Currie Cup

Cheetahs lure Tuks flyhalf

2013-08-13 10:14
Willie du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Free State Cheetahs have drafted Tuks flyhalf Willie du Plessis into their squad for the rest of the Currie Cup competition.

The versatile 23-year-old, who can also play centre and fullback, will be a welcome addition to the Cheetahs' backline reserves. He was one of Tuks' star players when they beat Maties in the 2012 and 2013 Varsity Cup finals, and has also represented the Blue Bulls at Vodacom Cup level.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské welcomed Du Plessis' arrival in Bloemfontein, especially with an injury cloud hanging over Hennie Daniller.

The fullback has a suspected hand fracture which he suffered in their Super Rugby game against the Blues last month. He has since played through the pain barrier but underwent a scan on Monday which could see him go under the knife.

Meanwhile, the versatile Riaan Smit is also struggling with a hamstring niggle but should be ready to face Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.

"We need depth at flyhalf and fullback," Drotské told the Volksblad website. "If Hennie gets injured, then True Blue (Smit) has to play fullback. We also only have two flyhalves (Smit and Elgar Watts) in our group.

"Willie is a good player and can play flyhalf and fullback."

So considering all the injury niggles, Du Plessis could yet have an important role to play for the Cheetahs in this year's Currie Cup.

Their clash against WP at Newlands kicks off at 19:15 on Saturday.

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