Stormers coach Robbie Fleck had a few last-minute injuries to contend with when selecting his team to face the Bulls in their Super Rugby opener at Loftus on Saturday. As expected, Bok loosehead Steven Kitshoff has been ruled out with a grade-two hamstring tear that will keep him on the sidelines for four to six weeks. Exciting looseforward Juarno Augustus also cried off after suffering an ankle injury at training this week‚ which will rule him out for seven to 10 days. Bok veteran Frans Malherbe will also miss out because of bruising on the knee. Wing Sergeal Petersen also had not recovered enough from a foot injury to be considered, while lock Eben Etzebeth has a back injury. Leaving him out was precautionary as he trained on Thursday. Despite all the injuries, Fleck was able to pick nine capped Springboks in his starting line-up‚ including Bok skipper Siya Kolisi‚ who only played 40 minutes during the preseason. “The hope is that Steven Kitshoff will be back for our tour [in four...

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