Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
18 Mar 2014
10:00 am

Stormers’ injury woes deepen

Rudolph Jacobs

Stormers centre Juan de Jongh, above, yesterday became the latest replacement to be flown over to Australia as the troubled Super Rugby side waved their goodbyes to lock De Kock Steenkamp.

FILE PICTURE: Juan de Jongh during the DHL Stormers training session. Picture: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images.

Despite having six locks on the injured list, coach Allister Coetzee believed they are still covered in the lock position.

“We still have Jurie van Vuuren here who can cover lock and flank and, thankfully, Michael Rhodes (shoulder) is available for selection again this week (after missing the Chiefs match),” said Coetzee.

Lock Ruan Botha (knee) and captain Jean de Villiers (shoulder) also should recover in time for the Brumbies game this weekend, but De Jongh could provide the spark lacking in midfield.

“Juan is available this weekend, having fully recovered from his knee injury, and has already trained with us and he is raring to go,” said Coetzee. “De Kock, unfortunately, has suffered a recurrence of his groin injury. He flew home from Australia this (yesterday) morning and will consult a specialist when he gets home.”

But in other injury news, fullback Jaco Taute will sit out with an injury to his AC joint (on the other shoulder this time), while tighthead prop Frans Malherbe (broken baby toe) will be available for a starting spot.

Left wing Sailosi Tagicakibau is set to make his first start in the absence of Taute, with Gio Aplon likely to start in the No 15 jersey.

The Cheetahs have injury worries over wing Raymond Rhule (ankle) and centre Francois Venter (shoulder) before their final tour match against the Blues in Albany on Saturday.