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There are five changes to the DHL Western Province team for the SuperSport Rugby Challenge Cape derby against Boland in Worcester on Saturday.

The defending champions will be looking to make it seven straight wins this season when they face local rivals Boland, in a match that kicks off at 14h15 at Esselyn Park in Worcester on Saturday.

There are changes either side of hooker Scarra Ntubeni as Michael Kumbirai shifts across to loosehead prop, with Neethling Fouche coming in at tighthead and Carlu Sadie set to make his senior DHL Western Province debut from the replacements bench.

In the second row Johan du Toit comes into the starting line-up, while loose forward Juarno Augustus returns from injury to take his place on the replacments bench.

Josh Stander is back at flyhalf, after he was forced to withdraw late last week for the 52-24 victory against Border and Logan Basson will start on the right wing, with Duncan Saal shifting to outside centre in place of the injured Dan Kriel.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his team are expecting a stern test out in Worcester.

“We know that we face a huge challenge in Worcester on Saturday, against a Boland side that will be highly motivated to beat us.

“The challenge will be to raise our standards in all departments in order to come away with the result and maintain our winning start to the campaign,” he said.

DHL Western Province: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Logan Basson, 13 Duncan Saal, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Chris Massyn, 6 Luke Stringer (captain), 5 Johan du Toit, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Michael Kumbirai.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Carlu Sadie, 18 Brendon Esterhuizen, 19 Juarno Augustus, 20 Steph de Wit, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Tristan Leyds.

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