Now Stormers follow in Bulls footsteps with three locks out of action

Now Stormers follow in Bulls footsteps with three locks out of action

The Stormers, like the Bulls a few weeks ago, have injuries to three of their top four locks.

Eben Etzebeth, JG Schickerling and Salman Moerat are in a race against time for Saturday’s match at Eden Park.

Currently at the brunt of the South African locks’ run of bad luck, the Stormers flank Jaco Coetzee is also concussed to add to their frustration before Saturday’s match.

Etzebeth had barely made his return to the Stormers side from his foot injury, sustained on the Boks overseas tour, when he was concussed ten days ago in the match against the Jaguares

Etzebeth was nevertheless selected for last weekend’s match against the Hurricanes in Wellington with Chris van Zyl picked as his lock partner. But the Springbok lock hadn’t fully recovered from his concussion and was replaced in the starting side by JD Schickerling, who had to leave the field with a shoulder injury in the 43rd minute, just 20 minutes after coming on for Etzebeth.

Salman Moerat took Schickerling’s place from the bench and is now also awaiting clearance from concussion.

♦ Forward coach Russell Winter has intimated that the Stormers will not call for replacements from South Africa. It seems that they are confident that they have the depth to carry it through with their present squad.

Of course, Pieter-Steph du Toit can be selected as a lock, and the Stormers have enough loose forward cover even should Coetzee not be cleared on time.

♦ Earlier in the season, the Bulls lost their captain and Springbok Lood de Jager for the year and RG Snyman who is expected to be back within the next week or so after an eight-week lay-off. And then their very good replacement Eli Snyman was injured.

The Stormers, like the Bulls a few weeks ago, have injuries to three of their top four locks.

Eben Etzebeth, JG Schickerling and Salman Moerat are in a race against time for Saturday’s match at Eden Park.

Currently at the brunt of the South African locks’ run of bad luck, the Stormers flank Jaco Coetzee is also concussed to add to their frustration before Saturday’s match.

Etzebeth had barely made his return to the Stormers side from his foot injury, sustained on the Boks overseas tour, when he was concussed ten days ago in the match against the Jaguares

Etzebeth was nevertheless selected for last weekend’s match against the Hurricanes in Wellington with Chris van Zyl picked as his lock partner. But the Springbok lock hadn’t fully recovered from his concussion and was replaced in the starting side by JD Schickerling, who had to leave the field with a shoulder injury in the 43rd minute, just 20 minutes after coming on for Etzebeth.

Salman Moerat took Schickerling’s place from the bench and is now also awaiting clearance from concussion.

♦ Forward coach Russell Winter has intimated that the Stormers will not call for replacements from South Africa. It seems that they are confident that they have the depth to carry it through with their present squad.

Of course, Pieter-Steph du Toit can be selected as a lock, and the Stormers have enough loose forward cover even should Coetzee not be cleared on time.

♦ Earlier in the season, the Bulls lost their captain and Springbok Lood de Jager for the year and RG Snyman who is expected to be back within the next week or so after an eight-week lay-off. And then their very good replacement Eli Snyman was injured.