Damian Willemse and Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu are able to comply with in Manie Libbok’s footsteps when the Stormers tackle Clermont of their closing pool stage recreation of the Champions Cup at Cape City Stadium on Saturday night time.
Libbok was dominated out of the sport after struggling a concussion in final week’s win towards London Irish in Brentford, which opened the door for Willemse or Feinberg Mngomezulu to step into the breach.
Willemse performed extensively at Flyhalf for the Springboks final 12 months however has hardly performed within the place for the Stormers within the final 12 months and a half, whereas Feinberg-Mngomezulu has additionally been favored in midfield or as a full-back.
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When Libbok was substituted off towards London Irish within the first half, Feinberg-Mngomezulu changed him however struggled to regulate, leading to him swapping locations with Willemse taking part in at full-back and that appeared to stabilize the crew .
Each are battling for the beginning spot this weekend, in accordance with Stormers’ assistant coach Dawie Snyman, who’s eager to see the crew’s depth examined on the place.
“In some unspecified time in the future we’ll most likely must play or function with out him (Libbok), so I believe possibly it is a good time to see our different alternatives there,” Snyman mentioned.
“It may occur within the week of a quarter-final, semi-final or closing if he is not obtainable, so it is a massive problem for us as a squad and for anybody who steps into that place.”
Snyman was additionally fast to level out the similarities between younger Feinberg-Mngomezulu and Willemse, with the 2 being utility backs who began their careers in an identical method.
“Compared, it is nearly spot on. After I have a look at Sacha, the place he’s now and the place Damian began with us when he was 19. They’re gamers with nice composure and guys who can play in massive video games,” Snyman defined.
“Sacha was taking part in that quarter-final (United Rugby Championship) towards Edinburgh when he got here on as an alternative when he was 12. Damian gained a Currie Cup when he was 19. Calmness is one factor, however their physicality is analogous too. Sacha can also be fairly aggressive, loves duels, likes to select up the ball. Added to that is their versatility.
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“Each Sacha and Damian have a rugby mind the place they perceive the sport and the completely different positions and what’s required. So it is one thing we wish to develop, with a number of choice makers on the sector and individuals who can take the ball on the first receiver,” he added.
“It additionally helps lots to have skilled guys (like Willemse) with a youthful man.”
In a lift for the Stormers forward of the weekend, Evan Roos may very well be in line for his return after injuring himself whereas taking part in for the Springboks towards England in November final 12 months.
“Evan is wanting good, he is been coaching at house for the final two weeks and I believe he’ll do his final take a look at tomorrow, however he is wanting good,” mentioned Snyman.