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VIDEO: Massive boost as Stormers get big hitters back

VIDEO: Massive boost as Stormers get big hitters back
Tue 18 May 2021 | 02:58
VIDEO: Massive boost as Stormers get big hitters back
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INJURY UPDATE: The Stormers received a significant boost ahead of their crucial Rainbow Cup Round Four encounter with the Sharks.

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Having edged the Lions (39-37) in a thrilling match in Johannesburg this past weekend, the Stormers now head to Durban for a match they must win to say within striking distance of the table-topping Bulls.

The team that finishes top of the South African conference will meet the top team from the Pro14 conference in a historic ‘North v South’ Final on June 19.

Backline coach Dawie Snyman told a virtual media briefing on Tuesday that it was “looking good” from an injury point of view.

The big news is that World Rugby Player if the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit is back from his SA Rugby-enforced ‘rest’ last week.]

Also back are locks John Schickerling and Marvin Orie.

“JD [Schickerling] is running nicely and doing well,” he said of the seasoned lock, who injured his ankle in the opening round loss to the Sharks.

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Another boost is the return to training of the Springbok second row forward Orie – who was rested this past weekend, after suffering a concussion in the Round Two loss to the Bulls.

With no new injuries, it means David Meihuizen and Ernst van Rhyn – the starting second row in the win over the Lions – will now provide cover from the bench.

The only issue is the ongoing absence of vice-captain Salmaan Moerat, who suffered a neck injury in training a few weeks back.

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Despite not requiring surgery, the Stormers are taking a ‘conservative’ approach with his return to play.

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Snyman confirmed that flyhalf Abner van Reenen – who came into the starting XV in place of the injured Kade Wolhuter – has not suffered any serious after-effects from a shoulder niggle.

He suffered a ‘stinger’ in the loss to the Bulls and took another knock to the same shoulder against the Lions.

However, he has been cleared and is available for selection.

Wolhuter suffered a serious ACL knee injury in Round One that required surgery, which ruled him out for the rest of the year.

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