Crocked Stormers face hurting Hurricanes
Cape Town - While the Stormers face an injury crisis ahead of their final tour match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday (kick-off at 09:35 SA time), the home side will be without a number of key personnel themselves.
According to the Stuff website, star hooker Dane Coles' torn calf muscle has still not healed.
captain hasn't played since March 18 and again sat and watched while
the team's forwards went through lineout moves on Monday.
Progress has been
even slower for fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder.
He was due to see a
specialist on Monday, but remains no closer to taking off the moon boot
he's been in since fracturing bones in his foot on March 10.
other fitness-related news, centre Matt Proctor remains sidelined with
concussion symptoms, meaning Ngani Laumape and Vince Aso seem likely to
start in midfield against the Stormers.
No 8 Blade Thomson
is still expected to have a full shoulder reconstruction and won't be
seen until next season. Lock Michael Fatialofa might play again this
year, though, provided surgery to repair his dislocated knee cap goes
One player who'll be back a lot sooner is loosehead prop
Loni Uhila. He injured a calf at the Brisbane Global Tens, then worsened
that problem in the March 10 loss to the Chiefs.
at Monday's training session for the first time since and Boyd said he
would play club rugby in the next two weeks and hopefully be right to go
on the Hurricanes' trip to Pretoria and Perth later this month.
The Stormers, who suffered horror defeats against the Crusaders (57-24) and Highlanders (57-14) in their first tour matches, will be without prop
JC Janse van Rensburg, locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and flyhalf
Kurt Coleman for the Hurricanes' match.
In addition, skipper Siya Kolisi is nursing a shoulder injury, while prop Frans Malherbe will not be
available for selection due to the Springbok management plan.