LIVE

    Carel's son has 'x-factor'

    2016-03-11 10:10

    Lloyd Burnard - Sport24

    Cape Town - Jean-Luc du Plessis is set to make his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers against the Sharks this weekend, and coach Robbie Fleck is expecting big things. 

    Du Plessis (21), son of legendary Springbok and Western Province wing Carel, has been named on the Stormers bench for Saturday's Newlands clash after Robert du Preez injured his knee against the Cheetahs. 

    Kurt Coleman is promoted to the starting line-up, but there will be a large group of Stormers supporters keen to see how the son of a Bok great performs when given his chance. 

    Coach Robbie Fleck is confident. 

    "Jean-Luc will bring something different. He’s got a bit of x-factor, he’s got a good boot, a good distribution game and he communicates really well," the Stormers coach said.

    "He’s a young kid whose keen to show what he’s made from.

    "He’s a talented individual and a player that I coached last year in the U-21s and we’ve got a good relationship. He’s a talented flyhalf and certainly a player that can mix it at this level.

    "I’m looking forward to see how it goes … he’s been training hard and just been waiting for his opportunity and obviously he’s got it now. It’s important that he goes in there nice and confident and does the basics well and if he does that then you’ll see there’s something there."

    Coleman, meanwhile, has an opportunity of his own in the absence of Du Preez. 

    The 26-year-old spent last season behind Demetri Catrakilis in the pecking order, and he started this season behind Du Preez. 

    Now, he has a chance to make the No 10 jersey his own for an extended period.

    "He's confident ... he's a good player," said Fleck. 

    "It's important for him to take that confidence through to this game. There are a lot of eyes on the flyhalf position ... he's got to run the show for us, slot his goals and have an error-free game."

    Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:15.

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Results

    05 August 2017
    29 July 2017
    22 July 2017
    21 July 2017
    15 July 2017
    14 July 2017
    08 July 2017
    07 July 2017
    01 July 2017
    30 June 2017
    09 June 2017
    03 June 2017
    02 June 2017
    28 May 2017
    27 May 2017
    26 May 2017
    21 May 2017
    20 May 2017
    19 May 2017
    13 May 2017
    12 May 2017
    06 May 2017
    05 May 2017
    30 April 2017
    29 April 2017
    28 April 2017
    22 April 2017
    21 April 2017
    15 April 2017
    14 April 2017
    09 April 2017
    08 April 2017
    07 April 2017
    02 April 2017
    01 April 2017
    31 March 2017
    25 March 2017
    24 March 2017
    18 March 2017
    17 March 2017
    11 March 2017
    10 March 2017
    04 March 2017
    03 March 2017
    02 March 2017
    25 February 2017
    24 February 2017
    23 February 2017

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    The 2017 Super Rugby tournament has reached its quarter-final stage. When all is said and done, who emerges victorious?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.