Stormers likely to drop Groom

    2013-04-09 08:01
    Cape Town - The Stormers will field their third halfback combination in seven matches when they face the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.

    According to Die Burger's website, Dewaldt Duvenage is likely to take the No 9 jersey from Nic Groom, who had a poor game against the Cheetahs last weekend.

    Groom effectively cost his side 17 points in the Stormers' 26-24 loss in Bloemfontein. His errors led directly to the two tries the Cheetahs scored, while he also squandered the chance of three points by taking a hasty tap-kick penalty.

    With flyhalf Elton Jantjies out with a knee injury, Gary van Aswegen will partner Duvenage in a must-win game against the Durbanites.

    Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said on Monday he could use Duvenage and fellow scrumhalf Louis Schreuder as back-ups No 10s, especially with Jantjies and Peter Grant out injured. Groom is therefore likely to miss out on a place in the 22-man squad. Kurt Coleman and Tim Swiel can also be considered at flyhalf.

    In some better news for the Stormers, Jantjies could be back in time for their Australasian tour.

    “Elton is not available for this week but his injury is not as bad as some have perceived, and he will be ready to play in three weeks' time," Coetzee said on the website.

    "Hopefully that will mean he will be in the mix for our opening tour match. Elton has a medial ligament injury. It’s an old injury that he picked up, but fortunately it is not torn, there is just a bit of a strain.

    “It has nothing to do with the chest injury that placed him in doubt before the Cheetahs game. He got through the game without any ill effects from that complaint, and he put in some good tackles. It’s just unfortunate that now he has injured his knee.”

    The Stormers are currently 11th on the overall Super Rugby log, and second from bottom in the South African Conference.

    Their clash against the Sharks kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.

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