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Stormers hunting Bok flank

2012-05-02 22:44

Cape Town - The Stormers are eager to regain the services of Springbok flank Francois Louw after an injury crisis at loose forward.

Die Burger reports the Capetonians are working hard to gain the services of an experienced loose forward and they have Louw in their sights.

The Stormers are short of loose forward experience with Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster all out with knee injuries.

The trio that did duty in their last match against the Force - Siya Kolisa, Rynhardt Elstadt and Nizaam Carr - did exceptionally well but lack experience.

And Louw could just provide that much needed experience. He was one of their stars in 2010 and 2011, with his ball-poaching ability at the breakdowns earning him his Springbok colours.

He left Western Province in July last year to take up a contract with English club Bath, whom he captained this year.

Despite also recovering from a knee injury sustained on 24 March this year, he is expected to be ready for action shortly.

The 26-year-old has played 10 Tests for the Springboks since he made his debut against Wales in Cardiff in 2010. His last Test was South Africa's agonising 11-9 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Australia in Wellington, New Zealand last year.


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  • Stormkaap - 2012-05-02 22:52

    Who are the Stormers? Can anyone help me please, I don't see that name on any Super rugby trophy in the history of the competition. Or on any Vodacom cups Or on any Currie cups in at least a decade. I guess not exactly the Union of the decade are they

      Paul - 2012-05-02 22:56

      i think they the team that beat those pink cows this year in the super 15 and will be doing it again within a month just to show you it wasn't luck .

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-02 22:58

      @Paul Really, another Stormer inbred. How many Super trophies for the Stormers, give me a number please

      Paul - 2012-05-02 23:02

      the number is zero your facts there are correct but the inbred fact would have to in to the man with a hat two horns and a ring through his nose. would rather drink papsak than look like that.

      Andrew - 2012-05-02 23:23

      We may not be the team of the decade but we're team of the century.. Can't argue with 32 currie cup titles!

      Johan - 2012-05-02 23:42

      Jan,ons ken nie daai gesuigery tussen mans hier nie. Maar as julle daaronder dit geniet na jou papsak en die tande uit, go for it! Julle leer dit in Polsmoor nie waar nie? Hou op om swart en wit flieks te kyk toe julle laas iets gewen het

      Sean - 2012-05-03 00:10

      @Andrew - LOL !! When was the last time you guys won something ? Was that before or after Jan van Riebeeck arrived ??

      Sean - 2012-05-03 00:21

      From Jeremy Guscott,Rugby union analyst for BBC Sport: "How do you feel the best of the Heineken Cup teams would fare against their[best] Super XV counterparts? from Stephen Murray in Ireland. Jerry Guscot's reply:"Hi Stephen, I honestly believe they would give as good as they got. The Super XV is a different style to what we see in Europe, the breakdown isn't contested as fiercely in Super XV as it is in Europe and that's because Super XV is more attacking based and played faster. On their day I don't see any reason why a team like Leinster or Clermont couldn't beat the Crusaders, Chiefs, Stormers. On current form,Jeremy Guscott,rates the Stormers alongside the Crusaders and the Chiefs as the best teams in Super XV rugby,but no mention of the Bulls.Trophies aside, the Stormers are rated even by outside rugby pundits looking in as a class apart from their northern neighbours the Bulls. James Gemmell,Skysports rugby pundit,says:"We've passed the halfway mark of the Super Rugby and a trio of challengers are setting themselves apart.First-placed Chiefs, second-placed Stormers and sixth-placed Crusaders look the best teams in Super Rugby".No mention of the Bulls by another pundit from a different sports channel.Again current form is what counts.Enough said!

      Chris - 2012-05-03 05:19

      Stormkaap, hoekom val jy Jan persoonlik aan? Die Bulle het verloor....onthou jy toe jy nog Bulldozer was...hehehe. Hoekom verander jy gedurig jou profiel? Kruip jy weg of is jy bang? Los die persoonlike nonsense en lewer rugby kommentaar op die berig.

      Chris - 2012-05-03 05:19

      Stormkaap, hoekom val jy Jan persoonlik aan? Die Bulle het verloor....onthou jy toe jy nog Bulldozer was...hehehe. Hoekom verander jy gedurig jou profiel? Kruip jy weg of is jy bang? Los die persoonlike nonsense en lewer rugby kommentaar op die berig.

      Chris - 2012-05-03 05:20

      Stormkaap, hoekom val jy Jan persoonlik aan? Die Bulle het verloor....onthou jy toe jy nog Bulldozer was...hehehe. Hoekom verander jy gedurig jou profiel? Kruip jy weg of is jy bang? Los die persoonlike nonsense en lewer rugby kommentaar op die berig.

      John - 2012-05-03 07:51

      @Sean - About the only thing the boneheads have got is the "no trophy" thing. It's been going for 2, 3 years. It's tired and it is boring. Lets see how the pink bulls go on tour and then we will talk again.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-03 08:08

      This idiot posting as me again.. Enjoy yourself you dimwited inbred Pretoria fool who has no life other than stealing peoples ID...

      Byron - 2012-05-03 09:12

      Stormakaap- I actually think you could sue for impersonation... Might prevent further childish behaviour

      eduan.breedt - 2012-05-03 09:39

      Wens die bloubul supporters wil bietjie hulle bekke hou oor die verlede en hulle bekke begin rek na hulle n goeie toer dalk kan he soos wat ons stormers spelers gehad het dit gaan glad nie oor hoeveel trofees daar al gewen is nie maar eerder oor wie hom gaan wen die jaar!!!!

      Heinrich - 2012-05-03 11:09

      They produce the bulk of rugby players in SA , because their schools are the best. Gauteng het ook 'n see gehad en toe trek dit terug en die skuim bly agter.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-03 12:18

      You're "trophybedonnerd". Rather focus on the existing competition and the future.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-03 15:00

      @Chris Ek is bang Chris, vir jou en jou 11 kenne.

  • Taetjo - 2012-05-02 22:56

    This is one of my favourite rugby players! This is a bloody champ!

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-02 22:59

      Totally overrated

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-02 23:48

      @taetjo- nou di ouki is net so gebroke soos di res van daai sitbok ama-krokkrok spannetji... julle moet di klomp poofters wat daar onder probeer speel, eerder probeer inskryf vir di para olimpics- ni dat hul goed sal doen ni, net dat dit 'n meer sinvolle plek is vir hulle sal wees. hierdie para en sy maters is nou regtig 'n klomp "lose" forwards, oja ook 'n klomp lose backwards en lose side ways??

  • Staal - 2012-05-02 23:03

    I thought they changed the rules that cannot draft in new players that are not already signed to the franchise or one of its lower tier teams? The NZers and Aussies complained a lot last year.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-02 23:09

      @Staal Those rules don't apply to the Stormers, 4 games handed to them onb a plate by the ref. Ma die wiel sal draai julle onnosel modder ottertjies

      Chris - 2012-05-03 04:40

      Staal, I think you have to play 4 games to play in play-offs.

      Jed - 2012-05-03 09:12

      Stormkaap better than the 3 trophy's handed to the Bulls by ref's.

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-05-02 23:06

    That will b good 4 us bt my main worry is at flyhalf. What if Grant gets injured we don't have good enough players 2 cover there. I think Frans Steyn should b on the top of our wishlist. We need a flyhalf lyk Steyn esspecially now when its crush time. U can't play bulls wit Van Aswagen he is nt a finished product. \r\nI will trust in Coach Coetzee he knows best.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-02 23:10

      @paul You also need a nr 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15, coach and personality

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-02 23:52

      @regte storm- moet nou ni vergeet van 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 en 3 nuwe afrigters ni... dit gan miskien ni help ni, maar dis ten minste nuwe gesigte?? maar met ou loser gewoontes-met hulle kan jy nooit wen ni??

      Chris - 2012-05-03 04:59

      Paul,agree 100%...he is calm under pressure and wiil control the game. He is also phycical and not shy to take contact.

      John - 2012-05-03 07:56

      Burton Francis is a good player. Don't underestimate him. I think if Steyn goes anywhere it will be to the sharks. Great if Flo comes back into the fold again.

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-05-03 09:09

      @ John I don't rate Burton becoz he couldn't make at so many teams maybe I'm being harsh. Another thing is non of our Flyhalves have not got enough game time this season to b put in a pressure situation and to try and find form. I just think its a mountain 2 steep for them to climb. As i said I trust in Coach Coetzee.

  • shawn.esterhuizen - 2012-05-02 23:41

    Die bulls se supporters staan vir dit, big useless low life supporters=bulls

  • leslievdmerwe - 2012-05-02 23:44

    Stormers are currently the 2012 Super rugby SA Conference leaders who have beaten the Bulls & Sharks to get there. Stormers won the 2011 Super Rugby Conference Cup & were Currie Cup Semi Finalists. Stormers were the 2010 Super Rugby & Currie Cup Finalists.Stormers are also the Neo Africa 2 x reigning champs. In fact the SHARKS pulled out of the competition coz of their bad record at the super rugby preludining competition. The Stormers have had the best SA record of all teams over the last three season.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-03 00:07

      jinne @leslie- as jy so aanmerking maak moet jy nooit 'n fotokie by dit sit ni- di mense gaan jo herken, dat dit jy was wat di dof stelling gemaak het en jy gaan nooit di einde daarvan hoor ni! di con. cup is niks en beteken absoluut niks- soos 'n graad 1 klas wat almal sterretjies gekry het omdat hulle teenwoordig was, dis al. di beste loser laasjaar nl. di crusaders verag dit. dink jy hulle gaan spog oor di con cup wat hulle laas jaar gewen het of dink jy hulle gaan eerder praat oor hulle 7 titels. maaaar nou dat ek daaraan dink- as jy niks het en nooit gewen het ni, beteken di con. cup alles- shame shame en shame...weepee jo hartseer deng...

  • leslievdmerwe - 2012-05-02 23:44

    Stormers are currently the 2012 Super rugby SA Conference leaders who have beaten the Bulls & Sharks to get there. Stormers won the 2011 Super Rugby Conference Cup & were Currie Cup Semi Finalists. Stormers were the 2010 Super Rugby & Currie Cup Finalists.Stormers are also the Neo Africa 2 x reigning champs. In fact the SHARKS pulled out of the competition coz of their bad record at the super rugby preludining competition. The Stormers have had the best SA record of all teams over the last three season. If you want to go even further..... the Stormers (WP) have won 2 x Currie Cups in the last decade (2000 & 2001). They have also won the most Currie Cups in South African history and lead by far! Stormers are champs and Rassie must take some credit for the structures he has put in place. This has enabled the Stormers to grow back into the South African dominant rugby team it is.

  • shawn.esterhuizen - 2012-05-02 23:49

    Wat maak goeie bulle? Ex wp spelers

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-03 00:08

      @shawn Van waar is Habana, Ghost, Fondse?

      shawn.esterhuizen - 2012-05-03 00:17

      Habana van di lions en van de heeveer kan maar waai want hy lyk soos n pienk bul en fondse speel nie vir wp meer hul het hom laat gaan, n goeie bul is n dooie bul.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-03 02:38

      @shawn 60% van die Stormers squad nie oorspronklik van die Wes Kaap nie, gaan kyk maar op die website. So dis totaal irrelevant om te praat van 'n gekopery, almal doen, dis 'n professionele era

      steyts - 2012-05-03 05:22

      So al die grey manne in julle span is van Pretoria af?? En julle liefling useless Morne Steyn kom ook mos glad nie van Bloem af nie... Dan is daar Houghaardt, Sadie, Engelbrechtl, Juandre Kruger, Bjorn Basson, Wilhelm Steenkamp en al daai manne wat ook mos natuurlik vanaf Pretoria af kom en hulle rugby daar geleer het!! OF NIE!! So moenie kom praat van waar die spelers vandaan kom nie!!!!!!!!

      Johannes - 2012-05-03 14:23

      Stormkaap, 68% van die gekontrakteerde Stormers spelers het hul junior rugbyloopbaan in die Kaap begin, laer- of hoƫrskole Cravenweek, 0/19 of 0/21. Ek weet nie waar jy jou statistieke kry nie, maar volgens 'n artikel op SuperSport so 4/5 weke gelede is dit die SA-franchise met die grootste persentasie spelers uit eie geledere. As Bulls-ondersteuner het dit my opgeval en bygebly, want die Bulls het slegs 33% spelers in hierdie kategorie. Voor jy jou afduimpie gee, gaan kyk eers.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-03 15:03

      My punt is almal koop in die professionele era, party het 30 ander 40 ander 70%. Dis nie meer relevant om dit op te bring nie

      Chris - 2012-05-03 18:58

      Ja Stormkaap...dit is skielik nie relevant as dit jou pas nie. SKAAP!

  • leslievdmerwe - 2012-05-02 23:50

    Stormers are currently the 2012 Super rugby SA Conference leaders who have beaten the Bulls & Sharks to get there. Stormers won the 2011 Super Rugby Conference Cup & were Currie Cup Semi Finalists. Stormers were the 2010 Super Rugby & Currie Cup Finalists.Stormers are also the Neo Africa 2 x reigning champs. In fact the SHARKS pulled out of the competition coz of their bad record at the super rugby preludining competition. The Stormers have had the best SA record of all teams over the last three season. If you want to go even further..... the Stormers (WP) have won 2 x Currie Cups in the last decade (2000 & 2001). They have also won the most Currie Cups in South African history and lead by far! Stormers are champs and Rassie must take some credit for the structures he has put in place. This has enabled the Stormers to grow back into the South African dominant rugby team it is. Bulls are not far behind and I think they will eventually win the conference this year but it is only coz they have bought 3 x brilliant WP players (Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht & Johan Saddie). They also got slap chips ex province star in as coach. So Bulls have a great future.

  • Pomene - 2012-05-03 05:19

    Okay dit het nie veel gevat om die Kanadoos(Stormkaap) se soveelste gesteelde profile te ontbloot nie. Die gevreesde dom onnosel ortopeed wat in die 4 verdieping shack in Kanada bly , twee fake ferrari's ry,n gesteelde Harley besit en nie nodig het om te werk nie so ryk is hy - als daai is great maar om onneosel te wees en dit uit te stal - priceless !!!

  • Bielie - 2012-05-03 06:24

    It would be fantastic for the Stormers to get Flo back for the rest of the S15. The one thing that they have missed thus far is an effective fetcher and Flo is one of the best around.

  • Bielie - 2012-05-03 06:30

    It's a real pity that the rugby comment threads have been hijacked by uncouth and ill-mannered people who, it seems, would rather stoop to the level of personal insult than discuss rugby. Friendly rivalry and banter is one thing, but this just makes it unpleasant for all, except the cowardly insulters, I suppose. But, then again, they have more profound problems... It would be real nice if these threads could be moderated to weed out the flies in the ointment.

  • Grant - 2012-05-03 06:44

    This will be a fantastic acquisition at the business end of the season....a welcome boost given the long term injuries to Koster, Burger and Vermeulen. And to top it all a classic fetcher ! Make it happen Stormers!

  • Pomene - 2012-05-03 06:49

    Rate him in any case higher than Stegman and Brussow - the two midgets of the Bok "C" team !!!

      Niel - 2012-05-03 13:32

      Brussouw is a machine. Everytime louw played in a bok jersey he had his a$$ handed to him on a platter.

  • Pedro - 2012-05-03 07:07

    Can u smell what the stormers are cooking, a bulls ass whipping come 2 June

  • Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-05-03 07:15

    Any one else remeber this?? http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Stormers-dismiss-fetcher-talk-20120125

      Chris - 2012-05-03 08:28

      Terence, you are 100% correct but I think circumstances are different now with all the injuries. I think it was a big mistake to let him go in the first place. He is a strong carrier and fetcher. This breed is scarce. Brussow = fetcher but no carrier. Schalk again is a carrier but no fetcher.

  • Lance - 2012-05-03 10:39

    Not cool impersonating Stormkaap...that shows major insecurity...very looooooow ineed, Stormkaap impersonator..

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-03 15:41

      @Lance As ek soos jy gelyk het so ek erens in 'n grot loop wegkruip het

  • shawn.esterhuizen - 2012-05-03 10:47

    Dit so lekker wees wanneer die bulle uitgeskop word volgende jaar dan kom hul almal werk soek by n wen span wp jou lekker ding

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-03 15:40

      @shawn Wenspan?! BWA HA HA Soos in 11 jaar laas enige vorm van 'n beker gewen. Nog NOOIT die Superbeker gewen nie. Baie mooi

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-03 21:19

      Nee wat Shawn in jou droome. Jy is so bang vir die Bulle dat jou verbeelding met jou weg hardloop. Ek dink jy en baie van jou maatjies het al n lekker knou weg.lyk my julle kort n bietjie sielkundige behandeling. Shame.

  • Riaan - 2012-05-03 11:36

    Flo sal 'n briljante opsie wees. Hoop egter die ander manne herstel vinnig. Miskien moet daar op 'n stadium na die Stormers/WP se afrigter gekyk word. Dit is nie te moeilik vir 'n span met goeie spelers om deur te kom soos die Stormers/WP die laaste twee seisoene gedoen het nie. Maar daar op die einde (semi's en finals) waar die ander spanne ook goeie spelers het en dinge maklik na enige kant toe kan gaan, is dit die afrigter wat die manne met goeie motivering en kennis van die opposisie se spel moet help deurtrek. En ek is seker dis daar waar die ouens swaarkry - min of geen hulp in hierdie fase van die toernooi deur 'n bekwame afrigter / bestuurspan.

  • Keith - 2012-05-03 14:17

    Flo is baie welkom terug.Adriaan die coach het nog die afgelope drie jaar die span elke keer tot in die semi's gebring en een keer teen die Bulle in 'n finaal verloor.Wat moet AC nog doen om julle erkenning te kry.Vergeet jy het al die World cup ook gewen.In daai toernooi is baie driee gedruk-AC die backline coach.Ag wat ek dink nie jy weet veel van rugby nie so hy hoef niks aan jou te bewys.Jy is in elk geval te dof.

  • Craig - 2012-05-03 15:38

    "all out with knee injuries..". Wasn't there a study done on the high incidence of knee and ankle injuries with Newlands based players? Better drainage and bearer turf at Newlands and we might not need to hunt for extra looses! Go Stormers

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