Du Plessis injury gives Stormers flyhalf crisis

    2016-07-18 10:56

    Cape Town - The Stormers have a flyhalf crisis once more ahead of their Super Rugby quarter-final against the Chiefs on Saturday. 

    It has been a torrid season for coach Robbie Fleck in terms of his No 10s. 

    First, Robert du Preez went down with a knee injury in the second week against the Cheetahs. 

    He has not played since.

    Then Kurt Coleman was ruled out for the season, also through a knee injury, in the build-up to the Jaguares game in week five. 

    That opened the door for rookie Jean-Luc du Plessis, who has taken his chance and performed admirably for the Stormers since then. 

    But, in Saturday's clash against the Kings at Newlands, Du Plessis limped off towards the end of the first half with what looked a serious ankle injury. 

    The Stormers have not confirmed the extent of Du Plessis's injury - that will come on Monday afternoon - but it looks certain that he will miss the Super Rugby playoffs. 

    It leaves Fleck with a tough decision to make. 

    Du Preez is fit again and has played for the Western Province Currie Cup side. 

    But he has not been a part of the Stormers set-up for some time, while Brandon Thomson has featured as back-up to Du Plessis since Coleman was sidelined. 

    Fleck has said all season that he will back the youngsters in his squad, and he now has no other option. 

    Whether he picks the 22-year-old Du Preez or the 21-year-old Thomson, he will be starting with a flyhalf playing the biggest game of his life. 

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