Burger starts against Bulls

2014-01-29 12:50

Cape Town - Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has announced his starting line-up - along with a bigger replacements bench - for Saturday's pre-season friendly against the Bulls at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane (17:00 kick-off).

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Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers will lead the Stormers into battle, with fellow Bok star Schalk Burger starting in the No 7 jersey and assuming the team vice-captaincy.

Burger will form a potent all-Bok loose trio alongside Duane Vermeulen (No 8) and Siya Kolisi (No 6), with Rynhardt Elstadt and Ruan Botha packing down in a new-look second row for the Stormers.

De Villiers, meanwhile, will resume his all-Bok partnership alongside Juan de Jongh in the midfield, with Damian de Allende starting in the No 11 jersey. WP Under-21 star Kobus van Wyk will start on the right-wing and Springbok fullback Gio Aplon will provide plenty of experience from the No 15 position.

The Stormers will play two more warm-up matches after this weekend, against the Kings (Friday, February 7) and Boland (Saturday, February 15) and coach Coetzee has identified internal goals for his team ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

"Let me say from the outset that the results of these warm-up matches are not of primary importance, but that does not mean we won't - or don't - care about winning (these matches)," said the Stormers coach on

"The focus is internal... it's on the Stormers… on what we've been doing over the last couple of weeks, and to see how that pans out under pressure. We have a few objectives in terms of the breakdown, our kicking game... the set-phase (etc, etc) and we want to make sure we achieve those little goals.

"This will be the Bulls' only pre-season friendly, so the two teams' focus will be entirely different," added Coetzee.

"Last year we made a slow start to our season and as a result we opted for three warm-up matches this time. Part of the planning is playing away from home, which was done to take the players out of their comfort zone. We also want to use these games to see what the youngsters can do and whether our depth is sufficient.

"We also want to use these games to see what the youngsters can do and whether our depth is sufficient. I've never been shy to give young players an opportunity and there's no better opportunity than to play the Bulls away from home."



15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip vd Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Marcel vd Merwe, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Handré Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers, 23 Travis Ismaiel


15. Gio Aplon, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Damian de Allende, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Alistair Vermaak/Justin Ackerman, 19. Jean Kleyn, 20. Michael Rhodes, 21. Nizaam Carr, 22. Nic Groom, 23. Gary van Aswegen, 24. Scott van Breda, 25. Ryno Eksteen, 26. Deon Fourie


  • Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-29 12:57

    Rooikaart Schalk! Schalk moet eerder pannekoeke langs die veld verkoop.

      Hu Huang - 2014-01-30 01:03

      Hy kon maar hul doen mos net sulke dinge in Gauteng daar tussen die spul Voor/draad trekkers van Voortrekkerhoogte.

      Hu Huang - 2014-01-30 01:04

      Ou Spietkop F du Preez weet nou nog nie waar sy kop of g@t sit na daai tackle op hom van Skalla nie!

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-30 12:54

      Ek verstaan sy pannekoeke is maar 10c een. As hy nou n celebrity was kon hy R2.50 gevra het.

  • Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-29 13:05

    Die Stormers sal seker weer die jaar SA se naam gat maak in die rygby wereld. Bulls sal maar weer die vlag hoog dra.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-29 13:25

      Nee man jy dink aan die bulls eye. Daai bruin dingetjie. Daai bruin dingetjie wat die Kapenaars "bleach" vir mekaar.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-29 13:32

      Yes Shaun, ahead with the Bulls.

  • Theo Pretorius - 2014-01-29 13:50

    Ek het niks teen di "bulls" nie!! Ek dink net hulle ondersteuners(hulle skree mos)is n klomp toffies!!!!!

      Blou Bloed - 2014-01-29 15:26

      En ek het niks teen die "stormers" nie!! Ek dink net hulle ondersteuners is 'n klomp moff!es!!!!!

      Hu Huang - 2014-01-30 01:07

      Wat gaan aan in SA dat hul noual toelaat dat gevangenis fotos van hulself plaas en op die internet mag wees?Mind you ou Bees is buite so dis seker ok

  • Genio Deporte - 2014-01-29 14:22

    Real pity that this game will not be broadcasted. Would love to see two SA sides playing it out again. Also would have helped to know in what form these two sides are in before the start of the SR season. None the less, good luck to both sides- hope that it is a great match and injury free.

  • Gerald Snr Ray - 2014-01-29 15:22

    Good team AC has put out, I am trying to understand the reason for VM to take to the fiels again ? He is a legand of the game and served his country and the Bulls well over the years , what does he have tp prove now? I wish hime well and injury free.

  • Chris In Oz - 2014-01-30 05:20

    Now I understand why Oupa Elastoplast suddenly got too scared to face the Stormers.

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