Schalk out of Cheetahs clash

Stormers captain Schalk Burger has suffered a knee injury and will be out for at least one week.

Burger injured his knee in last Saturday’s game against the Lions and was replaced by Pieter Louw after half-time. After undergoing tests on Sunday, it’s been confirmed that he won’t be considered for the Stormers’ next game against the Cheetahs, and will see a knee specialist on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.

Burger is likely to be replaced by Louw in the back row, while Jean de Villiers should captain the Stormers in his absence. De Villiers was handed the responsibility when Burger left the field on Saturday.

Springbok flanker Juan Smith has already been ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season (and in all likelihood the World Cup) due to an Achilles injury. Bok coach Peter de Villiers will now be hoping that Burger is not sidelined for an extensive period.