Etzebeth running at full tilt

2012-07-19 18:43

Cape Town - Springbok Eben Etzebeth was running at full tilt at the Stormers' training session in Bellville on Thursday, and is fit to lock the side's vulnerable scrum in their Super Rugby semi-final at Newlands next week.

"Eben is 100 percent fit and he's been match ready for a week now," said the franchise's coach Allister Coetzee.

Etzebeth, one of the finds of the 2012 Super Rugby season, was laid low by an ankle injury which kept him out of the game for several weeks.

More good news from the Stormers camp is that loose forward Duane Vermeulen resumed training after a knee injury which had him sidelined for the past two months.

However, he is not ready to participate in full contact sessions yet.

"It is a positive step for the Stormers that Duane joined us for training," Coetzee said.

"We'll have to watch his progress very carefully, and have to test him in situations at training to make sure he's ready to play a match."

Coetzee saw Vermeulen playing an integral role next weekend.

"There is no doubt that Duane can play a vital role for us," Coetzee said.

"If he is ready to play, it's more likely that we'll give him a run in the starting XV rather than bring him on as a substitute.

"It's easier to pull him off, if there's problem, than find out he's battling if he comes on as a substitute."

Coetzee said flank Schalk Burger is responding well to treatment for his knee injury, and that he is being tested on a daily basis.

"Schalk is not ready to join in team training but he's being tested all the time," he said.

Several players such as Peter Grant (flyhalf), Rynhardt Elstadt (flank) and Gio Aplon (wing) were notable absentees at training.

"Peter took a bump to his quadriceps muscle and we have to make sure that there's no swelling before he starts training again," said Coetzee.

"Gio and Rynhardt both need a break to keep them off their legs.

"Gio didn't suffer concussion in the last match and the fact that he was wearing protective head gear helped a lot. He is fully recovered.

"Gary van Aswegen also returned to training and we're pleased to have him back."

Coetzee said that it was a mistake to take a week's rest last season after the Stormers had reached the 2011 semi-finals.

"We didn't take a week off this time and will do the bulk of our training this week instead of waiting for Monday and the days ahead of the match," he said.

"This week it is all about focusing on ourselves and making sure that we are fully in sync with what we want to do.

"We want to play to our strengths rather than make a mistake of changing the way we are used to playing."


  • lean.sadie - 2012-07-19 18:50

    Go Stormers!!! GL to the Sharks too this weekend.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 18:52

      did your parents want to call you eileen? but thought it was i lean?

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-19 19:57

      @Tom, I can't figure out this Lean character, is it a he or a she, or a bit of both. The name suggest it might be leaning to the other side. The fact that it's a stormer supporter tells me that he/she might bat for the other side or for both sides. Whats your take on this one???

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 20:09

      Always assumed this was a woman. My opinion leans toward woman, but I assumed everyone was calling it a he as a joke but I think some people might lean on the side of it being a male because the discussions are about rugby. Bud u looking pretty lean though. About 93% lean 7% fat. Did u know jack sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean?

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-19 20:13


      bfvillet - 2012-07-19 20:34

      brandon please roll back under that rock where you and tom play

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 20:38

      That rock is called gym, and the tanning salon bud

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-19 21:57

      Yawn, You trolls are funny. Grow up please. Look at the mirror, and think for a minute what you get by posting crap on the internet. Big boys huh... Stop acting like a school kid. Anyways, back to ignoring the trolls.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 22:30

      Still ambiguous

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-19 22:59

      People using tanning salons end up looking like Bridget Bardot looks now. If they don't die of skin cancer first.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-19 23:00

      Is that what Mallet told you? Or your pomp yster, tanning partner Brandy told you? Take care folks. GL to SA teams this weekend!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 23:48

      nick mallet said you dont even hit rucks

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-19 23:58

      Good to see this youngster back, but I fear for Duane and more so for Schalk!! Schalks injury problem seems like a carbon copy of Jean Smith of the Cheetahs, always close to playing but never ready!! I doubt whether either will play again, if they do not for long!! These injuries are severe and very seldom stand up to what todays rugby demands!! I prey I'm wrong and hope these guys return!! Good luck to the Bulls, Sharks and Stormers for the playoffs!!!

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-20 06:18

      Tardis, the ultimate in quantity over quality. Please someone give that troll a job. Tardis you can wipe my @rse for R5 a day bud. Hehehehehe...

  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 18:50

    come to the bulls etzebeth

      steyts - 2012-07-19 20:12


      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 20:23

      And u r not a wanker? Any guy that denies that is a liar

      bfvillet - 2012-07-19 20:37

      and leave like sadi they different people up there suppose he couldn`t deal with kamp staaldraad

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-19 20:53

      bfvillet,, WTF are you trying to say???.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 21:00

      It's the meth

      bfvillet - 2012-07-19 21:31

      brandon dont bother figuring it out you and tom should stop sharing your steroids

      steyts - 2012-07-20 11:27

      Hahaha Tom that is true!! Unless the guy is extremely lonely and lives in a monastry...

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-20 15:34

      Tom - save your breath.... You're going to need it to blow up your girlfriend later...

      megan.heneke.71 - 2012-07-21 03:28

      You meAn pink bulle hAhHahHa . .Etzebeth don't have time to play with \Barbie Dolls\

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-21 08:02

      he already visited the bulls they were just at the brunt of his tackle! and that's the closest the bulls are gonna get to him !

  • joachim.papenfuss.5 - 2012-07-19 18:52

    Dar is mense wat se ek is leliker as eben. dit maak seer.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 18:53

      he is over rated, doesnt even hit rucks

      jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-19 20:53

      jy is skreeu lelik

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 21:03

      Jaco two word bud Isaan Exactly

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-19 23:56

      @jacobus Se hy wat bruide van Thailand af moet invoer

  • koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-19 19:14

    Etzebeth gaan nog diep Springbok spore trap.

      megan.heneke.71 - 2012-07-21 03:20

      Oh YeS oH yEs!!. .EtzebEth#4 nuMba 1 faN!. .gOooO StoRmeRs onS le leKkeR eErste op die LoG!!

  • john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-19 20:10

    "This week it is all about focusing on ourselves and making sure that we are fully in sync with what we want to do.' .. Let me guess , that's defend for 80 minutes and hope for an opportunistic score or a friendly ref.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 20:25

      80min?is that how long the stormers always play for? Feels like 4 or 5 hours that I sleep when the stormers play, so deep is their commitment to boredom

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-19 20:33

      Yeah I'm pretty sure it is Tom . I always set my alarm to wake me up 80 minutes later and I'm usually just in time to see their embarrassed captain on the TV 'take the win"

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-19 23:02

      Is your alarm set for after your morning bowel movement too, RandomDrol?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-19 23:14

      No .. is the m0nkey going to throw some more poo now ?

      cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-07-20 01:44

      Tom gaan kry vir jou n meisie of iets om jou besig te hou!as jy nooit niks goed het om te se oor die stormers bly liewer stil!gaan lees jou bulls span se nuusberigte en se eerder goeie goed daar!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-20 04:25

      @cf.coetzee.3 Hou maar by die Afrikaans jou breindood wesel. Hoeveel keer wil jy jou naam met 'n plank slaan elke dag??! En liewe ouers, jou mammie by Chernobyl gewerk?

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-19 20:51

    go stormerssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      Izak - 2012-07-19 22:20

      Tom en kie! bla bla bla bla !!!!! That is all tou childish pink cows can do! What happened on the playing field this year! Stormers 2 - Bulls 0

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-19 22:32


      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-19 23:04

      childish pink cows .. hahahaha .. we watched those games so give it a rest

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-20 07:13


  • allistairpietersen.pietersen - 2012-07-20 07:59

    Good to hear Duane took part in training. Can play vitol role in next weeks game.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-20 09:43

      yes very vitol wtf is vitol?

  • lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-07-20 13:44

    Dis lekkerr goeie nuus! Goorrrood,ek bedoel EE is reg om te speel en nou net 8dae om te hoop vir DV om reg te wees. C'mon STORMERS

  • megan.heneke.71 - 2012-07-21 03:23

    EtzebEth !!awEsome playEr nd will always be ,numba 1 fan !. .

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