CAPE TOWN – Siya Kolisi is seeing Western Province’s Currie Cup game against the Pumas at Newlands tomorrow as more than just a stepping stone to getting back into the Springbok mix, and that’s exactly the kind of attitude John Dobson’s team needs right now.
Dobson didn’t beat around a single bush when it came to discussing the importance of this fixture. After two losses to the Sharks and the Lions before their bye, they have to win this one. Period.
Kolisi has been with Province for three weeks now and looked in his typical high spirits during training on Monday. The Bok skipper has been out since May after suffering a knee injury towards the end of the Stormers’ Super Rugby campaign.
Tomorrow will mark only Kolisi’s 30th cap for WP, and his first game in the blue and white hoops since 2014.
While the 2018 season left little doubt as to who was considered the favourites to lift the domestic trophy (although the Sharks came away with it), WP will be hoping that they can emulate their result of 2017 - a season not without its stumbles for the Cape side, but which ultimately culminated in them winning their 34th Currie Cup.