After their 45-26 opening weekend defeat to the Blue Bulls at Loftus two weeks ago, coach John Dobson and his Western Province team know they have their work cut out it in this year’s Currie Cup.
If they thought they had it tough then, they are in for a rude awakening when they cross swords with the Free State Cheetahs, who demolished the Bulle 43-20 in Bloemfontein last weekend.
Luckily for Dobson, he will get some boost from the guys returning from the Olympics Sevens bronze medal winners.
Juan de Jongh, though, will go straight into the Springbok camp, while winger Seabelo Senatla suffered a wrist injury that will sideline him for a while.
Fullback Cheslin Kolbe will be assessed first before a call on his inclusion for the match is made, while Tim Agaba is also believed to be in talks with a move to the union, but for now he is contracted to the national Sevens team.
Of the returning players, Dobson says: “Chessie’s back tomorrow [today]. I want to see where he is mentally and he’s got a slightly sore calf, so we’ll see about him.
“It’s only Chessie that might be in the frame this weekend.”
Of Agaba possibly joining, Dobson adds: “Tim is apparently – he’s been given some time off. He doesn’t fall under us at the moment… he is a nationally contracted player.”