Rainbow Cup

Stormers squad updates: Injuries, Nel released and how Pieter-Steph recovered after comeback

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Pieter-Steph du Toit (Gallo)
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Gallo)

After squandering a 17-0 lead to go down 33-30 to the Sharks in Cape Town this past weekend, the Stormers now turn their attention to Jake White's Bulls. 

That match also takes place at Cape Town Stadium, kicking off at 18:45 on Saturday. 

Speaking to media on Tuesday, Stormers assistant coach Dawie Snyman provided updates on a number of issues from within the camp, from injuries to the departure of Ruhan Nel to the Blitzboks.

Here, we take you through all the major talking points to emerge from Tuesday's squad update. 

Ruhan Nel departs for Blitzboks

The Stormers centre has joined up with national Sevens coach Neil Powell as the Blitzboks continue their preparations for the Tokyo Olympics in July. It is not clear, at this stage, if Nel will be back towards the end of the Rainbow Cup, but he will certainly be unavailable for the Stormers for the next two weekends. 

"We've given him the opportunity to train with the Sevens and I think they've got two tournaments coming up," said Snyman.

"It's always been a big dream of his to try and make the Olympic side so we will give him that opportunity."

Senatla, Engelbrecht to learn fate after red cards as Sergeal Petersen returns

Seabelo Senatla and Willie Engelbrecht, who received red cards against the Sharks, will know their fate on Wednesday when they have their disciplinary hearings. Senatla, in particular, could be looking at a significant ban after his dangerous hit on Sharks fullback Aphelele Fassi. 

If Senatla is banned, as expected, then the Stormers have wing Sergeal Petersen back from injury and available for selection.

Damian Willemse 'fine'

There had been some concern surrounding the fitness of fullback Damian Willemse following the loss to the Sharks after he took a "shot to the ribs", according to head coach John Dobson. There was good news on Tuesday, though, with Snyman confirming Willemse was fit and available for selection against the Bulls. 

Pieter-Steph recovers well from 80 minutes

Springbok forward Pieter-Steph du Toit was never meant to play 80 minutes against the Sharks as he made his long-awaited comeback from injury, but the red card to Willie Engelbrehct meant he had to. 

Snyman confirmed on Tuesday, though, that Du Toit had come through the contest superbly well. 

"I spoke to him on Monday morning and he said he doesn't miss that Sunday feeling when the body is sore," said Snyman.

"Pieter has got a switch and he just puts it on and goes at 100%. He's like that at training and he's like that at games and he's just going to get better."

Wolhuter set for "three or four months" on sidelines, Schickerling battling an ankle injury

Snyman confirmed that flyhalf Kade Wolhuter, who ruptured his ACL against the Sharks, faces around three to four months on the sidelines. 

Lock JD Schickerling, meanwhile, has also not been training after picking up an ankle injury. Snyman confirmed that more clarity would come on his availability on Wednesday. 

Salmaan Moerat, meanwhile, remains ruled out "indefinitely" with a neck injury. 

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