Burger to see specialist

2012-02-26 12:40

Cape Town - For the second time in two years, Stormers captain Schalk Burger has been sidelined by a knee injury in the opening match of their Super Rugby campaign.

On Saturday, Burger, who is widely tipped to to take over the Springbok captaincy from the retired John Smit was driven off the field on a motorised buggy with a knee injury early in the first half of their opening 2012 Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes at Newlands.

Last year, at the same venue, Burger was taken off with a knee injury at Newlands where the Stormers were playing their first 2011 Super Rugby match against the Lions. Burger was taken to a nearby medical centre where scans showed that he had torn ligaments in his knee.

Coach Allister Coetzee said he expected Burger to be out for a period from four to six weeks.

"Unfortunately we've lost the captain (for the next few matches)," said Coetzee. "He's torn his medial ligaments so he'll be out for four to six weeks.

Burger was scheduled to see a specialist on Sunday.

There was a measure of cheer in the Stormers dressing room afterwards when they heard the news that flyhalf Peter Grant, who no longer has club commitments in Japan, was on his way back to Cape Town.

It's unlikely that Grant will be taken up in the side to play the Sharks at Newlands next Saturday.

"First I have to do a medical assessment to find out of Grant has any niggles," said Coetzee. "And I need to be fair to him and allow him to settle down after the trip from Japan. I not saying he won't be considered but there are many factors that I'll have to consider before I make a selection call."


  • Jason - 2012-02-26 12:51

    Unlucky Schalk, and good to hear Bash is on his way back!

      Shane - 2012-02-27 01:03

      Bash? Earl Rose is better than that palooka.

      Bootman - 2012-02-27 07:25

      Joachim het jy geweet dat die Oos kaap n provinsie in SA is?

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2012-02-26 13:48

    My hart bloei vir jou Schalk. Juan Smith net so ongelukkig met beserings. Sterkte manne . Klink my as jy eers so baie knie beserings opgedoen het bly dit altyd n faktor aangesien dit n swak plek in jou liggaam is.

  • AfricanBlueSpaceChrist - 2012-02-26 14:25

    this is very bad news!!

  • Hannes - 2012-02-26 17:16

    Hoe moet van Aswegen nou voel? Hy speel 'n goeie game en die span is opgewonde oor Mr Grant op pad terug is (ek weet hy is goed). As ek hy is pak ek op en gaan speel elders.

      Bootman - 2012-02-27 07:29

      Hannes what game did you watch? Van Aswegen had a shocker. I wish he would "pak op en gaan speel elders"

      morneoosthuizen - 2012-02-27 08:18

      I agree. van Aswegen didn't have the best of games on Sat. He's very good, but was just not on form. Personally, I feel Bash is the better player.

  • Dave - 2012-02-26 18:05

    I think that in the same way as high tackles have been ruled out to prevent neck injury, the maneuver/tackle that was implemented by the two Hurricane team members was (in my opinion) done with intent to do injury to a knee, this "type" of tackle should also be ruled out of ruby.

  • Emile - 2012-02-26 20:59

    Really don't rate Peter Grant at all and don't think he should take over from Van Aswegen. Grant must be one of the poorsest kickers of a rugby ball out of hand and in the past his poor kicking resulted in the Stormers always struggling to get out of their half of the field. The rest of his game is also average and nothing special.

  • Noudieblou - 2012-02-26 21:04

    Who is Burger again?

      Joachim - 2012-02-27 06:59

      Vergeet jy gerieflikheidshalwe?????? HY IS DIE PIENK KOEIE SE KRANK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 15:58

      @Joachim Rerig? Wanneer was dit?

  • Shane - 2012-02-27 01:55

    It's puzzling. A guy who thinks he's too good for the Currie cup, is welcomed back to play Super rugby. This must be one hell of a morale booster (not) for the young flyhalves in the team. Now everybody is going to say that he can teach the youngsters a thing or two. Rubbish, that's what the coaches are there for. Besides, he's not even that good.

      Bootman - 2012-02-27 07:33

      I'm a huge Stormer supporter and I think you're an idiot...........but I agree 100% on this.

      Jason - 2012-02-27 09:05

      He doesnt think he is too good for Currie Cup at all. This is a professional sport and he went where there is excellent money and not as physical rugby. Its almost like a break for these guys. Stay relatively fit, earn some good cash. Less chance of serious injury and a good break for the body. Can you blame them?

      Bootman - 2012-02-27 09:16

      Jason what if all our players did that? If Grant comes back and sets the S15 alight, then I'm all for it but he comes back to a higher level of rugby and doesnt make the grade. All he does is unsettle the backline and takes the place of someone who is interested in playing here.

  • Dave - 2012-02-27 10:05

    As a Sharks fan..not so bummed. As a Bok SuperFan...SUPER Bummed!! On another point, from the pic to this article - Schalk make sure all your kit and money were in the change room after that Medic helped you in, Coz Tiny there would have need something to eat after helping you and by the looks of it He Can EAT!!

  • Keith - 2012-02-27 10:18

    Stormers forever. Sorry about Schalk but life is going on.The young guns will take us through. About Bash returning I'm feeling that the young guys must get the chances.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-28 00:37

      @Keith Through what? Another cupless decade?

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