Jantjes back for Durbs bruiser

Conrad Jantjes has been cleared of a thumb injury and will play against the Sharks this Saturday.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed on Monday there were no serious injuries after the physically taxing opener against the Bulls. Jantjes, who was given an extra week to recover from his ailment, is now fit to play.

Erasmus hinted that Jantjes would be rushed straight back into the side. “I thought Gio Aplon had a great game against the Bulls,” he said. “But Conrad is currently the top fullback in South Africa.”

Schalk Burger was the only player carrying a slight rib injury after Saturday’s game, but the Springbok opensider missed training to attend the Laureus Awards in Russia. The Boks won the award for Team of the Year.

Flanker Pieter Louw and flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie are also on the mend, but did not take full contact on Monday.

Probable Stormers - Conrad Jantjes, Tonderai Chavhanga, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers, Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie, Luke Watson, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Franco van der Merwe, Brian Mujati, Tiaan Liebenberg, JD Moller.

By Jon Cardinelli