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Stormers set to be without Du Plessis for Chiefs

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Cape Town’s Stormers look set to play their Super Rugby quarter-final on Saturday against the Chiefs at Newlands without flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis.

Du Plessis injured his ankle in the Stormers victory over the Southern Kings and coach Robbie Fleck fears thatthe injury could a serious one.

The flyhalf will have scans on Monday to confirm the extent of the injury but it could be that Du Plessis has a syndesmosis ankle injury which would keep him on the sidelines for up to four months.

While the Stormers look like they have lost one flyhalf they are likely to have Robert du Preez back.

Du Preez put in a man of the match performance for the Stormers at the start of the season but succummbed to a serious knee injury in March and has now fully recovered from the injury.

Should Du Plessis be ruled out the Stormers will have to decide whether to start Brandon Thomson who came on for the fly half on Saturday or put Du Preez in the starting line up and keep Thomson as a replacement.

The only other injury concern from their bonus point victory over the Kings is winger Kobus van Wyk who has a rib injury but he will most likely be fit to face the Chiefs.

Saturday’s quarter final against the Chiefs will be the first time this season that the Cape side will play a New Zealand team.

Fleck has confirmed that all of the Stormers players are eligible for the quarterfinal with the exception of Scott van Breda, and they are awaiting feedback from SANZAAR on him

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