More injury blows for Stormers

2016-02-16 17:55
Rynhardt Elstadt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The injury list at the Stormers is growing.

The news coming out of the camp on Tuesday afternoon was that forwards Rynhardt Elstadt and Jean Kleyn were facing spells on the sidelines following Saturday's warm-up victory over the Jaguares at Newlands.

Elstadt has picked up a groin injury and will be out for up to six weeks while Kleyn has a fractured scaphoid (wrist) and will be out for four months after he undergoes surgery. 

There was also bad news for young loose forward Rikus Bothma, who came off the bench on Saturday and damaged his MCL (knee). 

Bothma now also requires surgery and he faces 12 weeks out, while flyhalf Brandon Thompson's ankle injury will see him sidelined for a fortnight. 

Coach Robbie Fleck said losing Kleyn and Elstadt was a massive blow.

"It’s not ideal what happened on the weekend but it is what it is and we feel that the squad is strong enough and youthful enough," said Fleck.

"Two big injury blows … two similar players who bring a lot of physicality. But in saying that we’re getting back the likes of Frans (Malherbe), Schalk (Burger), Eben (Etzebeth) … for the guys we have lost we’re getting back players as well." 

There were also updates on the players who were injured before the Jaguares game. 

Wilco Louw is out for six months after he damaged his PCL (knee), Damian de Allende is expected back in April while Jaco Taute is not expected to feature before June.

The Stormers host the Bulls at Newlands on February 27 in their Super Rugby opener.

Read more on:    stormers  |  super rugby  |  rynhardt elstadt  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

SA Rugby's coaching indaba is set to take place this week. Do you think the two-day think-tank will make any difference?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.