New Bok doing a good job at No.10

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May 25, 2017
New Bok doing a good job at No.10

IMPRESSIVE: Dillyn Leyds fills in during Cape flyhalf crisis

The Stormers look set to stick with Dillyn Leyds at flyhalf against the Sharks this Saturday 5.15pm.

Leyds moved to No.10 in their final tour match against the Hurricanes after Robert du Preez tore a chest muscle.

Du Preez’s injury added to the flyhalf crisis with Jean-Luc du Plessis and Kurt Coleman missing and Damian Willemse joining up with the Baby Boks’ World Cup preparations.

Leyds, who played a flyhalf at high school, stepped up and has done a decent job, though.

Last week, the 24-year-old wore the jersey, marshalled the team and scored a try as the Stormers beat Sonny Bill Williams’ Blues 30-22.

And even though Coleman returns to contention for a starting role against the Sharks at Kings Park this weekend, the Cape side’s bosses have hinted that they will go with the man with the confidence after Leyds received his first Springbok call-up this weekend.

Defence coach Paul Treu says of the former Bishops laaitie: “We were pleased with his performance.

“He looked quite comfortable playing there.”

Skills coach Paul Feeney says they are weighing up the pros and cons of the players available to play at 10, with Coleman and Leyds also vying with youngster Brandon Thomson.

Feeney says: “Unfortunately, we’re into our fifth flyhalf so I thought he did bloody well for that.

“He’s brave and he’s smart and he’s a big leader in our team.

“And it’s good to have Kurt back. He’s got experience.

“There are pros and cons for both of those guys and Tomo did a got job off the bench as well.

“It’s a good dilemma to have with our flyhalves.

“Dillyn’s done a good job. So do we swop him? Kurt is back and above him in the pecking order.

“Do we play Kurt who hasn’t played for three months or Dillyn who played 50 minutes against the Hurricanes and beat the Blues?”

Former Stormers captain Juan de Jongh, who played for Western Province in the Rugby Challenge last weekend after returning from injury, could be back to boost the Super Rugby team.

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