10:03PM, Mon 14 May 2012

Stormers look to youth

South African side Stormers have been dealt a fairly hefty blow with the news that in-form youngster Nizaam Carr will miss the remainder of the Super Rugby season with a knee injury.

The number eight tore ligaments during the Stormers’ narrow 16-14 victory against the Cheetahs in early May, with scans now confirming the worst and ruling the 21-year-old out for the rest of the current domestic campaign.

Head coach Allister Coetzee will now have a real job on his hands to replace Carr, after having already being forced to contend with the absences of several other key players. Jebb Sinclair, who only joined the club from London Irish at the beginning of May, replaced Carr against the Cheetahs and looks set to continue at number-eight for the rest of the season.

The Canadian forward has been given the backing of Coetzee, who will now look towards the club’s young, local forwards to cover the number-eight position for the rest of the season.

“Sinclair does play towards the ball as a No 8 which is a good sign and he is also a good ball-carrier so I think he will be the number eight next week because we have got no other option,” said Coetzee.

“It is short notice (to look abroad) so I think that we have to look at (local) players like Nick Fenton-Wells and Don Armand for this weekend.”

The Stormers boss and fans of the club from within the Betfair rugby community will be hoping the loss of Carr doesn’t knock the team off their stride and affect their promising start to the season. Coetzee’s side have been one of the league’s in-form teams and are in a good position to mount a genuine challenge for honours.

The loss of such an influential player like Carr will need to be managed by Coetzee if the club are going to be able to keep pace with Super Rugby’s front-runners.

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