Stormers handed injury boost

The Cape-based side are set to welcome back several key players from injury.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers is one of the players set to return from injury for Saturday's match against the Lions. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - A number of Stormers players will return from injury following their bye this past weekend.

Captain Jean de Villiers is back, along with lock Jurie van Vuuren and prop Pat Cilliers.

Winger Cheslin Kolbe is back for the first time since February following a lengthy layoff with a knee injury.

Schalk Burger will be given until tomorrow to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday's game against the Lions.

"Obviously, I'm giving Schalk until tomorrow [Tuesday] to see how he goes. He had another fitness test this morning and is running at 70 percent at the moment, so we'll see tomorrow", Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said on Monday.

He said Kolbe could come off the bench to make his Stormers debut on Saturday.

"Cheslin and Schalk are basically in the same boat. We'll see how they are tomorrow, but Cheslin is looking good. He's training hard and it's just about his confidence in the contact situation. Medically, he's fine."

Fly half Peter Grant looks likely to retain his number 10 jersey, despite a horror show in his last game against the Waratahs.

Not only did Grant miss crucial kicks at goal, but his general play and kicking out of hand was uncharacteristically poor.

But Coetzee has come to Grant's defence, labelling that performance as a once-off.

"I don't think there's a deeper problem in it. I think Grant will admit that he wasn't good on the day. We can't just fault him for the loss, but the players know that their performance was not to the standard that we're used to."

Coetzee says the entire team, including Grant, needs a massive improvement this week.

"It's not good enough to win Super 15 games, that's what the players are realising. It's not just him [Grant] that needs to improve, there needs to be a massive improvement from the whole team."