There was a buzz on Thursday after John Dobson announced his team for Saturday Currie Cup final against the Sharks.
Dobson picked Damian Willemse at inside centre for the clash. He makes way for Josh Stander, who has been brilliant this Currie Cup season at flyhalf.
The midfield is not something new for Willemse – he played for the 2017 Junior Springboks at inside centre.
Apparently Dobson was not happy with Willemse kicking game against the Blue Bulls
Dobson shows with his selection of Stander at flyhalf that he put a lot of emphasis on game management for the final.
“What we saw last week was Damian hitting the line at full speed and we struggled to get outside of their rush,” Dobson explained.
“To ask him to boss the game was a big ask.”
“I don’t see it as a risk. I think it would have been more a risk if we had carried on like we were,” Dobson said.
“It’s been made clear to Damian that his international short-term future is at fullback.
“Josh has got a lot of experience and I think the team feels safe with him.”
“We felt that the Sharks were going to be territory based so we wanted to have some more fire-power there. Damian coming in at No 12 gives us an extra kicking option,” he said.
“We’ll certainly be looking to put the ball up because Sergeal (Petersen), SP (Marais) and Dillyn (Leyds) are so good in the air, whether it’s defending or attacking. We’re very aware that they are going to want to play rugby in our half.
“We’ve been planning a lot about how we’re going to exit our half and put them under pressure. It doesn’t help, like last week, when we hack it down the middle of the field and have to defend the whole width of the field.”
The final kicks off is at 16:00 and will be live on SuperSport
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