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Fit-again Percy overlooked
Overlooked (Gallo Images)
Cape Town – Percy Montgomery may not be considered for the Stormers’ next Super 14 clash against the Western Force on Saturday, even if he is fit.
Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus is looking to the future after his team’s 28-14 defeat against the Chiefs at Newlands.
He and Springbok coach Peter de Villiers won’t have fullback Conrad Jantjes available for the rest of the year after be broke a leg, while Montgomery is set to hang up his boots after the Super 14 and is expected to take up a position as South Africa’s kicking coach soon.
Therefore, there is a fair chance that Tiger Bax, who replaced Jantjes in the 10th minute on Saturday, could be in the Stormers’ starting line-up. The experienced Wylie Human is also an option at fullback or wing.
Bax launched a few poor kicks before finding his feet and showing promise on attack.
“We’ll see what Percy’s fitness is like, but I think we are at a stage now where there will be more value in getting guys like Tiger Bax and Morgan Newman on the field,” said Erasmus.
“If we were still in with a shout of making the semi-finals, it would have made sense to have Percy on the field. We have to rebuild now. We can’t do that by falling back on Percy. It won’t make sense.”
Erasmus may also have to look for a new loose forward and captain for the match against the Force.
Schalk Burger injured his calf in the first half against the Chiefs and may miss Saturday’s game. In that case Pieter Louw is likely to start and someone like Pieter Myburgh may be called up.
Luke Watson is head and shoulders above the other Stormers in terms of his form and is the best candidate for the captaincy.
Experienced centre Gcobani Bobo may also be available this week. Hopefully that means Peter Grant can move back to flyhalf.
Erasmus hopes the decisions he makes now will benefit Western Province in the Currie Cup.
“The players will have experience when they run out in the Currie Cup. It’s a process,” said Erasmus.