Leyds and Taute Super Rugby boost for Stormers

Dillyn Leyds comes into the Western Province starting line up

The Stormers have revealed that Dillyn Leyds is back in training for Super Rugby whilst Michael Rhodes and Jaco Taute are nearing their return.

Utility back Leyds has returned to training and will be available for the Stormers’ Super Rugby away clash against the Cheetahs this coming weekend.

Leyds missed his team’s 15-13 win over the Bulls at the weekend with a shoulder injury but he came through training at the HPC on Monday.

Utility back Jaco Taute (knee) has re-joined full training and could get some game time in the Vodacom Cup next weekend.

No.8 Duane Vermeulen ook a blow to his shoulder against the Bulls, but it was nothing more than a stinger and he is 100% fit.

Vice-captain centre Juan de Jongh Nizaam Carr (knock to his knee) and Damian de Allende (recovery day) missed training on Monday but should be fit to play this weekend.

Flank Michael Rhodes’ return from a hamstring injury is prgressing well and started treadmill running on Monday and could be back after the bye weekend (May 15-17).

The Stormers play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday and Coetzee said that they will not be taking the Cheetahs lightly.

“We will have the same mindset for this weekend as we do for all South African Derbies. We understand how tough these games are and we know we need to pitch up.”

“The Cheetahs pushed the Lions in Johannesburg, they’re a good side and this will be a tough match.”

“There’s a few things we need to get right, like the line-out and I wasn’t happy with the amount of turnovers we conceded – a side like the Cheetahs will punish us for mistakes like that, so we need to respect the ball.”

On having so many players – including nine uncapped players – called up to the national training squads, Coetzee said, “I’m happy they have received recognition for their performances and hard work and I know they will all keep pushing for selection.”

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