Burger could lead Province

2011-10-12 06:48

Cape Town - Springbok flank Schalk Burger could captain Western Province in their do-or-die Currie Cup clash against the Pumas at Newlands on Saturday.

WP's forwards coach, Matt Proudfoot, confirmed to Die Burger newspaper that all their returning Springboks from the Rugby World Cup are allowed to play this weekend.

Proudfoot said the players themselves will confirm on Wednesday whether they could or are willing to play.

The WP coaches initially hoped to have Jean de Villiers, Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh ready for action, but according to Proudfoot they would be dumb not to play Burger, Bryan Habana and Jaque Fourie - if they declare themselves available. All three have had a heavy workload for the Springboks recently.

"If Schalk (Burger) can play, he will be captain. If he cannot play, but Jean (de Villiers) can, it will be Jean (as captain).

"If you get the chance during this part of the season to use your Super Rugby captain and vice-captain, you don't say: 'No thank you'."

Province must win the game to ensure they qualify for the semi-finals, and might need a bonus point victory if the Blue Bulls beat the Leopards by a large margin.

They are currently in fourth position on the log standings, with 36 points - one ahead of the Blue Bulls. WP's points difference (71) is also far more superior than that of the Bulls (13).

Thus, barring a huge Blue Bulls victory over the Leopards, Province would only need to claim four points against the Pumas on Saturday.

They will also have the added advantage of knowing exactly what they need to do when their game kicks-off - as the men from Pretoria have their game scheduled for Friday evening at Loftus Versfeld.


  • WALKTHISWAY - 2011-10-12 07:03

    It will be an interesting last three weeks of the CC.CC is only won on the last day of the season as WP found out last year..Can Province go all the way this year?We will see what the lions are made of and what sort of character they have.They will find the going allot tougher come next week semi final day.I believe it will be a Free State vs Province final in Bloem.Let's hear your thoughts.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-12 07:33

      a week ago I would have agreed on a possible WP vs Cheetahs final, but now that the SHARKS will be at FULL strength , I think it will be WP vs SHARKS !!!!!!!!!!!!! WP jou LEKKER DENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Green Oaks - 2011-10-12 08:55

      I always feel sorry for the guys that have played all year to get the teams to where they are, and then get dropped when the Springboks get back. They should put a blanket ban on any Springboks playing for any team. Province even go a step further. The captain of the entire season is, according to the report, now only the third choice captain behind Superman Burger and Jean de Villiers. Alistair Coetzee, where is your loyalty

      christo.kotze - 2011-10-12 09:33

      Haha I am a huge WP fan! Would like to see them in the Final with the Sharks would be epic But shame for the Cheetahs and Lions they had a good run but it is time to step aside and let the big boys play. Hahahahahaha loving it cant wait for that first semi!!! SUCK ON THAT LIONS!!

      jontheb - 2011-10-12 16:06

      Some Lions fans are probably sh1ting bricks right now, but it would be a good test for Super Rugby next year. It's also good for the CC, which needs the added boost. This is the Currie Cup - rugby's oldest tournament and it needs the best players, otherwise it'll be little more than another Vodacom Cup. Lions fans - don't be like the Aussies who seek hollow victories...

  • Baylion - 2011-10-12 07:10

    Captaining WP doesn't mean much, does it? How many captains have they had this season? And now they want to fire Tiaan/Deon who done very well keeping the youngsters together and getting them where they are on the log.

      mysticBoer - 2011-10-12 07:28

      "Getting them where they are on the log" .. are you serious? A proper captain would've had them at the top of the log. I think Pieter Louw is underestimated in the leadership position. He captained WP Schools, SA Schools and SA u/21. Obviously a good leader. Yes he was injured for a large part of the year, but now that he is ok, I think they should entrust him with the duties. Schalk/Jean just came froma World Cup 15000 km away. They need to re-adjust to the gameplan, etc.

      Baylion - 2011-10-12 07:47

      @mysticBoer: Yes, I'm serious. I said before that I have a lot of respect for what WP achieved with their youngsters this season. Unlike the Sharks and Bulls who still had teams full of international players WP played with a team of "raw" youngsters and journeymen (and a massive injury toll) and these youngsters kept WP in the competition against the odds. Hats off for Tiaan (and Deon) and I think it would be a mistake to replace them with a new captain at this stage of the competition.

      christo.kotze - 2011-10-12 09:38

      Ya they did good. But face it they no Schalk. Especially when they this young! Halve of them look up to Schalk saw him playing his hart out! You will be surprised to see how much a captain (who is respected) impacts a team. Just think a few years back how much FS changed the moment Juan Smit came back.

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-12 07:30

    I would advice the coach not to include the Box for the game against the Pumas. I believe the current team will still be able to beat the Pumas and pick up 5 points. Let's rather include the for the semi final against the Lions and the Final against the Sharks. For me that would be a wise and sensible move, they still need rest and to get back into our moves or he can play ALL 6 springboks from the bench. I hope the Lions are following these developments. Hulle oe is seker besig om te reeeeeek en al groter te word van bangheid. This is the BUSINESS end of the competition, time for jokes and tkaing chances against u/19 and u/21's are over. Nou is dit MANNE teen MANNE en die LEEUS gaan dit reeds die naweek al voel teen die SHARKS. Die Sharks gaan hulle OPFROMMEL en PAP TRAP, sodat hulle volgende saterdag NIKS beteken nie. Sharks by 30+ WP by 25 + Griekwas by 7+ Leopards by 3+ WP groete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Baylion - 2011-10-12 08:24

      I see you still haven't woken from your dream world LO

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-12 08:37

      @Bay- What do you mean? How can the Lions and the Cheetahs beat teams FULL of International STARS??

      Paulus - 2011-10-12 08:59

      your only as good as your last game, and in your last game you got creamed by the lions. 5 tries compared to the "more boring than watching paint dry wp"

      Staalbal - 2011-10-12 10:33

      I'm all for supporting your team, and as a die hard Province supporter always back my team. But to even think the Leopards would beat the Bulls is just crazy.

  • - 2011-10-12 07:38

    Shame the Bulls have not made a Play-off this year. LOL.

  • aman - 2011-10-12 07:59

    Please keep Craig Joubert away from any Western Province game.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-10-12 09:25

      Craig will be blowing in NZ.....we are safe.

      Steyts - 2011-10-12 09:25

      Luckily he is at the world cup...

      Koos - 2011-10-12 10:11

      Get Bryce Lawrence, he wil help wepe like he helped the ausies. Craig is not a cheat, therefore it wont be possible for wepe to buy him

      Chris Holtshausen - 2011-10-12 19:02

      Thank God for that!!!! Can't they offer him a nice, cosy job down there?! Oh yes, Marius Bloubal-Jonker will also adapt well down under... OZ for him perhaps...?!!!!

      aman - 2011-10-13 13:08

      I think Bryce Lawrence would be a better option. At least he hates all South Africans and not just province.

  • PietSkiet - 2011-10-12 08:04

    It is absolutly amazing how quickly these province supporters can get arrogant, the last time I checked they got slaughtered in their last game and will only make the play-offs due to the Griquas doing them a favour. Yes the Boks are returning but that does in no way mean that you guys are going to win the Currie Cup, hell your Boks were involved in the Currie Cup for the last 10 years and that did not help you much. I still believe that the only team that will realy benefit from the Boks are the Sharks and yes they properly will beat the Lions this coming weekend, but you have to remeber they are playing in Durban and the Lions are resting their key players for the Semi against Province. One more thing, the Lions are not fearing the return of the Boks, in fact they can't wait for them just to shut your large front teethless mouths once again. If there is a team with a point to prove it is the Lions!!!

      aman - 2011-10-12 08:06

      Couldn't agree more. Love the rugby the lions and griquas are playing.

      christo.kotze - 2011-10-12 10:57

      PietSkiet snot!!! Haha kom ons los dit maar vir op die veld. Julle Lions anyway so pateties hulle was gerank as the worst ever super rugby team. Less than a year ago! Maar nou wil jy prt van WP wat arrogant is? Haha Kyk die game en dan praat ons. So bye the way ek het tien teen een baie mooier tande as jy!!! Haha

      christo.kotze - 2011-10-12 11:04

      En net so in die verbui loop... Which key players do you think they will rest??? Because they don't have any!! If they did, don't you think we would have seen them on tour with Springboks? Haha I can't wait to shut you all up. Been nowhere for years and now that our KEY players go represent our country overseas you started popping out of the cracks with your big mouths!

      WPStrm 4ever - 2011-10-12 11:04

      @ Piet, it is all good and well. But let’s be honest, the Lions have been playing against the other big unions with a S15 team while especially the WP had to pull players up from u/19 & u/21 level with no CC experience to build their campaign on. WP set themselves the target of reaching the semi's, which they seem to have done with in all honesty the deck stacked against them pretty well (injuries; springbok call-ups). This is however going to be a testing time for the Lions and even the Cheetahs who were playing with the core of their S15 players against teams that were not using the 1st choice players in their unions, which is now available. For the sake of the front runners in the competition I hope they do well, but the fact of the matter is the road to the cup became quite a bit tougher with the Boks falling out of WC 2011. Good luck to all the teams. WP, show them what you are made off. And pleased don’t come with this 10years cup less crap again, most of the current squad have only been playing for the past 3 or four years and in some cases even less.

      Chris Holtshausen - 2011-10-12 18:57

      @Pietskiet My vriend ek weet jy is desperaat om jou Leeutjies te sien bly wen, maar probeer regtig hard om soms in bietjie in die 'real world' te leef!!!! Van hier af in is dit nie meer 'speel-speel' rugby nie. Dit was regtig seker vir julle 'nice' om sover te wen, maar kan dit regtig bevredigend wees as jy weet jou span is op volle sterkte terwyl spanne soos die WP, BB en Sharks met hul tweede en selfs derde spanne speel. Probeer tog hard om so 'n bietjie perspektief te kry: WP het met 'n junior span tot dusver gespeel - jy weet, die span wat eintlik teen jul 0/21's moes uitdraf!!! So, word wakker of bly droom, my vriend.

  • Jack Turner - 2011-10-12 08:48

    I feel sorry For The Lions.....thay have played some magic (Curry Cup) rugby this year. It feels almost tragic that because of the the return of the Boks to the other provinces, that they unfortunatly wont make the final, and possibly win it.. The only happiness in all of this is....That Province will again not win anything this year...................

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-12 08:50

      And the Currie Cup Champions of 2011 are.............................................................................WP !!! WP jy BLY maar net 'n LEKKER DENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      wpjoulekkading - 2011-10-12 10:21

      @ wpbliksem. NOU PRAAT JY ! ! ! ! ! ! !

      caleb69 - 2011-10-13 15:42

      @WPBLIKSEM, jy klink soos n plaat wat vashak, julle Bokke beteken niks ons het dit Sondag gesien, Schalk wat dink hy kan van die doellyn af hardloop toe slaan hy die bal aan en Aus druk n drie, nee wat pateties is nie die woord nie. So hou op lieg vir jouself....

  • Charlie the man - 2011-10-12 09:57

    @all WP fans. You are already talking about the finals, what if you fail to win this weekend? The Pumas are not a push over team and I really hope they give it to you just becuase of your arrogance. WP does not deserve to be in the semis the way they palyed and even with the Boks back, it will take some time for these guys to get use to the gameplan and the way WP were playing. should you make it to the semis, then you must not underestimate this Lion team. They have been quite consistant throughout this tournament and when you have that winning spirit in your team then it will take a good team to take them down.

      wplife - 2011-10-12 10:15

      As a Wp support it be great if we can make it into the final. Winning the Currie Cup this year is a big ask for the young team. I am happy even if Wp just gets into the semi this year. I am pround to say that the Wp team of 2011 is mostly U19 and U21 players and making it to the semi is a great achievement for a very young and inexperience team. The team that looks set to take the Currie Cup is the lions.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-12 13:01

      @Charlie- What if a WP u/19 and u/21 team manage to win the Currie Cup? What then my china??

  • GP - 2011-10-12 13:03

    I am a Province supporter and certainly dont believe that the world cup Boks should be included in any of the currie cup teams. I feel it is totally unfair to the players who have given so much during the season, and suddenly they are not even considered. The Bok players should be givena rest.

  • aman - 2011-10-12 13:22

    I kind of remember the beginning of the super competition this year when the lions should have won their first few games - some wayward kicks were there undoing. Stormers and the bulls should have lost to them and they should have been at that stage at the top of the SA conference. They did that without BOK stars and what I've seen they've been moving from strength to strength. The losses to the Cheetahs and the Bulls recently was probably due to some gambles that they could afford to take - they opted for lineouts rather than take their points. Semis and finals will be different altogether - no bonus points - and I am quite sure those kicks will get taken.

  • Cliff - 2011-10-12 15:24

    Ou dom Schalk kaptein??????????? HA HA HA HA HA HA Knock nog 'n bal op jou eie doellyn dat die ander span kan wen jou aap!! Bye bye world-cup, Bye Bye Curriecup (vir die 11de keer)

      Chris Holtshausen - 2011-10-12 19:19

      Aan watter narre-klub behoort jy?! Nog 'n Blou Bul-versteurde?!!

      Oukoos - 2011-10-12 21:31

      @Chris Wanneer was jou laaste PK?

  • Wide Awake - 2011-10-12 17:48

    Why not ?

  • Chris Holtshausen - 2011-10-12 18:38

    WP needs all the help they can get and would be very stupid not to include any of their Boks. They had more then their fair share of injuries this season. We must not forget that most of the current WP-players is not even fourth in line for the WP-team. So, well done to them, but it is time to hand over to the big guns! Suddenly the Lions and Cheetahs honeymoon is going to be something of the past.Except the incoming Boks, crucial players like Elstadht, Bekker, Vermeulen, Grant and Blaauw would change the picture dramatically next year. My guest is that only Tiaan/Deon and sadly, Brock of the current team members will be featuring in next year's team. Kolisi, Catrekillis will be nice on the bench. I still believe we need a quality scrumhalf and two great props. Anybody out their that can help with that? It seems like Allistair and Rassie sometimes just don't want to know it!!!

      Oukoos - 2011-10-12 21:33

      @NORTHERN STORMER Almal van julle, wees asb baie versigtig vir Northern Stormer, hy reken hy ken vir oom Vink persoonlik

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