With Cheslin Kolbe a shoo-in to go to the Rio Olympic Games in August and Dillyn Leyds out injured, the Stormers face a possible crisis at fullback when Super Rugby returns in July.
In their final match before the mid-season break against the Cheetahs on Saturday, Kolbe was knocked out cold and the Cape side ended up using scrumhalf Louis Schreuder at the back of the line.
But when the Stormers return to the field of play against the Rebels in Australia on July 2, they might have a Springbok at the back of the line.
Fullback-cum-midfielder Jaco Taute has shrugged off his injury concerns and along with the likes of fit-again Robert du Preez and EW Viljoen will hope that he cracks the nod for boss Robbie Fleck’s team.
Describing his woes at fullback, Fleck says: “Jaco Taute is coming back into the mix [and] Rob du Preez is coming back.
“To be honest, there is not a lot of options for us, Huw Jones is injured at the moment.
“At least we get this month now so we can test-run some guys at Currie Cup level and see how we go. It’s important that we do find a 15.
“EW Viljoen played first game back [for Western Province] this weekend – so it’s not exactly a crisis, we’ve got players in the setup and the June break does come at an opportune time.”
The Stormers players that have not been called up to the Springboks or SA “A” sides respectively will now enjoy a 10-day break, before starting training again.
And Fleck couldn’t be happier that his team managed to go into the break on the back of a positive result (31-24 over the Cheetahs), after a tough few weeks in which they lost to the Waratahs, drew with the Sunwolves and also lost to the Bulls.
The coach adds: “It’s a win, [that’s the] most important thing.
“It’s been a tough couple weeks for us… and this win was massively important for us.
“Going into the break with a loss or draw would’ve been hard to swallow.”