Trio set to boost Stormers
Cape Town - The Stormers are likely to receive a triple boost next week with the return to full fitness of Jaco Taute, Juan de Jongh and Michael Rhodes.
A media statement released by the Stormers on Monday indicates that the trio will be ready for full training next week, ahead of their match against the Brumbies at Newlands on March 23.
Taute (groin), De Jongh (hamstring) and Rhodes (hamstring) have all been sidelined in recent weeks, and will continue with one-on-one rehabilitation this week, with the Cape franchise enjoying a bye this weekend.
Meanwhile, coach Allister Coetzee confirmed
that Springbok wing Byran Habana will be out of rugby for 10 weeks after injuring his knee in their 36-34 win over the Chiefs.
A scan revealed that Habana has partially torn the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
"When you lose a Springbok and a quality player like Bryan it's never an ideal situation, but we're getting Jaco Taute back. Gerhard van den Heever played very, very well when he came on, and Gio Aplon played just as well, so we have enough replacements there," said Coetzee.
"We wish Bryan well for a speedy recovery and when he returns he'll be back in the mix, but our focus is fully on the replacements now," added the Stormers coach.
"The bye has come at a good time for us, as it will allow these few injury niggles that we have to clear up and, importantly, it will also allow us to take stock of where we're at after our first three games."