Notshe set to raise DHL WP half-century

Loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe will earn his 50th cap for DHL Western Province when he comes off the replacements bench against the Xerox Golden Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Sunday.

Notshe will become the fourth DHL Western Province player to reach the 50-cap mark this season, with prop Ali Vermaak, loose forward Nizaam Carr and captain Chris van Zyl all having reached the milestone in previous matches.

There are two changes to the backline and two changes to the forward pack for the Currie Cup encounter with the Xerox Golden Lions, which kicks off at 14h30 on Sunday.

Dewaldt Duvenage starts at scrumhalf in place of the injured Jano Vermaak, with Justin Phillips among the replacements, while out wide Ruhan Nel rotates with fellow Sevens speedster Werner Kok on the left wing.

Up front hooker Bongi Mbonambi returns from Springbok duty to play his first game of the season for DHL Western Province and in the loose trio Kobus van Dyk comes in on the flank.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team is looking forward to another tough test away from home.

“We know that this match will be another big challenge up on the Highveld, but the team have embraced it and are determined to throw everything into this effort.

“Hopefully we can build on what we achieved last week and take some real momentum towards the play-offs with back-to-back away wins,” he said.

DHL Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Werner Kok, 22 Craig Barry.

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