Rugby 5.2.2014 06:00 am

Stormers lose game-breaker

FILE PIC. Juan de Jongh during the DHL Western Province training and press conference from High Performance Centre on August 21, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

FILE PIC. Juan de Jongh during the DHL Western Province training and press conference from High Performance Centre on August 21, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

In a crushing blow to the Stormers, centre Juan de Jongh has been ruled out of the game for at least six weeks.

De Jongh picked up a knee injury following last weekend’s 26-19 win over the Bulls in Polokwane and has been replaced by Michael van der Spuy for Friday night’s clash against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Coach Allister Coetzee in announcing the team yesterday also named flank Schalk Burger as captain of the team after deciding to give centre Jean de Villiers a rest.

He also named Jaco Taute at fullback – in the place of Gio Aplon who gets a break – for his first outing this year after his knee injury, while Argentinian lock Manuel Carizza will be making his first appearance for the Stormers.

Damian de Allende has been moved from wing to inside centre in the place of De Villiers while Kings loan player Scott van Breda gets his first start out on the left wing.

Carizza, who is over his groin niggle, replaces the injured Ruan Botha (concussion) in the No 5 jersey, whilst replacements Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward) and Devon Williams (wing) join the extended match-day squad.

“I’m pleased with where we are as a team after our first pre-season match,” Coetzee said of the Bulls clash last weekend.

“It was a good test for both teams. We ticked a few boxes, but it also showed us what we still need to work on,” he said.

  • vThe Lions decided to postpone their team announcement yesterday for Friday night’s Sharks clash at Ellis Park at the eleventh hour.

The recent spate of injuries and the inclement weather which forced them to change their training venue lead to the decision with the announcement now due to take place in the next two days.

The Lions’ second stringers are due to play the Valke at 4.30pm before the Lions and the Sharks clash at 7pm. Entrance is R20.

 

 

 

 

 

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