WP U19s face Lions at City Park

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DE BRUYN

IT will be win num­ber eight from nine starts for the sec­ond­placed Western Prov­ince Un­der-19 rugby team if they get the bet­ter of the Golden Lions at City Park in Craw­ford to­day.

The Lions, who have a seven-point lead at the sum­mit of the seven-team log, will be chas­ing a ninth win from 10 out­ings, the sole de­feat reg­is­tered at home against to­day’s op­po­nents.

The na­tional Pro­vin­cial fix­ture kicks off at 12pm.

The later game sees Prov­ince’s U21s play­ing their Lions coun­ter­parts (kick­off 1.45pm).

The four teams con­tested last year’s fi­nals and saw the Johannesburg- based Lions crowned na­tional cham­pi­ons cour­tesy of a pair of nar­row vic­to­ries.

Prov­ince U19 coach Nazeem Adams has brought in two new props for the en­counter in the form of Sazi San­dli (tight­head) and Lyon Lyons (loose­head).

There is just the one change in the back­line with Sako Makata in at right wing.

“We meet a tough foe and will need to be on-guard from the get-go,” said Adams.

“Call it an acid test of our cre­den­tials.

“Like us, the Lions have only had their colours low­ered once, so a humdinger is on the cards and we must make the most of our chances.

“The fact that we’ve made min­i­mal changes to the run-on XV shows that we are on track with our com­bi­na­tions.

“The boys have worked hard and ex­pect them to put their best foot for­ward in all de­part­ments.”

Prov­ince’s U21s will be with­out the ser­vices of in­jured star loose-for­ward Juarno Au­gus­tus.

His place at the back of the scrum will be taken by Nyasha Tarusenga.

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