Sidelined Grant ready to tour?

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:25
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Stormers coach Allister Coetzee remains hopeful that Springbok flyhalf Peter Grant will recover in time to be considered for their Australasian tour.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee remains hopeful that Springbok flyhalf Peter Grant will recover in time to be considered for their Australasian tour.

Grant, who injured his ankle during training last week, could miss up to a month of action.

That means the 28-year-old pivot will not feature in the Stormers' next four matches - at home to the Brumbies (at Newlands this coming Saturday), the Crusaders (at the same venue a week later), the Cheetahs (in Bloemfontein on April 6) and the Sharks (in Cape Town on April 13).

However, the five-times capped Bok is in a race against time to be fit for the Stormers' departure to Australasia - where they face the Hurricanes (in Palmerston North, April 26), the Blues (Albany, May 3), the Waratahs (Sydney, May 11) and the Rebels (Melbourne, May 17).

Coetzee admitted that Grant would not feature in the next month, unless something dramatic happened in the next few weeks.

"Unfortunately Peter [Grant] has a slight syndesmosis [where the bony surfaces are united by a ligament] of the ankle, which will sideline him for the next three to four weeks," the Stormers mentor told a media briefing at Newlands. "The positive is he could be ready for the tour," Coetzee added.

It will give the Stormers' other Bok flyhalf, Lions loan player Elton Jantjies, the next four games to regain his best form.

While the 22-year-old pivot - who played in two Tests for South Africa last year - had a slow start to the year, Jantjies has been improving steadily in the last couple of outings.

And Coetzee has consistently backed the young flyhalf, saying he is "happy" with the player's progress.

On Saturday he comes up against one of Australia's most talented flyhalves, 23-year-old Matt Toomua - who is no stranger to the Newlands faithful, having played for Western Province as a raw 19-year-old in 2009.

Coetzee certainly remembers the gifted player, who became only the second Brumbies player to be contracted directly from school.

While Toomua's stint in Cape Town, which saw him play four Currie Cup matches, was not that successful, Coetzee is aware of the threat the more mature playmaker poses.

"He looks much fitter now than he was when he was here in Cape Town [in 2009]," Coetzee told a media briefing.

"He is a tough player and physical flyhalf and is not scare to take the ball to the line," he said of the Wallaby pivot.

"His defence is solid and her has good core skills. He kicks well and passes well - he is a quality player."

By Jan de Koning

Free State Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls
sast: 16h00 | local: 16h00

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Sat, 22 October 2016
Munster v Glasgow Warriors 12h00 Thomond Park
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 14h00 Bloemfontein
Clermont Auvergne v Bordeaux 14h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Castres v Northampton Saints 15h15 Stade Pierre Antoine
Saracens v Scarlets 16h30 Allianz Park
Ulster v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 23 October 2016
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Toulouse v Wasps 15h15 Le Mans
Zebre v Connacht 15h15 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 16h30 Welford Road
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 22 October 2016
New Zealand v Australia 37 | 10
Fri, 21 October 2016
Sale Sharks v Toulon 5 | 15
Sun, 16 October 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Clermont Auvergne 8 | 35
Bordeaux v Ulster 28 | 13
Sat, 15 October 2016
Scarlets v Sale Sharks 28 | 11
Connacht v Toulouse 23 | 21
Northampton Saints v Montpellier 16 | 14
Blue Bulls v Western Province 36 | 30
Toulon v Saracens 23 | 31
Leinster v Castres 33 | 15
Free State Cheetahs v Golden Lions 55 | 17
Wasps v Zebre 82 | 14
Fri, 14 October 2016
Glasgow Warriors v Leicester Tigers 42 | 13
Sun, 09 October 2016
Saracens v Wasps 30 | 14
Sat, 08 October 2016
Scarlets v Dragons 31 | 27
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9