Second-row worries for Stormers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2012 at 08:30
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Stormers coach Alister Coetzee will be scratching his head a little as he looks to find a set of fit locks to take on the Reds this weekend.

Both Andries Bekker (the ideal guy for an “away game”) and Eben Etzebeth were forced to leave the field during the first half of the loss to the Crusaders, with lower back and shoulder problems respectively. it sounds as though both would be in serious doubt for the match in Brisbane this weekend, with Rynhardt Elstadt and De Kock Steenkamp likely to be named as replacements in the starting side.

Exactly what Coetzee plans to do for a reserve lock, though, remains to be seen, with only four loose forwards in the touring squad as is. Talk that Quinn Roux may be summoned to join the tour appears to have been premature, but there may yet be an SOS-call sent out if neither Bekker nor Etzebeth recovers in time to play some role this weekend.


  • Losing Bekker and Etsebeth will be a massive, massive blow for the Stormers.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.12 08:48:11 by lostfish Reply
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  • Will Cooper be back for the Reds this weekend? 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.12 08:48:27 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Ouch! Two locks in one go

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.12 08:56:34 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Etzebeth should be fit to play.

    He and Elstadt should start with De Kock on the bench.

    Koster to return to the starting XV. 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.12 09:42:15 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : thanks…. guess I wrote my article too early 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.12 09:44:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Put in a phone call to Matfield! 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.12 09:45:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : I’m not worried about Etsebeth, what is the news on Bekker – he is in my FL squad 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.12 09:46:53 by lostfish Reply
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  • In news just in Quinn Roux is flying to AUS as cover for the injured Bekker!! 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.12 09:47:17 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : In all seriousness I am glad that Etsebeth is fit to play, I think he is going to continue to grow as a player and that can only be good for the Boks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.12 09:47:55 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 7) :


    Bekker is definitely out of the Reds game. Not sure just how long though!! 😕

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.12 09:48:38 by wpw Reply
  • One imagines that it would take a tractor falling on him to stop Etzebeth playing.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.12 10:47:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : you are so connected…. wish you’d write more articles for us 🙁

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.12 10:54:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : Or a Redcard.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.12 11:21:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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