive picture of the DHL Newlands Faithful. Spectators will be able to zoom in, tag themselves and share their photos on social media.
Alcohol will be sold in the stadium to over 18s with the liquor licence allowing sales from 15h00 only. Beer only (2 per person at a time) will be allowed out onto the stands. Please consume alcohol responsibly and respect others around you.
Please note that the Jan Pickard stand and both scholar areas are alcohol free zones, those with tickets for the Jan Pickard stand will not be able to take alcohol out onto the stands.
Spectators are also reminded that admission to the Stadium may also be denied to ticket holders under the influence of, or carrying alcohol or any narcotic substance.
Drunk individuals will be ejected from the ground by security or the SAPS.
Please ensure that when attending the game, you take good care of all of your personal belongings.
Please make use of designated parking and do not park illegally. Drinking and braaing in designated parking areas is strictly prohibited.
Parking is available at the following schools in the stadium vicinity:
Groote Schuur High School (R50)
Groote Schuur Primary School (R50)
Sans Souci Girls’ High School (R50)
SACS Junior (R50)
Westerford High School (R50)
There will be no public signing session held after the game.
Tickets are available from all Computicket outlets and wprugby.computicket.com and the stadium box office. Please note that these are the only outlets which are licenced to sell valid tickets to DHL Newlands. Tickets obtained from any other source are not valid.
To avoid queues spectators are encouraged to buy tickets early and off-site.
DHL Newlands Currie Cup semifinal ticket prices:
Category One: R150
Category Two: R100
Category Three: R80
Category Four: R60
Category Five (standing): R40
Spectators are encouraged to allow enough time to clear security and get to their seats timeously in order to avoid missing any of the action.
Please be RESPECTFUL of all supporters and those around you, as well as the players, coaches, officials and staff. Everyone would like to enjoy the game in a safe and pleasant environment. Please specifically note that – Western Province Rugby, the SAPS, VOC Commander, the safety officer or Disaster Management members shall be entitled to refuse admission to, or to eject from the Ground, any person whose behaviour or conduct could in the reasonable opinion of WP Rugby, the SAPS, VOC Commander, the safety officer or Disaster Management members constitute a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to spectators or other persons.
Western Province Rugby reserves the right to refuse admission to, or to eject from the Ground, any person who in the reasonable opinion of WP Rugby, its servants or agents, makes or incites any form of racial abuse, chanting, gesturing or behaviour.
Please specifically note that unauthorised access to the field is strictly prohibited and field invaders will be subject to arrest by SAPS. In the Stadium no unauthorised person is permitted on the playing or performance area (i.e. the pitch and its surrounding and no person may remain in a gangway, entrance, exit or staircase at any time.
ER24 and specialists doctors are on site as are members of all safety and security services.
Please note that the stadium is a non-smoking facility. Pass-outs are allowed at designated gates to allow smokers to exit the stadium other than 15 minutes prior to kick-off and 15 minutes after kick-off, or when large traffic volume is experienced.
Smoking in the stadium will result in a fine from law enforcement and ejection from the stadium.
If you experience an issue, have something to report, or witness an incident, approach the nearest security officer and request assistance, report any issue, or request a security manager. You can also call the VOC emergency number 021-6594650.
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CLICK HERE to buy a ticket to the Currie Cup semifinal between DHL Western Province and the Xerox Golden Lions.
Wiese comes in for DHL WP U21:
Cobus Wiese will start on the flank for DHL Western Province U21 in their semifinal against Xerox Golden Lions U21 at Emirates Airline Park on Friday.
There are just two changes to the team that faced Leopards U21 in the last round of league fixtures, for the clash which kicks off at 14h30 in Johannesburg on Friday.
Both changes come in the forward pack with Wiese starting at blindside flank and captain Ernst van Rhyn shifting to the second row where he will partner the returning Eddie Zandberg.
The only changes to the replacements bench are the inclusion of lock Ruben de Villiers and utility back Cornel Smit.
DHL Western Province U21 Head Coach Jerome Paarwater said that his team are looking forward to the challenge of travelling up to Johannesburg to play some knock-out rugby.
“This is a great opportunity for this team to show what they are capable of against a strong Xerox Golden Lions U21 team.
“The players have put in the hard work, so the challenge now is to make sure we execute our plan as accurately as possible,” he said.
DHL Western Province U21: 15 Aidynn Cupido, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 David Brits, 12 Michaine Fick, 11 Edwill van Der Merwe, 10 Tiaan Swanepoel, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Daniel Maree, 5 Eddie Zandberg, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Nico Peyper, 1 Wikus Groenewald.
Replacements: 16 Percy Mngadi, 17 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 18 Ruben de Villiers, 19 Nama Xaba, 20 Paul de Wet, 21 Jordan Chait, 22 Cornel Smit.
DHL Newlands stage for DHL WP U19:
DHL Western Province U19 will face Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 in their semifinal clash which will be played as a curtain-raiser for the Currie Cup semifinal at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
DHL Western Province U19 topped the standings having claimed 11 wins from their 12 matches in the regular season and will face the fourth-placed visitors from the Free State in a clash that kicks off at 14h30 on Saturday.
Captain Salmaan Moerat leads a settled side that has performed well as a unit all season, scoring 529 points including 76 tries and conceding just 176 for a points difference of 353.
Centre and vice-captain Lyle Hendricks, who is also the goalkicker, is third on the list of top points-scorers this season, with 115 points to his name, while powerful wing Christian Ambadiang is second on the list of top tryscorers with 14 five-pointers.
DHL Western Province U19 Head Coach Nazeem Adams said that his team are determined to make the most of the opportunity tio play at DHL Newlands in the semifinal.
“It will be a special experience for the players, a chance for them to build on all of the hard work they have put in this season.
“It is pleasing that we have been so consistent, but we also need to ensure that we are as accurate as possible in the play-offs,” he said.
DHL Newlands season tickets are valid for the Currie Cup semifinal, with match tickets available from wprugby.computicket.com or any Computicket outlet.
DHL Western Province U19: 15 Marko Labuschagne, 14 Christian Ambadiang, 13 Lyle Hendricks, 12 Henlo Marias, 11 Mike Mavovana, 10 Wian van Zyl, 9 Labib Kannemeyer, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Shaine Orderson, 6 Charl Serdyn, 5 BJ Dixon , 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Schalk Erasmus, 1 Leon Lyons.
Replacements: 16 Daniel Jooste, 17 Reece Buizendenhout, 18 Adam Neethling, 19 Bernard Jansen, 20 Regardt du Plessis, 21 Deon Carstens, 22 Francke Botha, 23 Sako Makata.