Lions hooker Martin Bezuidenhout has joined the Stormers on loan.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed the transfer of Bezuidenhout from the Lions for the next two months because of injuries to two of the three Stormers squad hookers.
Coetzee paid tribute to the skills of Bezuidenhout and said he was satisfied Bezuidenhout, at 23 years old, was experienced enough. The Lions hooker came off the bench in the 2011 Currie Cup final and played Super Rugby for the Lions in 2012.
Bezuidenhout will play against the Cheetahs in the Stormers’ first warm-up match next weekend in Bloemfontein.
Coetzee earlier in the week dismissed reports of former Bok captain John Smit joining the Stormers from Saracens on a short-term loan and also said it was important to go outside of the region to get the necessary experience.
It is debatable whether Bezuidenhout has the kind of experience Coetzee spoke about and hookers within the region have every reason to feel aggrieved.
Smit would have been a very good addition under the circumstances and again I would dispute whether the top club hookers in the Western Cape region are inferior to Bezuidenhout.