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Flu bug hits the Stormers

2012-07-02 19:20

Johannesburg - The out-of-favour Springbok centre Juan de Jongh was sent home on Monday from the Stormers' Bellville base when it became clear he needed rest to shake off a bout of influenza.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said players needed a complete break when the flu bug struck. He also sent home Bryan Habana for the same reason.

"As soon as we know a player is infected we send him home because he needs to be isolated," said Coetzee.

"This flu is contagious and we'll see how De Jongh feels on Tuesday. Centre Marcel Brache, who played as a first-half replacement on Saturday, has also been bitten by the bug."

The only good news was that first-choice lock Rynhardt Elstadt has served his suspension and will be available for Saturday's fixture against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

With three No 8s out on the side lines, Coetzee used openside flank Siya Kolisi in the No 8 berth over the weekend. He proved to be a tremendous success.

However, Coetzee may have a change of heart after he said on Monday: "You can see Siya is a natural No 6."

Coetzee said Mondays at the training camp were terrible because most players suffered bumps and bruises in the weekend's matches.

Another big setback for the Stormers is that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, one of the finds of the season, will be a spectator this week, but he will be ready to play against the Rebels, in the Stormers final league game.

Coetzee is hopeful the side returns to the powerful scrums which they produced earlier this year. The return of Steven Kitshoff will help to steady the Stormers scrum.

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Comments
  • a.j.bosch - 2012-07-02 19:27

    www.facebook.com/PetitionToHaveJohnPlumtreeRemovedAsSharksCoach

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-02 20:39

      Geesh but they start early this week, it's not even Tuesday yet and they start with the excuses... Nee man...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-02 21:00

      To think, that I was actually worried about the game.

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-07-02 21:30

      @Harold en chaplin.....ja dit is korrek hulle begin Maandag met ekskuuse en julle twee 1 min na die wedstryd.....Die Ref....bla bla bla.......die bleddie ref het......bla bla bla?????

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-02 21:51

      I don't use the word 'bleddie' when I complain about a ref.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-02 22:23

      ja nee kyk ek het omtrent ge-moan na daai Stormers game.. Die Ref was USELESS...

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-03 02:33

      If you consider that the Stormers have lost our loose forwards since the beginning of the season: Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Nick Koster, Duanne Vermeulen, Nizam Carr, Nick Fenton-Wells but we do have Rynhardt Elstadt back.So just add Kolisi and Sinclair and you have 3 entire back-rows.Then consider that the Stormers also lost Eben Etzebeth, Joe Pietersen and Bryan Habana before the Lions game. The fact that the Stormers know how to win even when we not suppose to shows real guts,character and determination by the Stormers.So well done to the boys.

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-03 09:03

      Wat maak di girlyboys daar onder dat almal so vol nat neusies is?? mens kry di idee, dat hulle mekaar soengroet elke oggende voor oefening en dan weer as hulle 'n wedstryd voltooi het?? ek weet ni of hulle dit weet ni, maar di weepee 'tradisies' is ni altyd vars of gesond ni??

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-03 09:50

      sorry maters, ek het nog ni tot onder gelees ni, maar sien ek het di selfde gedagte as julle gehad omtrent di rede hoekom weepee di 'flu het- soen toucher speeletjies en al....

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-07-02 20:55

    Are they playing kissing games down under in the cape? A lot of flu cases going around in the team

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-02 21:08

      Gay capital for sure.

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-07-02 21:33

      @Ja Tiaan en harold.........die Bulls .......voel dit nou nog, ne?

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-02 21:49

      No Melt, our 3 Super cups make us feel nothing.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-02 22:13

      They dont get to hug too often when they score tries but remember they scored 3 this weekend so the celebrations in the dressing room were deep and obviously spontaneous.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-02 22:26

      @Ekf... you know what they say about "kaal boude op nat Grass"... No wonder they where so willing to get Newlands spot off after the game...

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-02 23:35

      Not as bad as the kissing games Joost played.............and Naas.........

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 01:13

      A little of the topic don't you think, Anwar?

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-03 07:36

      @anwar, Parkiebank Bekker, James Small,Jannie Engelbrecht,Herschelle Gibbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-03 08:00

      Mmmmm....as much off the topic as "gay capital" is on the topic, Harold.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 08:11

      Not really, Anwar. Kissing can be a big contributer to contracting the flu.

      Jason - 2012-07-03 08:44

      Harold, Pretoria = small peel syndrome capital of the world...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 08:58

      Good one Jason.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-03 09:11

      @jason,orange peel?potato peel?

      Bossie - 2012-07-03 09:53

      looking at the fans on the stand- definitely orange peel..

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-02 22:10

    Shame, must be from that damp swamp Mouldlands.

  • john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-02 22:11

    gee I hope JdJ gets to play!!

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 01:15

      He's sure gonna bug the Cheetahs.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-03 05:43

      yes harold .. he's exciting don't you know and has a deadly sidestep, which he demonstrated once in 2010 in the semi final against the waratahs(*) .. he's been keeping it under wraps since for just an occasion like this. (*) seriously , that was a beautiful try he scored. If only he could play like that more often.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 08:12

      That step was quite a fluke.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-07-02 22:20

    Wait for the Bulls Bug ,and see what happens then.

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-02 22:25

      Even the bugs are scared of the Bulls, didn't you know! Craven

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 01:16

      There aint no bugs in Pretoria.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 02:54

      The only bugs in Pretoria are those TORRE vanni KAAP...

      Press - 2012-07-03 11:27

      At the moment the Stormers are the buggers . . .

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-03 02:33

    If you consider that the Stormers have lost our loose forwards since the beginning of the season: Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Nick Koster, Duanne Vermeulen, Nizam Carr, Nick Fenton-Wells but we do have Rynhardt Elstadt back.So just add Kolisi and Sinclair and you have 3 entire back-rows.Then consider that the Stormers also lost Eben Etzebeth, Joe Pietersen and Bryan Habana before the Lions game. The fact that the Stormers know how to win even when we not suppose to shows real guts,character and determination by the Stormers.So well done to the boys.

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-03 07:23

      I agree with you, but they had very good replacements in Lawrence and Jaftha

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 08:14

      And Kaplan, Jonker, Dickenson, Jackson, Walsh, Legoete and and and and..................

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-03 09:40

      @sean- die enigste ding wat jy seker aan ons hierbo probeer verduidelik is.... julle e-span is miskien beter as julle d-span?? en ons weet nou-al by di tyd julle het ni 'n a of b of c span ni??

  • Freddy - 2012-07-03 05:25

    It is best to wait at least six weeks after having flu before starting to play sport again. The reasons are very simple. Ignore it , death can result.

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-03 07:37

      Jhee Freddy that sounds very serious.

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-03 07:51

      This Bug can cause alot of trouble for the people of //Hui !Gaeb.

      jc.burger.3 - 2012-07-03 08:54

      @ anton.bischoff: It is serious. If you start too soon you do damage to the heart which could result in death. There are many cases to prove this!

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-03 09:43

      ja @anton dit kan hulle klein hartjies verder seer maak en jy weet hulle sit al 17 jaar met 'seer hartjie' probleme??

  • Ashley - 2012-07-03 08:45

    The ref can fill that position for us

  • John - 2012-07-03 09:12

    Some of these clowns on here have sunk so low that they are saying we have the refs in our pocket. If anything Lawrence should have been dishing out yellows for continued Lions infringements. The Lions obviously came into that game with a view to disrupting the Stormers with below the belt tactics. If the ref was a fault once or twice it was the Stormers front row popping up where they should have been penalised. For the rest they got away with murder. Keep it real chaps!

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 09:16

      You calling me a clown?

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-03 10:07

      Like Bekker charging in with his shoulder- yellow card and Duvenhage helding back a player to name a few en nogal in front of Jaftha and Mr Lawrence

  • ian.harrison.52035 - 2012-07-03 19:04

    @Marius.olivier.7 Maybe they know, which you don't, that the 'flu jab only works against the 3 or 4 most dangerous strains. Obviously there are hundreds of strains which are not so dangerous.

  • Johan - 2012-07-03 19:46

    Hier kom die verskonings alweer

  • riana.caine - 2012-07-04 09:39

    Allister already thinking ahead with excuses now already! How many more years must do we have to tolerate this "coach" who will most likely never win us a trophy.

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