Rhodes to Stormers' rescue?

2015-02-02 09:00
Michael Rhodes (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Stormers could again be forced to utilise Michael Rhodes at lock after two key players picked up injuries in last Friday's pre-season friendly against the Cheetahs.

Locks Eben Etzebeth (blow to his chest) and Manuel Carizza (shoulder) left the field in the first half of the Stormers' 39-31 win at Newlands.

Both will undergo scans to determine the extent of their injuries on Monday.

With Gerbrandt Grobler sidelined for "personal medical reasons" and Ruan Botha also injured, coach Allister Coetzee could be forced to play Rhodes in the second row.

Rhodes is at his most comfortable at No 7 flank, but has performed adequately for the team at lock in the past.

"We've had to deal with similar crises in the past. Michael Rhodes has done very well at lock. Even Duane Vermeulen could slot in there. Jurie van Vuuren also looks comfortable (at Super Rugby level)," Coetzee told Netwerk24.

The Stormers will face up to the Boland Cavaliers in their final warm-up match at the Cape Town Stadium this Saturday (February 7).

They start their Super Rugby campaign away against the Bulls in Pretoria on February 14.


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