Stormers calm fears over Duane
Cape Town - The Stormers aren’t too worried
about the injury to captain and No 8 Duane Vermeulen.
Vermeulen left the field in the second half
of their 25-24 win over the Brumbies at Newlands last weekend with an apparent side-of-neck
In the post-match interview, Vermeulen
dismissed the injury as merely a “stinger” and the Stormers confirmed as much
In their official injury report released,
the Stormers reported no new injury worries as they head into a bye week.
Vermeulen will benefit from the week’s rest
- along with the rest of his team-mates.
The Stormers, who are back in first place
on the SA Conference log and in second position on the overall Super Rugby log,
will host the Rebels at Newlands on Saturday, May 23 (19:10 kick-off).
“Duane, like the rest of the squad, will
enjoy this entire week off - a rest which comes just at the right time after a
heavy workload for everyone,” coach Allister Coetzee told the Stormers’
“We have not had a break since mid-March,
which includes our four-week tour of Australasia. It’s been pretty full-on, so
we’re looking forward to this week off before three successive home games at
Newlands - against the Rebels, the Cheetahs and the Lions.”
The full Stormers injury report:
- No 8 Duane Vermeulen (stinger) and flank Schalk
Burger (general bumps and bruises) will both benefit from the week’s break.
- Outside centre Juan de Jongh (hip
pointer) came through Saturday’s match with flying colours, after being in
doubt during the build-up to the game.
- Utility back Jaco Taute (knee) got fifty
minutes for the Western Province Vodacom Cup team at the weekend and came
through the match well in his first first-class appearance of 2015.
- Lock Ruan Botha (ankle - two to four
weeks), flank Mike Rhodes (hamstring - expected back v Cheetahs, May 30) and
wing Kobus van Wyk (knee - expected back v Lions, June 6) will all continue to
undergo rehabilitation for their respective injuries.