Percy Montgomery will probably play his first Currie Cup rugby match in six years for Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.
Province coach Allister Coetzee hinted on Monday that Montgomery is part of his plans for the match against the Lions.
Stephen Nell writes for Die Burger that Coetzee had little option but to include Montgomery in WP’s squad for the match against Boland last Saturday after Jean de Villiers withdrew due to gastro-enteritis.
“We’re considering including Monty in the squad of 22. He’s had quite a lot of time to become familiar with our structures,” said Coetzee.
“Monty is rejuvenated and has been running with us. He knows the players and is well and truly part of the team now.”
Montgomery’s last game against the Lions for WP was the 13-50 defeat at Ellis Park on 12 October 2002. His last match for Province at Newlands took place on 21 September of the same year.
It will, therefore, be an emotional moment for Montgomery, especially as it is likely to be his last match ever for WP at Newlands. He is due to play for the Stormers next year and could decide to call it a day after the Super14 series.
In the meantime Coetzee may be looking at the potential of using Montgomery’s accurate boot in WP’s efforts to beat the Lions by 19 points.
But Province also have to pick up a bonus point for four tries, so Conrad Jantjes is still expected to be in the starting line-up. One way of accommodating both players in the team is to play Jantjes at wing.
Jantjes’s standard of play at fullback has, however, been brilliant, so the expectation is that Montgomery will be used as a replacement instead.
Montgomery announced his retirement from Test rugby after South Africa’s 53-8 win over Australia at Coca-Cola Park earlier this year.Tweet