No more injury concerns for Stormers

BY NATALI IVERSON - OCTOBER 21, 2014

DHL Western Province Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee, has said that he expects his side to fully complete for this Saturday’s ABSA Currie Cup final against the Xerox Golden Lions at Newlands.

There were injury concerns at the start of the week after number 8, Nizaam Carr, injured his hip during the semi-final game against the Vodacom Blue Bulls last weekend, along with fullback, Jaco Taute, who suffered a rib injury during the game against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs earlier this month, forcing him to miss the semi-finals against the Bulls.

“Jaco underwent tests this morning and he went fine. Tomorrow we will see how he recovers from the physical activity and we will see how it goes, but it looks like he will be ready for the final,” said Coetzee.

The Western Province coach added that he will have a hard time with selection, after centre, Michael van der Spuy, played so well in Taute’s absence.

“I said at the start of the season that I wanted two players in every position available for the final and that is the fortunate position we find ourselves in,” he said.

Coetzee will have the same issue when it comes to the number 8 position, as Sikhumbuzo Notshe, played an excellent game last weekend. However, Notshe will play off the bench in the final, with Rynhardt Elstadt placed at flank.

“I thought Rynhardt was excellent at openside against the Bulls and not only did he make 22 tackles, most of those were big impact tackles.

“Michael Rhodes also got through an incredible amount of work, both on defence and as a ball carrier, so I am happy with our loose-forward configuration, with those two players on the flanks and Notshe backing up Carr at No 8.” 

 

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