Stormers lose star prop

The Stormers will be without key forward Steven Kitshoff for the clash against the Bulls as the youngster has been drafted into the SA U20 squad.

According to the Cape Argus, the 20-year-old Kitshoff will join the Baby Boks as they come together to prepare for the Junior World Championship. He will not be available for the Stormers’ game against the Bulls this Saturday, and will play for the Baby Boks while some of his Stormers team-mates are enjoying a rest during the break for internationals in June.

Kitshoff has proved to be one of the finds of the season, and has started in all of the Stormers’ 12 games to date. There will be no rest for Kitshoff as he plays for the Baby Boks and then resumes his starting role in Super Rugby when the tournament resumes at the end of June.

The more immediate problem for the Stormers is finding a loosehead to fill the void in the front row. Their squad has operated with just one loosehead for the past 12 matches, with Brok Harris, who is a tighthead, named as the official replacement for Kitshoff.

Saracens and former Bok No 1 Deon Carstens was signed in the off-season, but hasn’t played for the Stormers as yet. Carstens was on the bench for the Vodacom Cup final, and even when he took the field the Western Province scrum continued to struggle against their Griquas counterparts.