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Tue 19 Nov 2019 | 02:13

Dobson reveals 'flash points' for Stormers

Dobson reveals 'flash points' for Stormers
Tue 19 Nov 2019 | 02:13
Dobson reveals 'flash points' for Stormers
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PRE-SEASON BUILD-UP: The departure of World Cup-winning Springbok Damian de Allende and Dan Kriel has left the Stormers in a pickle.

Stormers coach John Dobson admitted midfield is one of two ‘flash points’ for his team, as they step up their pre-season preparations.

“We are little bit thin at centre,” was the candid statement by Dobson, when addressing a media briefing at the team’s training base in Bellville.

“We have two really good youngsters in Matt Moore and Rikus Pretorius. Also, there is Daniël du Plessis and Ruhan Nel.

“[However,] Ruhan might be going [with the national Sevens team] to Tokyo for the Olympics,”the Stormers coach added.

De Allende has moved to the Wild Knights in Japan and Kriel joined the Ellis Park-based Lions.

Moore was recruited to the Munster academy straight out of school two years ago, but has returned to South Africa and joined the Cape Town outfit.

Pretorius is a product of Grey College. He has been part of the broader Stormers training squad since 2018 and played for the SA Under-20 squad in 2018 and 2019 – as vice-captain this year. He made his Western Province debut in the Currie Cup against the Cheetahs in August.

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The other ‘flash point’ is scrumhalf.

“We also don’t have a proven Super Rugby back-up No.9,” the coach said.

“Herschel [Jantjies] has become one.

“We might look at keeping Jano [Vermaak] on in some capacity.”

“The pack is really well resourced,” Dobson said, adding: “The back three [is also] really well resourced.

“At flyhalf we have Damian [Willemse], JL [Jean-Luc du Plessis] and Leggit [Dillyn Leyds] can cover there.

“There is a youngster called David Kriel, who reminds me of a young Pieter Rossouw,” he said of the Grey College-schooled back who played fullback for WP in the Under-19 Final against the Blue Bulls earlier this year.

“He is a really good player.

“Super Rugby may not be ideal for him just yet next year.

“[However,] he is going to be special, properly special.

“We always have the option of David going to No.15 and Leggit moving up [to No.10].

“It is not the best kicking game in the world, but I don’t think we have the best kicking game in the world anyway.”

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