Koster adds 'new dimension'

2011-06-20 15:37

Cape Town - Stormers eighthman Duane Vermeulen's absence has put the spotlight firmly on loose forward Nick Koster, who came on as a replacement in Saturday's derby against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

And Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is confident that the youngster will fill Vermeulen's shoes with aplomb.

"We are fortunate that we can call on a player like Nick, who brings a new dimension to our attack," said Coetzee. "It's a great opportunity for Nick to play in the starting fifteen again. I don't know at this stage who will be our back-up loose forward but there are options such as playing Andries Bekker (lock) as a flank and then bringing in Anton van Zyl," said Coetzee.

Vermeulen's injury will require an operation and comes at a time when he has just been named in the 49-man provisional Springbok squad.

Coetzee did, however, note that Vermeulen's abscence will be a big blow to his team.

"Duane will undergo an operation on Tuesday.

"It should put him out of action for six to nine weeks and then he has to start the rehab process.

"Duane is very strong and I'm sure he'll heal faster because of his superb fitness, so he might be back sooner.

"Duane's abrasive and gives us a line-out option. He's been strong on defence and we'll miss him a great deal."

The Stormers camp will also be without scrumhalf Ricky Januarie and flyhalf Kurt Coleman for four weeks because of injuries.

Prop CJ Van der Linde is back in training but it is not certain whether he'll be match-fit for the Newlands semi-final in a fortnight's time.

"This week we'll run CJ really hard to see how well he's recovered," said Coetzee.

"By Friday we'll make a call although we realise that he will lack match fitness.

"It's really touch-and-go for CJ but one's thing's sure - we won't pick him for the semifinal if he is unable to play for 80 minutes."

Apart from the players who are returning from injury and are in rehabilitation programmes, the Stormers squad will have a complete break this week.


  • Raka13 - 2011-06-20 15:40 we have it, even the reporters are refering to him as Sir- Cermeulen

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-20 15:48

      @Mike@CapeT will reckon he adds the "X" factor

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 16:05

      Yup Raka - they learn, Sir Duane it will stay...... If Spies was "threatened" by Duane, wait until he see Koster for an extended period of time. Koster is the type of 8th man, Pierre Spies 'could' have been....I...oh it is true!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 16:06

      @DowweDuane/delusional doctor - you add the "puke" factor to these forums......

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:11

      SAFFA, here i thought you could not get a dommer guy then Lloyd....Hello Dowwe Duane!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 16:14

      @Sparkies - it was this Effel/Dowwe Duane moron who was celebrating Duane's injury last night....the profile stealer.....the Dr Evil of Sport 24. It is he that I wished would be visited by locusts who would nest in his r****m.

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:23

      Saffa, ok that explains the cleva comments!!

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:24

      Saffa, how was that try by Koster, my word that was better Then Bob Skins against the AB!!

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:26

      Where is Tiddly Winks(Ace/Lloyd)

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:30

      Dowwe Duane...never know a millionaire who sits on news24 who cant even string two sentences together.What suburb do you stay in at whats the closest school??IDIOT.Now get off your butt and finish mowing your baas's lawn!!!

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:33

      Dowwe, who does the tractor belong to???LOL

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-06-20 16:37 admiration for you grows by the day. You've got it spot on. But come on, let's not just stop at Koster....there are all the other members of the Stormers team that also have the X factor as well....that's why they are the top SA team. Now be a good boy and go play with yourself.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 16:38

      @Sparkies - Wasn't it Nick Mallet who said of Nick when he was still in school that "Koster is a mixture of Corne Krige and Bobby Skinstad"? I think it was Mallet, just before he left here, when they contracted Koster while still on the skoolbankie.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-06-20 17:13

      Saffa, you've got it wrong....Duane is the type of 8th man Spies can only dream of being! LOL

      Andy49 - 2011-06-20 17:19

      @SAFFA-CAT you are spot on, it was Nick Mallets' prediction on Nick Koster also said he was a future Springbok.

  • Ryan - 2011-06-20 15:50

    Ricky's injury is a blessing

      Grey B - 2011-06-20 16:04

      Injury?, what injury.

      yagyah rabin - 2011-06-20 17:29

      Ricky should play loose head, he's big enough

      Frik - 2011-06-20 18:02

      He is the stoffers best player...

  • Gavin Bird - 2011-06-20 15:50

    Well, Koster looked really, really good when he came on. Boy us South Africans are lucky to have such a wealth of talent!

      Joe Soap - 2011-06-21 06:14

      Agreed, runs well with the ball in hand. Could improve his defence a little but def a player to watch!

  • Neo - 2011-06-20 16:00

    Hope Vermeulen recovers soon.... been inspirational. No doubt that Koster can do the job!!!

      Joe Soap - 2011-06-21 06:14

      Word is the Vermeulen may be out for up to 8 weeks....

  • Grey B - 2011-06-20 16:03

    Agree, Koster have a great future ahead of him. Let us hope the Stormers can keep his services!

      Joe Soap - 2011-06-21 06:15

      SARU needs to pull finger!

  • Brannas - 2011-06-20 16:06

    Coster will add a new dimension. Yes, he will just make sure the downward spiral will pick up more momentum.

      Staalbal - 2011-06-20 16:16

      Ja ou Brannas Jy sal weet van downward spiral. Kyk maar net na jou ou spannetjie.

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:20

      Alwyn...that would be Koster(k)

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:22

      and the Bulls are sitting in the Long Drop!!!

      Frik - 2011-06-20 18:03

      Die wiele kom af brannas... Baie vinnig...

  • VaniKaap - 2011-06-20 16:12

    They guys score ONE try due to BAD defence from Freestate, now he is the BEST out there! We put too much pressure on our guys! Let him just play, the Bulls never say there guys are the best they would rather say he will fill the shoes! We are to ignorant and Big Mouth and not only the supporters but our Players as well. Stay humble!

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:22

      vanikaap....try watch more then won game in next years S15!!! thanks chum!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 16:22

      No-one is saying Koster is the best mate. I am saying that Koster from age 15 has been a sublime rugga player. Were it not for injury, the kid would have been a household name countrywide already - of that I am certain. I don't think anyone is calling him a Bok just yet, BUT it sounds as though many on these forums have watched Nick come through the ranks, just as I have - and we are excited for him, just as we are excited to see what he brings to the table. I can tell you, that I have yet to see as naturally GIFTED a youngster, as this young man. Rugby intelligence that can't be taught, he has it. So NO, I am not saying he is the best in the land....I am saying: Good to have such a natural talent in the setup! PS: not sure if you have seen this kid play for an extended period of time? But even if you have only seen him play off the bench this season - you have to admit, he has done something special every time. (Clean break against the Saders.....etc etc etc)

      flat bier - 2011-06-20 17:34

      "Die bulls se hy fill iemand se skoene so julle moet ook se hy fill iemand se skoene"....liewe donner chom, waar kom jy vandaan, st2?

      mike - 2011-06-20 18:38

      Only thing I've seen him do is miss a pretty easy tackle on Houguard which cost the Stormers the Bulls game. Not so sure his as talented as you guys let on but time will tell. Anyone see the Baby Boks 8th man?

  • Count Olaf - 2011-06-20 16:22

    He looks like me.

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:26

      Nah, you look like a sheeps poophol

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 16:39

      PLease use the frikkin Grinch.

      Frik - 2011-06-20 18:03

      Wie Count Januarie?

      Count Olaf - 2011-06-20 18:43

      Koster, Frik.

      Frik - 2011-06-20 21:44

      met of sonder daardie zebra outfit?

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-20 22:16

      Die kop en gesig, Frik.

      Frik - 2011-06-20 22:52

      Nee jong Ace meng jou met die semels...

  • Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-20 16:25

    @SAFFA Thanks for dedicating so much time writing to me/about me. I love it, obviously got under your skin, and green green of jealously knowing my situation. (which you will definitely deny really is the case) I'll fly you to Vancouver if you're interested, my lawn is not a pleasure, takes about 3h with a tractor. When do you want to start? And for the rest of your comments here, "water van 'n eend se rug af, ek vee my hol met mense soos jy af. Cheers en lekker daggie

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 16:32

      I wonder who the tactor belongs to?????

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 16:57

      You have become a little social experiment to me old Effel. Enjoy the 'fame' it brings you mate.

      flat bier - 2011-06-20 17:38

      Gee my jou huis nommer, ek loop so 15 great danes....nadat hulle lekker geeet het sal ons bietjie kom wandel op jou estate....

      The_Fox - 2011-06-20 18:00

      Ek hoop jy moer van jou trekker af.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 19:04

      @the fox I'm gonna do his lawn now. The guy is really who he says he is.Have to swallow my words

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-21 09:28

      Nou ja, Kanadoos, as jou lawn so groot is, beter jy nou op die munisipaal se trekkertjie spring en die ding sny, anders kan jy nie vanaand op jou park bench slaap nie. Pasop net vir die eekhorinkies, hulle vreet nuts.

  • Dan - 2011-06-20 16:46

    True. Substitute a "no Dimension" player with a "new Dimension" player. Makes a lot of sense and can only improve the Stormers atacking play.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 17:54

      Hi all, Ok ok, i take back many of the things I've said over the WE. I'm glad my team has won but realize we still have a long way to go to be even close as good as the bulls. I apologise to Ace/Brannas/Duane, i can't really afford to be arrogant anywhere else than behind my keyboard, please forgive me.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 18:13

      F@rk off FAKE. Effel, you need to bring something NEW to the table sewer rat. Your profile stealing: boring. Your wishes of injuries to Stormer players: Boring AND sick. Your 'bragging about your caviar life": BORING. Take a time out trashcan, then come back when you have something NEW and innovative to offer. Dankie. PS: for this season at least - MY TEAM is already better than the Bulls....cheerio refugee.

  • The_Fox - 2011-06-20 18:09

    Duane had a great season and will be sorely missed.. BUT the fantastic Stormers have shown this year we have quality depth in most positions. Koster is class and I have no doubt he will rise to the occasion. Good luck to the Sharks - I for one would rather have the Stormers face the Sharks than the 'Saders..

      Joe Soap - 2011-06-21 06:16

      Agreed, Vermeulen has had a good impact on Strormers this season and in last years CC.

  • Too bad - 2011-06-20 20:00

    It rips me up to see the province supporters get ecstatic about something which was basically done to the point of exhaustion by other teams. They could not even get a descent coach from their own province and filled their ranks with ex Cheetah players and support staff. Oh ja back to my original point Pierre Spies redefined the role of the number 8 he might have had a bad super 15, but he excelled everywhere before that. Duanne Vermeulen has yet to play a decent match since leaving the Cheetahs and the same goes for CJ.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-06-20 20:28

      Another delusional fool.

  • Stormer4eva - 2011-06-21 07:46


      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-21 08:26

      Morning. He is not a Dr's @ss mate. There is no orthopedic surgeon alive, that has SO much free time, and SO little intellectual capacity. He plays Dr Dr with younger persons is what I he is one sick puppy.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-21 15:56

      @Stormer4eva And you reckom you checked ALL the hospitals in Canada??? There are a few thousand of them, want to name them all to me??/ Hell, and then you have the guts to call other people on here stupid, HA HA HA, can you tie your own shoes?

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-21 20:28

      @SAFFA I play with people like you on here. That's 90% of my purpose being on here, killing myself in amusement for people like you. And for a girl you must have a pretty big pen!s

  • Stormer4eva - 2011-06-21 17:59

    SAFFA Check This Out , When You Lie About Yourself , Please pick someone worthy: (1) Not at all helpful, in a hurry, did not answer questions, abrupt, and rude. Surgery made the problem worse and had to see another for relief. Second surgeon was great. poor follow up, did not listen to issues at hand and caused further damage with the final outcome. (2)Staff on the phone very nice and profesional. He was rude. Said he knew leg pain and it was in my head. Bone was still broken and did get fixed in a later surgery almost a year later. Very hard to get another orthopedic surgeon in town.

      Dowwe Duane - 2011-06-21 20:14

      So s@ck it! I am an orthopedic surgeon! Do you realize what an ass you made of yourself on here for statements like that??? You are scary scary thick!!

      Stormer4eva - 2011-06-22 06:17

      Dowwe Duane : A very bad one - If that is you !!!!!!!

  • ikey_tiger - 2011-06-21 20:08

    what time is the Bulls game this weekend?

      Stormer4eva - 2011-06-22 06:18

      They are done - the half wit supporters just will not admit it !!!!!

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