April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
With injuries staying away in the first few weeks of Super Rugby (except Burger). It looked like the Stormers may have a injurie free run through the S15 to make up for 2011 injuries.
BUT in the last two weeks we have seen most of the senior players getting injured. So as it stands it just might be a injurie crisis at the Stormers although no one really calling it yet.
Schalk Burger – injured knee and no mention when he is supose to return.
Andries Bekker – injurred back could play this weekend but may well sit out.
Jean de Villiers – wrist rumoured that he might be back for the Cheetahs.
Duane Vermeulen – Leg rumoured might be 3 months.
Eben Etzebeth – shoulder could play weekend but already played against Reds with injury.
Gio Aplon – Hammie nothing yet but normally 4 – 6 weeks.
These are the main injuries. Problem being 4 captains out of the team which leaves a team that already only boasted an average age of 23 against the Reds with even less senior players.
The Stormers defence first gameplan does take a higher toll on the bodies of players and this might be one area where the Bulls have an advantage cause their core group hardly ever get injurred.(think Steyn has he ever been injured?)
They only face the Force this weekend but what should have been an easy victory on the way home now turns into a real tussel with a chance of defeat becomming a reality.
Vermeulens injurie (like in 2011) might well be the worst for the Stormers because his physicality at the back will be missed most.
A lot will depend on when Burger, Bekker and Jean can return and if any of them stays out for a long period it might seriously hamper the Stormers chances.
WPRU for all their flaws and admin miss haps still has probably the most depth of any union. But experience will be the problem in big games.
Anymore “senior” players (there aren’t really that many left) getting injured and we might all start calling it a real crisis.