Kolbe set to provide cover at ten

Date published: April 6 2016

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Despite season ending injuries to Kurt Coleman and Dillyn Leyds, Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck is not looking to bring in a fly-half from outside the Union.

Leyds sustained an injury during a training session in the week prior to the Jaguares match in Buenos Aires and Coleman injured his knee during a routine move – without being tackled – on Tuesday during practice.

Fleck has named 21-year-old Jean-Luc du Plessis in his starting lineup for Friday's encounter with the Sunwolves at Newlands.

"We're going to have to dig deep and make some clever plans,' Fleck told SARugbymag. 

"In the long term, it has always been my intent to back the youngsters. 

"That said, it is a blow to lose guys like Dillyn and Kurt, especially since Kurt was starting to play with confidence after big performances against the Brumbies and Jaguares."

The Stormers head coach holds Du Plessis, who is the son of former Springbok and Western Province winger Carel du Plessis, in high regard.

"I rate Jean-Luc highly," he said. 

"He's a complete footballer, the kind of guy who loves to take charge. He plays the situation, and as far as his goal-kicking is concerned, he doesn't get flustered. 

"That's what you want in a flyhalf. I've been impressed with his performances to date. 

"He did some good things to open the game up [in the second half against the Brumbies], and got us out of some tricky situations in the latter stages of the match against the Jaguares. 

"I have confidence in his ability."

To makes matters even more fascinating for the Cape side is that Fleck has not named another pivot amongst the replacements.

He hinted that Cheslin Kolbe provides cover for the number ten position should the circumstances require him to.

"Cheslin's got the passing game and the kicking game to be a success there," he said. 

"In recent games, we've seen him mixing it up later in a match when he comes in at first-receiver [from second phase onwards]."

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