Bok flyhalf Jaco van der Westhuyzen is unlikely to play for the Stormers in the Vodacom Super 14 after all.
Van der Westhuyzen is concerned about his form after a lengthy injury lay off and wants to ease himself back into rugby by playing for the Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup team. The flyhalf’s decision is not a surprise considering his family lives in Pretoria and he was successful for the Bulls in the Currie Cup and Super 12 before signing a deal with his Japanese club.
However, Van der Westhuyzen will not play Super 14 rugby for the Bulls, according to the Stormers.
“We will retain first option on Jaco should we need him,” Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe told the Cape Times. “The problem is he will only be available for the last few games and I can’t guarantee that he will play. It will depend on form.”
Van der Merwe’s attitide is surprising considering the Stormers’ nightmare Super 14 campaign and the dramatic fall from grace of flyhalf Peter Grant. The Stormers backline was far more dangerous with Naas Olivier at 10, but he has yet to be tested against foreign opposition.
The additional of a Springbok flyhalf, to a team that is likely to be rooted to the bottom of the table after their overseas tour, should be welcomed not questioned.