The injury ravaged Stormers suffered two more crucial blows at the weekend that could wreck their hopes of securing that elusive first win on tour in Australasia.
The men from Cape Town face the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday in their final tour match.
Rugby 365 reports that lock Adriaan Fondse has joined the ever-growing injury list and will return to South Africa to undergo surgery, following the wrist injury he suffered in the humiliating 11-34 loss to the Hurricanes at the weekend.
He joins captain Jean de Villiers on the injury list, following the capitulation against the Hurricanes.
De Villiers injured his knee inside the first five minutes in the encounter with the Hurricanes and while the result of an MRI scan won’t be available till Monday, the Springbok midfielder is expected to miss the encounter with the Highlanders.
This is the latest in a long list of injuries that have ravaged the Stormers this season.
Veteran Bok fullback Percy Montgomery and loose forward Francois Louw returned to South Africa last week with injuries.
Other lost through injury this season include Nick Koster, Tonderai Chavhanga and Deon Fourie.
The silver lining on this dark cloud of a team that has lost all four games on tour and seven out of nine this season is that Bok lock Andries Bekker, who joined the squad last week, might be available to face the Highlanders.
He will face a fitness test this week, but is expected to make the cut.
The Cape franchise also had to start the match against the Hurricanes without Bok prop Brian Mujati, who didn’t recover sufficiently from concussion. He could also be back this week.
Wicus Blaauw started in his place at tighthead, but the Stormers didn’t have the best of days at scrum time.
The Hurricanes also outmuscled them at the breakdown and forced the visitors to make way too many errors to stand a realistic chance to win the game.
The biggest disruption to the team was on defence, as illustrated by the fact that the Stormers conceded four tries for the first time this season.
It is in this department that De Villiers has been missed most.Tweet