Top stars boost for WP semi



October 11, 2016
Top stars boost for WP semi

BACK FOR SEMIS: Juan de Jongh

Western Province get key players back ahead of Bulls clash at Loftus.

Contracted Springboks will not take part in this weekend’s Currie Cup semifinals.

But that doesn’t bother Western Province coach John Dobson too much, as they will be getting some quality players back for their trip to Loftus where they will face the Blue Bulls.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi and centre Juan de Jongh have been released by Saru and on top of that, Dobson can also call on the likes of Huw Jones, Dewaldt Duvenage, JD Schickerling and Oli Kebble.

Mbonambi slotted straight back into training yesterday, while De Jongh sat out the session nursing a knock to his calf.

Dobson, though, is convinced that he will be fine for this weekend’s crunch game.

It is the return of a number of his forwards that excites the coach as they expect a big tussle with the Blue Bulls up front.

Of Mbonambi, a former Bulls player, Dobson says: “He is a real warrior, he comes from them so he will have a point to prove.

“He always plays very well against them.”

Dobson adds: “It seems as if there will be a ruling that these games will be 23-man squads [instead of the 22 allowed throughout the rest of the campaign].

“Obviously, an extra forward comes into the mix.

“To add to the pack — we haven’t chosen the side yet — JD Schickerling, Oli Kebble and Bongi Mbonambi is a big injection of quality rugby players.

“Bongi is a Test player, I’ve always said that Oli Kebble could play international rugby and JD is definitely a [future] Springbok.”

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