Injuries blight Stormers win

JD Moller and Tonderai Chavhanga are out for two weeks after suffering serious injuries in the Stormers’ victory over the Hurricanes.

The burly prop left the park after 13 minutes while Chavhanga followed suit 10 minutes later. Erasmus said Moller has dislocated a shoulder while Chavhanga’s troublesome hamstring is certain to cost him game time.

“It’s a satisfying win but we are a bit worried about the two injuries. I’m no doctor, but both will be out for at least two weeks.

“It’s disappointing because JD has been playing some good rugby. The scrums were closely contested throughout this game, but I feel were were looking very strong when JD was still on the field.”

Four points and an elevation to fourth position on the Super 14 log are pleasing by-products of this victory. Erasmus was beaming in the aftermath, and said the win was sweeter knowing the Canes threw down the gauntlet. Even though the Stormers led 20-0 at one stage, the Canes almost effected a comeback.

“There were some nice match-ups at the breakdown, and I don’t believe either side dominated. We’re not world-beaters in this area yet, but I feel we did well and worked hard for the win.

“At one point they were coming for us and we had to deal with plenty of pressure. We had to handle some individual brilliance and some very physical opponents. It’s satisfying to know we came out on top. They are a quality side.”

The Stormers have a few relatively easy games in the next four weeks, but Erasmus refuses to be complacent.

“Nobody remembers who was No 4 on the log after Round 10 last year,” he said. “We’ve still got plenty to do to ensure we’re in the top four at the end of Round 13.”

By Jon Cardinelli