Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has rubbished reports that John Smit is a target to replenish the hooker stocks in the Western Cape, while stating that they are looking at other local options.
Die Burger reports that Coetzee denied that John Smit was coming back to South Africa to join the Stormers on a loan deal. Coetzee currently has a hooker shortage with both Tiaan Liebenberg and Scarra Ntubeni out injured.
Coetzee added that Liebenberg should be ready for action by the third week of Super Rugby, but it is in their opening two weeks then that the Stormers have only one hooker, in Deon Fourie. The Stormers face the Bulls and the Sharks in the opening weeks, both away from home, before heading back to Cape Town to tackle the Chiefs in the third week, anything but an easy start for the Cape side.
Die Burger went further to state that Lions hooker Martin Bezuidenhout could be an option for Coetzee. Bezuidenhout has Super Rugby experience and is currently taking part in the Lions Challenge, and could be available in a loan deal to the Stormers, which would make him available to the Stormers for most of the Super Rugby season, until he returns to the Lions for the promotion/relegation clash against the lowest finishing South African team.Tweet