Western Province have been hit hard by injuries, sommer at the start of the Currie Cup.
With coach John Dobson getting his charges ready for their first match of the season against the Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday, the coach reveals that he has to do so minus his Boks and a string of injuries.
Dobson explains: “We have a couple of injuries too many and a few call-ups.
“The ones that worry me would be [Sikhumbuzo] Notshe, Ali Vermaak, Sergeal Petersen, Dan du Plessis - he is obviously long-term. Kobus Wiese, Johan du Toit and Kobus van Dyk - three really good sevens and Jano Vermaak.”
With Herschel Jantjies called up to the Springbok squad and Vermaak injured again, Dobson is convinced that they have adequate cover at No.9.
He says: “We’re actually alright at scrumhalf.
“We’ve got Paul de Wet, we’ve got Justin Phillips.
"And then we’ve got Godlen Masimla, who has come back and joined us from the Kings."
DHL Western Province squad:
Juarno Augustus, Kwenzo Blose, Craig Barry, Jaco Coetzee, Paul de Wet, Johan du Toit, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Neethling Fouche, Corne Fourie, Liam Hendricks, Michael Kumbirai, Dan Kriel, Wilco Louw, Godlen Masimla, Chris Massyn, SP Marais, David Meihuizen, Salmaan Moerat, Ruhan Nel, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni, Sergeal Petersen, Justin Phillips, Marno Redelinghuys, Ramone Samuels, Carlu Sadie, JD Schickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Chad Solomon, Josh Stander, Edwill van der Merwe, Ernst van Rhyn, Chris van Zyl, Jano Vermaak, Ali Vermaak, Nama Xaba.