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Ali Vermaak of Western Province run out during the 2018 Currie Cup Rugby Final match between Western Province and The Sharks at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town on 27 October 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

WP make one change as they bid for Currie Cup revival

Ali Vermaak will start at loosehead prop in the only change to the WP Currie Cup team to take on the Cheetahs.

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Ali Vermaak of Western Province run out during the 2018 Currie Cup Rugby Final match between Western Province and The Sharks at Newlands Stadium, Cape Town on 27 October 2018 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Ali Vermaak will start at loosehead prop in the only change to the WP Currie Cup team to take on the Cheetahs at Cape Town Stadium on Friday.

The inclusion of the experienced Vermaak is the only change to the matchday squad for the Carling Currie Cup encounter, which kicks off at 16:45 on Friday.

WP looking for a win

The men from the Cape have notched just one win in seven Currie Cup outings.

The Cheetahs beat WP 24-17 in the reverse fixture.

WP Head Coach Jerome Paarwater said that his team are looking forward to playing in front of the Faithful at DHL Stadium again.

“We have got some good continuity in our selection, so hopefully we will see some growth in those combinations.

“It is always great to be playing on our homeground and the team are determined to put on a good display for our fans,” he said.

WP are smarting from a loss to the Bulls last time out.

“We are still not happy about that result,” Paarwater told reporters this week. “We said earlier in our meetings, that we are not happy about losing anymore. We are not a bunch of losers. We are happy with our performances, but not with the outcome.

“We really feel like the 50-50 calls are not coming our way. That’s why last week after the game I said and made it clear that I am going to cite Bismarck. We had a three-hour meeting on Friday and a lot was said.

“At that time the score was 24-22 and if he got a red card during that game, the way we were playing, that was really going to be our game. This whole season, the 50-50s have never gone to our side.”

SA Rugby Mag

Western Province team

15 Tristan Leyds

14 Sergeal Petersen

13 Juan de Jongh

12 Cornel Smit

11 Angelo Davids

10 Timothy Swiel

9 Godlen Masimla

8 Keke Morabe

7 Marcel Theunissen

6 Nama Xaba (captain)

5 Connor Evans

4 Ben-Jason Dixon

3 Sazi Sandi

2 JJ Kotze

1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Lukhanyo Vokozela, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Simon Miller, 20 Jarrod Taylor, 21 Bobby Alexander, 22 Kade Wolhuter, 23 Mnombo Zwelendaba.