Kolisi to play despite shoulder injury

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 24 May 2012 at 08:30
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While we announced the Stormers side to face the Sharks late yesterday, some fresh information has come to light, courtesy of Stephen Nell of Beeld.

It turns out that, apart from wanting to counter the Sharks’ anticipated forward onslaught, coach Alister Coetzee may have opted to include two loose forwards (Nic Fenton-Wells and Don Armand) on his bench to make up for the fact that starting open-sider, Siya Kolisi, is carrying a shoulder injury and probably won’t be able to play out the whole game.

Losing another loose forward now, when Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen, Nick Koster and Nizaam Carr have already all been ruled out, is absolutely the last thing that the Stormers can afford and their coaching staff have been faced with something of a Morton’s Fork here (go look that one up if you need to!) Resting Kolisi against the Sharks is something they can ill-afford, particularly given the home side’s loose forwards depth – in fact, at this stage in the season, having three Bok loose forwards who can’t make the starting line-up is simply insane.

Should he be injured further on Saturday, though, that will presumably put him in doubt for next weekend’s trip to Loftus, which is expected to go a long way towards determining which side ultimately tops the SA conference. With the Bulls themselves carrying a few back row injuries, you can forgive Coetzee et al for opting to gamble on Kolisi this week and hoping that, with a reduced workload, he should come through well enough to be able to play at Loftus too.

Worrying signs indeed, for the Cape men. While forward coach Matt Proudfoot has shown a remarkable ability to turn anything he touches into gold, the reality for the Stormers is that he appears to be fast running out of straw.

1 Comment

  • A mortons fork or a buridians ass ??? I suppose it depends on weather the glass is half full or half empty

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.05.12 10:51:34 by byron Reply

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