Burger in Bok No 7 jersey?

2011-08-28 20:06

Cape Town - Springbok loose forward Schalk Burger could possibly play in the Bok No 7 jersey at the World Cup in New Zealand.

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With Heinrich Brüssow excelling as a fetcher in the Bok No 6 jumper, and Pierre Spies looking outstanding at eightman, Burger may have to fill Juan Smith's place by wearing the No 7 on his back during rugby's showpiece event.

Willem Alberts could then be used as a key impact player from the bench.

The tournament starts on September 9, with the Boks playing their first game against Wales on September 11 in Wellington.

Burger admitted to the Rapport newspaper that he is unsure of his place in the Springboks' starting line-up, but would be fine playing in the No 7 jersey.

"I am comfortable at seven and have played everywhere in the loose-trio, so I would not mind it at all," said Burger.

"You have to play where you are used.

The Stormers captain says the uncertainty about where he will play does not bother him and he's willing to slot in at any position the team would need him.

"It's probably not a bad thing about being unsure where you will play, but it really doesn't matter. I have my own style and enjoy my rugby.

"In the end it will depend on the balance of the team and which combination will be the best for that," said Burger.


  • Durasmart - 2011-08-28 20:16

    For the last two seasons he has been playing more in a no.7 role anyway even with the no.6 on his back, because he was more interested in being the glory boy with his runs in the backline than being a proper fetcher

      slg - 2011-08-29 06:39

      6's become 7's as they grow older and a bit slower. But a 7 rarely becomes a 6, if ever.

      sonnyg - 2011-08-29 07:58

      @slg, I agree. To be honest Ritchie Mcaw should probably be moving to 8 or 7 (blind side) at this stage of his career. AB's should really have selected matt todd in their squad. I have always said wing and 6(open side) are a young mans position.

      boyd.lance - 2011-08-29 13:36

      McCaw is a No.7

      sonnyg - 2011-08-29 15:17

      @boyd.lance, In Sa and France 6 = open side and 7 = blindside. In the rest of the world 7 = open side and 6 = blind side. Understand??

  • sinvol - 2011-08-28 20:21

    Does it REALLY matter???

      sinvol - 2011-08-28 20:24

      Still a team sport where the outcome/result is based on the call of a ref??? Sounds very much like glorified Gymnastics!!!

      Maarten - 2011-08-28 20:50

      Not really. He is still one of the main reasons that we are not going to make the qauters.

      nick - 2011-08-28 21:14

      haha as long as there is no powder puff cow in the loosies

      Pierre - 2011-08-29 02:00

      Well we might have to live with one in the loosies, as we cannot dictate to the AB's not to play McCow.

      CliffB - 2011-08-29 05:59

      Maarten : You know , sometimes you can speak sense and then you surprise me again with the nonsense which dribbles out , one of the reasons , if we were not to make it would be Pierre Spies !!!

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-08-29 07:57

      @Cliff, Fine... I am talking cr@p then. But tell me? In the S15, Why did this cretin not even make the team until Peter Louw was injured? Even you WiePie fans HAVE to admit that he is the reason you guys lost the S15 two years running. Now you want him in the Bok team? No thanks! You can keep him! We have players like Johnsone, Deysel, Louw, Brusouw, Josh Strauss, Willem Alberts..... The list goes on and on and on. This is the one area where we do not have to stand back for any country in the world (Our Loosies). There is no reason under the son that we need "Brain Dead" Burger or "I will stand around and watch the game" Spies in our team.

      OnSide - 2011-08-29 13:17

      @Phelan Wulf...Schalk was injured in the Stormers vs Lions game. Pieter Louw substituted him after half time. Louw then went on to play the next 4 games, before he was injured. Schalk was out for 4 weeks and not even considered on the bench. In no circumstance was Schalk kept out of the team by Pieter Louw. And no it is not because of Schalk that the Stormers lost the S15 twice in a "so-called" row. There are 15 men in a team, therefore to blame only one person is blind and uncalled for. It seems in any case that you are already looking for a scapegoat in case we don't win the RWC.

      Graham - 2011-08-29 19:25

      Does it matter whether it's a tight head or loose head prop or an open side or blind side lock - only if you know the difference between off sides and off form.

      Maarten - 2011-08-29 20:19

      @Onside, Nobody who knows anything about rugby will believe that we can win the RWC. No excuses neccsary. Not with idiots like JS and SB in the team. Care to make a wager on it? I do not, and will not support any team where the selectors are as obviously incompetent and ignorant as our selectors are. Not to mention Cock Muir and Garry "all that glitters is NOT" Gold. I will say it again. Break a leg John Smit. No, i really mean break a leg!

  • haha - 2011-08-28 20:38

    Heinrich Brussow and Willem Alberts is the best we currently have..Schalk will first have to proof that he didn't turn into crap like John Smit.

      Makutu - 2011-08-28 22:08

      I agree with you completely!

      @ - 2011-08-29 12:24

      your nic is perfect... as you're a joke... schalk has been outstanding the whole year... why would he need to PROOF himself...? even if (in your opinion) heinrich and willem IS the best... ask any player CURRENTLY playing who they would rather face... and i can assure you it they would rather not face schalk. the boks have got to start with schalk... he keeps two or three players busy all the time which creates space for his team-mates around him... anyone who thinks different should take off their provincial-coloured glasses...

      MB1810 - 2011-08-29 15:19

      I agree, any player returning from injury needs to prove himself first, I don't care who you are. Give him 20 minutes in the Wales game and then start him against the smaller teams to get him match fit again. If he proves himself there, then I have no problem with him being first choice again.

  • First48 - 2011-08-28 20:39

    With Schalk at 7 our scrum will be deadly. Clever move if it happens.

      First48 - 2011-08-28 21:01

      I'm pretty new here, are you what is known as the "Village idiot"?

      First48 - 2011-08-28 21:15

      Sorry, my mistake - you're the village neanderthal.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-08-28 21:15

      Hello @Paul. Hoe gaan dit? Jy was darem stil die laaste tyd? Maar welkom terug in elk geval. Hoop dinge gaan goed jou kan van die wereld. Ek sien jy het die mense in 'n spin al ai.

      Ian - 2011-08-28 21:40

      Agree. Schalk is the best defensive player we have. Chris in Oz clearly has never watched the Stormers and seen why they had the best defensive effort. A has-been? Tell that to the Aussies after we beat them..

      BokBru - 2011-08-28 22:12

      @First48. Don't get drawn into their name calling and insults or you will become just like them. It's nice to hear someone chat about rugby for a change. Not many on here knows much about rugby as you can see. The opinion of some is just based on where the player is from whether he is good or not. Keep it rugby.

      First48 - 2011-08-28 22:22

      @bokbru - I will do thanks.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-29 01:44

      @ Ian. The REAL Chris in Oz is in fact a WP/Stormer supporter and think Schalk and Duane Vermeulen are both extremely good. Much better than the useless Stegman, Danie Rossouw, or Potgieter from the Bulls. If we could have only had Vermeulen, Schalk, and Brussow for the WC.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-29 02:22

      @fake Chris Danie Rossouw useless?? Shame, say no more. Thank goodness the rocket has been developed, u certainly not gonna do it.

      BardofAvon - 2011-08-29 05:59

      @ Chris in Oz. What are you doing on this forum? You have made your bed now go lie in it, old sport.

  • Durbsguy - 2011-08-28 20:45

    Pierre Spies looking outstanding at eightman??? I beg to differ

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-29 10:15

      ....Pierre Spies = world's best no 8...!! ....and only the Province pooooofters disagree... ...and Shark pooofters...

  • MrWhite - 2011-08-28 20:56

    Burger, Brussow and Spies are the best loose trio in world rugby.

      Makutu - 2011-08-28 22:10

      Did you watch Radike Samo (8th man), David Pocock (7) and Rocky Elsom (6). No dude... Maybe the best in South Africa but not the best in the World.

      MaestroX - 2011-08-29 09:54

      Have to agree Makutu, they look awesome, they are going to create major problems for all the teams they encounter. Looking more and more like an AB - Aus final. Unless we can surprise the AB's which is not as unlikely as everyone thinks. Either way I think if we ARE to win it this year, we are going to have to beat both NZ and Aus and that will take some doing, sounds just like 95 doesn't it??

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-29 10:20

      Mr White... .....agree...!!!!

  • Steyts - 2011-08-28 22:26

    Those of you who say Schalk Burger is dumb or stupid, go and look at his academics and I will beg to differ. Apart from that, he is a brilliant playerand deserves to be there. Especially now that Juan Smith isn't there. I think the bestt loose trio in SA will be Brussow, Smith and Vermeulen... Anyway, good luck to the aussies to break the 3N world cup curse. The team who is gonna win the NZ vs SA semi will win the final!

      lugmag korp - 2011-08-28 23:42

      @chris in oz ...go shag a sheep on the the clif for better back presssure

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-29 10:23 Shalk is not dumb or stupid... .....but tortoise Duanne Vermeulen is...!!

  • Chris in Oz - 2011-08-28 23:37

    Schalk has played as a number 7 for a long time, so that doesn't bother me. Too bad Duane Vermeulen is injured, he could have taken over from Spiertjies and then we would have had the most awesome loose trio at the WC.

      harry.booth - 2011-08-29 01:07

      Wow! After reading the posts on this site for a while. I can officially say Chris in Oz wins GOLD for chatting the most complete and utter HORSE! congratulations. Have you ever played the game? Because anyone who has can see Burger is an automatic selection. He causes the other teams so much trouble every game, spoils the ball, fetchers, tackles non-stop and a great off loader, plus he can actually catch... unlike others i.e - Russouw.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-29 01:41

      @ Harry. What posts have you read? The fake Chris in Oz's? I agree totally with you. Schalk is an automatic selection, even at 7. And yes I also agree with you that Rossouw is the dumbest, slowest, most useless loose forward in the team. And like I said in the post you must have missed (just look above your name): Schalk, Brussouw and Vermeulen would have made the most awesome loose trio in the world. Do not believe a word that identity-confused idiot that used my name has said previously on this forum.

      harry.booth - 2011-08-29 02:42

      haha oh dear, I read a post which said burger shouldn't play. Must have been the fake one, good luck with that.

  • Chris in Oz - 2011-08-29 01:46

    Can anyone tell me how to report to news24 an idiot that is so childish and immature to have now pretended to be me as well as someone else (Oukoos) because he is so un-original he can not come up with his own name and opinions.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-29 03:11

      @Fake Chris. Thanks for the compliment. I know you want to be just like me.

  • Umstefaan - 2011-08-29 07:49

    We are collecting money to buy crutches and wheel chairs for was been Springboks, on their return from - - - - - What again?

  • On the Verge - 2011-08-29 08:07

    Agreed - thats the best loosie combo we can come up with at the moment without Juan. Schalk is really too large to be a true fetcher, but his ball carrying ability make him a perfect no 7. He'll just have to learn to jump in the lineouts. Two years ago when the John Smit prop conversion failed, they should have dropped him at captain, and made Schalk the bok captain. Then we wouldn't be in the hole we've dug ourselves with Bismaark/Smit, and Chilliboy will be wasted on the sidelines.

  • Max - 2011-08-29 09:08

    Schalk has no equal when it comes to commitment and physical exchanges and it works in our favor having a bulldozer like Albert coming in with 20 minutes to play to make a REAL impact and a loose trio of Brussow,Burger and Spies is a very dynamic one - 2011-08-29 09:44

      @At Max. I fully agree with you. We need firstly Burger to make the tackle and then Bru to fetch the ball. Did you notice in the Boks game that Bru did not come close to the flyhalf or centres to tacle? However after a guy has been tackled he come in and did some good work. After all I will vote for a 6 - Louw, 7 - Bru and 8- Burger.

  • Colin - 2011-08-29 09:45

    Maybe we haven’t watched the same super rugby comp this year, cause Schalla along with Vermeulen and Louw has been one of the most effective loose trio’s for the past two years.people have been comparing Burger and Brussouw which you can’t actually do as they play two separate games. Brussouw is by far the best fetcher in world rugby with Pockock at second best. But fetching is not what Burger specialises in. Schalk plays the same type of game as Mcaw. They make a 100 tackles and then slow the opposition’s ball down. They get in your face with pure passion, commitment and intensity and have the ability to man up both on defence and with the ball in hand. And with a 8 like Vermeulen who doesn’t shy away from the physical stuff either, Schalk has more time to link with the back line and to get over the advantage line. Problem is Spies is not good on defence. His not good in the rucks or the malls…. He’s outstanding on the front foot and with the ball in hand but Jano Vermaak has got more commitment than Spies. And this has nothing to do with Bulls and Stomers nonsense going on, its just simply a fact. So I would say play both fetchers in Brussouw and Louw with Burger sloting in at 8 (who actually covers behind the back line), and use Spies in the second half as an impact player or move him out to wing. He could be just as good as lomu or SBW, cause he is just as big, strong and quick……

      harry.booth - 2011-08-29 13:34

      I agree with everything apart from Spies at wing.... Would be wasting a huge threat/talent all the way out there, S.A throw it to the wings once a match if that.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-30 13:11

      Collin - did you know that Spies made more tackles in the S15 than any other no8, even Vermeulen? Did you know he made double meters gained with ball in hand? Spies's problem is ball handeling, and in that department he has been woeful at times. Agreed, Spies slips more tackles than Vermeulen, but no so much more that one should make an issue of it - again in the S15, Spies missed 25 tackles, and Vermeulen 17. Spies plays a different game to Vermeulen - and I can assure you the opposition will far rather face Vermeulen, than the danger of Spies with ball in hand.

  • Erasmus - 2011-08-29 09:49

    Ek sê speel vir Stegman! Die Blou Bul! Jaaa!

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-29 23:24

      Then we'll loose against Namibia.

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-08-29 11:00

    Another headline could have been: "Div at sixes and sevens with regards Burger's role in RWC"...?

  • TheWally - 2011-08-29 16:43

    BEWARE: 7,8 9

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