JdV not at his best yet – WP coach

Date published: July 29 2015

Western Province coach John Dobson has warned that Springbok centre Jean de Villiers is still some way short of his best form.

De Villiers is back in the Bok camp after completing 80 minutes for WP in a friendly against the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

While Dobson has been impresed the Springbok captain, who is on the comeback trail after suffering a horrific knee injury against in November, he admitted De Villiers still has a lot of work to do.  

"To be brutally honest, if you watched that game [against the Kings], you wouldn't think that Jean is a world leading centre. But his progression is significant every week," Dobson told Times Live.

"What isn't in doubt is his appetite, energy and bravery but, by his own admission, he still has a way to go.

"Jean insisted on playing 80 minutes against the Kings, so he went to the wing on the hour because we wanted to look at other centre options," 

"He was really happy with the way he could accelerate, and he could have scored but dropped a ball. He was definitely sharper this week.

"Jean left us to join the Boks yesterday – he wasn't sure if he would be picked against Argentina, but that was just him being modest I think."