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End of the road for Bekker?

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 22 May 2013 at 08:00
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The Stormers’ season goes from bad to worse as injuries strike.

The unfortunate thing is that the injuries do not only cripple the Stormers but also the Springboks in the upcoming June Internationals.

Springboks Juan de Jongh and Andries Bekker will both miss Saturday’s match against the Reds at Newlands, their first home game after a tough tour. The front row also takes a heavy knock as both Frans Malherbe and Pat Cilliers are also ruled out, along with hooker-cum-flank Deon Fourie.

Bekker’s injury, a grade one tear in the disc between his vertebra, rules him out for six to eight weeks, which rules him out for the Springboks and could also spell the end of his career with the Stormers.

Juan de Jongh also looks set to miss a few weeks of action, a fracture of his ring finger keeping him on the sidelines. De Jongh might miss the first Springbok match of the year, his return expected in the middle of the International break.

Fourie has fractured ribs, ruling him out for two to three weeks as well, while Cilliers and Malherbe both have ankle injuries. Malherbe’s seems more serious, undergoing surgery to correct and missing at least ten weeks. Cilliers’ isn’t that much better, ruled out for about six weeks, but also the end of his Super Rugby season.

While Scarra Ntubeni hurt his hamstring ahead of the Rebels match last weekend, Tiaan Liebenberg trained with the squad this week and is set to tackle the Reds. Ntubeni will miss this weekend’s match as well, his hamstring needing two weeks to recover.


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