Burger back to lead Stormers

2012-01-23 19:15

Cape Town - Springbok flanker Schalk Burger will captain the Stormers in Friday's Super Rugby warm-up clash against the Lions at Newlands.

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee said on Monday that he was working towards a point where the strongest possible combination could run out on Friday.

"We've had our first run where all the youngsters had a chance to play but the match against the Lions gives us a chance to play a different team, and one that will have very different challenges from the side that played against Boland Cavaliers," Coetzee said.

"We'll be looking to give game time to as many players as we can so that everyone understands the set-piece, the style of attack and the policies to keep the defence in shape."

According to Coetzee, the performance of the experimental line-up that ran out against Boland over the weekend proved the squad's conditioning programmes had been successful.

"It was a good game in the sense that it showed that all the conditioning work had been well done," Coetzee said.

"Now it's a matter of building up an understanding of the team dynamics and getting combinations right.

"Like all coaches I want see progress from one week to the next and it was clear after Saturday's match that there is a lot of work to done.

"The Lions offer tough opposition and we need to remember that they are the Currie Cup champions."

Coetzee had most of his 51-man squad running the lines at a training session on Monday.

"We've reached a stage where we want to field a side that will be as close as possible to the team that will play in the opening Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes in February," he said.

"Andries Bekker and Duane Vermeulen are about two weeks away from joining the contact sessions, while Rocky (Reinhardt) Elstadt will join full scale training next week.

"Scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage has started running and by the looks of things he may be ready in two weeks' time."

Coetzee said he and his Lions counterpart, John Mitchell, had discussed the possibility of playing two matches involving A and B teams, but only one match would be played.


  • Paul - 2012-01-23 20:40

    Lions by plenty. Again.

      Doug - 2012-01-23 21:11

      With a name like that you should be supporting Boland mate....but i'll take the lions

  • John - 2012-01-23 20:58

    go lions /paw

  • Ken - 2012-01-23 22:38

    Hey it's Rugby time again, can't wait for the first game!!! Go Lions Go Lions!!! Hello Isak!!!

  • Julian - 2012-01-24 01:18

    Cant wait to see the Stormers at SUNCORP 20th april..Should be a cracker game..HIGGERS v BURGER smashing each other should be a delight to behold.. GOO YOU REDS!!

  • Julian - 2012-01-24 01:24

    Off the topic here lads but have you seen the BULLS draw??..They dont leave RSA till round 11..First game away 4/5 against the RABBLES ( REBELS)....

  • Nico - 2012-01-24 06:21

    Go LIONS!!!!

  • Michael - 2012-01-24 06:23

    Now the trouble starts for WeePee :-) First Burger, then the Lions.....and on top of that, they are keeping Coetzee !! Roll on 2013.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-24 06:57

      The trouble has been ongoing for 11 years.

      Kosie - 2012-01-26 15:37

      @bulldozer:the bulls troubles started last year. one year and counting...

  • Dawie - 2012-01-28 06:10

    Oops !!!!!!! - The Currie Cup is done and dusted - now for S15. Please Bulls supporters this is definately not and indication that I think we have already won the S15 at all - just absolutely pleasing news and hopefully the Stormers can keep it up !!!!

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