Du Preez can’t take the heat

Du Preez can’t take the heat

PRESSURE TEST: Robert du Preez

Robert du Preez can be a real asset when he is not playing under pressure.

The Stormers flyhalf won the Man of the Match award for the Barbarians in their clash against Fiji on Saturday, with a calm kicking display that saw him kick all five his team’s conversions to help them win 40-7.

Du Preez, though skilful, can’t remain this calm when the heat is on.

And with Jean-luc du Plessis also fit when next season’s Super Rugby kicks off, it will be interesting to see who coach Robbie Fleck picks as first choice.

Fleck and his Stormers, they started their preparation for next season last weekend already.

But you have to wonder what the impact of their financial crisis will have on the players.

Thelo Wakefield already said the impact would not be great, but any staff member will be unsettled during times like this.

And once unsettled off the field, it will show under the lights when the heat is on at Newlands.

With 2017 being a year in which they will face a number of Kiwi teams, I see tough times ahead for the Stormers.

And it’s nothing to do with Fleck or his coaching staff, but instead the mismanagement at boardroom level that will ultimately spill over onto the pitch.

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