Sithole ready to go hard at DHL Stadium

PUBLISHED: May 29, 2024

Having made his return from injury on tour, loosehead prop Sti Sithole is looking forward to doing his thing at DHL Stadium on Saturday.

Having made his first start since March in the win over Dragons RFC at Newport, Sithole is excited to make an impact in the last match before the Vodacom URC knockout rounds.

“I’ve been feeling really good after my injury,” Sithole said. “I got a nice chunk of game-time against Dragons. The week after, I got a full week of training with the team, so I’m feeling good and my body’s feeling good and fresh.

“I’m just ready to make an impact in the last push of this vital part of the season.”

The DHL Stormers will host the Emirates Lions in Cape Town on Saturday, the first time Sithole faces his former side since returning to the DHL Stormers this season.

The DHL Stormers have already secured a place in the Vodacom URC playoffs, but that doesn’t mean that the team will be taking their feet off the pedal on Saturday afternoon.

“There is still a lot of pressure on us, even though we have secured a playoff spot,” Sithole said.

“We want to put the pedal down hard, especially heading into this part of the season. It’s very important to get a great result and put in a good performance. We need this cohesion, heading into the playoffs.”

Despite his first season back in Cape Town being affected by injuries, Sithole says he has benefitted from the tough training sessions and scrumming against his teammates.

“I’ve enjoyed my first season back with the DHL Stormers, even though it has been rocky because I’ve missed a good chunk of it through injury.

“I’m loving scrumming against Springbok props like Frans [Malherbe] and Neethling [Fouche], who is in the alignment camps, as well as some of the other guys like Sazi Sandi, who are also great scrummers and really put the pressure on you in those live sessions.

“It’s been a pleasure. That’s how you get better, especially as a prop, getting tested week in and week out.”