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Western Province will expect to see off the lowly Eastern Province Kings when they meet at Newlands, in their final regular season game of the 2015 Currie Cup on Friday. Western Province know that the very least they have to do if they are to have a chance of sneaking second place on the table, and a securing a home semi-final, is win this game. Even then, they will need the Bulls to lose to the Pumas, which on form, appears highly unlikely.
Third position at the end of the regular season, will mean a trip to face the Bulls, to whom they have already lost away this season, by 29-47 in Round 3. They did gain an element of revenge in Round 7, when they reversed the result at Newlands, inflicting a second loss of the season on the Bulls by 29-14.
Five straight defeats to start the season, left the Kings facing a struggle to keep themselves off the foot of the table, at the expense of the Griquas. Two wins in their four games since, against the Cheetahs and the Griquas, have seen them open a four point gap over the rock bottom Griquas, who finish their own season with a trip to the table topping Lions.
Posted: 5th September 2014
Top of the Currie Cup table Western Province have named 22 year old Pat Howard on the wing for Fridays fixture against bottom of the table Eastern Province Kings at Newlands stadium in Cape Town. Howard will replace the SA Sevens star Seabelo Senatla, as WP make four changes to the side that downed the Blue Bulls 18-23 in Pretoria in Round 3. Howard scored the team's first try of the current season, when he came on as a replacement against EP Kings in Round 1.
Senatla omission is due to an ankle injury and is the only enforced change to the side. The other changes see scrumhalf Louis Schreuder, No.5 lock Ruan Botha tight head prop Brok Harris all making first starts in 2014. Eastern Province Kings coach Carlos Spencer, also makes four changes to his XV, as he attempts to bring a greater physicality to his side's defense on Friday. Last week's 22-41 defeat to the Golden Lions saw his team have to make an extraordinary 250 tackles.
Dwayne Jenner comes in at inside centre, where he will partner the returning Tim Whitehead who has overcome a knee injury. The other changes made by Spencer see Shaun McDonald brought in on the flank, and Lizo Gqoboka returning in the front row.
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, Seabelo Senatla
, Louis Schreuder
, Carlos Spencer
, Dwayne Jenner
, Lizo Gqoboka