Western Province will be looking to Nizaam Carr to rev up their engine room as they look to stay alive in this year’s Currie Cup.
The looseforward has finally recovered from a shoulder injury that has seen him miss the start of the Currie Cup.
And with WP also missing a number of stalwarts either to national duty or to injury – with Rynhardt Elstadt being the latest casualty after the defeat to the Lions last weekend – Carr’s return will be welcomed as they gear up for a must-win encounter against the Pumas at Newlands this weekend.
Preferring to play at No.8, it is likely that Carr will come in at the blindside flank.
With the union not having a specialist fetcher, coach John Dobson admits that they are looking at solving this problem. But until then, they have to make-do with what they have.
With his team currently in danger of missing out on the play-offs, Dobson remains upbeat about their chances of lifting silverware this year.
He says: “We haven’t recalibrated. From a group point of view we are still determined to win the Currie Cup.
“I read somewhere our Currie Cup hopes are over – some but big teams still have to play each other… it’s in our hands – if we get 15 [log points in the next three games], chances are we’ll be in the semis. So for us it’s still about winning the Currie Cup.”