Half and half



September 2, 2016
Half and half

OPTIONS: Dewaldt Duvenage

WP No.9 Duvenage to play backup pivot.

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.”

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