Bekker to miss Reds clash

Stormers lock Andries Bekker has been ruled out of Friday’s match against the Reds with a lower back injury.

Bekker went off during the first half of last Saturday’s game against the Crusaders. The Stormers management has confirmed that while the No 5 won’t feature this week, he will be assessed by the medical staff. At this stage there is no talk of Bekker coming home.

Meanwhile, the Stormers are confident that Eben Etzebeth will recover from a shoulder injury to start against the Reds. Etzebeth was also sidelined in the first half of last week’s game.

If further medical testing reveals that one of the Stormers starting locks is seriously injured and cannot complete the tour, Quinn Roux will join the side in Australia. At present, the Stormers have two good second-row alternatives, De Kock Steenkamp and Rynhardt Elstadt, in their touring squad.