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Stormers to play warm up without Grant & Jantjies

Peter Grant is still playing rugby in Japan

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Article Published: Tuesday 5 February 2013|

The Stormers will play their Super Rugby warm up match against Boland d at the Cape Town Stadium without first-choice flyhalves Peter Grant and Elton Jantjies

Jantjies is still on compassionate leave after his father passed away and Grant's Japanese club the Kobe Steelers have progressed to the next round.

Should the Kobe Steelers make it all the way to the final Grant will miss the opening round of Super Rugby on February the 22nd as the final is on the same day as the Stormers match against the Bulls.

Jantjies is expected back in the Stormers camp on February the 10th but he will not be match fit so it would be a risk to throw him in against the Bulls if he has missed the warm up matches.

Grant and Jantjies absence means that Kurt Coleman is almost certain to start the first match of the Super Rugby season against the Bulls.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says that he plans to give all of his top players a run this weekend with the exception of centre Juan de Jongh (hamstring strain) and flank Schalk Burger (calf strain).

"Juan's injury isn't good, it's worse than a grade-one tear," Coetzee told BDLive.

"It's a minimum of two weeks, but that's a minimum, so I think about three weeks. He's touch and go for the opener but I will be cautious because it's early days."

The big concern is Schalk Burger as he has been out for a year following a serious knee injury he suffered in the opening match of the 2012 season against the Hurricanes.

Burger looks set to start the match against the Bulls with no game time under his belt for a year.

"It's really unfortunate for Schalla because he has trained so hard and this has put him back a few steps," Coetzee said.

"But there is nothing wrong with his knee. Still, he is out for two weeks."

"After a long layoff I guess the workload put some strain on the calf, which happens when players come back from long layoffs."

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