Concern over Schalk's future

2012-07-10 14:19

Cape Town - The Stormers are the South African team best placed to win the Vodacom Super Rugby title this year, but their chances of doing so have sustained a mortal blow with confirmation that the chances of their big guns at loose forward being available for the playoffs are disappearing.

According to the SuperSport website, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told an informal press gathering at the High Performance Centre in Bellville on Monday that Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster are unlikely to be available to play in the playoffs, as had been hoped.

All three have been out for several months, with Burger, who was appointed to lead the team this season, not having played since the opening 20 minutes of the first match against the Hurricanes in February.

Burger was initially expected to be out for just a couple of weeks because of a knee injury.

However Burger has struggled to shake off the injury, missing his initial anticipated return during the Stormers’ overseas tour before having his expected comeback put out to the first match back of the last phase of the league season after the June break for the international window.

When that didn’t happen, Coetzee then said he would be back for the playoffs.

But even then Coetzee didn’t sound confident, as he knows how troublesome the injury has been to Burger, with every time he looks like making progress the pain returning to the injured spot when he tries to increase the intensity of his training.

It is now feared he may not play again this season, and the nature of the injury is starting to introduce some concern about his future in the game.

“I don’t like making predictions about when a player might be back from injury because you have seen what has happened this year. Every time a prognosis is made it appears something then goes wrong and it has to be pushed out,” said Coetzee.

“At the moment the chances of Schalk and Nick Koster playing a part in the Super Rugby competition look very slim.”

There is still an outside chance that Vermeulen, who has been injured since leading the Stormers to victory over the champion Reds in Brisbane in the third match of the overseas tour back in April, will be back for the playoffs. But even there, hope is fading where it was once thought that his readiness would be a fait accompli.

The good thing for the Stormers is that they do have time to spare as they need just one log point from the final league game against the Rebels at Newlands on Saturday to make sure they will advance straight to the semi-finals, meaning they will take a bye during the first week of the knock-out phase.

But they are not in a good space if you consider that it appears their application to SANZAR to have Jebb Sinclair, the Canadian No 8, cleared to play in the knock-outs has been turned down.


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 14:24

    Back three once again for the semis will be Duanne,Elstadt and Kolisi with Deon Fourie covering flank and Kolisi 8th man if Duanne has not recovered in time.

      actanonverba.daniels - 2012-07-10 14:32

      I agree, they say hope is fading for Vermeulen, If he doesn't play, who will backup Elstadt, Kolisi and Fourie??

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 14:36

      Thats a very good question.Armand and co have not had a lot of game time so playing them won't be a good option. Another option in my opinion is to play Bekker at Flank only if push comes to shove.

      actanonverba.daniels - 2012-07-10 14:50

      Lol, Would be weird to see it happen but ja, Bekker or for that matter EE with Steenkamp the other lock, I am worried about Armand and Holmes not really having a lot of game time, and then for them to come in the playoffs and almost play test level rugby will be a big step, will need BMT.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 15:00

      rather have eBen at 8th . he carries well and is slightly more mobile than bekker . and realistically you adding line out options and you will have two mobile enforcers on the field. keep fouri as hooker specialist and as flank back up . siya can't be on 8 he struggled with the idea not that he played poorly but you could see confusion reigned with him and his on field position at times. and if eBen only need pick and drive from the back of scrum he is a harder guy to stop than siya but he would have the benefit of having siya and elstad join him when taking the forward momentum hit to gain quick second phase ball which will hopefully give backline front foot ball where gio and deJong are great with attack which then will include joe p in movements which is potentially very lethal for opposing team and question are Tyrone and armand allowed to play? don't they need to have played a certain amount of matches to qualify for play offs?

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-10 15:17

      Schalk Burger is a battering ram ain't he! His bustling & robust contact rugby,takes a lot of punishment and the wear and tear on his body will eventually take its toll. Schalk Burger is a big game player, but he hasn't played enough thus far and Kolisi has stepped up very well as a replacement. It's a pity we can't get François Louw to play in the play-offs. Probably the same reason why Frans Steyn won't be able to play in the play-off if the Sharks gets there,because he got signed by them after April this year.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 15:21

      Send him to Japan, useless over the hill not much value to add. And the hair!!! How many super titles? Hahahaha

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 15:23

      Eben would be a choice, he has played loose forward in the past. Infact didnt he play Loose forward at Craven Week?? Its not an ideal situation! But at least we have given ourselves a shot by getting this far! SFL

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-10 21:26

      Tom Tardy, he is a sight better than the loosies that ran out against the Sharkies, Frankly one of your loosies has been on the team sheet but not seen on the field!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 23:35

      Yes once again the bulls bashing response. This isn't about the bulls and stormers loose forwards, this is about the fact schalk is at that part of his career where he should go overseas to set up retirement. He will be a shadow of his former self after a neck and knee injury in recent memory. I guess the standard protocol will be to tell me about the bulls loose forwards. But it still doesn't hide the fact schalk is a liability

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  • lean.sadie - 2012-07-10 14:41

    Get well soon guys.

  • Pietskiet - 2012-07-10 14:50

    Goodluck Sir Schalk get well soon. you must came back stronger to show the young guys how to play rugby and score some try's

      Deon - 2012-07-10 15:03

      Jou pa jou altyd genoem Piet pandiet?

      Pietskiet - 2012-07-10 15:19

      @deon?bruintjies? Yes do you have a problem with it?

      Deon - 2012-07-10 15:29

      Jy grandma is dit nie tyd vi jou middag slapie nie?

  • poloyatonkim - 2012-07-10 14:50

    Schalk is one of my Favorite rugby players, please get well...

  • Johan - 2012-07-10 15:09

    Who is Schalk? Who is Duane?

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 15:22

      Schalk is the one who' s family like to FIGHT in restaurants and Duane he is dof one who stands behind the men in scrum...if you know what i'm saying...

      master.payne.73 - 2012-07-10 15:23

      Who are you dawg?

      Johan - 2012-07-10 15:26

      @Oh ya, die tafel gooiers. Classy.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 15:29

      hey spies who the goldfish now ? or we gong to have to remind you every five minutes like they remind WO . . . pass the ball Wynand.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 15:35

      Sê die enigste man met n VAN as jy die W weg vat en die S wat voor is in die W se plek sit... maak dit hom net nog BOX(in afrikaans, Ja)...

      Johan - 2012-07-10 15:48

      @Paul Shame u little inbred, is that now your contribution? YAAAAWWWNNNN

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 15:49

      wow Charliechapstick? great observation and i am sure if i change your letters around we would get some useless word like yourself! thumbs up for you at mastering your alphabet gold star for you .

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 15:54

      ha ha ha inbred ? and i bet you the one with the pink and blue face paint the beer boep sing through the nose and some dead animal horns on your head . wow that's great at calling others inbred.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 16:00

      paul, very weak counter insults. zzzzzzzz

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 16:12

      ok Paul i'm waiting start shuffling...

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 16:18

      o i need not insult you guys! your comments speak for themselves .

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-10 16:26

      @paul.sdoow - a great anagram for chaplincharlie is "Clip Her Anal Inch" - I know it makes no sense, but it sounds cool.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-10 16:28

      and "Her Anal Chin Clip"

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 16:30

      lol..Pieter almost there.. at least some-one with a little humor not like this BOX Paul...

  • bradley.clarkemcleod - 2012-07-10 15:47

    I tore my MCL just like Schalk playing soccer,its been 10 months and i still cant run? if he gets the best physio i still dont think he is coming back.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 15:49

      thank goodness. useless

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-07-10 16:12

      @tom, yes you are are useless. I always thought as much.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-10 16:25

      Tom is to Rugby what MJ was to kids.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 17:08

      blah blah blah blah

  • sujittra.santree - 2012-07-10 17:57

    word gesond, stormers het julle nodig, coetzee, kry vir luke watson nader

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-10 20:55

    Schalk please retire kolissi a much better player

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