Etzebeth out for 6-8 weeks

DHL Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth will miss the start of his team’s 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign, after being ruled out of action for six to eight weeks.

Etzebeth limped off in the first half of team’s 57-0 pre-season win over the Regent Boland Cavaliers on Saturday and a subsequent scan revealed that he tore ligaments in his left ankle after landing awkwardly at a line-out.

The Springbok lock will be out of action for a minimum of six weeks and DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said: “It’s unfortunate for the team and Eben, but like I said after the match yesterday injuries are part and parcel of the game.

“We are fortunate to have players in our squad who can step in and fill that role and that’s our focus for now – to find a player to fill that No.4 lock role.

“At the same time, however, our medical team will also ensure that Eben recovers well and comes back strongly for the DHL Stormers.”

The DHL Stormers have completed their pre-season playing schedule, after taking part in warm-up matches against the Cheetahs and Boland on February 2 and 9, respectively.

The 2011 and 2012 SA Conference winners will open their 2013 Super Rugby season against the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday, February 22 (kick-off 19h10).

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    February 11, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Hope this is not the start of things to come for the guy…

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    February 11, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Eben got his start due to injuries to Rynhardt Elstadt, time for Rynhardt to step up again. I recall how he excelled in the 2011 game against the Bulls.

    I still want to see Elstadt at 4 and Eben at 5 for the Stormers.

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    February 11, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Reply to Craven @ 7:00 am:

    Bekker, Ruan Venter, Steenkamp… they certainly got some quality lock stocks…

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    February 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 9:55 am:

    Does seem like it. That said, I would love a Super season with the Stormers not being curtailed by injuries!

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    February 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 12:34 pm:

    Impossible when AC plays them into the ground… at least this year those extra few Lion’s loans should enable rotation…

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    February 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing what Taute and Jantjies can do in a decent team!

    :soek: Davids

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    February 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 2:43 pm:

    This is their time to shine if ever it was…

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    February 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Lyk of die jong ster se beserings n probleem begin raak … hoop regtig hy kan dit stop sit ..


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