Kingpins Habana, Grant sidelined by injury

2011-05-04 15:11

Bryan Habana’s efforts to play himself into contention for Springboks selection has taken a knock as a rib injury has sidelined him for Saturday’s Super Rugby’s top-of-the-table clash against the crack New Zealand tourists, Crusaders, at Newlands.

Last week Habana was forced to leave the field after taking a hit to the rib cage in the Sharks match.

He’s been out of form this season but on Saturday there were signs that he could soon be back to his best and reclaim his spot as a first-choice for the Boks.

He has been replaced by the promising rightwing Johann Sadie who has been in impressive form on the few occasions that he’s had a run for the Stormers.
However, Saturday will mark his debut in a starting XV.

The prolific boot of flyhalf Peter Grant will also play no part in the match as he too is out in the cold as his troublesome knee has yet to heal.

This means that rookie pivot Lionel Cronje will marshall the star-studded backline.

Kurt Coleman, who made his Stormers debut in the closing stages of the match against the Sharks last week, will be the back-up flyhalf.

An interesting inclusion on the substitutes’ bench is Tiaan Liebenberg who replaces reserve hooker Ethienne Reynecke.

Liebenberg showed last week in a Vodacom Cup outing that he has recovered fully from the knee injury which kept him out of the game for the past nine weeks.

The Crusaders have also been hit hard by the injury bogey and, as a result, will be without five All Blacks in pivot Dan Carter, prop Ben Franks, scrumhalf Andy Ellis, locks Brad Thorn and Sam Whitelock.

Stormers team: Conrad Jantjes, Johann Sadie, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Gio Aplon, Lionel Cronje, Dewaldt Duvenage, Duane Vermeulen, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger (captain), Andries Bekker, Rynhardt Elstadt, CJ van der Linde, Deon Fourie, Wicus Blaauw.

Replacements: Tiaan Liebenberg, Brok Harris, De Kock Steenkamp, Nick Koster, Ricky Januarie, Kurt Coleman, Juan de Jongh.

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