FIT AGAIN: Veteran Dewaldt Duvenage. Photo: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

The Stormers will be hoping the return of a number of their injured players this week will give them the boost they need to get their Super Rugby season back on track.

With the Sharks lying in wait in Durban this weekend, the Capetonians welcomed back flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis, Frans Malherbe, scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage, utility back JJ Engelbrecht and centre Dan Kriel to training this week.

Du Plessis, Malherbe and Kriel will probably play for Western Province in their SuperSport Challenge match against the EP Elephants on Sunday, while Duvenage and Engelbrecht might return to the Stormers team that will travel.

The return of Duvenage will be a huge boost to the team, who is struggling at No.9 at the moment.

Of their fit-again stars, assistant coach Paul Feeney says: “It’s certainly a good time to welcome back a few people.

“We’ve been a bit short on numbers at times.”


Winning is another thing the Stormers are short on currently, having lost to both the Lions and the Bulls before last weekend’s break.

Up against them is a Sharks team that has also lost some confidence after their 40-10 defeat at the Shark Tank to the Bulls last weekend.

But while the Stormers can make it two defeats in a row for Robert du Preez’s Durbanites at home, he believes they will be hungry to bounce back in their own backyard.

Feeney explains: “We don’t read too much into that [result against the Bulls].

“The Sharks will be disappointed with their performance.

“They will be training hard this week, so that’s probably not a good result for us to be honest.”

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