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Fourie a big loss to Stormers

2012-02-13 08:59

Gavin Rich-  SuperSport

Johannesburg - The DHL Stormers received notification that lightning can indeed strike in the same place twice when they lost hooker Deon Fourie for the first part of the Super Rugby season at the weekend.

In one of those uncanny twists that sometimes happen, Fourie broke his hand in the last warm-up fixture two weeks before the kick-off to Super Rugby – exactly the same stage they lost Tiaan Liebenberg to a knee injury last year. Fourie was injured in the 38-13 win over the Kings in Port Elizabeth, whereas Liebenberg sustained his 2010 injury against the Boland Cavaliers in Cape Town.

It is not clear how long Fourie will be ruled out of rugby for, but a broken hand normally takes a minimum of six weeks to heal. That should effectively mean he misses the first three Stormers games as they have their first bye in the third week of competition. Nonetheless, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is nonetheless not too pleased about once again having to start Super Rugby with one of his top two hookers on the sidelines.

“It is bad news for us as he makes a good impact on the field (either as a starter or as an impact substitute),” Coetzee told reporters after the match at Nelson Mandela Stadium.

Indeed, Fourie was supposed to be one of the solutions to a tricky problem faced by the Stormers this season – the one related to the absence of a recognised star fetcher now that Francois Louw, who used to perform that role for the Cape side, is playing his rugby for English club Bath. Fourie is so good on the ground and indeed in broken play that he has in the past been considered as a loose-forward when team selections have been made.

With Fourie out of the first few games it brings young former WP under-21 star Siyabonga (Scara) Ntubeni into the frame. Ntubeni played the first few Super Rugby matches last year in the absence of Liebenberg so he does have the experience and is considered a player of immense potential, but he is a bit rusty at the moment after undergoing a knee operation during the off-season.

“He is the next best and we can also have a look at Clement Lewis of Boland. He has been training with us,” said Coetzee.

Lewis was good for Boland when they won the Currie Cup First Division last year and he was also excellent when he played for the Stormers against his regular provincial teammates in a pre-season game last month.

On the plus side for Coetzee, Duane Vermeulen and Andries Bekker both came through their comeback game from a long lay-off without any mishap and Fourie will be the only potential first choice player who will start the new season on the injured list.

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Comments
  • Shane - 2012-02-13 09:15

    Big loss? Seriously?

      Garry - 2012-02-13 10:23

      Stormers won the conference last year without Liebenberg...and will WIN the S15 this year!

      Jed - 2012-02-13 12:54

      BlueRaven , must say winning the Conference Cup is allot better than Failing to make a Semi dont you think? Let's all be honest and say the Bulls are nothing more than a Mid table side if that. Looking foward to another year of no play-offs for a very over-rated Bulls team.

      Jed - 2012-02-13 13:35

      Really Raven? I cant remember again where did the Bulls end last year? In that case the Lions placed 14th and the Brumbies Placed 13th are champion side to? Wow I wish I supported a side ending 14th and still been a champion side. LOL

      Kosie - 2012-02-13 14:03

      @ blue raven at least the crusaders made it to the final last year so they are still a champion side unlike the bulls, and you are only as good as your last performance and on that you will be judged.

      Jed - 2012-02-13 14:08

      Raven, Lets see you ended 7th and we ended 2nd in Super Rugby. You ended 5th and we ended 4th. So on the contrary your side SUCKS and will continue to do so untill they finish higher than us. Understand or should I get a 3 year old to explain it to you?

      Bootman - 2012-02-13 15:50

      @Garry Are u a glue sniffer?????????/ Stormers will definitely not see the semis, not even close. Playing Vodacom cup next year

  • Bruno - 2012-02-13 09:21

    considering Stormers dont have depth in that position, yes big loss!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-13 09:43

      Shame, why don't you buy Derick Kuhn mwha mwha mwha ha ha ha

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-13 10:00

      @aubrey.. and why don't you buy yourself zanax!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-13 10:22

      @Aubrey, why are you kissing (mwha mwaha) Bruno?

      Jason - 2012-02-13 13:54

      Too much Bromance going on here and not enough rugby chat!

      Hoo - 2012-02-13 16:01

      @saffa- i think, aubrey is trying to do the stormers haka?? sterke pink weepeepee

  • Andre - 2012-02-13 09:51

    stormers will not make it this year

      Shane - 2012-02-13 10:04

      They never do.

      Saffa - 2012-02-13 10:28

      @Shane - Dozey, you reveal yourself.....

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-13 10:43

      Saffa, forgive Shane. He's one very confused individual. Studied at Tuks, then the USA, now lives in the Cape, plus all the well documented side effects of studying psychology. Probably has a chemical imbalance too. The worst must be being torn to shreds by the fact that he lives in Stormers territory and has to be tormented by their brilliance while he hates them, instead of being back in Danville North where he can live safely and not endure the stress of actually expecting something from his team.

      Shane - 2012-02-13 11:11

      Ag kom nou Nik Nak. 'From' is Cape Town. 'Lives in' is waar ek nou bly, idioot.

  • Saffa - 2012-02-13 10:21

    Cue @Brannas stage left. We need a male hooker, you interested?

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-13 10:38

      Classic :D

  • Kenny - 2012-02-13 14:04

    The Stormers have the players and all and the necessary supporting staff. Get rid the coach as would be done in any other rugby playing nation in the world.The buck stops with the coach. Coetzee you have done a good job but you have passed your sell by date, it's time to go. Make way for a new coach with a fresh approach and a new set of ideas.The Stormers supporters are tired of hearing the same excuses year after year and being mocked by the other provinces supporters.

      Bootman - 2012-02-13 15:53

      @Kenny Have the players????????// Are you totally brainless?? Please name them you little twat.

  • Bootman - 2012-02-13 15:49

    Who are the Stormers again? Can someone please help me out, haven't heard that name in more than a decade

      Melt - 2012-02-13 18:10

      Hi Bootman, Snaaks jy onthou dat die Stormers 10 jaar laas n beker gewen het maar jy vergeet dat die Stormers die span was (toe hulle nog op volle sterkte was) wat die Bulle n helse pak gegee het. Ja dieselfde span wat 2 de op die super 15 geeindig het en die Bulle 7 de.... Onthou jy nou wie die Stormers is? Hiermee se ek nie die Stormers gaan enige beker die jaar wen nie maar ek se ook dat bekers nie in Feb verloor word nie.....so wag en kyk ...

      Bootman - 2012-02-13 20:37

      @Melt Al helse pak wat ek onthou is Bulls 75- Stormers 14 61 punte verskil, wat 'n verleentheid! Bulls 3 Super cups, Stormers 0 (ZERO) Bulls 4 Vodacoms, Stormers, raai, ja, ZERO

  • Frans - 2012-02-13 18:05

    Bootman gaan klim op jou bootjie en vaar op die rowwe see, daar's n paar groot manne wat vir jou wag.

      Bootman - 2012-02-13 20:38

      @Frans Wanneer laas het jy 'n warm oor gehad?

  • Frans - 2012-02-13 18:13

    Andre jy lyk tog op jou facebook na n heel intelegente knaap, watse onintelegente uitlatings maak jy nou, en op grond waarvan skryf jy die stormers so vroeg af?

  • Julian - 2012-02-14 14:10

    REDS BACK TO BACK...

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