The South Western Districts Eagles can forget about acquiring the services of talented flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie for the Currie Cup rugby competition.
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Eagles coach Phil Pretorius wants Dollie in his side but Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has already shot down the idea.
“The Eagles may show interest but there’s no way it will amount to anything,” Coetzee said on Wednesday.
Pretorius confirmed that he would like Dollie to play for the Eagles. “We need someone in the role of flyhalf, general and goal kicker. Isma-eel is that kind of player,” Pretorius said.
“In my opinion, he is one of the best flyhalves in the country. If Western Province are not going to make use of him, we’d like to borrow him.
“We can’t afford to succeed with only 40% of our kicks at goal. If we could have someone like Dollie, we’d be able to match any team in the country,” Pretorius said.
The Eagles lost 29-15 in a friendly against the Blue Bulls last week and Pretorius said he intended approaching WP about acquiring the services of Dollie, who was loaned to Boland last year.
Coetzee said Dollie would have been with the WP squad had he not been selected to play for the Emerging team in Romania.
“One needs two or three flyhalves and Ricardo Croy is still in his first year. Esma-eel is part of my plans.”
WP recently acquired the services of former Cheetahs flyhalf Willem de Waal, who joined the squad at their training camp in Somerset West on Wednesday.
With the whole WP backline on national duty, the experienced De Waal is expected to play an important role in the early stages of the Currie Cup competition
Dollie was not part of the Stormers squad coached by Rassie Erasmus but he is expected to be in the WP 22 for most of the Currie Cup matches.
Pretorius may now shift his focus to former WP flyhalf Gareth Wright.Tweet