STORMERS flyhalf Robert du Preez will miss up to 12 weeks of Super Rugby action after suffering a knee injury in last weekend’s match against the Cheetahs.
This allows Kurt Coleman to don the No.10 jumper against the Sharks at Newlands this weekend, with Brandon Thompson or former Springbok Carel du Plessis’ son, Jean-Luc, on the bench.
Coach Robbie Fleck explains: “Rob suffered a grade 2-3 MCL [medial collateral ligament] and partial PCL [Posterior Cruciate Ligament] injury. He doesn’t require surgery and will be out for up to 12 weeks.
“So he should be fit and ready to go beyond the June Test break.”
Of Coleman stepping into the flyhalf berth, Fleck is confident after the 26-year-old had a much better outing in Bloemfontein than last year.
Fleck says: “I’m very happy with Kurt.
“He just got on [in Bloem] and he had a tough penalty he needed to slot over. He showed a lot of guts.
“Last year was a big scar for him emotionally and he overcame that.
“I think that’s a good step in the right direction for him.”
Of the bench, Fleck adds: “We need to get in a specialist flyhalf, and we’ll be looking at that.
“We’ve got two good young players in Brandon Thompson and Jean-Luc du Plessis, so we’ll be looking at introducing them into the setup.
“Both done the whole pre-season with us, so it’s an exciting opportunity for them.”