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Western Province will go all out to score four tries in their north-south Currie Cup derby against the Blue Bulls at Loftus on Saturday (5.05pm).

If they do, that bonus point will secure them first place in the round-robin competition - even if they lose the match.

Coach John Dobson has selected a side equipped to do just that, with playmakers all over the show.

With Damian Willemse pulling the strings at flyhalf and Dillyn Leyds operating from the back, there is no shortage of fire on attack in the team.

The weather, though, according to Dobson, will play a big role.

He explains: “What’s interesting is that we’re down for 13mm of rain [at Loftus on Saturday].

“[And] obviously four tries are helluva lot important for us. These conditions can make it more of a slugfest than we would have liked it to be.”

If things get tough, WP will in all likelihood use Dan du Plessis as a ball carrier in the midfield.

The son of ex-Springbok Michael du Plessis, Dobson believes that the youngster has what it takes to don the Green and Gold.

And having suffered a number of injuries this year, he says the time is right for Du Plessis, 23 and in for Dan Kriel, to show the world what he is made of.

The coach explains: “I’m quite keen to give him a start for a while now.

“I think that guy is potentially a Springbok - I’m quite excited about that.

“What people don’t realise about Dan - because of his injuries - is his physicality.

“He’s a bit of a mad man on the field like his dad.”

Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, meanwhile, has also been ruled out with a broken bone in his hand and will miss the clash.

His position behind the base of the scrum will be taken by Herschel Jantjies, who Dobson believes is a “like-for-like” replacement.

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