CAPE TOWN - Damian Willemse is hoping that Newlands provides a more attack-friendly platform when they face the Blue Bulls in their Currie Cup semi-final fixture on Saturday.
Province drowned their age-old foes 34-7 in the wet at Loftus in a match that was played over only one half due to extreme weather conditions in Pretoria at the weekend. And although they managed to score four tries in 40 minutes to the Bulls' one, Willemse would like to see their potent backline allowed the chance to "spark their magic" in Cape Town.
"We did not have the opportunity on the weekend. But that stuff happens and Sergeal (Petersen) and SP (Marais) have been playing well and are exciting. Hopefully this weekend we get a few touches and we can spark our magic and our skills. The coaches are giving us a lot of freedom so it is up to us what we are going to do with that," Willemse said.
"A north-south derby, from when I was young, was always massive and for us, it is still big. Every game against the Bulls is big and this weekend it will be in front of the Newlands faithful. Both teams have nothing to lose and everything to gain."
Willemse also said that he doesn't really care whether he plays at flyhalf or fullback. The young Springbok has mostly played at No 10, but he had a few runs in the 15 jumper during Western Province's Currie Cup-winning campaign last year and it's also at fullback (off the bench) that Bok coach Rassie Erasmus has brought him onto the Test arena.