Get this: Jean-Luc du Plessis has more Super Rugby experience than fellow Stormers flyhalf Robert du Preez.
The latter made his Super Rugby debut for the Cape franchise last year already, but has since only taken his tournament tally to three appearances after getting injured in the second round match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
Since then, Kurt Coleman has also suffered injury, opening the door for Du Plessis, who has now started four matches on the trot.
Coach Robbie Fleck confirmed that Du Preez, 22, is on the mend, saying: “Rob is actually looking towards the Cheetahs [for his return to action], he will start training with the team next week – [his] possible inclusion in our training squad will be the Cheetahs week.”
There is no doubt that Du Preez will play off the bench first, leaving Du Plessis, also 22, with three games to really stamp his authority on the No.10 jumper.
It starts against the Sunwolves in Singapore this weekend, where the Stormers will look to do less tackling than what they did in the reverse fixture at Newlands earlier in the competition.
If they are going to have more of the ball, Du Plessis will have the opportunity to strut his stuff with ball in hand.
He is a menace on attack, we’ve seen as much throughout the campaign, so it will be the crunch encounter against the Bulls at Loftus the following week where his ability to dictate the game with his kicking boot will be tested.
And if JL can pass that test, Du Preez might find himself as the second-choice general in weeks to follow.
There is, of course, the option of playing Du Preez at fullback where he is equally at home.
With Dillyn Leyds out injured and Cheslin Kolbe possibly lost during the time of the Olympic games, this might not be a bad option.