Juarno, the se­lec­tion of Au­gus­tus ex­cites Fleck

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call it an ex­cit­ing se­lec­tion,’ said Fleck.

“Play­ing for the Storm­ers is not com­pletely new to him. He played for us in the pre­sea­son; he got game time in the pre-sea­son friendly against the Li­ons. We are very com­fort­able with this se­lec­tion and he adds fur­ther to our loose-for­ward op­tions go­ing for­ward, both for the play-offs and be­yond that,” Fleck said.

Au­gus­tus was of course in­stru­men­tal in the Ju­nior Boks’ cam­paign as the hardrun­ning loose for­ward scored no fewer than seven tries in Chean Roux’s team’s five matches. But it wasn’t a case of him just be­ing at the right place at the right time. He also made cru­cial con­tri­bu­tions at the break­downs, while his ball-car­ry­ing, his skill set, and his gen­eral hard-work­ing style caused all kinds of prob­lems for their ju­nior op­po­si­tion.

And Fleck said that just like with fly­half Damian Willemse, who made his start­ing de­but for the Storm­ers last week, he was ex­cited to see what Au­gus­tus will de­liver, while he also sin­gled out Au­gus­tus’ ball-car­ry­ing abil­ity and what he can bring to the blind­side po­si­tion as some­thing that he was par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about.

“He was out­stand­ing for the na­tional un­der-20 team and, as was the case with Damian last week, we are very ex­cited to see how he goes. He did play No 8 at the world tour­na­ment, but he played be­tween seven and eight, and he can be very ef­fec­tive when he comes around the cor­ner from blind­side flank from a ball-car­ry­ing point of view,” he said.

“He brings some­thing dif­fer­ent and he might free up the likes of Nizaam and Siya, but he’s got to do the ba­sics first and then the rest will come to him eas­ily.”

Apart from the loose trio, Fleck will have an­other com­bi­na­tion to check out to­mor­row in Damian de Al­lende and EW Viljoen.

The two will start as a pair in mid­field for the first time as De Al­lende makes a timely re­turn to fit­ness.

Cur­rently, only De Al­lende, Viljoen and Dan Kriel are fit, while Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional Huw Jones, who was ex­pected to be back this week after suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury dur­ing Scot­land’s Six Na­tions cam­paign, has been pushed out for an­other week.

Spring­bok cen­tre Juan de Jongh should also be in the mix for the play-offs after sus­tain­ing a con­cus­sion early in the game against the Chee­tahs.

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