Robbie Fleck believes he has found his perfect Stormers loose trio ahead of their game against the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday (7.20pm).
It includes Nizaam Carr at openside flanker – a position that will probably give the 25-year-old his best chance of adding to his two Springbok caps – and also includes veteran Schalk Burger at No.8, with Siya Kolisi operating on the blindside flank.
Throughout the season, Fleck has rotated his loose forwards, with Sikhumbuzo Notshe also a regular feature and Rynhardt Elstadt recently |returning from injury.
Carr, though, had his reservations about |playing as a fetcher, |fearing that he might not get enough opportunity to carry the ball.
So far this season he has played at No.8 four times, three times at No.6 and came off the bench in one game.
Fleck, though, believes Carr has found his home at openside flanker and says: “For me, this season, he has done exceptionally well at six.
“If we can recall two seasons or three seasons ago when he did make the Springboks, he played six. Against the Brumbies, at six, he had an exceptional game – every time he’s put the six jersey on he’s played exceptionally well.
“And I certainly believe there is a future role for him there, at this stage he’s had the most steals at the breakdown in our team.
“He’s got a massive workrate in our side both on attack and defence and he’s starting to fit that No.6 role quite nicely for us.”
Meanwhile, centre Damian de Allende will look to return to form against a formidable Bulls midfield when he plays in his 50th Super Rugby match for the Stormers.
De Allende, who will partner Johnny Kotze against Jan Serfontein and Jesse Kriel, has not been at his best since returning from an injury that ruled him out for the start of the season.
And with Springbok coach Allister Coetzee no doubt watching the game with hawk eyes, De Allende will go out with a point to prove.