Stormers boosted by Pieter-Steph return
Town - Pieter-Steph
du Toit is fit and available for the Stormers’ Super Rugby
clash against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
Having missed this past weekend's
28-20 win over the Jaguares at Newlands with a lower back strain, the Springbok
forward was then included in the touring squad for fixtures against the
Waratahs, Crusaders and Highlanders.
There was, though, still some
uncertainty surrounding his fitness for the first game of the tour, but
listening to forwards coach Russell Winter speaking on Tuesday, it seems that
the 25-year-old is good to go.
In Du Toit's absence, JD
Schickerling put in a man of the match performance in the No 5 jersey against
"We've got very good locks
at the union and getting Pieter-Steph back is just another boost," Winter
said from Sydney.
"It's great having him back.
He can cover loose forward as well and he's very good in the lineouts.
"He's going to definitely
make a difference to the side and I'm looking forward to seeing him if he gets
chosen on Saturday."
While the Springboks and Allister
Coetzee settled on using Du Toit at No 7 for much of 2017, the Stormers still
see him as a natural second rower.
"I see him as a lock who can
cover loose forward ... predominantly, he will play lock," Winter
"He's a very good No 5 lock,
he calls the lineouts really well and he adds some mobility to the pack."
Given how well Schickerling and
Chris van Zyl went for the Stormers on Saturday, coach Robbie Fleck may be
tempted to ease Du Toit into the starting line-up by selecting him on the bench
Fleck will name his team on