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Jean: We will miss Schalk

2012-02-27 10:00

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The sight of their captain Schalk Burger being driven away from the field on a cart was the last thing the DHL Stormers needed in their first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season, but stand-in skipper Jean de Villiers might have been truthful when he played the moment down afterwards.

“Obviously we will miss Schalk, but to do well in this competition you need to have 35 to 40 players capable of playing at the level, and we feel we have that,” said De Villiers.

In other words, the loss of Burger might not be felt as badly as it might have been had he been ruled out at a similar stage a few years back. The injury is not as bad as might have been feared when he was helped onto the buggy early in the 39-26 win over the Hurricanes. He has twisted medial ligaments in his left knee, and will be back in the game six weeks from now.

That does mean he will miss some important dates on the Stormers calendar, not least of them being the immediate challenge posed by the massive derby match against the Sharks this coming Saturday. However, De Villiers may remember that the Stormers scored an important win without Burger in the team last year.

The flanker was only watching from the sidelines when the Cape team broke a long drought at Loftus by outplaying the Bulls. And he was also absent for some other notable wins early in the campaign in 2011. The problem of course is that the Stormers have already lost Francois Louw from last year’s team, so fetching is a potential problem as the Stormers prepare to face a team that has Keegan Daniel and Bismarck du Plessis in it, but Siya Kolisi was good with his ball carrying when he came on as a replacement against the Hurricanes.

“Unfortunately we’ve lost the captain, but I must give credit to the leadership of the team,” said coach Allister Coetzee after the game.

“In the past we’ve lost captains and things went pear-shaped (the first game of the 2009 campaign against the Sharks when De Villiers was injured). We’ve got a lot of young players in the side, but I was really satisfied with the way the senior players took control. We were pleased with that win.”

But while a 13 point win first up may seem a good reason for the Stormers to be smiling, they are going to have to shift a gear if they hope to complete a similar result against the Sharks. For the truth is the Stormers, outside of the driving maul that has been their staple for the past year or two and is responsible for a big proportion of the tries they score, were far from convincing.

Peter Grant is on his way back from Japan but it may require more than the influence of Grant to get the attacking game to function. And for long periods of the Hurricanes match the Stormers kick-chase was woeful.

Indeed, their opponents were woeful, with the no-name brand Hurricanes looking every bit deserving of that tag in the first half until they were galvanized into action by the momentum offered by a good first try to Tim Bateman when they were down to 14 men.

The Stormers forwards forced the Hurricanes into error, and Joe Pietersen, kicking like a metronome, punished the visitors by contributing 21 points, but the factors that aligned themselves in the Stormers favour – referee Marius Jonker did rule every 50/50 call to the Stormers – might not be so friendly next time.

When they were 23-9 up shortly before halftime and had an advantage in numbers after Jonker had turned the match into a version of musical chairs, with the Hurricanes players coming on and off the field as the yellow cards were flashed, the Stormers should have put the opposition away.

Instead they were allowed back into the game to the extent that they could have fallen behind in the 62nd minute had TMO Shaun Veldsman ruled in the Hurricanes’ favour when they crossed beneath the uprights. It might have been a very different game then and against this opposition the Stormers really had no right to be in danger of losing.

That said, it was the first match of the season, and the 13 point winning margin was the biggest of the weekend, which is why the Stormers ended round one on top of the log. How meaningful that log is though is something we will know more of this coming weekend.

SuperSport

Comments
  • Nico - 2012-02-27 10:05

    As I'm sure all other 14 teams will miss their injured players! Another useless stormers article!

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 10:17

      Which other team lost a big name rugby player this weekend????

      lourens.jordaan - 2012-02-27 10:29

      Al wat useless is ou Nico en aubrey.gloster se kommentaar.

      Nico - 2012-02-27 11:11

      @Lionel, Chiefs lost 3, all the other teams lost one or 2 players, and all the teams still have injured players that is getting ready for super15. Though they might not all be of the "stature" of Schalk, if any of your starting players are injured it's got an effect on the team.

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 11:11

      @Nico, you speak of ALL teams missing their injured players...but the Bulls seemed to cope fine with Spies missing for 80 minutes on Friday night? (And I am no Bulls fan...)

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 11:42

      @Blueraven - as I have said all along, it would be CRIMINAL for the Bulls to keep chaps like Stander and Botha on the sidelines because you are forced to select your captain. I say again as an 'objective' bystander - lol - massive mistake making Spies captain - end of. Suits the rest of our teams though to have Stander and Botha in the cold.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 16:30

      @Saffa YYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN

  • Ndira - 2012-02-27 10:07

    with Burger injured that gives youngster a chance to prove themselves,Kolisi make that position yours my boy!!!!!

  • Lionel - 2012-02-27 10:10

    Speedy recovery Schalk,we need you!!!! Kolisi had a good game and is making big strides in his rugby career!! Eben Etzebeth you beaut,that run that you made knocking the Canes centre off his feet will be remebered for a while still!!!!

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 10:26

      As jy nie n rugby comment kan maak dan gaan comment op die K-TV channel!!! Onthou wat jy se as eendag daai manne vir die Bokke uitdraf!!!

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 10:29

      By the way Aubrey,die Bulle wil graag Etzebeth op hulle boeke he!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 10:32

      Lionel, die Bulle soek net vir Etzebeth om hulle suitcases te dra.

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 10:42

      Ja ja Dozey,as jy so se!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 11:07

      @Dozey - you could be right. With all the skincare products, haircare bottles, 'nutritional supplements' etc that the Bulls players use, I can see why they would need the most powerful lock in SA to carry their bags.........

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 11:17

      Saffa, I don't know what's the funniest about your comment. The part about all the stuff in the suitcases or the part about ol' Eben being the strongest lock in the country.

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 11:47

      @Dozey - Which lock in the land would you say is physically stronger than that 20 year old chap? Flip? Bresler? Steenkamp 1 & 2? Sorry old Dozey, you are looking at the future of Bok rugby in young Eben. The closest Flip will get to a Bok jersey again, is by staring at the one in his cupboard - klaar.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 12:15

      Saffa, according to you all the youngsters in the Stormers set-up are future superstars. Whenever a youngster's name is mentioned you jump on it like a.................never mind.

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 12:57

      @Dozey - most of the youngster I have touted do seem to perform rather well though don't they? In fact, the Bulls want to buy them/of HAVE bought them......I am a rugby genius.

      Nick - 2012-02-27 15:17

      die bulle het 2 barberton daisies op slot so hul sal op die stadium enigiemand bo 5ft vat selfs oom frik moet sy selfoon afsit sal nie verbaas wees as hul van aswegen ook vat

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 16:31

      @Saffa YAWN

  • John - 2012-02-27 10:25

    As Stormers supporters we are use to negative comments (win or lose) by journalists and posters on this website. Yes they were poor at times and definitely not world beaters but from what I saw in other games they were by far not the worst team on display.

  • Christo - 2012-02-27 10:28

    Kom ons wees eerlik - Schalk se besering bring eintlik 'n einde aan die Stormers se aanslag. Dit beklemtoon net weereens die stommiteit/gekheid noem dit wat jy wil om Francois Louw verlede jaar te laat gaan.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 10:33

      Watse aanslag?

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-02-27 10:55

      die Stormers was 7-3 voor toe Schalk beseer is, en het 39-26 gewen, so met jou redenasie sou die stormers 100 - 3 gewen het as Schalk de hele wedstyd gewen het? Kyk. Schalk is 'n legende van die game, maar hy is nie die hele span nie., en hy kom terug oor 'n paar weke. hou maar net die punteleer dop - wanneer die Stormers 10 of laer is, dan kan jy begin met sulke dinge se, maar ek moet se ek kla nie oor nommer 1 na die eerste week nie.

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 11:08

      @Christo: Francois went overseas because he was told that he had NO chance of playing for the Boks again, AND he was offered a HUGE amount of money..........

  • legndkilla - 2012-02-27 10:54

    at the end of the day a win is a win, wether by one point or 30 the stats on the log are the ones that count so moan and groan all u want we got the win and we got the points... as for skalla we wish him a speedy recovery and i believe we will digg deep enough and be sucessful without him .....

  • Saffa - 2012-02-27 11:05

    Morning rugby kenners...(and Bulls fans). Congrats to all the winning teams....cr@p Superbru weekend for me. I have to admit the Bulls pulled off the 'tricksy little hobbitses' move of the weekend. All and sundry fell for their talk of a NEW, EXCITING, EXPANSIVE gameplan (including John Plumtree) only to be bored and shocked into submission with the same old, same old, same old - well done Bulls you fooled us all. The 2nd 'tricksy little hobbitses' move of the weekend: Johan Sadie waffling on about how much stronger, fitter and better conditioned he was - oooops! (You too had us all fooled Johan - that said, get well soon) Sharks - seriously chaps, Chiliboy once AGAIN outplayed Bissie.........Nice to see actually. Stormers - positives/negatives aplenty, but the heart was warmed by stellar performance from the young guns(Kolisi, Eben etc) - really inspiring! Get well soon Schalla. The SA conference is wide open, and anyone (apart from the 30% mentally stunted Bulls fans) prepared to make any predictions at this stage is insano. Kiwi conference early season trendsetters. PS: Lionel, did you see that Bulls chap with his horns, pink jersey and nose ring? I tell you, in HD that is one for the nightmare chronicles......

      legndkilla - 2012-02-27 11:25

      brilliantly put saffa!!

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 11:40

      Morning Saffa,I immediately thought of you and the reaction you must have had seeing this guy:):):)

      Kevin - 2012-02-27 11:47

      http://blogs.dieburger.com/KevinD26/skouponie-n-kaptein-moet-meer-doen-as-net-n-gebedjie

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-27 11:49

      Some more points to note: Spies was nowhere to be found, think I heard his name once. When they were discussing the team line-ups before the game. Brussow seems to be turning into a ball carrier. Habana was nowhere to be found. Welcome back Jo Peterson

      Sean - 2012-02-27 11:53

      I would like to know how many penalties Bismark gives away per game. In the 2nd half on Friday night he seemed to be the culprit in most of the penalties against the Sharks! And when he is on-side he seems more intent on injuring the opposition than playing the game? And as for his lineout throws, once again he was shocking. Anyone believe Heynecke will put Chilliboy in to the starting XV ahead of him for the Tri-Nations? I can hear the Sharks fans ranting already...

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 11:54

      Spies was indeed missing (as usual) for the full 80 minutes. You see her trot out with a headband on looking all "mean", then you see her again for the captains interview. @Lionel: lol - haven't the 'real men' up north EMBRACED the pink and purple wholeheartedly? It's almost as though they have been dying to wear pink for years.......

      Papa-storm - 2012-02-27 11:54

      30% are you in a good mood saffa.

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 12:02

      @Sean,to think that a lot of people want Bissie as Bok captain!!!! I thought after Smit has left Bissie would have settled in nicely now ,I do however understand that it is the first game of the season but he is gonna have a battle on his hands for the Bok jersey!!!!!! @Saffa,all finally coming out the closet Saffa.....lol

      BlousteBlou - 2012-02-27 12:07

      Ai Saffa, do think about the Bulls at least once every minute - it seems so

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 12:10

      Ag n useless ettertjie skryf n blog dan moet dit leeswaardig wees. Siestog.

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 12:11

      @Sean: Chilli outplayed Bissie last year at the Shark tank as well......In all honesty, Chilliboy is going to be asking some serious questions of Heyneke. Everyone knows that Bissie is top class, but I just wonder if the chap didn't allow all the "Bissie is the best in the world and has to play off the bench" hysteria to go to his head a little......

  • Kevin - 2012-02-27 11:45

    Hurricanes are the French team of NZ. this group will get better as they dont have up themselves players like Weepu and Nonu. well done Stormers http://blogs.dieburger.com/KevinD26/skouponie-n-kaptein-moet-meer-doen-as-net-n-gebedjie

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 12:12

      Jy lyk soos n dronkgat wingerdhond.

      Nick - 2012-02-27 15:24

      se die swaap wat agter koei wegkruip

  • Jed - 2012-02-27 12:47

    Amazing how all the Bull's supporters are talking about how the Ref gave the Stormers the Game. If I'm not mistaken , was he not the same Ref that gave the Bulls a Super 14 trophy? A forward pass to Hougaard if remember correctly. You guys should be kissing his Ass.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 12:56

      One mistake in a game compared with about 70 'mistakes'.

      Nick - 2012-02-27 15:27

      haha typical 1 mistake THAT gave them the win on a silver platter not to mention all the infingements at ruck/maul and high tackles that kaplan "missed" from pink

  • Abie - 2012-02-27 12:47

    An advantage for the Stormers. Now they can select someone who has sense enough to run around the wall instead of through the wall.

  • Melt - 2012-02-27 14:18

    Geluk aan die Bulle, Stormers en Lions met julle oorwinnings. My waarnemings die naweek. CB was die beste haker. Riaan Viljoen vol vuur. Bismarck....vrot gespeel, swak game. Bulle slotte ....gemiddelde game....Bulle agterlyn skop...storm...skop....dit het die keer gewerk Sharks was pateties onder die hoe bal. Sadie en Goossen ....ons TV kinders te sag vir die tipe rugby? Schalk.....mmmm ...ons praat weer oor 6 weke. Jean de V...swak, hoevell onderskep driee die jaar teen Stormers? Etsibeth ....groot toekoms. Bekker....bo gemiddeld. Habanna .....wat n grap !!!! J. Pieterse ...goeie game. Spies.....het hy gespeel???? Man of the match ....Jonker!!!!!!!! Ja Blou Maruis Jonker.....swak game pel!!! Swakste spelers die naweek....Sharks se slotte, Stormers se agterlyn.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-28 00:33

      Bulls slotte gemiddeld?? Juandre Kruger gemiddeld? WP rugby is uiters gemiddeld jou eenogige, IK beroofde twat

  • Bootman - 2012-02-27 14:59

    I think it's about time we miss Jean De Villiers. How badly do you have to play before you get dropped. It will be interesting to see what AC will do with Juan back in the fray. I would play Habana at 12 and Juan at 13. I also think Louis Schreuder should get a start ahead of Dewalt and Francis ahead of Gary. Lets hope that Peter Grants luggage goes missing at the airport and he has no boots to play in.

  • Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 15:59

    Who is Jean? Who is Schalk?

      Melt - 2012-02-27 20:26

      Dit is die twee ouens van doer onder wat Bakkies se loopbaan by die Bulle kort geknip het.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-28 00:34

      @Melt Foeitog, jy't 'n vreeslike chip op joo skouertjie. Is jy as kind geboelie? Of gee die vrou jou bietjie koue skouer?

      Melt - 2012-02-28 08:32

      Hi seun, nee ek het nie n chip op die skouer nie, ja as kind het n paar ouens my geboelie maar ek was nooit n boelie nie. Ek het n pragtige vrou met n warm hart.........okay nou het ek jou geantwoord........o ja ek vergeet......nee ek is nie een ogig nie, juis daarom het ek die stormers se agterlyn en J de V en die skeidsregter uitgelig as n teleurstelling. Oor my IK ....wel ???? Was nooit die briljanste student nie maar ek dink ek het okay gedoen om te wees waar ek vandag is. Wat my rugby betref het ek nie n provinsie teenwoordig nie, 12 jaar skeidsregter en 4 jaar afrigter. Goed min of meer my agtergrond.......Kan ons nou weer rugby gesels of wag daar n op of aanmerking? Ek het die moed gehad om te se hoe ek voel oor wie ....let wel my oppinie!!!!! Ek het nog niks gelees wat jy positief of negetief van enige spanne gese het nie....kom ek se liewer n ontleeding van die games gemaak het nie. So ek nooi jou uit om rugby te gesels en ophou ander mense aan te val want dit getuig juis van wat jy my van beskuldig. Eenoog, chip op die skouer, geboelie, koue skouer van vroulief en lae IK???

  • Jaco - 2012-02-27 18:20

    Francois louw > Schalk Burger , hulle het francois gemisbruik die laaste jaar of twee, so nou gan hulle spuit wees dat hy hulle gelos het vir groener gras !! Schalk het darem nou n rede om sy toks op te hang en eder n biltong en braai show op kyknet te begin !! hahahaha

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