De Jongh's chance to shine

    2014-01-23 07:43
    Cape Town - Juan de Jongh could find himself back in the Stormers starting midfield in this year's Super Rugby competition.

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    The Springbok was a substitute for the latter part of Western Province's Currie Cup campaign last year, with coach  Allister Coetzee opting to pick Damian de Allende as Jean de Villiers's centre partner.

    However, a lack of depth at wing could open the door for De Jongh to start in 2014.

    Cheslin Kolbe has been ruled out with a knee injury and with Bryan Habana and Gerhard van den Heever heading overseas, the Stormers' wing stocks appear to be quite low. They are reportedly in search of a big wing to fill the void but no new recent additions have been added.

    This could see the big and physical De Allende move to the wing, opening a spot in midfield for De Jongh.

    "My focus is to work hard in pre-season and to build my confidence with good performances in the warm-up games," De Jongh told Die Burger's website.

    The Stormers will play three pre-season games before starting their season-proper against the Lions in Johannesburg on February 22.

    Stormers' 2014 pre-season fixtures:

    Saturday, February 1:
    Bulls v Stormers, Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane) - 17:00

    Friday, February 7:
    Southern Kings v Stormers, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth) - 19:00

    Saturday, February 15:
    Boland v Stormers, Boland Stadium (Wellington) - kick-off TBC

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