Hertford Highlander

‘Stormer Grant’ and ‘Rebel Mortlock’ join the injury list !


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super Rugby, Wallabies on 15 Apr 2011 at 00:13
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Planet Rugby reports that Peter Grant and Rebels captain Stirling Mortlock will miss their respective clashes against the Lions and Highlanders this weekend.

The Stormers have been dealt a big blow ahead of their clash with the Lions on Saturday with fly-half Peter Grant set to miss the match.

Grant received a blow to his knee during training on Tuesday and has failed to recover in time to face the Lions.

The fly-half’s reliable boot has been the foundation for a number of the Stormers wins this season, and his ability to get the back-line moving has led many to suggest he should be the Springboks’ first choice pivot.

Gary Van Aswegen fills the void at number ten, with Lionel Cronje replacing the youngster on the bench. Van Aswegen started the Stormers first game of the season – also against the Lions – while Grant was finishing a stint in Japan.

Grant joins wing Bryan Habana, centre Jean de Villiers and lock Rynhardt Elstadt on the Stormers injury list.

While Rebels skipper Stirling Mortlock has been ruled out of Friday’s game against the Highlanders due to a hip strain.

The centre suffered the injury during training and despite having initially been named in the Melbourne-based outfit’s starting line-up, he has now been forced to withdraw.

James Hilgendorf takes over the number 12 jersey from Mortlock in a straight swap and Wales’ Gareth Delve is to lead Melbourne Rebels for the first time in a Super Rugby game in the former Wallaby skipper’s absence.

The number eight has taken over from Mortlock during games.But the clash against the Highlanders at AAMI Park is the first occasion on which he will start as captain.

“It is really disappointing because for the first time this season we thought we were going into a game with a near full strength side,” said coach Rod Macqueen.

“At the same time though, I am relieved to have Jimmy Hilgendorf return from injury and I am confident that he will take his opportunity.”



6 Comments

  • Come on Lions!

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.04.11 00:36:39 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 1) : agreed go lions

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.04.11 01:26:30 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Go Lions :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.04.11 07:03:11 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • My heart says GO Lions but the brain says their injury list will trip them come this Saturday

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.04.11 07:14:25 by Viking Reply
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  • We might even see the Stormers score some tries with a better running FH in the pocket :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.04.11 07:15:07 by Viking Reply
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  • Lions have a real chance now… GO LIONS!

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.04.11 07:30:05 by robdylan Reply
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