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Cheslin Kolbe looks like he may miss the DHL Stormers’ next Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth, thus leaving a place for fellow Blitzbok star Seabelo Senatla to make his first start of the season.
Kolbe limped off with an ankle injury in the second half of the 32-25 win over the Jaguares at Newlands at the weekend and although coach Robbie Fleck says it doesn’t look serious, he is a doubtful starter for the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium match.
“He’s got a bit of an ankle injury but it is not serious like those to Damian de Allende and Juan de Jongh, and he might be out for a week at the most,” said Fleck.
The Stormers can’t afford another injury at the back, and Kolbe has impressed in his new position on the right wing after playing most of his career for the Stormers at fullback. The Stormers lost an important cog in the back three when Leolin Zas was ruled out for the season after breaking his leg in the warm-up fixture against the Lions.
Springbok Bjorn Basson has moved to the Cape from the Bulls for the season and could come into the frame now for a place in the squad, but Senatla will be the favourite to wear the No 14 jersey should Kolbe not make it. The record breaking Sevens star came on as a replacement for Kolbe against the Jaguares but was mostly a spectator in his first appearance in a 15s game in more than a year as at that point the Argentine side was dominating possession.
The Kings played well to beat the Sunwolves in Singapore at the weekend and the Stormers would have taken note of that performance as they were held to a draw by the Japanese team last year. However, they would expect to be able to create opportunities that should enable Senatla to gain confidence ahead of the tougher fixtures that lie ahead.
Fleck certainly can’t have any complaints about his current back three. SP Marais has been a revelation at fullback and again capped a fine performance with a try. He appears to be thriving on the Stormers’ attacking playing style.
“SP continues to be very impressive. I thought he tried to force a few offloads, but I am not going to come down on him about that, because I prefer it that he tries things,” said Fleck.
Left wing Dillyn Leyds has also been a prominent presence in the Stormers’ attacking movements. The Stormers have boasted excellent strike-power this year, with their five tries against the Bulls being followed by four against the Jaguares. Before 2016, when the try scoring bonus ruling was adjusted to read that a team had to have scored three more tries than the opposition, that would effectively have meant they’d have achieved a full house of 10 points from their two

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