Evan Roos’ Injury Not As Bad As Initially Feared


DHL Stormers assistant coach Dawie Snyman confirmed that the injury that Evan Roos sustained against Ulster, when he was croc-rolled out of the ruck by Springbok Duane Vermeulen with Ulster flank Nick Timoney also involved in the cleanout, is not as serious as initially feared.

“Evan went to the specialists yesterday (Monday) for scans and fortunately it is relatively good news for us, the injury is not too bad. He has got some damage on his MCL, but the ACL is intact so that means he will hopefully be back for the start of the playoffs or a little bit earlier,” said Snyman.

“That means he should be back playing for us by the time the playoff stage of the season arrives, and quite possibly earlier than that.”

“Unfortunately, injuries are part of rugby and players should understand that. It is frustrating, but we will definitely keep him around and keep motivating him."

“The great thing about our squad is that all our injured players are at the facility at the High-Performance Centre in Bellville and they start helping us with analysis on the teams and they are just always communicating.”

Snyman confirmed other players that will not be involved in Saturday’s clash against the Sharks in Durban are Jean-Luc du Plessis (flyhalf) and JJ Kotze (hooker). Both players left the field against Ulster and are following the prescribed concussion protocol.