Willemse starts, exciting Pretorius at centre for WP against Cheetahs
Currie Cup / 21 August 2019, 2:25pm / Ashfak Mohamed
Western Province will field a serious attacking strike-force in Saturday’s must-win Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs, with Junior Springbok Rikus Pretorius making his debut.
As expected, coach John Dobson was able to call on Springbok quartet Dillyn Leyds, Damian Willemse, Wilco Louw and Scarra Ntubeni in the starting line-up for the Bloemfontein encounter when he announced the side on Wednesday.
Leyds will wear the No 15 jersey, with Willemse in his preferred flyhalf position in a match that Province have to win to have any chance of making the semi-finals.
But Dobson made a surprising decision to drop Seabelo Senatla to the replacements bench, with SP Marais moving from fullback to left wing.
Marais is ostensibly in the team for his goal-kicking, but Willemse is more than capable of shooting at the posts.
Senatla offers much more on attack, and has always been a courageous defender as well.
Josh Stander is another one from the team that lost 27-23 to Griquas last week who has lost his place, with Willemse at No 10 and Jean-Luc du Plessis the back-up pivot.