Western Province will take on the Leopards in Potchefstroom and Demetri Catrakilis gets his chance to pull on the blue and white striped No.10 jersey, while Nick Fenton Wells gets a first time spot on the bench.
With Gary van Aswegen joining the packed province flyhalf injury ranks, young Catrakilis gets his big opportunity to shine at Currie Cup level.
Having been akingpin for the Ikey Tigers in their triumphant Varsity Cup campaign this year, the kicking ace will be out to show that he can produce the goods at the top level of the game.
Nick Fenton Wells – the Ikeys captain this season has been called up to the bench and is set to make his WP debut, after recently featuring in the SA Premier XV against the EP Kings.
Dewaldt Duvenage’s return to the starting line-up relegates hungry scrumhalf Nic Groom out of the matchday 22 for now with Louis Schreuder taking his place on the bench.
Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie (captain), 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Nicholas Fenton-Wells, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Isma-eel Dollie, 22 Marcel Brache.
Date: Friday, July 22
Venue: Olën Park, Potchefstroom
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Sindile Mayende, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Johann Meuwesen