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Chavhanga done, for at least four weeks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 22 Apr 2008 at 07:29

Red-hot Stormers wing Tonderai Chavhanga may miss the rest of this year’s Super 14 rugby competition because of a hamstring injury.

Stephen Nell of Die Burger reports that the team’s coach, Rassie Erasmus, said on Monday Chavhanga had suffered a grade-2 tear in the muscle during the match against the Hurricanes last Saturday.

“Tonderai will be out for at least four weeks,” Erasmus said. “We’d be lucky to have him available again in this year’s competition.”

The Stormers, fourth on the log after last weekend’s 20-12 victory, now face the Highlanders, the Brumbies, the Waratahs and the Lions in successive matches.

If they reach the semi-finals, Chavhanga may recover just in time to feature in the play-offs and help the team win the Super 14.

News of Chavhanga’s injury broke 24 hours after the announcement that loosehead prop JD Moller had been ruled out for at least three months after dislocating a shoulder.

Moller had his arm in a sling on Monday. His injury left the Stormers on the thin side in the front row, but Schalk Ferreira has recovered in time to play this week.

Erasmus is happy with the way the Stormers have handled a number of setbacks. “We had some big injuries early on, but we adapted. We’ll be able to handle it,” he said when it became clear that Chavhanga had joined Moller on the injury list.

The Stormers have also had to deal with Schalk Burger’s suspension and injuries to hooker Tiaan Liebenberg and scrumhalf Bolla Conradie.

Ferreira suffered a serious neck injury before the start of the season and there were fears that his career might be over. A second opinion brought better news and he has now been declared available to play against the Highlanders.

Prop forward Brian Mujati also missed Monday afternoon’s practice. He had to go to hospital – to fetch his wife and their baby daughter, who was born last week.


  • Chavhanga out
    Moller out

    Both have contibuted greatly to this campaign, let’s hope there are so gems in the backroom somewhere that can be pulled out.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.04.08 07:34:06 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Dylan to Stormers rescue?

    Dylan des Fountain is likely to replace injured Tonderai Chavhanga on the wing when the Stormers play the Highlanders in a Super 14 rugby match at Newlands on Saturday.

    Chavhanga, who has a torn hamstring, will be out of action for at least four weeks.

    Gio Aplon came off the bench to take his place against the Hurricanes last week but he is more at home at fullback.

    Des Fountain, who will provide more of a physical presence, could be the right man to look after the visitors’ dangerous left wing, Fetu’u Vainikolo.

    The strongly built Des Fountain played on the wing for the Stormers last season and should have no problems slotting in.

    Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus, who also has to replace injured prop JD Moller, wants to limit changes to a minimum but may have to consider resting a couple of players.

    “We have a few players with minor injuries,” Erasmus said on Monday. “But rotation is not an option for us. The changes we make will be the result of slight injuries.”

    The Stormers are expected to beat the Highlanders without too much trouble after the New Zealanders were thrashed 47-17 by the Bulls last week.

    Small margins

    The Highlanders have lost eight of their nine matches this year, but Erasmus pointed out that some of their defeats had been by small margins.

    They earned bonus points for losing by seven points or less against the Reds (22-16), the Brumbies (22-20), the Waratahs (15-12), the Hurricanes (10-6) and the Sharks (19-17).

    “We have watched their matches on video,” Erasmus said. “We have also lost narrowly and we know how things can turn in one’s favour. We won’t underestimate them.”

    Schalk Ferreira, who has not even played an hour’s rugby since recovering from his neck injury, will replace Moller in the front row. Ferreira has, however, been training with the Stormers for some time.

    Erasmus must also decide whether to give Tiaan Liebenberg a run at hooker after Schalk Brits’s fine performance last week.

    The coach can also select Ross Skeate at lock in place of Andries Bekker, who has turned into a candidate to play for the Springboks but has carried a huge load.

    Erasmus said on Monday it had been the correct decision to play only one warm-up match before the start of the Super 14.

    “We are two matches fresher than other teams but we are still picking up injuries,” he said.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.04.08 08:02:11 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
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  • Yes Des Fountain is a big lad and he is busier than the Fijian BUT HE CAN’T CATCH A BALL!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.04.08 08:17:33 by Clayton Reply
  • So he has a lot in common with the Fijian, then 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.04.08 08:21:30 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • 😆 Kallie can catch, hes just not so fond of running with or after the damned ball.

    Although when he does run with it at pace its fun to watch.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.04.08 08:25:33 by Clayton Reply
  • Will be great if Dyllie come back into the Stormers lot. This will complete the Paarl Gimmies three musketeers and magicians. Hope Schalk Ferreira will be up for it. He ended last season in great CC form.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.04.08 10:30:22 by PaarlBok Reply


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