The Stormers’ Super 14 dreams could be shattered if they suffer another front row injury, with their resources stretched to the limit.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has confirmed that loosehead prop JC Kritzinger suffered a calf injury in the team’s heart-breaking 13-16 defeat to the Reds in Brisbane at the weekend.
Rugby 365 reports that with Brok Harris and JD Moller as his remaining frontline props and Argentinean Eusebio Guinazu as the only established front row back-up, another injury will present him with a major crisis.
The second-placed Stormers – they head the Crusaders and Reds only on points differential – face the seven-time champion Crusaders this coming Friday, the Sharks the following week and the table-topping Bulls in their last league match.
Coetzee knows his team simply has to win all their remaining matches if they hope to play a semifinal at home, while further defeats could easily see them drop out of the top four altogether.
Stormers captain Schalk Burger described the loss to the Reds as one that “got away.”
“It was one of those game where we couldn’t really get anything going,” Burger said.
“They’ve been a dangerous side this year, but the conditions were pretty slippery, and we couldn’t get the ball through the hands very easily.”
The Stormers finished an Australasian road trip with two wins and two losses – their victories both in New Zealand and their defeats in Australia.
“We’re reasonably happy, but three wins would have been nice,” Burger said.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to Cape Town. We should have a full house there next week.”Tweet