Cape Town - Western Province’s Dillyn Leyds looks set to be given a crack at flyhalf ... sooner rather than later.
The 22-year-old replaced Kobus van Wyk on the right wing in Saturday’s 33-15 win over Griquas at Newlands at made an immediate impact.
During last season’s Super Rugby campaign - a breakthrough season for Leyds - the possibility of a future at flyhalf was something that he spoke about openly.
And now it appears that he might get his chance.
Demetri Catrakilis’ poor form combined with his imminent departure from Newlands makes him a less than attractive pick at the moment while Kurt Coleman is yet to convince critics that he is the man to take Province forward. The other option at pivot is young Robert du Preez, who looked the part when replacing Coleman on Saturday.
But Dobson’s words after the Griquas match on Saturday suggested that Leyds is also in the reckoning for a flyhalf berth, even if it comes as a replacement.
“Ja. That’s the short answer,” was Dobson’s response when asked if Leyds’ future involvement could come at No. 10.
“It’s his attacking game. He creates a lot of space for those outside him. He can take the ball to the line and still make a 20-yard pass to his right.
“Defenders can’t move off him. I think that’s been a bit of a problem in our rugby for a while … we haven’t asked enough questions in that channel and maybe Dillyn could help that.”
That said, the coach was not overly displeased with what he saw from Coleman against Griquas.
“I don’t think he got the distance I would have liked on some of his penalty kicks … but on attack he brought some rhythm to us,” said Dobson.
“It’s a dilemma, but I think what we have to do is take a longer term view on the flyhalf thing … what’s in the interest of Western Province?”
WP are in Durban this weekend where they will take on the Sharks.