Stormers allay fears over Vermeulen

Date published: May 12 2015

Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen's injury which forced him off the field against the Brumbies is not serious and he is set to play against the Rebels in their next match on May 23.

That is the word from the Stormers' medical staff who said the Springbok number eight has recovered from the injury to the side of his neck and will benefit from this week's bye along with the rest of his team-mates.

“Duane, like the rest of the squad, will enjoy this entire week off – a rest which comes just at the right time after a heavy workload for everyone,” Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told the Stormers' official website.

“We have not had a break since mid-March, which includes our four-week tour of Australasia. It’s been pretty full-on, so we’re looking forward to this week off before three successive home games at Newlands – against the Rebels, the Cheetahs and the Lions.”

Meanwhile, utility back Jaco Taute, who has recovered from a knee injury, played 50 minutes for the Western Province Vodacom Cup team in their win over the South Western District Eagles at the weekend and came through the match well in his first first-class appearance of 2015.

“Hopefully, after getting 50 minutes for the Vodacom Cup team against SWD on Saturday, Jaco will be able to get (another) 80 minutes for the Western Province team in their quarter-final against the Leopards this coming weekend," added Coetzee.

“After that extra game time under his belft, Jaco could be available to us after our bye (against the Rebels).”