Rugby

Burger back to lead Stormers

2012-01-23 19:15
Schalk Burger (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok flanker Schalk Burger will captain the Stormers in Friday's Super Rugby warm-up clash against the Lions at Newlands.

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee said on Monday that he was working towards a point where the strongest possible combination could run out on Friday.

"We've had our first run where all the youngsters had a chance to play but the match against the Lions gives us a chance to play a different team, and one that will have very different challenges from the side that played against Boland Cavaliers," Coetzee said.

"We'll be looking to give game time to as many players as we can so that everyone understands the set-piece, the style of attack and the policies to keep the defence in shape."

According to Coetzee, the performance of the experimental line-up that ran out against Boland over the weekend proved the squad's conditioning programmes had been successful.

"It was a good game in the sense that it showed that all the conditioning work had been well done," Coetzee said.

"Now it's a matter of building up an understanding of the team dynamics and getting combinations right.

"Like all coaches I want see progress from one week to the next and it was clear after Saturday's match that there is a lot of work to done.

"The Lions offer tough opposition and we need to remember that they are the Currie Cup champions."

Coetzee had most of his 51-man squad running the lines at a training session on Monday.

"We've reached a stage where we want to field a side that will be as close as possible to the team that will play in the opening Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes in February," he said.

"Andries Bekker and Duane Vermeulen are about two weeks away from joining the contact sessions, while Rocky (Reinhardt) Elstadt will join full scale training next week.

"Scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage has started running and by the looks of things he may be ready in two weeks' time."

Coetzee said he and his Lions counterpart, John Mitchell, had discussed the possibility of playing two matches involving A and B teams, but only one match would be played.

Read more on:    schalk burger
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
20 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

After 4 rounds of this year's Absa Currie Cup, who's your favourite for the title?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.