Etzebeth still in doubt

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is unlikely to be risked in the Stormers’ next clash with the Cheetahs due to an ankle injury.

Etzebeth missed the match against the Lions and could be forced to sit out of the subsequent game against the Cheetahs. Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said Etzebeth was ‘touch-and-go’ and a decision on the second-rower’s availability will be made next week.

Meanwhile, wing Danie Poolman injured his hamstring in the match against the Lions and will be sidelined for at least 10 days. However, this injury is unlikely to impact on selection for the next game, as Bryan Habana and Joe Pietersen, who both missed the most recent game due to flu, will be back next week.

Utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt will return from suspension while prop Steven Kitshoff is another who will be back. Coetzee decided to rest Kitshoff following his involvement in the Baby Boks’ successful Junior World Championship campaign.

The other bit of good news for the Stormers is that Andries Bekker came through the match against the Lions with no complaints. This game marked Bekker’s return to action following a five-week layoff with a back injury.