The Stormers will know today whether loosehead prop JD Moller and lock Andries Bekker will be fit to play in the Super 14 rugby match against the Hurricanes at Newlands on Saturday.
“We have a few injuries,” Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus said after the team’s 34-22 victory over the Cheetahs at the weekend.
“JD has a sore ankle and Andries has a groin strain,” Erasmus said, adding that there was “a good chance” of Moller being fit for this week’s match.
Stephen Nell reports in Die Burger that the team’s other prop forward, Brian Mujati, has an appointment with a dentist after he lost part of a tooth against the Cheetahs, despite wearing a mouth guard.
Mujati will nevertheless be ready to take on the Hurricanes, who scrummed well in their 50-22 victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.
Erasmus pointed out that Mujati had looked at home at loosehead during the second half on Saturday. If Moller fails to recover in time, the Stormers at least have the option of using Mujati on that side of the front row.
Lack of depth
Schalk Ferreira, who has recovered from a neck injury, was due to return in a club match at the weekend. His progress will be keenly watched, given the lack of depth among the prop forwards.
Bekker and Mujati were among the stars against the Cheetahs. The backs played delightful rugby but the foundation had been provided by the pack.
Erasmus was a happy man after the match on Saturday but conceded that the Stormers had under performed in the second half.
“As satisfied as I was with the first half, in which we scored 24 points, so disappointed was I in the second half.
“However, I am delighted with the five points we earned against a good team,” Erasmus said.
The slump could be blamed on a few factors, the coach said. The bye that his team had enjoyed the previous weekend may have had an influence. He may also have mistimed his substitutions.
Former All black flyhalf Tony Brown did not provide the same impact that he had done against the Blues and the Western Force.
The Stormers are now seventh on the Super 14 table. The Hurricanes are third, but only three points above the Cape side.
There is little to choose between the teams for this week’s big match. However, the Stormers have home-ground advantage in their next four matches before they face the bottom-of-the-log Lions at Ellis Park in their last league match.
The Stormers proved against the Cheetahs that they were able to handle the pressure of playing at home. To qualify for a semi-final is now in their hands.Tweet