Tonderai hangs tough

Despite pulling the same quad muscle that has kept him sidelined for four months, Tonderai Chavhanga believes the Super 14 will reinforce his Springbok claims.

Included in the Stormers starting XV to take on the Bulls at Newlands last Saturday, Chavhanga cruelly pulled the same muscle during the warm-up that had troubled him immensely in the latter part of last season.

Speaking to, Chavhanga re-affirmed his determination to recapture the form that saw him rip open the Blues in Auckland two seasons back.

“This is unfortunate, but I’m feeling strong,” Chavhanga told “All I want to do is play, but I’ve just got to patient. I went for a scan yesterday, and the doctor is consulting with a specialist professor, but at this stage it doesn’t seem nearly as serious as when I injured it last year.

“I’m probably looking at a few weeks on the sidelines.”

Chavhanga’s 2005 culminated in a debut for the Boks against Uruguay, a mismatch he went to score six tries in. Injury and the good form of Breyton Paulse have prevented him from adding to that total, but 2006 is unlikely to unfold without him getting another opportunity.

“I’m going for more tests next Wednesday, then I’ll know exactly what I’m dealing with. Hopefully I’ll be ready for the Super 14, but it’s important I don’t rush the recovery. It’s frustrating but I’m still young and my body can handle it, and I’m very positive about the Super 14 and the role I can play in it.”