Rugby 5.9.2013 07:00 am

Louis’ kicking tips the scales

The see-saw battle between his two top scrumhalves has created a healthy environment for Western Province coach Allister Coetzee.

Coetzee yesterday named just one change to his side for their Currie Cup clash with the Sharks at Newlands this weekend, with Louis Schreuder, above, restored in the starting line-up, and Nic Groom dropping to the bench.

But Coetzee said that while Groom had formed part of their plans of how they wanted to approach the Lions last week, it was Schreuder’s accute tactical kicking awareness, which necessitated the rotation.

In another change on the bench, flyhalf Gary van Aswegen was named in the place of Under-21 star Tim Swiel, while Kurt Coleman retains his starting position as Van Aswegen makes his way back to full match fitness.

It is the first time these two sides meet in the Currie Cup since Province shocked the heavily fancied Sharks in last year’s final in Durban. “It’s going to be another tough game,” said Coetzee. “Although it’s a home game for us the Sharks will play with a lot of confidence. We certainly have our work cut out for us.”

Hooker Tiaan Liebenberg has been included despite being doubtful due to the back spasms earlier this week that forced him to miss training on Tuesday and yesterday.

* The Cheetahs have named an unchanged side for their clash in Pretoria against the Blue Bulls.

Right wing Riaan Smit, who left the field shortly after halftime the 40-20 win over Griquas in Bloemfontein after a hard knock, to be replaced by Piet Lindeque, has been passed fit for the game.

 

 

 

 

 

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