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Aplon to face late fitness test

Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck says they will make a late call on Friday whether or not Gio Aplon...

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Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck says they will make a late call on Friday whether or not Gio Aplon will feature against the Crusaders on Saturday.

Aplon has been penciled in on the bench but he is still carrying a slight back injury he picked up in last week's win over the Highlanders.

Gerhard van den Heever will take up Aplon's place on the right wing.

Fleck says they are prepared to play with or without Aplon.

“We’re looking good at the moment. We’re still waiting on a fitness report on Gio Aplon, otherwise the guys are fit and ready to go,” he said.

At the same time, Fleck says it is good to see ex-Western Province players flourishing.

Johan Sadie and JJ Engelbrecht, who played Currie Cup for Western Province, made the switch to the Bulls in the off season.

Fleck says Engelbrecht deserves to be a first team starter.

“It’s good to see them play good rugby, especially JJ [Engelbrecht]. He didn’t get many opportunities with us. He’s doing very well for the Bulls now. It’s always good to see our youngsters doing well and hopefully they’ll come back to the Province in the future.”

The Stormers are the only team that is still unbeaten in this Super Rugby campaign.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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