The Stormers are gearing up for a crucial United Rugby Championship clash against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday at 5pm, and their injury-ridden roster is finally getting a much-needed Springbok boost.
The Sharks and Stormers, in 16th and seventh places on the URC table respectively, lock horns in a blockbuster derby at Kings Park.
Captain and lock Salmaan Moerat (pectoral muscle), dynamic No.8 Evan Roos (jaw) and powerhouse prop Frans Malherbe (back), as well as playmaker Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (leg), are all back in training and set to make a comeback after battling various injuries.
Moerat’s return promises to strengthen the lineout while addressing occasional inaccuracies. Roos, with his impactful style, adds balance to the loose trio.
Two-time world champion tighthead yster Malherbe’s potential comeback is eagerly anticipated, and will bolster the front row and pack overall with his experience and strength.
Feinberg-Mngomezulu provides the Stormers with a gifted playmaking option at flyhalf, centre and fullback, enhancing their overall squad balance.
The absence of World Cup-winning Boks Damian Willemse, Manie Libbok and Deon Fourie, observing the national team rest period, creates an opportunity for the likes of Roos and Feinberg-Mngomezulu.
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With the in-form Hacjivah Dayimani locked in at the back of the scrum, Stormers assistant coach Dawie Snyman, meanwhile, hints at deploying Roos at openside flanker for Fourie.
Snyman tells Netwerk24: “Being versatile is recommended for a player these days. Maybe having Evan play in that position would be good.
“He is very strong on the ball and a good athlete. He plays very close to the ball in our system, so I don’t think it will require a huge adjustment [for him].”