de Villiers misses training with hamstring injury




Stormers captain Jean de Villiers was again missing from training in Durbanville on Monday. He seems to be over the bicep muscle injury that he picked up during the World Cup last year but now he has a new injury which is his hamstring.

This means that the Stormers may have to field an under strength mid field for their Super 14 opener against the Bulls at Newlands.

De Villiers however insists that he should be ready for the Bulls match and that he was over his bicep injury. “The hammy is just a bit stiff at the moment,” De Villiers said in the Cape Times today.

“But I feel that I have taken enough contact in the last two weeks before we face the Bulls. We have had several sessions where the players have been in match situations, so it shouldn’t be a problem for me to be ready for the first Super 14 game.

“I hope to train by the end of this week, but definitely by next week.”

The reality is that De Villiers hasn’t played any first class rugby since September 9 last year which is when he picked up the bicep injury in the world cup against Samoa.

Adding to the Stormers woes is that Dylan des Fountain also sat out training with what he described as a “nerve problem” in his elbow. He also expects to recover for the Bulls match.

The injuries come just a short time after it was confirmed that Corne Uys was ruled out of the Super 14 with a knee ligament injury.

With all these injuries it’s likely that Flyhalf Peter Grant could move to De Villiers’s place at inside centre and SA under-21 pivot Ismaeel Dollie could find himself facing the Bulls in the Super 14 opener wearing the number 10 shirt.

The Stormers tried playing this combination at Monday’s training and put Gcobani Bobo at outside centre.

New Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus did however have some good news in that Ross Skeate and prop Eddie Andrews have resumed training and prop Schalk Ferreira may be able to play rugby again. Ferreira was told that he may be forced to retire due to a neck injury.

Fullback Conrad Jantjes was also back in action after recovering from a thumb injury.

“Eddie has done really well to be where he is now, as we didn’t expect him to be ready until the middle of March,” said Erasmus.

“He would’ve started training last week already, but his dad passed away. We’ll see how he goes in the next two weeks.

“Ross is looking really good and should be ready for the Bulls match. Guys like him, Conrad Jantjes and Brian Mujati have been excellent in their rehab programmes.

And Schalk might be able to play Super 14 even. We need as much depth as possible, and we only have three props at the moment in Brian, JD Moller and Brok Harris.”

Erasmus says that he is happy with the warm up schedule that saw the Stormers only playing one warm up match which was against Boland. “I don’t think we need to play more games,” he said.

“We have had lots of contact sessions in the last few weeks. We monitor the guys closely in these sessions and their heart rates are the same as in a match.”


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