Stormers 'holding thumbs' for Jones

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:16
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INJURY UPDATE: The Stormers are hoping the injury centre Huw Jones picked up in the final round of this year's Six Nations is not too serious.

The Scotland star walked off with a hamstring injury after 26 minutes in the match against Italy last Saturday.

The Stormers have already lost two international centres to long-term injuries this year and Jones' injury could just compound matters ahead of a busy schedule for the Cape side.

Damian de Allende is currently out of action with an ankle injury he sustained in the 37-24 win over the Bulls in Round One. Juan de Jongh has been out of action since early February with a torn medial collateral ligament. 

"For him [Jones] to come off in an international game, it can't be good," Stormers assistant coach Russell Winter told reporters via teleconference from Singapore ahead of their match against the Sunwolves.

"We know it is hamstring and they [Scotland] are doing the tests. Obviously, they don't want to give us the worst-case scenario or bad news if they are not sure themselves. They have done all the tests and our doctors have not seen him yet. As soon as we get back we will see where he is at."

Winter added: "I don't think he [Jones] will be back when we get back, so we are a little bit uncertain about the length of the injury at the moment. 

"We are a little bit concerned because we have other injuries at centre, so we are holding thumbs that it is not going to be too bad."

Meanwhile, the Stormers have rested a few of their other internationals for the Sunwolves clash.

Locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit and prop Frans Malherbe were not considered for selection due to the Springbok management plan.

"It is a chance for those guys who have been training so hard in the pre-season - Jan [de Klerk], JD [Schickerling] and obviously Chris [van Zyl]," said Winter. 

"They really deserve a chance because they have been training so phenomenally well in the pre-season and they had good warm-up games as well. 

"We understand the whole Springbok agreement that we have and the players do play a lot of rugby, so for us to give those players a chance is a good thing for us.

"We had to spend a little more time with the new faces that are going to play this weekend. I think our preparation has been good and I think all those guys are up for the challenge. It's going to be good to see what sort of depth we have in our squad, which is going to be very important for us going forward."

Stormers touring squad: Bjorn Basson, Kurt Coleman, Jan de Klerk, Daniel du Plessis, Robert du Preez, Dewaldt Duvenage, Rynhardt Elstadt, Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, Oliver Kebble, Siyamthanda Kolisi, Dan Kriel, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Godlen Masimla, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Caylib Oosthuizen, Ramone Samuels, John Shickerling, Seabelo Senatla, Frans van Wyk, Chris van Zyl, EW Viljoen, Cobus Wiese, Damian Willemse.

By Warren Fortune

England vs Ireland
sast: 16h45 | local: 14h45

  • 0 | 0
Stormers vs Blues
sast: 15h05 | local: 15h05

  • 34 | 20
Sat, 17 March 2018
Italy v Scotland 12h30 Rome
Lions v Sunwolves 15h15 Johannesburg
Wales v France 17h00 Cardiff
Jaguares v Reds 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 05h05 Sydney
Fri, 23 March 2018
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Edinburgh 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Scarlets 22h00 Thomond Park
Dragons v Cheetahs 22h00 Rodney Parade
Ospreys v Leinster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Sat, 17 March 2018
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Lions v Blues 35 | 38
Ireland v Scotland 28 | 8
Sharks v Sunwolves 50 | 22
Reds v Bulls 20 | 14
Hurricanes v Crusaders 29 | 19
Fri, 09 March 2018
Scarlets v Leinster 10 | 10
Rebels v Brumbies 33 | 10
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 3 3 0 0 15
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Waratahs 3 1 1 1 6
Sunwolves 3 0 0 3 1
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 1 0 2 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 3 1 0 2 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 4 3 0 1 15
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Stormers 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4