Province lose their points machine

Willem de Waal, the prolific points scoring flyhalf, is an 11th hour withdrawal from the Western Province Currie Cup side to play high-riding Griquas in Kimberley on Friday afternoon.

While the Western Province camp are tight-lipped about the matter, it now appears they were made aware of the situation two days ago, when De Waal was advised by a specialist to take a break from the game.

De Waal’s absence opens the way for Peter Grant to slot in at flyhalf and his place at inside centre will be filled by Morgan Newman, who will move off the bench. Newman’s place will be taken by Maties three-quarter Paul Bosch.

De Waal’s deadly accurate boot has been a major feature of Province’s victories this season.

Against the Cheetahs he contributed 14 points in Province’s 19-13 win, and against the Sharks he notched up 19 points in the side’s 29-15 win.

Grant is a natural flyhalf and has been capped in that position for the Springboks in five Tests and enjoyed his last outing in the green and gold in Perth last year when he entered the fray as a substitute for Butch James in the Tri-Nations Test against Australia.

However, the Stormers’ and Province’s insistence of fielding him at centre has curtailed his claims to further Springbok selection and as De Waal is likely to be on the sideline for a few weeks, Grant has an ideal chance to lay down his marker once again.

The Durban-born pivot, who was recruited to Province by former coaching guru Nick Mallett, has attracted attention from foreign clubs in Australia, France and England in the past few months.

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