The Stormers are sweating on the fitness of veteran loose forward Schallk Burger ahead of their Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.
Burger injured his ankle in the Stormers’ 17-13 defeat to the Bulls last weekend and while he might still make a recovery ahead of the Cheetahs game, it is unlikely that he will be pushed.
If Burger does not recover in time, either Sikhumbuzo Notshe or Nizaam Carr will shift to No.8 in the hopes of getting the team out of their current slump.
The defeat to the Bulls means the Stormers have now won only one match in their last five outings and have fallen out of the playoff places.
But the mood in the camp was lifted yesterday when Springbok coach Allister Coetzee visited the franchise to give the players an idea of what he expects from his Bok hopefuls.
And Stormers forwards coach Russell Winter admits that while the results have not been ideal, their confidence has not taken a knock.
Winter explains: “We definitely still have the confidence. You lose a game, you never deserve to win it.
“[Coach] Robbie [Fleck] has been clear in his approach not to be negative – we don’t doubt ourselves and our confidence hasn’t taken a knock.
“What we do realise is that we have to work hard and we have to be smarter if we want to |continue winning and get back on top.”