Fourie: SA’s number two No 2?

2011-04-07 13:39

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Deon Fourie has been wearing the No 2 jersey for the Stormers with such aplomb this season that he has almost certainly vaulted his way to second-best performing South African hooker in Super Rugby thus far.

Of course Springbok incumbent Bismarck du Plessis has been producing consistently high levels of personal industry for the Sharks: it has been through little fault of his own that the Durban franchise have lost three games on the trot after a roaring start.

But the livewire Fourie is neck-and-neck with him for prowess in the South African conference -- and also more broadly in the competition in his specialist position -- as the unbeaten Stormers currently command loftiest log position in both respects.

Indeed, the Cape side’s lineout has been firing significantly better than the Sharks’ equivalent, so that must be another feather in Fourie’s cap in many ways.

The Cheetahs, it must be said, have been hampered by the broken hand suffered by their own international hooker Adriaan Strauss, but nobody at the other South African teams can be said to have jumped out for true “wow” factor in the No 2 shirt thus far.

And the seamless way in which the supposed back-up hooker Fourie has slotted in, after first-choice Tiaan Liebenberg damaged medial ligaments in a knee in the pre-season friendly against Boland, has been at least one key reason for the Stormers’ early-season surge.

Bear in mind that when the 24-year-old product of Pietersburg High was hastily introduced to the team’s starting plans at the outset of the competition, he had just come off a layoff himself.

There were also some fears that when Fourie, who at 100kg surrenders some 10kg to the more renowned scrummager and tight-loose bulldozer Liebenberg, entered the middle of the front row the Stormers’ set-piece (still the subject of some question marks at the time) would be further compromised.

Yet the scrum generally withstood acid tests from the Bulls and Sharks, in particular, whilst Fourie has always been highly regarded anyway for the dynamism and mobility he offers in open play.

Coach Allister Coetzee traces his rise back to last season, when the luckless Liebenberg was also bedevilled by injury.

“Deon’s personal growth as a hooker, for me, really came in the 2010 Currie Cup when he stepped up a notch as we won seven matches in a row and also got to the final; his development continues to be really, really pleasing this year,” he told Sport24.

“His leadership qualities are also shining through nicely – he’s in charge of our scrums, you know, and maintaining our benchmarks and accuracy levels there.”

Coetzee concedes that there has been “a perception” that Fourie would not be as effective a scrummager as his older and more street-wise squad-mate.

“It’s ironic ... I obviously chat to (forwards coach) Matt Proudfoot all the time and he keeps insisting to me that Deon is actually very good at scrum time. He’s got sound technique; you don’t see his head popping up very often, do you?

“So Deon is not only showing that he offers great impact potential coming off the bench ... he’s a genuinely quality starter now. And that’s what you want in a (squad): as many good starters as possible.”

The coach acknowledges, too, that until recent months many critics were likelier to have compared Fourie more with a “run-around” hooking predecessor at Newlands like Schalk Brits, than others with reputations for unglamorous donkeywork at the coalface.

Fourie continues to exhibit a penchant for panache on the run -- as evidenced by his wonderful solo, kick-and-chase try against the Western Force recently -- but is also mixing up his game most effectively.

“Absolutely, Deon is not one to stand back from the tight chores; he is a man just as prepared to operate in the trenches for you,” Coetzee points out.

“Don’t forget also that he can operate very well, when the situation may demand it, in an open-side flank capacity. We’ve seen him operate successfully there, and it is also why he makes good decisions at breakdown and turns over balls for us.

“Tiaan is about three weeks away for us, and working extremely hard. He knows he will return to healthy competition ...”


  • watalife - 2011-04-07 13:50

    Definetly one of the best #2 we have, the work rate of this man on the field is great and does not stand around like a show pony waiting for things to happen. He can surely lift Bismarck to take the #1 spot this year. bulls suck.....bulls=loser...bulls = dop,skop & place....bulls=suck

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 14:12

      Watalotofcrap,You meant to say Stormers Suck,chokers,losers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      watalife - 2011-04-07 14:20

      @Jackass, No boet you read it correctly so i have no need to change it or correct you.

      Kaapie - 2011-04-07 18:02

      Throwing in @ lineout needs some work, but still better than Lippe Botha

      CronoslayeR - 2011-04-08 12:46

      Spies might not be good, but he's part of the winning culture at the bulls. Its a team sport remember ;)

      BULLPRET - 2011-06-03 14:44

      Deon Fourie is a great rugby player, Born and bred in Northern Transvaal (Bulls territory)

  • bill - 2011-04-07 13:52

    Well , well , another instant promotion by journalists of a WP player.Fourie is a raw beginner who would be chewed up and spat out at international level like so many of his We Pee team mates.

      watalife - 2011-04-07 14:01

      Ok bill, lets have your analysis of spies vs vermeulen? please before you do take of the blinkers.

      Lloyd - 2011-04-07 14:05

      I agree Bill. Never-have-been and never-will-be. Like the rest of his team mates.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-07 14:09

      ....overrated, always....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-07 14:11

      As they say in the classics....'look at the scoreboard'!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-07 15:26

      ...rather look at the trophy -cabinet...!! ........ he he he he he he he...!!

      Lloyd - 2011-04-07 15:31

      Go Johnny!

      scud - 2011-04-07 16:02

      yup they are all overrated-thats why WP has won more currie cups than all the other provinces together, and Maties the top varsity team in sa for over 70 years,and the under 20's/under 19's have dominated rugby for decades. yup they are overrated.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-07 16:30

      Wow Johnny, 5 full words strung together....some kind of record for you! But now, take out your glasses and read the heading again......

      The Observer - 2011-04-07 16:37

      bill.totally agree

      The Observer - 2011-04-07 16:44

      scud. 1. Only because the bulls started playing some 60 years after province. Since 1939 WP only won 14 with bulls 23. Bulls 3 super titles - wp - 0 Bulls Vodacom 4 titles - Wp 0 And and the under 20's/under 19's have dominated rugby for decades. Don't make me laugh.last year was the first in how many years?

      Kaapie - 2011-04-07 18:03

      Some okes are just blind.. Spies is downright kak

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-07 22:41

      Absolutely Bill. What has he ever done to be even mentioned?? - 2011-04-08 08:49

      Time to drop all the Bulls from the Springboks hahahaha , Told you they had no Talent.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-04-07 13:59

    1.Bismarck du Plessis 2.Gary Botha 3.Bandise Maku 4.Chilliboy Ralapelle 5.Adriaan Strauss 6.Craig Burden 7.Kraaifontein B se haker. 8.Deon Fourie

      johan - 2011-04-07 14:05

      Bulldozer het vir kraaifontein se B span gespeel dit se alles.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-07 14:06

      8. John Smit 9. Deon Fourie

      Witsand local - 2011-04-07 14:06

      Had he played for the bulls he'd probably be nr 1 on your list.

      watalife - 2011-04-07 14:06

      You are on drugs and its not lekker drugs either.

      Kapa_O_Pango - 2011-04-07 14:13

      LOL! No... Bismarck, Deon Fourie, Bandisa Maku, Craig Burden, Chilliboy, John Smit, Adrian Strauss...

      SUPER C - 2011-04-07 14:13

      2. Gary Botha?? Ek sal hom 10de sit na Kraaifontein B se lemoen draer...

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 14:13

      @watalife ,wim and tik is not good for you,i strongly advise you to quit before you end up like Saffa cat and Mummford

      watalife - 2011-04-07 14:24

      @Jackass, What is wim? should it not be Vim? No i dont do the snarf thing i have a great life without dop & druks thanks. I live life that why its called watalife. Seriously why dont you rate this oke? He is way better than those okes mentioned by your mates.

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 14:39

      You should know the perfect spelling after all youre the substance abuser,lol,you stepped right into it bozo

      watalife - 2011-04-07 14:50

      @Jackass, You such a loser like your team, why dont you just be honest about it you got it wrong whaaa. Denial is not the river in Egypt mate nor is it anything to do with sex its what one would associate with the bulls and there supporters.

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 15:11

      @WATALOTOFCRAP,the nile joke has been overplayed like an old record by you and your skebengas.secondly tell me what the hell is druks?Is that some thing you do on the flats?

      watalife - 2011-04-07 15:31

      @JACKASS, Druks is slang word used many years ago when I lived in Plebtoria by the local chicks (no offence to lady's) from Menlyn. I long moved from the flats I now can afford a little house on the koppies overlooking the Flats and the roof tops.

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 15:45


      watalife - 2011-04-07 16:03

      @ JACKASS, No i does not live in die kaap boet.

      The Observer - 2011-04-07 16:47

      Bulldozer . You are wrong, it is actually: 1.Bismarck du Plessis 2.Gary Botha 3.Bandise Maku 4.Chilliboy Ralapelle 5.Adriaan Strauss 6.Craig Burden 7.Kraaifontein B se haker. 8. Eersterus o/16 C se haker 9. Pofadder rugby se o/14 D haker. 10.Deon Fourie 11. John Smit

      The Observer - 2011-04-07 16:49

      Witsand local - he actualy comes from BB country, Limpopo provice man.

      jan du preeaz - 2011-04-07 17:44

      1000000000. John Smit

      Raymond - 2011-04-07 20:36

      Bulldozer,if you rate Chiliboy as the 4th best hooker in this country then you are suffering from verbal diarrhoea or, you have lost the sight of your one eye.I think both.You should rather call yourself 'Domkrag' it's a more appropriate name for someone with a mentality like yours.Good-Bye I'm logging off now. - 2011-04-08 08:51

      Gary Botha starting Postion Bench , End postion Bench ahahahahahaha Deon Fourie made him his bitch 3 weeks ago.

      ek se manet - 2011-04-08 11:51

      hahaha ... ek speel vir kraaifontein b haker ... hahahah

  • GHT - 2011-04-07 14:10

    Ok. I am a Stormers supporter and I aslo like Fourie. But really #2 at nr2? I'm not so sure. As things are now, I still think Fourie is below a fully fit Liebenberg/Straus and Bismarck. But given a couple of seasons... He might have a go at the bok team. It irritates me when people post negative comments against other users and their teams or when they try to impose their belief that their players are the best and other players of a different team suck. But that will always happen when fans clash. So even though it irritates me, I live with it. But I hate it when journalists like our very own Rob Houwing and the man from the Bulls JJ Harmse post insanely biased and tunnel visioned articles. Say it as it is, or find something better to write. Fourie is good. But he is not that good (yet).

      Hanjo - 2011-04-07 14:19

      you've just confirmed what the article said, seeing that Strauss and Liebenberg are both out injured, according to you, on current form, Fourie is 2nd behind only Bismarck, now isn't that exactly what was said in the article??

      Durasmart - 2011-04-07 14:31

      Agree with you totally on these biased journalists. It is their way to suck up to the respective unions so that they can be assured of their invite to the after match functions and free booze. The problem is that most of their articles sound as if it was written after these parties.

      GHT - 2011-04-07 14:51

      Sorry Hanjo. I should have phrased it better. I just used Liebenberg, Straus and Bismarck as examples. I don't rate Fourie as Bok quality yet.

  • sonnyg - 2011-04-07 14:14

    Another Brits, Kak scrummager and cant throw into the lineouts. Not international material.

      watalife - 2011-04-07 14:39

      sonnyg, stop the cheap drugs and take the blue splinter out of your eye.

      FactFile - 2011-04-07 14:55

      sonnyg??? U alright there fella? Best stats in SA and that's the conclusion u could come up with? I remember the Stormers lineouts demolishing the cows and the sardines lineouts.. so please if u wanna say something, let it at least make some sense, coz if u do it like this, everyone knows how stupid u are... U are a Stormer hater like many of ur mates up in cow land. By now (after the 6 straight wins) I thought u would've grown up and realise that the Stormers is the best SA team!

      sonnyg - 2011-04-07 15:01

      @factfile, I have nothing against the stormers and their fans except they are a bunch of hommo's. Fact the guy cannot throw to the back of the lineout! I am not impressed by hooker who can run and chip, thats not his job. Liedenberg is twice the hooker fourie is and that is a fact.

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-07 15:05

      @SonnyG - what is a hommo? Is it animal,vegetable or mineral?

      sonnyg - 2011-04-07 15:18

      @DUANEROCKS, Thanks Mr Grammar police. I meant to say homo. I am sure you are very familiar with the term. Would you like a gold star for you fantastic policing of grammar on a blog?

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-07 15:38

      @SonnyG - would you like a gold start from the Internet Nazi's & Skinheads for your homophobic comment?

      sonnyg - 2011-04-07 15:54

      @DUANEROCKS, I never said I had anything against homo's. I am just saying that the majority of stormers fans are homo's. Do you want me to draw you a picture?

      RGL - 2011-04-07 16:15

      3 Springbok caps and voted Premiership Player's player of the year 2010. Yeah, he's kak.

      sonnyg - 2011-04-07 16:46

      Mmmmmm... Two bok coaches thought he was not good enough to play international rugby. I believe one of those coaches won a WC. So who's opinion should I respect?

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-07 17:44

      @sonnyg....LieBenberg is out injured so at the moment he is not even playing rugby! I have no doubt that the author of the above article DID NOT take into account injured players. By the way, I enjoy women....and so do all my male friends that live in the Cape, not that I have got anything against hom(m)o's, as you so elequently put it! Everyone to their own!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 06:09

      sonnyg: within that neo-nazi brain , somewhere there must be a small decent piece ( Very Small) try using it please

      sonnyg - 2011-04-08 08:12

      @Mike@CapeT, I congratulate you and your mates for liking woman. I am very impressed. I am glad you guys finally came out brave thing to do in CT. LOL

      Ian Calder - 2011-04-08 12:56

      SonnyG - Just by the way, the spelling "hommo" is not a grammatical error. Its a spelling mistake. If you are going to call someone out, at least understand your own mistake first. Then again, I'm guessing from your comments that the English taught to you in Pretoria was perhaps "net n bietjie kak". Who is the hommo now?

      sonnyg - 2011-04-09 09:05

      @Ian Calder thanks for the English lesson bud but this is a rugby blog.

  • JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 14:38

    Anytime Cliff maar sy het verseker meer van rugby af geweet want sy het n kampioenspan geback

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 10:31


  • DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-07 14:43

    @Alwyn - how about we talk rugby for a change? It would be refreshing? No?

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 14:53

      Now what would you call my opening comment before your neandertal cronies started with their crappy comments,Fourie is the best hooker currently on form in SA Now what else would you like to hear ,Coetzee,s complaining is poor taste,That Quade Cooper might break the Stormers defensive pattern on Saturday?Please enlighten me

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-07 15:10

      No Alwyn - I would like to, as always, know what you think about the Bulls chances this weekend. Kicking away of possession - yes or no? Dagg, Guilford, Maitland - threatening back 3 , yes or no? No Dan Carter - will that nullify SBW, or will SBW step up and take the playmaker role? Should Bjorn soend the whole day competing for balls in the air with the Saders back 3? Gewone goed oor die game....

      navarac - 2011-04-07 15:10

      @jackhammer Ja, well, we have an overload of neanderthals in SA ... and I'm not talking politics here. I'm a Stormers supporter first and the rest of SA's teams next but your opening comment has been entirely ignored by most of the above. Good luck for the weekend.

      watalife - 2011-04-07 15:17

      @Jackhammer, Quade is a class act and is very dangerous, Peter Grant is good on defence and the loose trio of the Stormers hunts in a pack and should pose a threat to Quade. Not going to be easy for the Stormers but they sure as hell can do it. Stormers 8+ over Reds

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 15:36

      SAFFA,I Believe by kicking the ball away,up and unders whatever would be the wrong tactic,The Bulls do have astrong pack and if they can dominate in front it will help the backline to launch attacks ,we are capable of scoring 4 tries if the ball does get passed the centres,Defence will be very crucial as the Saders will attack from anywhere on the field,confident runners like SBW ,Dagg,Guildford must be stopped with first time tackles.Bulls tend to lose it when the game gets lose and they must remain structured at all cost,In the Face play will be the only way to send the Saders packing.Saders remain a threat without a few key players,,,,enjoy

      sonnyg - 2011-04-07 16:35

      Cooper just needs to flash some ass and that should have the whole stormers team trying to "tackle" him. That is Probably the obstruction Alister was talking about. Dirty reds tactics.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-07 18:08

      Hey sonnyg, you clearly have something about homo's - what are you, a closet case?

      Kaapie - 2011-04-07 18:08

      Sonny as far I know Pretoria is the gay capital of SA...Im sure some bulls would like to get between the Reds there

      jan du preeaz - 2011-04-07 18:43

      kaapie, at least it is not the tik and prostitution capital of south africa.

      Kaapie - 2011-04-07 19:39

      Jan you Know something about the tik koppe and prossies in CT.. I think Jozzie is worse off for dealin and prossies.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 06:07

      With the exception of that clown of a sonnyg , almost everyone had a decent comment , we can't all agree , because the world would be boring , but we can do without the insults !!!

      sonnyg - 2011-04-08 08:01

      Actually my comments have been the best here. I can guarantee not one of the super15 coaches would rate Fourie the number 2 hooker in the country only delusional Stormer fans who think a hookers job is to run and side step, that’s not a hookers job that is why there is backline players. I quite clearly started with rugby comments but the gayboy stormer fans started with insults because I happened to disagree with the author. In fact Fourie was almost dropped in the first few games because he cant throw to the back of the lineout, he would have been dropped if the stormers had a decent reserve hooker that is why they so desperately where trying to do a deal with the sharks for the sharks Vodacom cup hooker. So please guys, my rugby knowledge is far superior to yours don’t hate me because I am right.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-08 08:17

      Who hates you sonnyg? We all feel sorry for you - it must be tough having blue blinkers. Clearly your 'rugby brain' (if there is such a thing in that small cavity of yours) is not thinking properly, with LieBenberg injured, an experienced backup hooker is required. How simple is that to understand!?

      sonnyg - 2011-04-08 08:32

      @Mike@CapeT, Why would anybody hate me? I dont support the Bulls, I support the Sharks. Anyhow whats the problem I dont rate Fourie close to being the number 2 hooker the country. I can guarantee not even Alister rates Fourie as the number 2 hooker in the country. This article is stupid and the only reason it has been written is because of Fourie's one solo run. We have all seen this story before a small running hooker has not been succesfull for the Boks. I rate a number of the other stormers players highly but Fourie will never play for the boks and that is a fact. - 2011-04-08 09:18

      As a Stormer Supporter , I think the article is far fetched. Bottom line is if we loose Bismark we in deep S*&t. I had a look at Botha and Fourie and they defenitly not up to scratch. I know John Smit is slow and not a good Loosehead but he is an accurate line out thrower , so our second best hooker is at loosie. Where to from here.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 10:32

      sonnyg: No one hates you , we all love you OK

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 10:58

      sonnyg : At least the bulls can play rugby , If I was you , I would slink slowly of the whaling jetty into the harbour - You guys cant even beat us !!!

      sonnyg - 2011-04-09 09:07, finally a realistic stormers supporter most of these brain dead stormers have been saying "sonnyg take your blinkers off" in the mean time they are the ones with blinkers cant believe they get so worked up because I don't agree Fourie is close to being the number 2 hooker in SA.

  • Oukoos - 2011-04-07 15:02

    Eh hoem moet Chiliboy, ons volgende Springbokkaptein dan nou voel? Hy word nie onder die top 2 hakers geklassifiseer nie. Baie onsensetief!!!!!!!

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 15:13

      Eh hoem?,Klink of jou kop reeds begin zoem,Dwelms is skadelik vir jou ,hou onmiddelik daarmee op vir jou eie beswil

      Oukoos - 2011-04-07 15:23

      Mooi raakgesien JERKHAMMER. Wat is twee spelfoutjies tussen twee vriende?

      Lloyd - 2011-04-07 15:33

      Oukoos = ongeskoold en ongeletterd.

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 15:38

      Enigste vriend wat jy het is die verimpelde moessie tussen jou bene

      Amelam - 2011-04-07 16:58

      Jerkhammer. Dan is dit seker ook Oudoos.

  • Outpost - 2011-04-07 15:20

    I have just read a whole page of bullsh@t and it has again proved why I would rather mow the lawn than watch the Stormers play the Bulls.

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 15:39

      ??????????? ok happy mowing

      jan du preeaz - 2011-04-07 18:44

      passop boet, lawnmowers are dangerous tools when you are full of papsak and tik

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 06:04

      Outpost: Please hit out , my garden service is a bit slack !!!

  • unbeatabulls - 2011-04-07 15:27

    JACKHAMMER/ALWYN. dude you know what u support the best team that has ever existed, BUT I still think white trailer trash like you should go kill themselves, sure one always jokes know and then but for the last month you just go into your own little world.I am sure you and LLoyd are sitting right next to each other doing some sort of work which doesnt require any skill whatsoever. Guys please stop your kak and talk rugby, you makes the rest of the bull supporters look like morons, please i beg you

      Lloyd - 2011-04-07 15:35

      'you makes the rest of the bull'. You 'MAKES'. Ek wonder wie is regtig die laergraad zeffer hier..

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 15:49

      Jy behoort my ook te ken,ek het jou eendag baie hard gemoer agter die tt klas ,juis omdat jy so n slap geelgat is,kan jy dit nog onthou,en rondom trailer trash,se jy wat in Secunda bly tussen al daai vuil lug.En stuur groette vir Ciena

      jan du preeaz - 2011-04-07 17:42

      yeah, you are right, but they still cannot compete with the weepie supporters when it comes to being tappets.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-07 22:43

      Ek is steeds lus vir jou jou donnerse skunk

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 06:02

      CliffBradley (Wannabee) Good morning , tell you what , if you come to my house , I will let you play with my dogs, wear my Stormer & WP jerseys , then maybe , only maybe , you will feel like a real man , and not a wannabee !!!

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 10:34

      Lloyd: Please do explain , what is a ZEFFER , my dad had a Zephyr & a Zodiac , but never seen a ZEFFER

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 10:34

      CliffBradley: Hey wannabee , so lank jy lus is is dit OK !!!

      provinceBoy - 2011-04-08 11:19

      thank you unbeatabulls!! you forgot about loyd unfortunatly

  • unbeatabulls - 2011-04-07 15:38

    @ DUANEROCKS, WATALIFE AND THE REAL CLIFFBRADLEY, guys and girls, I have to agree that this Nr2 of yours has a huge heart for playing rugby, he isnt the biggest but he has heart, more than i can say for all the players in sa at the moment, u can see he enjoys playing rugby and not for contracts. This is what I like about new talent moving in, They play their hearts out, Keegan Daniels was also a player that had great potential. Willem Alberts is just plain So I think SA is in good nick for the world cup....depends on piet heluims selection, but we have a definite 30 odd amasing players.

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 15:52

      Wat jy gese het het ek al op die eerste comment gese maar daar was verkies om dit mis te kyk en insults te gee,nou praat jy van my wat trailer trash is ,my maat ek glo dat ek nooit op Secunda hoef te werk of kinders groot te maak nie,daarcvoor ir Warmbad veel beter,nou vat jou ou misrabele lewe en f*k weg

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 16:04

      En toe word dit vir gerieflik gedelete sodat daar nie n bewys is dat ek glo Fourie is n goeie speler nie ,nice one

      JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 16:36

      Ah NOU onthou Unbeatabulls my,my gat het 6 gekry nadat hy gaan kla het,dit is hoekom hy my ma nou vloek ,eers seker gemaak dat Warmbad ver van Secunda af is,onthou om vir Ciena groette te stuur loser

      Lloyd - 2011-04-07 16:59

      Ciena kort net so n bietjie van die langstokkie. Iets wat unpotentbulls nie vir haar kan gee nie.

      molefeP - 2011-04-07 19:38

      What people seem to forget is that Youngster is doing all this with what is in all probability the weaker front row in the South African conference. Imagine him between Beast and Guthro? In the Stormers/Bulls games he took how many against the throw in? WHILE his props where being bullied? Right now I personally prefer Fourie to Bismark. Simply because Bismark is doign a bit of a Pierre Spies. Way to impressed with his own muscles. Tone down Bismarks testosterone a bit, and no hooker in the country can touch him.

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 05:58

      unbeatabulls : Jammer om soos n nat lap te klink , maar as ons ( Ek ingesluit) ophou met die beledigings, sal die clowns niks he om te se nie - Try it , it may work !!!

  • Gavin Bird - 2011-04-07 16:26

    Between the Supersport commentators and News24 rugby writers you might as well slap Springbok jerseys on all 22 Stormers players and send them to the World Cup. Boy they are pushing, no rather shoving Peter Grant as Springbok flyhalf down our throats now Fourie gets his nametag polished by News24.......

      jan du preeaz - 2011-04-07 17:40

      Grant as flyhalf, bwaaha hhaaa haaa!!! that poor oke is not even good enough to carry a duiksak at an AB practice.

      Spires - 2011-04-08 13:39

      But he is good enough to show Morne Steyn how to play rugby. I'm not saying Morne Steyn is shit, i'm only saying that Grant is better than Steyn.

  • Rumbler - 2011-04-07 16:28

    He's good but tooo small. A good big one will always beat a good small one!!

      Spires - 2011-04-08 13:40

      Now why don't you play Bakkies at hooker? He is good is he not.

      Spires - 2011-04-08 13:42

      It's all about personal preference, you like your hookers on the rugby field like you like your hookers on the corners, good big ones.

  • The Observer - 2011-04-07 16:36

    Ag Rob. Are we going down this road again. A couple of good games for province and now he is suddenly a bok.

  • JACKHAMMER - 2011-04-07 16:41

    Please note that i am logging out and can not be held responsible for any comments from now untill tomorrow

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 05:55

      Okay , I know !!!

  • bullincapeto - 2011-04-07 16:42

    Watalife??? Tell us the truth, are you actually Julius Malema? You remind me of him on so many levels. Amandla Stormers Amandla!! Good luck to Bulls and Stormers this weekend

      Lloyd - 2011-04-07 16:59

      Don't insult Juliaaaas like that. He's not that stupid.

      watalife - 2011-04-08 08:19

      Ask you mother she sucked his head and look what was the result? Lloyd he is the after thought of your mother & Malema

  • Jacques - 2011-04-07 16:46

    Although he is playing some excellent rugby at the moment, he is still behind the likes of Bismarck and Tiaan Liebenberg. But sometimes coaches like the age factor. Strauss got his Springbok colours ahead of the best no2 at that stage - Willie Wepener and best no.3 Tiaan Liebenberg. They both suffered a chance to play at national level when they were earning it game after game. As for the wow-factor, nope Strauss never had it up to now.

  • MortNews - 2011-04-07 17:00

    Good potential. Similar player to Schalk Brits who we let slip away to English rugby. Hope Fourie is developed & retained.

      sonnyg - 2011-04-08 08:05

      Crap, clearly the majority of you know nothing about rugby. You are all the stereotypical rugby supports who see a player make a good run now he must be in the Bok team.

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-04-07 17:38

    Who is this Fourie dude?

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-07 17:57

      He is the Springbok centre....never heard of him?

      jan du preeaz - 2011-04-07 18:41

      huh, is that oke player hooker now?

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 05:59

      jan du preeaz: Try to use decent language , maybe someone will understand you.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-07 21:42

    They probably meant nr 22

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 10:35

      CliffBradley : Hey wannabee !!!

  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-07 22:06

    What a joke man! There are high school hookers better than him. He's maybe the 2nd best hooker in Greenpoint

  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-07 22:40

    @ Mike@CT Moenie vir jou kom wise hou hier nie, jy raak sommer nou gebliksem

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 05:54

      MIKE@CT : You dont for a second think that was me , some wizeass cliffbradley wannabee , must be so sad to want to be me so badly , & i know that it is not Alwyn Kruger , this person is so sad & lonely

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-08 08:23

      Don't worry, I can see a 'wannabe' when they crawl out of their!

  • boyd.lance - 2011-04-08 08:39

    Ok. What Fourie does better than Liebenberg is that he's a better player around the rucks and is more mobile, often supporting FLouw as another fetcher at times. He also doesn't "holhang" in the wing like Liebenberg does, trying to score tries that Habana should be scoring. But the lineout throws need a lot more work to become more accurate. I'm sure that will come though. As for the #2 No. 2 in SA?? I don't think this statement is of any significance as the three bok hookers are Bismarck, Smit (+prop) and Chilliboy. This will not change until the RWC is over. The next No.2 in line is Adriaan Strauss...and rightly so. He's played very well for the cheetahs and has the right skills required of an international hooker (stability in the scrum, accurate lineout throws, cleans out at the rucks). Notwithstanding this, if Deon Fourie continues this form and improves his lineout throws through the 2012 season, it would be hard to deny him a Bok call-up. Go Stormers!

  • zane.blignaut - 2011-04-08 09:41

    Jeez.. youre all so blatantly nasty about each others teams... its sickening! Im a bull and I really love watching new talent, doesnt matter where they come from, I imagine the new partnerships to be formed for the Boks in the future and our rugby looks good... but as supporters you have no sportmanship and dont allow the sun to shine over anyone else but yourselves... YOU are the ones that create hatred between yourselves and make these forums a place of senseless slandering... that = LOSER!!!

      The_Fox - 2011-04-08 12:01

      Stem 100% saam.

  • Maka - 2011-04-08 10:25

    Lets be honest, for impact no one comes close to Blitz Britz...

      sonnyg - 2011-04-08 11:27

      That depends if you define impact as going backwards in the scrums and losing lineouts.

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-04-08 11:29

    @watalife The bulls play rugby the old tried and tested way, your team must try it, i believe that will be the stormers, maybe then you will win cups and have less time blaming referees for your team lack of composure under pressure. It will not help you lipping bulls players or fans with personal insults on sites like these, we dont care what you have to say , please in the feature try and make a constructive rugby related comment, as an adult would do.In fact your coach admitted last year that they learned alot from the bulls and copied alot of there structures . You have nothing to say as a stormers supporter when it comes to buying players, kommin fans or dirty rugby players becuase you have it all , just like us! And o yes why wasnt bekker not sited saturday? Uncle freek burger must be on your payroll !!

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-04-08 11:29

    The bulls play rugby the old tried and tested way, your team must try it, i believe that will be the stormers, maybe then you will win cups and have less time blaming referees for your team lack of composure under pressure. It will not help you lipping bulls players or fans with personal insults on sites like these, we dont care what you have to say , please in the feature try and make a constructive rugby related comment, as an adult would do.In fact your coach admitted last year that they learned alot from the bulls and copied alot of there structures . You have nothing to say as a stormers supporter when it comes to buying players, kommin fans or dirty rugby players becuase you have it all , just like us! And o yes why wasnt bekker not sited saturday? Uncle freek burger must be on your payroll !!

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-04-08 11:29

    The bulls play rugby the old tried and tested way, your team must try it, i believe that will be the stormers, maybe then you will win cups and have less time blaming referees for your team lack of composure under pressure. It will not help you lipping bulls players or fans with personal insults on sites like these, we dont care what you have to say , please in the feature try and make a constructive rugby related comment, as an adult would do.In fact your coach admitted last year that they learned alot from the bulls and copied alot of there structures . You have nothing to say as a stormers supporter when it comes to buying players, kommin fans or dirty rugby players becuase you have it all , just like us! And o yes why wasnt bekker not sited saturday? Uncle freek burger must be on your payroll !!

  • David - 2011-04-08 12:48

    It would be great to read well thought out rugby comments in these columns, rather than the endlessly crass, often illiterate stuff offered by 'writers' with personal and interprovincial axes to grind.

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-08 13:55

    Deon Fourie info. Rugby Career 2011: Stormers (Super Rugby) 2010: Western Province (Currie Cup Premier Division), Stormers (Super 14) 2009: Western Province (Currie Cup Premier Division), Stormers (Super 14), Western Province 2008: Western Province (Currie Cup Premier Division), Western Province (Vodacom Cup), Stormers (Super 14) 2007: Western Province (Under-21), Western Province (Currie Cup Premier Division), South Africa (IRB Sevens Series Scotland), South Africa (IRB Sevens Series London), Western Province (Vodacom Cup) 2006: Western Province (Currie Cup Premier Division), Western Province (Vodacom Cup), Western Province (Under 21) 2005: Western Province (SA Under-19), Western Province (Under-21), South Africa (IRB U19 World Championships) 2004: Limpopo (U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week), Blue Bulls Limpopo (U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week) Before I forget: GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!

  • FFG - 2011-04-08 14:46

    It was the same with Gary Botha. The media raved about him until he got to test level and was found absolutely wanting. This is once again a case of the media trying to get a player in the Bok side.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-08 16:09

      I doubt that the media are trying to get him into the Bok side....the fact is, the author has stated an opinion and that is that he believes currently, Fourie is number 2...finnish and klaar. Quite frankly, I think this subject has been exhausted now.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-04-08 18:12

    Hi All I just want to apologise to you all for making some really stupid, under-par statements on here. I'm really trying to make some conversation but i'm just so damn stupid. I'm from the Eastern Cape and as you know it's the area with the highest incidence of inbreeding in the world. I think my mom and dad could be brothers. Go Stormertjies

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