No fewer than seven current Springbok squad members will be in action in the Currie Cup this weekend.
And every single one of the fringe players will be out to prove to coach Allister Coetzee that they should be the ones starting against Australia in Bloemfontein next weekend.
Tomorrow at Newlands (5.15pm), Western Province fullback Dillyn Leyds, who’s been a tourist with the Springboks throughout the year, is one of those guys.
With the current Bok back three not performing well, Leyds has been sitting on the sidelines watching the likes of Andries Coetzee, Raymond Rhule and Courtnall Skosan under-perform in the Green and Gold.
And while he’s been in great form throughout the year, a good performance against Griquas wll give Coetzee a timely reminder of what he’s capable of – both at fullback and wing.
Damian de Allende is another Cape star who has been starved of game time, often not getting enough minutes off the Bok bench and a return to some sort of form won’t do his chances in the Bok squad any harm.
Then there’s prop Wilco Louw, who was called up to the squad in New Zealand but also didn’t make the match 23.
Elsewhere, Sharks No.8 Dan du Preez will look to prove to Coetzee that he is a better option than current eighthman Uzair Cassiem .
Wing S’bu Nkosi is another who will look to prove to the rest of Mzansi why he was called up to the squad and exactly why he is so highly rated.
Weekend Currie Cup fixtures:
Free State Cheetahs v Pumas (5.30pm)
Sharks v Blue Bulls (3pm)
Western Province v Griquas (5.15pm)