WP coach Allister Coetzee has confirmed that hard-working loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff will be forced to sit out this weekend’s Currie Cup opener against the Sharks at Newlands.
The young front ranker, who has carried a ridiculous work load so far this season, has picked up a knee injury and is expected to be on the sidelines for around a week. Another player who won’t feature is long-term injury casualty Duane Vermeulen, whose recovery from a knee ligament problem is coming along nicely, but unlikely to allow him to play as early as Saturday. He should make his long-awaited comeback the following week.
The Stormers will also be without six Springboks, in centres Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh, locks Eben Etzebeth and Andries Bekker, wing Bryan Habana and new cap, flanker Siya Kolisi. It remains to be seen whether these losses disrupt Province enough to make them vulnerable to a Sharks team that will be without more than double as many players themselves.
Coetzee is expected to announce his side later today.Tweet