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Province has advantage over Lions

Western Province believes Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute's absence may help them against the Lions.

Western Province believes Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute's absence may help them against the Lions.

CAPE TOWN - Western Province backline coach Robbie Fleck on Friday said Elton Jantjies and Jaco Taute's call up to the Springbok squad plays into their hands.

The Lions duo will be a part of the Springboks match 22 for Saturday's clash against Australia - missing out on the Lions clash against Province.

Fleck said their replacements are quality though.

"They'll be missed in the Lions' setup, but we're obviously quite happy that the two of them are not playing. But in saying that, we have good replacements in Bush James and Dylan des Fountain."

Fleck said the Lions remain a quality side even without Jantjies and Taute.

"It's not about the two individuals. I feel that the Lions are a great team and worthy of Currie Cup champions last year and worthy of being on top of the log this year."

The Province will have a home advantage at Newlands Stadium.

Kickoff is at 2pm.