Fleck says Kolbe is ‘fine’

Date published: April 9 2016

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The Stormers are relieved that medical tests have cleared Cheslin Kolbe after he sustained an injury in the 49-16 victory over the Sunwolves at Newlands on Friday.

Sunwolves' lock Timothy Bond's shoulder charge collided with Kolbe's head and Bond was subsequently shown a red card for his sins.

A dazed and confused Kolbe was escorted off the field after the incident.

The Stormers have already lost fly-half Kurt Coleman and utility back Dillyn Leyds for the season and Robert du Preez is set to return to the fold after the June international period.

Head coach Robbie Fleck does not seem to be too concerned with the condition of the 22-year-old's injury.

"He’s good," Fleck told Sport24.

"He obviously took a hell of a shot there. He’s fine – he passed all of his tests.

Kolbe has been tipped to be the stand-in pivot for incumbent Jean-Luc du Plessis following prolonged injuries to Coleman and Du Preez.

"He was actually ready to come back on – he wanted that little stint at flyhalf there and wanted that shot at goal at the end.

"He was a bit disappointed he didn’t get back on. He’s a quality player – some of those lines he was running were pretty special so it was good to see."

The 40-year-old Fleck praises Kolbe's tenacity and his ability to recover rapidly from being on the receiving end of huge tackles each weekend.

"It’s probably quite tough to get down on your knees to tackle someone," he said.

"It’s a tough game we play – the one thing about Cheslin is that he keeps getting back up. 

He’s a special player and guys are going to mark him. He takes the hits."

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