Brumbies highlight Jean-Luc as Sharks danger man
Cape Town - The Brumbies have identified Sharks loose forward Jean-Luc du Preez as the danger man ahead of the teams’ Super Rugby clash in Canberra on Saturday.
Since making his Super Rugby debut at the age of 19 in 2015, Du Preez has established himself as a key cog in the Sharks’ back-row.
The men from Canberra have clearly taken note of the Sharks young gun, whose dad Robert is the head coach and twin brother Dan also on the Sharks’ books.
The Brumbies dedicated a feature on their official website to Jean-Luc, describing him as the Player to Watch ahead of Saturday's match.
“Du Preez’s defensive capabilities are extremely advanced for a player his age, he reads and dissects opposition attacks like a seasoned veteran. The 21-year old also has a penchant for the big hit,” he is described in the story.
“Du Preez also possesses a strong running game and silky skills for a forward, the 194cm backrower is able to offload with the best of them and creates plenty of opportunities for his team-mates.
“The youngster was a standout for the Sharks in their Round 1 clash against the Reds, scoring a try and leading the Sharks pack around the park. Despite the Sharks close loss to the Reds, Du Preez can hold his head high because of his admirable performance.”
The story concludes by predicting that Du Preez will add to the solitary Test cap he boasts, having made his Springbok debut against Wales in Cardiff last year.
“After such a great 2016 at only 20 years of age, expect Du Preez to take another leap during the 2017 season and put himself in the mix for Springbok selection.”
Saturday's clash is scheduled for 10:45 (SA time).
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson
15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Curwin Bosch