Springbok lock Andries Bekker is expected to play in the Stormers’ next match against the Lions.
Bekker was sidelined with a back injury prior to the start of the South Africa vs England series. At the time Coetzee said he would wait five weeks before reassessing the big lock again, and on Tuesday, he said Bekker should be ‘good to go’ for next week’s clash against the Lions.
While Bekker’s return will serve as a big boost to the Cape franchise, there are still a number of players on the injured list. Schalk Burger and Nick Koster were initially tipped to return next week, but Coetzee said that this is now unlikely. Duane Vermeulen’s return has also been pushed back, and it is now hoped that he will be available for the play-offs.
Meanwhile, the Stormers will also be without Rynhardt Elstadt. After accumulating three yellow cards throughout the season, Elstadt was been banned for one match.
WP loose forwards Don Armand and Tyrone Holmes are currently training with the Stormers squad. Jebb Sinclair [Canada] and Siya Kolis [Boks] will return from national duty next week.