Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
14 May 2014
10:00 am

Stormers laid low by injuries

Rudolph Jacobs

Schalk Burger and centre Jean de Villiers face strenuous fitness tests today, with the hope of being cleared to face the Force at Newlands on Saturday.

FILE PICTURE: Schalk Burger. Picture: Luke Walker/Gallo Images

Not only are Burger and De Villiers the Stormers’ two prime captaincy options, but as seasoned Springboks they are the most experienced.

And that is not where coach Allister Coetzee’s headaches end as prop Oli Kebble will undergo a concussion test while a call on the fitness of Brok Harris will also be made today.

Burger stood in as captain at Loftus last week but he injured his back, while De Villiers and Kebble were not considered for the clash.

Frans Malherbe remains unavailable for selection and will again sit out this week.

On the positive side, lock Michael Rhodes returned to training yesterday and was due to be assessed ahead of the clash against the Force.

Coetzee must also decide where to accommodate returning flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis who has not played since breaking his nose against the Lions last month.

Kurt Coleman has been in the saddle at flyhalf since Peter Grant experienced a loss of form, while Gary van Aswegen is still on the injured list.

On the left wing, Kobus van Wyk is expected to return after recovering from a wrist injury, replacing Cheslin Kolbe.

The following players remain sidelined: Steven Kitshoff, Tiaan Liebenberg, Eben Etzebeth, Jurie van Vuuren, De Kock Steenkamp, Rynhardt Elstadt, Gerbrandt Grobler, Manuel Carizza, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Louis Schreuder, Godlen Masimla, Gary van Aswegen, Sailosi Tagicakibau, Gio Aplon and Ryno Eksteen.