Cape Town - Stormers flyhalf Kurt Coleman has a big chance to stake a claim for the Cape side's No 10 jersey when he starts against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Coleman, who made his Stormers debut two seasons ago amidst a flyhalf crisis, will again get a chance this weekend after he was named at No 10 for their warm-up match at the Free State Stadium.
He fills in for Elton Jantjies
, who was given time off following the death of his father
, and with Peter Grant
yet to return from Japan.
Coach Allister Coetzee
said it's a big chance for Coleman to prove he can challenge for first team honours this season.
"Kurt came through the age-group structures and got a chance two years ago to play Super Rugby. He performed quite well against the Brumbies back then," Coetzee told Die Burger's website
"Sometimes all a player needs is another chance. He was sidelined for quite some time with an ankle injury, but must now show that he is a candidate for the flyhalf position.
is not back yet and I don't know in what condition he'll return from Japan. Kurt now has to make full use of this opportunity."
Grant could return anytime between February 5-25 while it's still uncertain when Jantjies will return. Coetzee's only other options are to play scrumhalves Louis Schreuder and Dewaldt Duvenage
at No 10.
Therefore, it is now up to Coleman to prove he can make the double step up from Vodacom Cup to Super Rugby.
Kick-off at the Free State Stadium is at 17:00 on Saturday, with the match to be broadcasted live on SuperSport.
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Sarel Pretorius
, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Doppies Vermeulen, 4 Rynhardt Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss
(captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Substitutes: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Caylib Oosthuizen, 18. Lood de Jager, 19. Francois Uys, 20. Frans Viljoen, 21. Juan Smith
, 22. Lappies Labuschagne, 23. Piet van Zyl, 24. Elgar Watts, 25. Barry Geel, 26. Willie le Roux, 27. Hansie GraaffStormers:
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana
, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen
(captain), 7. Don Armand, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth
, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Ruan Botha, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Rayn Smid, 21. Dewaldt Duvenage
, 22. Pat Howard, 23. Gerhard van den Heever, 24. Joe Pietersen