Red-hot Stormers wing Tonderai Chavhanga may miss the rest of this year’s Super 14 rugby competition because of a hamstring injury.
Stephen Nell of Die Burger reports that the team’s coach, Rassie Erasmus, said on Monday Chavhanga had suffered a grade-2 tear in the muscle during the match against the Hurricanes last Saturday.
“Tonderai will be out for at least four weeks,” Erasmus said. “We’d be lucky to have him available again in this year’s competition.”
The Stormers, fourth on the log after last weekend’s 20-12 victory, now face the Highlanders, the Brumbies, the Waratahs and the Lions in successive matches.
If they reach the semi-finals, Chavhanga may recover just in time to feature in the play-offs and help the team win the Super 14.
News of Chavhanga’s injury broke 24 hours after the announcement that loosehead prop JD Moller had been ruled out for at least three months after dislocating a shoulder.
Moller had his arm in a sling on Monday. His injury left the Stormers on the thin side in the front row, but Schalk Ferreira has recovered in time to play this week.
Erasmus is happy with the way the Stormers have handled a number of setbacks. “We had some big injuries early on, but we adapted. We’ll be able to handle it,” he said when it became clear that Chavhanga had joined Moller on the injury list.
The Stormers have also had to deal with Schalk Burger’s suspension and injuries to hooker Tiaan Liebenberg and scrumhalf Bolla Conradie.
Ferreira suffered a serious neck injury before the start of the season and there were fears that his career might be over. A second opinion brought better news and he has now been declared available to play against the Highlanders.
Prop forward Brian Mujati also missed Monday afternoon’s practice. He had to go to hospital – to fetch his wife and their baby daughter, who was born last week.Tweet