The Stormers will be without the inspirational Siya Kolisi for the rest of the Super Rugby season after it was revealed that the injury he picked up last weekend was worse than initially feared.
It was near the end of the home win over the Highlanders last Saturday when it first became clear the Kolisi had a problem. At the time coach Robbie Fleck said that he didn’t think the injury was too serious, thinking Kolisi had either twisted or hyperextended his knee and that he would be back in time for the clash this Saturday with the Lions.
Instead, Kolisi will be wearing a knee brace for five to six weeks as he tries to avoid knee surgery that would leave his World Cup preparations in tatters.
The news is brutal for a Stormers side that sits bottom of the South African Conference yet are only six points behind the Jaguares at the top of the table. Without both Kolisi and lock Peter-Steph du Toit there is a leadership vacuum that must be filled from other positions if they are to make a run at a playoff spot.