Rhodes calms loose forward fears
Cape Town - The Stormers will not have a loose forward crisis should they be required to rest Springboks Duane Vermeulen and Schalk Burger in the same match.
This was the view of coach Allister Coetzee on Tuesday as the Cape Town side spend a few days refuelling with a bye on the cards this weekend.
Both Burger and Vermeulen were battered and bruised after Saturday’s nail-biting triumph over the Brumbies, but the pair is expected to have fully recovered for the May 23 clash against the Rebels at Newlands.
The good news for the Stormers is that Michael Rhodes will likely be out for just one more match as he continues to recover from a hamstring tear.
“Michael Rhodes is doing his individual rehab still. The week of the Rebels he’ll be joining team training and the week of the Cheetahs (May 30) he’ll be back,” Coetzee said.
“We’re fine. He’s already training and already running on his own.
“In the loose forward department we are still happy; we are well covered.”
The coach added that there was a plan in place to effectively manage his Boks as Super Rugby reaches the business end.
“We have a plan, we definitely have a plan. I don’t want to divulge the plan at this point in time,” he said.
“We will continue making sure that we adhere to our players’ well-being and see how far they are from needing a break.”
Jaco Taute, meanwhile, is also nearing a return after he played in Saturday’s Vodacom Cup win over SWD.
Coetzee confirmed on Tuesday that he will play in the Vodacom Cup again this weekend and “maybe next weekend too”.