Coetzee worried over star prop

2012-04-26 07:54

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is not happy with loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff's inclusion in the SA U-20 team for the Junior World Cup.

There's no Super Rugby scheduled for the duration of the Junior World Cup, which takes place in Stellenbosch and Cape Town from June 4-23, but Coetzee is nevertheless worried that his young charge will be overplayed.

The Stormers have had a solid start to the season, with seven out of eight victories helping them to top spot in the South African conference and second spot on the overall log.

But injuries to key players have started to take its toll as they prepare for their last tour match against the Force on Saturday.

On Monday they announced that wing/fullback Gio Aplon and eighthman Duane Vermeulen were on their way back to Cape Town.

Loose forward Nick Koster also returned home from Australia on Tuesday due to a niggling knee injury.

Aplon has a hamstring strain and should be available for their next game against the Cheetahs at Newlands on May 12.

Vermeulen sustained a knee ligament injury late in the game against the Reds and will see a knee specialist in Cape Town for further assessment. But he is expected to be out for between four and six months.

Vermeulen captained the team in their 23-13 victory over the Reds last weekend and now becomes the third captain they have lost this season after Schalk Burger (knee) and Jean de Villiers (hand ligaments) were earlier casualties.

Burger may only return in July, with De Villiers expected to be ready for the clash against the Waratahs on May 19.

Lock Andries Bekker, who missed the Reds game due to a lower back injury, is expected to play against the Force.

And Coetzee is worried Kitshoff may get injured as the Stormers' last game before the break is on June 2 against the Bulls in Pretoria. Two days later the Baby Boks take on Ireland.

"It worries me because Steven started each of our Super Rugby games," Coetzee told Die Burger.

"Brok Harris is on the substitutes' bench this week and the plan is to send him on during the game. It's something we'll have to talk about when I return (from Australia). It's very important how we manage Steven."



15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Bryan Habana, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Danie Poolman, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker (captain), 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Don Armand, 19. Deon Fourie, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. JP du Plessis


  • Jason - 2012-04-26 08:01

    Management of these young players is very important. But im sure Steven is really proud and excited to be named in the SA under 20 squad! He will crush at the tournament! I read somewhere that this guy benches 186 and leg presses 20???? impressive! Manage him well and he could be a legend in the making.

      James - 2012-04-26 08:18

      Allister, it is country before club. Typical province whining

      Lionel - 2012-04-26 08:27

      @Jason,I see another Os in this youngster!!!!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-04-26 08:29

      Yeah Lionel, if he can stay motivated and injury free, he could have an immense career. or he could fade away into obscurity with bad management!

      Lionel - 2012-04-26 08:35

      @Jason,what happened to Deon Carstens???

      Saffa - 2012-04-26 08:47

      @Lionel - Deon is on tour with the Stormers.........not sure why they aren't playing him BUT: reading between the lines, Deon is providing incredible guidance to our young props and I reckon that was 80% of the reason he was contracted in the 1st place.

      Jason - 2012-04-26 08:48

      Doesnt he play for Saracens now?

      Jason - 2012-04-26 08:49

      Yip just checked, fully fit and on the Saracens role!

      Jason - 2012-04-26 08:50

      LOL now i just read Saffa's comment! Saracens website lists him as in their squad with a status of fully fit??????

      René - 2012-04-26 08:58

      @Jason, Saffa is correct! He is with the Stormers, left Saracens November last year. (Sharks, then Saracens and now at the Stormers)

      Lionel - 2012-04-26 08:59

      Jason,he used to play for Saracens as far as I know lol Saffa,I know Kitshoff is still young but he needs a break,specially if he is gonna play in the U20 WC,perfect time for Carstens to step in!!!!!

      Benn - 2012-04-26 09:26

      Yes, n "Rooi Os", and with Coenie Oosthuizen at TH, it should be an impressive front row.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-26 10:01

      James shouldnt it be provincial whining, or r u inferring that whinning only comes from WP

  • Alwyn - 2012-04-26 08:11

    Country before Club! I'm sick and tired of New Zealand always winning the Under 20 Cup because we dont want to let go of our players. Why dont you rest him now Allistar?

  • John - 2012-04-26 08:25

    Put it this way Allister he could have selected Etzebeth & Kolissi as well. Both should walk that side. Could be Heyneke has told Theron "hands off" ??????? Naaahh they not Bulls!

      Jason - 2012-04-26 08:31

      I think you might find that they don't qualify because of their Birth dates????? not sure but maybe!

  • peter.britz1 - 2012-04-26 08:39

    Allistair Cooetzee, is a standout chop! He plays young stars like Eztebeth, Kitshoff into the ground, and then all of a sudden, has a hissy fit, when the man is called to play for his country. No wonder the Breezers never get anywhere.

      Jc - 2012-04-26 09:28

      @ peter: I haven't seen any of the other franchises resting players either, so each to his own then!

      peter.britz1 - 2012-04-26 10:30

      Naka has brought in Ferreira for Earle, and Tewis for Piet van Zyl, as part of his rotation policy. We have also seen him play Nyakane, to allow WP Nel to recover from niggling injuries.

  • Japjapjap - 2012-04-26 09:29

    @alice in wonderland- het nog altyd probleme gehad met sy superster "bad proppe"- kan nooit al di g@tte toestop, wanneer di ander spanne eers hulle kettingkie getrek het ni?? weepee jo leke deng

      Stirrer - 2012-04-26 09:54

      Wanneer was dit?

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-26 15:47

      dit was, wanneer di prop en di water in di bad is...

  • Keith - 2012-04-26 09:36

    Annalie die Bulle het teen die Crusaders en Brumbies gechoke en byna verloor- al wat hulle gehelp het was die skeidsregter se kussinkie.Vegeet jy so gou.

      Marko - 2012-04-26 09:52

      En Keith die berig is oos die selfsigtige ALISTAIR COETZEE, niks met die Bulls te doen nie. VEREET JY SO GOU? Lyk my jy het n konsentrasie probleem (TIEPIES).

      Marko - 2012-04-26 10:00

      O ja Keith die stormers het teen die Sharks, Leeus, Bulle, end die Crusaders verloor. Vergeet JY dan so gou, jou dom mampara leef in jou eie ou verbeeldings wereld. Maak liewer komentaar oor die wat werklik aangaan. Seker maar julle tekort aan trofees ne.

  • Marko - 2012-04-26 09:41

    Funny how selfish Coetzee is when his country neads something. Last year Div asked for his defencive coach to help the Springboks an he refused. But then some Stormer/WP supporters are constantly insulting Heineke Meyer before he has even selected his first Springbok team. Hell people grow up, the word doesn't revolve arround your asses!

      Acta - 2012-04-26 09:51

      "But then SOME Stormer/WP sup...."

      Stirrer - 2012-04-26 09:56

      Marko, you are right. The world revolves around YOUR ass. Actually, your ass is so big, it revolves around the world.

      Saffa - 2012-04-26 09:57

      Speaking of revolving and asses.....It seems (refer to pic) obvious that your ass spends a lot of time revolving around the buffet tables..........

      Marko - 2012-04-26 10:07

      As I allways say on this blog, you people can't stick to the story because of you lack of concentration. Probably because you are retards, although my ass is big its still not as big as your oversized WATERHEADS and that is why saffa and roerder can't concentrate.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-26 10:14

      /* Sarcasm on */ Really intelligent comeback, Marko. /*Sarcasm off */ Was that the best you could come up with? PLEASE give us more of a challenge!

      Marko - 2012-04-26 10:15

      Ha ha Jaco dis n moer snaakse grap daai, net jammer dit is so oud en afgesaag net soos jou span. Maar ek dink hulle gebruik jou brein om te sien waar kom DOWN SINDROM vandaan. He he he!

      Marko - 2012-04-26 10:21

      I must have touched a nerve their roerder, because you havn't realy come bach with anything yourself. Must be the lack of any common sense my boy. Groete van die DiKGAT.

      Marko - 2012-04-26 10:42

      Dankie manne, ons het lekker gesels ek moet nou verder gaan werk en n posetiewe bydrae bydrae lewer tot die land se ikonomie. Ons praat ander dag weer. Wil net byvoeg GO Stormers, Leeus en die Cheetahs die naweek en hou SA se naam hoog- Bul Groete.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-26 10:44

      LOL Marko, ek het nog nooit iemand so suurgat soos jy hier teegekom nie - is dit omdat die Stormers almal se gatte skop hierdie jaar en jou pienk spannetjie doen nie heeltemaal so goed nie? Of is dit omdat die krakies wys in jou held Steroid Spies se spel (daai krake is al so groot soos die Grand Canyon)? Vat 'n chill pil, sluk dit af met brannas en gaan speel met jou horing. Stormer groete.

  • Acta - 2012-04-26 09:42

    Kom nou Allistar moenie self sugtig wees nie!!! Gee dan sommer die ou balli n kans :)

  • Juan - 2012-04-26 22:34

    he is the future OS

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