The DHL Stormers are confident that Deon Fourie will be fit for the home semi-final against Connacht after the veteran came off in the quarter-finals with a hamstring strain.
Following a quarter-final victory over rivals the Vodacom Bulls, the Stormers will host Connacht in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship semi-finals in Cape Town on Saturday.
The defending champions largely reported a clean bill of health from their victory over the Vodacom Bulls.
Fourie, who made his comeback from an orbital bone fracture in the quarter-finals, was the only player signaled as a potential concern. by John Dobson in the immediate aftermath of the match.
The veteran flanker played an effective 42 minutes before being withdrawn just after half time, clutching his hamstring as he made his way to the bench.
Providing an update on Monday, Stormers assistant coach Dawie Snyman said that they would give Fourie as much time as possible to allow his hamstring to recover in time for this weekend’s semi-final in Cape Town.
“We are going to give him the full week to make sure that he is 100%,” said Snyman. “He felt his hamstring in the first half. He has gone for scans.
“At this stage, it looks quite positive. It’s all about how he recovers with a day or two to go still. Hopefully he will be alright.”
Fourie’s availability will be quite important, as the Stormers anticipate a breakdown onslaught from Connacht, after the Irish minnows gave favourites Ulster a hard time in their surprise quarter-final victory.
“It’s an area where they put Ulster under serious pressure,” said Snyman. “Ulster didn’t get any flow in the game and it’s because of that breakdown pressure.
“They go hard at the breakdown and will definitely try to slow us down. We know that. We need to be very sharp in that area.”
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