Du Plessis a rising Stormers star

Date published: July 5 2016

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Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has praised rookie fly-half Jean-Luc du Plessis after his side's 57-31 win over the Rebels in Melbourne.

The Stormers' fly-half reserves were purged by injury this season after they lost Robert du Preez and Kurt Coleman, but Fleck believes the young number 10 has taken over the reins with aplomb.

"I've always said it about Jean-Luc … I really rate the kid. I think he's a talented young rugby player and he's got all the skills in the book," said Fleck.

"He's got a wonderful rugby brain and he really does think about the game.

"He kept us on the front foot and he understood what we wanted as a team. He stuck to the game-plan and he certainly is getting better and better."

Fleck, however, believes Du Plessis could still improve with some minor aspects of his game.

"But he's certainly still a work in progress. He's by no means the finished article and he's still in and out of games and he still makes some basic errors," Fleck said.

"In the first half I felt that he was a little bit erratic but showed some good signs, and then as the game went on he really gained in confidence and kept it simple and I thought he was outstanding in that second half."

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