Cape Town - 130209 - Eben Etzebeth of the DHL Stormers during the DHL Stormers 57 - 0 victory over the Boland Cavaliers during a pre-season friendly at the Cape town Staidum in Green Point Cape Town. - Photo: Matthew Jordaan

Cape Town - Stormers and South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth will miss the start of his team's 2013 Super Rugby campaign after being ruled out of action for six to eight weeks.

Etzebeth limped off in the first half of his team's 57-0 pre-season win over the Boland Cavaliers on Saturday and a subsequent scan revealed that he tore ligaments in his left ankle after landing awkwardly at a line-out.

“It's unfortunate for the team and Eben, but injuries are part and parcel of the game,” said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

The Stormers have completed their pre-season playing schedule after taking part in warm-up matches against the Cheetahs and Boland on Feb. 2 and 9, respectively.

The 2011 and 2012 South African Conference winners will open their 2013 Super Rugby season against the Bulls in Pretoria on February 22. – Reuters