Stormers take comfort in Coleman
Cape Town - It’s
week three in Super Rugby and already the Stormers have been forced into a
change in a crucial position.
news that flyhalf Robert du Preez is out for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury
has thrown somewhat of a spanner into the works for coach Robbie Fleck, but the
former Springbok centre is taking comfort in 26-year-old Kurt Coleman.
is the man likely to replace Du Preez against the Sharks at Newlands this
weekend, having come on against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday after
Du Preez hobbled off.
replacement flyhalf gave a good account of himself in the 35 minutes he played,
kicking two penalties and a conversion as the Stormers sealed an important
very happy with Kurt,” Fleck said on Tuesday.
had just got on and got a really tough penalty that he had to slot over and credit
to him, he showed a lot of guts.
hasn’t played much rugger this season but he showed some decent touches.”
Preez’s injury also opens up space on the bench for either Jean-Luc du Plessis
or Brandon Thompson – both just 21.
obviously need to get in a specialist flyhalf and we’ll be looking at that,”
got two good young players in Brandon Thompson and Jean-Luc du Plessis and
we’ll be looking at introducing them into the set-up.
both done the whole pre-season with us so it will be an exciting opportunity
also ruled out the possibility of venturing into the transfer market in an
attempt to lure in an emergency flyhalf from outside of the franchise.
always said it … we’re going to back the youngsters in the system,” said the
Rob is a big loss for us and I feel for him … he played well against the Bulls
but we need to back the youngsters in the system and we’ll do exactly that.”