Du Preez in the deep end at Newlands

Date published: July 22 2016

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Stormers fly-half Robert du Preez is ready to be "thrown into the deep end", according to Robbie Fleck ahead of facing the Chiefs.

Head coach Fleck believes the former Sharks Academy player is the right man for the job in a clutch game despite his last start in a Stormers jersey being in March against the Cheetahs.

"He has been thrown into the deep end so he just has to deliver," a blunt Fleck told Supersport.

"It boils down to that experience he has gained playing for WP in the last couple of seasons with WP. It's a big game, and we are playing against a good side with excellent halfbacks."

Du Preez will pair up with Nic Groom at half-back and the duo have the unenviable responsibility of taking care of the nippy Brad Weber and the mercurial Aaron Cruden for the afternoon on Saturday.

"We need our half-backs to control the game, and we believe all four of the guys we have selected have the capability of doing that," added Fleck.

Du Preez, meanwhile, has not been completely out in the cold. The 22-year-old has been a feature for Western Province in the qualifying stages of the Currie Cup.

"Rob unfortunately missed out on last week's match for WP because of illness, but he is match fit," confirmed Fleck.

"Obviously he hasn't played Super Rugby for a while, but he does have some minutes under the belt."

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