Rugby news from Western Province:
North-South derby at DHL Newlands:
DHL Western Province will be up against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in a North-South Currie Cup derby at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
The two old rivals will go head-to-head in an encounter which kicks off at 17h15 on Saturday.
Those attending are encouraged to support the Caring4Girls initiative by donating sanitary products in the collection boxes at the stadium entrances.
As part of SA Rugby’s celebration of Women’s Month to promote the interests of Women and Women in rugby, collection boxes will be placed at the main entrances of the stadium on Saturday to give the DHL Newlands Faithful a chance to support this cause.
There will be no curtain-raisers, with gates opening at 15h15 on Saturday.
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.
Gates on matchday will open at 15h15, so 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.
Parking is available at schools in the stadium vicinity at Groote Schuur Primary School (R50), Sans Souci Girls’ High School (R50) and Westerford (R50).
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.
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 and that the stadium is a non-smoking facility.
Pass-outs are allowed at designated gates to allow smokers to exit the stadium.
Please also note that the Pickard stand is an alcohol free zone.
Season tickets for the 2017 season including Currie Cup and Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test between Springboks and All Blacks are on sale and available for renewal.
CLICK HERE to secure your season ticket at DHL Newlands for 2017.
CLICK HERE to renew your season ticket at DHL Newlands for 2017.
CLICK HERE to read the stadium rules.
CLICK HERE to read some Frequently Asked Questions.
CLICK HERE to buy a ticket to the Currie Cup clash between DHL Western Province and the Steval Pumas on Saturday.
DHL WP U19 change up front:
There are three changes to the tight five in the DHL Western Province U19 team to face Eastern Province U19 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Coach Nazeem Adams’ team will be looking for their fifth consecutive victory of the campaign in the match which kicks off at 13h00 at Kemsley Park on Saturday.
In the front row, hooker Daniel Jooste and prop Adam Neethling both get an opportunity to start with Liam Larkan, Leon Lyons and Sazi Sandi providing cover on the replacements bench.
Jesse Johnson will partner captain Salmaan Moerat at lock with BJ Dixon ruled out through injury.
There are two changes in the backline with a fit-again Christian Geutang on the wing and Branden de Kock at scrumhalf, with Labib Kannemeyer among the replacements.
Adams said that in order to continue their unbeaten run, his team will have to be sharp in Port Elizabeth.
“It is always tough to travel to Port Elizabeth and win so we are in for another major test this weekend.
“The players are excited to go there and execute what we have worked on in training this week,” he said.
DHL Western Province U19: 15 Marco Labuschagne, 14 Christian Geutang, 13 Lubelo Scott, 12 Lyle Hendricks, 11 Sako Makata, 10 Wian van Zyl, 9 Branden de Kock, 8 Muller Uys, 7 Shaine Orderson, 6 Regardt du Plessis, 5 Jesse Johnson, 4 Salmaan Moerat (captain), 3 Adam Neethling, 2 Daniel Jooste, 1 Reece Bezuidenhout.
Replacements: 16 Liam Larkan, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Bernard Jansen, 20 Alex Halverson, 21 Labib Kannemeyer, 22 Francke Botha, 23 Boet Heyl.