Injury to insult for Stormers

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:35
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De Kock Steenkamp has become the Stormers latest casualty, as the struggling team's second row resources are stretched to the limit.

De Kock Steenkamp has become the Stormers latest casualty, as the struggling team's second row resources are stretched to the limit.

Steenkamp suffered groin injury in his team's 20-36 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday - a result that saw the men from Cape Town drop to second from last on the standings, just above the winless Hurricanes.

The lock is the biggest concern for Stormers coach Allister Coetzee, who has seen his team lose three of their four games, with the only win a fluky last-minute one-point squeaker over the Hurricanes.

Fellow lock Ruan Botha (knee), captain Jean de Villiers (knock to shoulder) and fullback Jaco Taute (AC Joint) were also nursing injuries.

"De Kock is definitely the biggest concern for us at this stage," Coetzee said of Steenkamp.

"Jaco felt his shoulder a bit and went off, Jean took a small knock and Ruan complained about his knee after the game.

"We have a travel day on Saturday, we are flying to Australia [Sydney], and once we are there will be able to properly assess our injuries after they go for scans."

Lock Rynhardt Elstadt, hooker Scarra Ntubeni and prop Pat Cilliers have all flown home from the tour because of injuries thus far - joining high-profile players Eben Etzebeth, Manuel Carizza, Michael Rhodes, Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe on the sidelines.

Meanwhile the Stormers coach, Coetzee, was left lamenting his team's slow start against the Chiefs.

The Chiefs led by 17-6 at half-time, and 24-6 three minutes into the second half, before the Stormers launched a spirited fightback to make it 20-24 going into the final four minutes of play.

Unfortunately the struggling Stormers they were not able to sustain that pressure and two late Chiefs tries saw them miss out on a losing bonus point as well.

"It's another disappointing loss for us," lamented Coetzee.

"We started off badly, but credit to the Chiefs. They attacked us [out] wide and we felt the pressure there and came out of our line a few times, which proved to be costly. Last week the Crusaders attacked us from close-range, but the Chiefs found the necessary space out wide in this game."

The Chiefs scored two tries in the first half and three in the second half, two of those second-half efforts coming in the last four minutes of the game.

"They're not the double defending champions for nothing, you know," added Coetzee.

The Stormers will travel to Sydney on Saturday, where they will be based in the lead-up to next weekend's game against the Brumbies in Canberra.

They will then finish their tough four-match tour with a final fixture against the Reds in Brisbane the following Saturday.

Said Coetzee: "We've had a tough tour of New Zealand against two quality teams - the Crusaders and the Chiefs. We will now close the chapter on the New Zealand leg of our tour and are looking ahead to our remaining games in Australia. We're beaten, but unbowed.

"The one big positive is that we have eight days until our next game [against the Brumbies], so we will lick our wounds and get up for that game," added the Stormers boss.

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 09h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 11h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 09h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 11h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19