After returning from a three-year stint in France where he played for Perpignan, former Stormers scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage is set for a new role at the union.
With coach John Dobson still trialling his first-choice pivot – Robert du Preez will start against the Sharks tomorrow (5.10pm), while Brandon Thomson started in the win against the EP Kings last weekend – Duvenage has now emerged as a candidate to wear the No.10 jumper.
Dobson explains: “It’s fair to say that we’ve hadn’t had a dominant performance at 10 yet.
“Brandon’s one for the future, but we felt that his confidence will benefit from playing regularly for the U21s.
“It was a tight call, we’ve gone for Rob because at the moment we feel he gives a little more X-factor.
“Both are playing similar rugby at the moment and if you have one on the bench, you are just replacing like for like.”
Of Duvenage acting as a replacement halfback, Dobson says: “We wanted to have a look at Dewaldt, he has been outstanding in training.
“He has played at 10 for the Stormers before and we felt that there was a different type of flyhalf — if we need it.”
Of what Duvenage brings, Dobson adds: “He’s quite solid there, his attacking kicks are really good and he’s a good distributor. He’s played there for the Stormers before – admittedly a moment of crisis, it was very effective.”
Fullback Cheslin Kolbe has also been talked about as a possible flyhalf, but Dobson adds: “We’ve been working on it, but that isn’t an option for us.
“The only counter argument for Cheslin going up there is that you lose his X-factor at the back, where he does have a little extra space.”