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.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Your thoughts on the Currie Cup being cut to a one-round tournament in 2018?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.