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Stormers lose Ntubeni & Cilliers for tour

Scarra Ntubeni will return to Cape Town with Pat Cilliers

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Article Published: Monday 10 March 2014|

Stormers have revealed that Scarra Ntubeni and Pat Cilliers have been ruled out of the rest of their Super Rugby tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Ntubeni and Cilliers join Rynhardt Elstadt who had to return to Cape Town last week and Frans Malherbe and Michael Rhodes are in doubt ahead of Friday's second tour match against the Chiefs.

The Stormers have called up Boland prop Martin Dreyer to join the squad as injury cover and negotiations are presently underway to secure Martin Bezuidenhout (who was part of the squad last week) as cover at hooker.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said that despite the injuries and the loss to the Crusaders they remain positive.

"It's a long list of injuries, Scarra and Pat will join quality players like Rynhardt Elstadt, Eben Etzebeth, Manuel Carizza, Jean Kleyn, Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe back home and on the sidelines," said Coetzee on the Stormers site.

"But the guys are still positive and there's a good feeling in the camp. We had a good training session today and also had a good video review of the game."

"There were a lot of positives from the game, but the big negative again was us not taking the opportunities we created for ourselves."

The full Stormers injury report (10/03/14):

- Hooker Scarra Ntubeni (torn calf muscle) and Pat Cilliers (rib cartilage) are on their way home from tour with injuries. Ntubeni has a grade two tear and could be out for five weeks. Cilliers could be out for up to six weeks.

- Tighthead prop Frans Malherbe (broken baby toe) and lock/flank Michael Rhodes (shoulder) will be given until Wednesday to prove their fitness.

- Fullback Jaco Taute (AC Joint) is making good progress from the weekend and has a big chance of facing the Chiefs.

- Boland prop Martin Dreyer will join the squad in Auckland this week and negotiations are presently underway to secure Griquas hooker Martin Bezuidenhout as cover for Ntubeni. If Bezuidenhout cannot make it, WP hooker Stephan Coetzee will fly over as cover.

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