Habana ready for tour

    2013-04-15 07:25
    Cape Town - The Stormers will be boosted with the return of three key players for their next Super Rugby encounter.

    Coach Allister Coetzee confirmed to Die Burger that Springbok wing Bryan Habana (knee), flank Rynhardt Elstadt (shoulder) and hooker Scarra Ntubeni (shoulder) will be ready for their first tour game against the Hurricanes on April 26.

    The Stormers got their season back on track after outmuscling the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday. They have a bye this week before heading for Australasia. After the Hurricanes game they face the Blues (May 3), Waratahs (May 11), and Rebels (May 17).

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    Coetzee also said lock Eben Etzebeth, who has been out with an ankle injury since February, could be ready for the game against the Blues at North Harbour Stadium in Albany.

    Bad news, however, is that prop Deon Carstens had to retire after an ongoing back injury.

    Meanwhile, Coetzee lauded his players for an excellent effort under pressure against the Sharks. They secured a 22-15 victory, picking up only their third win in seven games this season.

    "It shows the quality and character in our side," Coetzee told SAPA.

    "It shows that the way we play and what we want to do is the right way as long as you pitch up with the right attitude and physicality.

    "This team has been under tremendous pressure. There are youngsters in the team and we have a long injury list, so they find themselves in a position where they are playing at Newlands in front of 40 000 people."

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