Springbok tighthead prop Brian Mujati is a doubtful starter for the Stormers’ first warm-up game against Saracens at Newlands on January 25.
Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed on Wednesday the former Zimbabwean is still struggling with a shoulder injury, according to Stephen Nell of Sport24.co.za.
“It’s the injury he picked up with the Springboks. They did not initially think it was serious,” said Erasmus.
“We have a few injury niggles. Conrad Jantjes has a groin injury, Schalk Burger an ankle and Willem de Waal hurt his hand during training. We hope it’s not serious.”
One of the Stormers’ new acquisitions, the versatile forward Hilton Lobberts, is also busy with rehabilitation from an injury.
Three players that ended last year on the injured list – lock Adriaan Fondse, centre Gcobani Bobo and loosehead prop JD Moller – are all ready.
Erasmus believes he is better off with regards the depth in his squad than at the corresponding time last year.
“We did not have experienced depth last year. As a coach you’re never satisfied with your depth, but it’s much better than last year.”
An example of the experienced depth Erasmus has at his disposal is the presence of veteran fullback Percy Montgomery.
Lobberts and AJ Venter can be utilised at lock.
Duane Vermeulen’s arrival from the Cheetahs provides the Stormers with further options at No 8 and on the flank – positions that were filled by Luke Watson and Francois Louw respectively last year.
Furthermore, Erasmus and his management team are at the helm for a second successive year.
“We know each other well now. We believe in one another more than last year. We have walked a path together,” said Erasmus.
Former Scottish international prop Matthew Proudfoot attended the Stormers’ training session on Wednesday. He will work as assistant coach to Allister Coetzee in this year’s Currie Cup campaign for Western Province.
“He is here (at the Stormers) in an advisory capacity,” said Erasmus.
“We want to win the Currie Cup this year and Matthew has to get to know the players in preparation for the Currie Cup.”Tweet