More injury woes for Stormers

2012-04-24 20:49

Cape Town - The Stormers have been dealt another big injury blow with the news that loose forward Nick Koster is heading home from their Australasian tour.

The website,, reports that Koster has a niggling knee injury.

Rugby 365 was reliably informed that the old knee injury which ruled Koster out for a 14-month period has been flaring up on tour, and despite efforts to manage it he has now been sent home early.

Nizaam Carr is expected to take Koster's place for their clash against the Force in Perth on Saturday.

The men from Cape Town have had a solid start to the season, with seven out of eight victories helping them to top spot in the South African conference and second spot on the overall log.

But injuries to key players have started to take its toll as they prepare for their last tour match against the Force.

On Monday they announced that wing/fullback Gio Aplon and eighthman Duane Vermeulen were on their way back to Cape Town.

Aplon has a hamstring strain and should be available for their next game against the Cheetahs at Newlands on May 12.

Vermeulen sustained a knee ligament injury late in the game against the Reds and will see a knee specialist in Cape Town for further assessment. But he is expected to be out for between four and six months.

Vermeulen captained the team in their 23-13 victory over the Reds last weekend and now becomes the third captain they have lost this season after Schalk Burger (knee) and Jean de Villiers (hand ligaments) were earlier casualties.

Burger may only return in July, with De Villiers expected to be ready for the clash against the Waratahs on May 19.

Lock Andries Bekker, who missed the Reds game due to a lower back injury, is expected to play against the Force.


  • Bootman - 2012-04-24 21:10

    This will test the depth in the squad. Carr should use this opportunity to show what he is made of. Should however still be enough firepower to beat the Force and beat them well.

      Rerrits - 2012-04-24 21:42

      Never ever assume victory. On any day, any team can beat you. Remember last year, the Cheetahs surprised the MIGHTY Crusaders.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-24 22:47

      Carr is a classy forward. Lets hope he has a good game..

      colin85 - 2012-04-25 10:18

      I honestly think Carr has a very bright future, so he has a chance now, along with Kolisi to prove himself. - These two youngsters will be formidable for the next decade.

  • Clive - 2012-04-24 21:15

    It seems to me that our SA teams are suffering more injuries than their Australasian counterparts. The Stormers, Lions and Sharks, in particular, have been hard hit. Poor conditioning?

      Clive - 2012-04-24 21:25

      True enough, I guess, but the NZs also have tough derbies.

      Rich - 2012-04-24 22:19

      Australian sides are leading the injury count with 23.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-25 05:08

      Rubbish Jaco, wanneer laas het sie Stormers n derby gehad? Bul groete.

      Jack - 2012-04-25 06:56

      @ blou - that would be when we beat the vlou nulle...

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-25 06:58

      Ja idioot, toe het julle nog baie min beserings gehad. Hoeveel spelers het julle op toer verloor? Bul groete.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-25 08:49

      As hulle beseer was dan moes hulle nie gespeel het op toer nie. Bul groete.

      Clive - 2012-04-25 08:52

      @Blouvitrioel: with the nasty rubbish which spews from your keyboard, I congratulate you on your choice of pen-name.

  • Morne - 2012-04-24 22:34

    Don't stress. Coetzee is just letting the guys rest a bit, the Force shouldn't be that tough to beat and we have a bench full of talent.

  • Tokolos - 2012-04-25 00:24

    The beginning of the end I think. All downhill from here! Cupless... AGAIN this year!

      Koos - 2012-04-25 00:54

      Yip, As every other year for the past 8...9...10....11... years.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 01:27

      Exactly Koos... Force by 10+ Bulls Forever!!!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-25 05:09

      Elke jaar dieselfde storie.

      Nibiru - 2012-04-25 06:37

      Were you 3 class mates at that mentally handicapped school

      Jed - 2012-04-25 06:37

      Better than the Bulls who cant beat the Brumbies.

      Ettiene - 2012-04-25 06:54

      @vallemj im sorry did we lose against the Brumbies?????

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-25 09:06

      Jaco, as jy actually die game gekyk het en nie net op die draadloos geluister het nie, dan sou jy gesien het dat die Brumbies se 2e drie gekom het na n forward pass. Bul groete.

      Marko - 2012-04-25 09:49

      And as far as I remember the Bulls scored 2 tries to 1 against the mighty Stormer wearing PINK. So then according to the bright spark Stormer supporters the Bulls won. That is why these guys allways suffer foot in mouth after the season. They haven't learnt that you only win a trophey if you play in a final and are ahead on points when the final whistle blows.

  • Ettiene - 2012-04-25 06:56

    Koster is overrated anyway!!!!

      Ettiene - 2012-04-25 07:10

      defnitief too much hype about him

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