Western Province coach John Dobson will be happy to have Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw and Scarra Ntubeni back in the team this Saturday, when Province take on Free State in a must-win Currie Cup match in Bloemfontein.
After a disappointing loss away to Griquas in their last match, Dobson knows they need a good result this weekend if they are to qualify for the semi-finals, and has also selected Damian Willemse at flyhalf, while Junior Springbok centre Rikus Pretorius will make his debut.
Dobson says that Willemse, who looks likely to miss out on the Springbok selection for the World Cup, has one more chance to impress Rassie Erasmus, but he says they have a plan for him if he does miss out on Japan.
Dobson explains that the reason Seabelo Senatla is on the bench, is that both he and Sergeal Petersen are suffering from a bit of tendonitis, so they will rotate in the game, as neither are completely fit for 80 minutes.
While Dan Kriel is nursing an injury, Dobson says they had to be brave with Pretorius’ selection, and also consider that he needs game time if he is to play a role in Super Rugby next season. – Report by Rob Delport