The Stormers desperately need to break their tour duck against the Reds in Brisbane on Friday, but they will have to do it without Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit.
The Springbok duo have been ruled out of the clash at the Suncorp Stadium due to injury and personal leave respectively, which will leave a gigantic hole in the pack of forwards.
Both big men made sizable contributions to the Stormers cause in the 24-9 defeat to the Blues in Auckland at the weekend, and coach Robbie Fleck would’ve hoped that their grunt would be enough to overwhelm the Reds.
But Etzebeth has been sidelined by an ankle injury, and he has travelled home alongside Du Toit and centre Dan du Plessis.
Du Toit is expecting the birth of his first child this week, while Du Plessis took a blow to the knee at Eden Park, which saw him replaced by Josh Stander.