Fourie is 'Brüssow counter'

2012-05-09 17:35

Cape Town - Gaining on the swings, losing on the roundabout? That is something to consider in the Stormers’ mildly surprising choice of Deon Fourie at hooker for their Super Rugby derby with the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.

The turnover department in the loose and the front row scrap in the set scrums shape up as potential areas the visitors will target in their quest for an upset win, which would be their first in this competition against the Stormers since 2007.

And back-in-favour hooker Fourie will be a player under the spotlight, interestingly, in each area.

Although there are always “rotational” factors to consider at such an advanced stage of the campaign - and normal first-choice Tiaan Liebenberg is the type of confrontational beast who needs to be rested now and then - there are certain risks at play in coach Allister Coetzee’s decision to give Fourie a rare start and have Liebenberg lurking on the bench for the Cheetahs’ challenge.

One key reason for preferring Fourie as a horse for this particular course is extremely obvious: the Stormers do not currently have an out-and-out fetcher, while the Cheetahs, by contrast, sport the country’s virtually undisputed best No 6 in the form of Heinrich Brüssow.

For good measure, this will be the diminutive Springbok’s 50th Super Rugby cap, thus a further incentive for him to do some damage to the home side’s battle-plan.

Fourie, along with the Sharks’ eternally stand-out Bismarck du Plessis, is one of the best poachers in a No 2 (or often No 16, of course) jersey in South Africa, his unusual speed to the breakdown and iron will essential features to his makeup.

So it is a comfort to the Stormers to have his dynamic presence in their midst.

But now for the “roundabout” part: the Cheetahs no doubt have every intention of trying to put a front-row squeeze on the hosts, in the form of their settled unit of behemoth Coenie Oosthuizen, brawny captain Adriaan Strauss and tighthead specialist WP Nel.

Surrendering Liebenberg means that the Stormers do also lose almost 10 kilograms of handy beef in their own front row, where Steven Kitshoff is an emerging rookie, but a rookie all the same, and Brok Harris at No 3 is more renowned for his exemplary work-rate than real right-shoulder menace.

With the lighter Fourie now installed at hooker, the Cheetahs will be even more desirous of dominating the set-piece - albeit that you always have no lack of takers in the Stormers brains trust insisting Fourie is, indeed, no slouch on the scrummaging front.

Saturday might be an opportune time for Pretoria-born Fourie to confirm it, if he can ...

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  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-09 17:45

    I've said it already, but I think the Cheetahs are going to get beaten like a red-headed step child.

      Harold - 2012-05-09 18:02

      Talking from experience?

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-09 18:44

      I think Charlie was beaten BY a red-headed stepchild at some point!!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-09 18:53

      No no, Charlie is the 'red headed stepchild'

      Sean - 2012-05-10 00:35

      Good luck cheetahs !!

      LaBlue - 2012-05-10 09:22

      I agree with Isak.

  • Johan - 2012-05-09 17:46

    BWA HA HA Fourie is also gonna win Wimbledon I guess

  • Johan - 2012-05-09 17:54

    GO CHEETAHS GO GO GO You playing the blind remember, a 16yr cupless team

  • Harold - 2012-05-09 18:02

    This oke isn't worthy of tying Heinrich's shoes, let alone playing on the same field as him.

      Harold - 2012-05-09 18:13

      It was actually Schalk sr. who threw the table but I guess that total lack of class runs in the family. As far as the IQ thing is concerned, it must be a photo finish between the lot of them.

      Saffa - 2012-05-09 19:37

      @Johan dan is hy jou boetie

  • RealTokolos - 2012-05-09 18:22

    Dear Saffa Brat... The Tokolos is sorry but he cannot honor the deal you had earlier today. It's against his religion to keep quiet about stupid things being published. AND... One of YOUR people (Vallemj) called Tokolos a DUTCHMAN. So now Tokolos is very disappointed with the Stompie brigade AGAIN. Tokolos was trying so hard but gladly Stompies p#ssed him off so he is himself again.... Sorry (hehehehe) Please tell me how will this nincompoop counter Brussow!!!!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-09 18:34

      LOL @Tokkie, I thought you were committing without thinking.... as for Valiumpie, talking without thinking comes naturally to him, pay him NO attention.

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-09 18:42

      Thanks you guys... Tokolos really tried hard not to say anything bad against the Stompies if Saffa Brat kept her side of the deal to not badmouth Spies (Our Bok Captain). Tokolos had stomach cramps all afternoon after that agreement, came down with a fever and puked. That all changed the moment he was called a DUTCHMAN (Which he is very proud of). It made the Tokolos see a STORMING BLUE BULL and now he feels better. So Stompie looooooooooooooosers. Come get some!!!!!!

      Pinkie - 2012-05-09 19:22

      TOKOLOS, eks teen jou vandag..die stormers gaan wen..

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-09 19:27

      Daardie 'puke'ery is 'n regte Stormers ding. Bly jy's OK

      Saffa - 2012-05-09 19:38


  • Melt - 2012-05-09 19:55

    Daar is werklik baie mooi rugby die naweek aan. Mag die grootpraters, myself ingesluit Saterdagaand die ander spanne geluk wens met hul oorwinnings sou hulle oorwinnings behaal. Kan iemand miskien so gaaf wees om vir my te se waar kan n mens die aanstellings van skeidsregters vir naweke se wedstryde sien? Ja tokkelos ek weet op die program wat by die wedstryde uitgedeel word maar ons wat tydelik in die buiteland is stel nogal belang. (Dit help my nogal in my Superbru) Dankie vir goeie humor van tyd tot tyd.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-09 20:04 You're welcome!!

      Jacques - 2012-05-09 20:17

      Dis lekker om bedaarde, ordentlike kommentaar raak te lees, Melt, sterkte met jou Superbru!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-09 20:39

      Ja nee, die outjie lyk so skeef soos n vraagteken. Bul groete.

      Melt - 2012-05-09 20:40

      Baie dankie Rene, ek sal beslis daar gaan loer. Waarderings. Ag ou Jacques jy moet die ouens se kommentaar maar soos n 3 - 18 movie hanteer jong.....dit is partymaal walglik maar "all show"

      Melt - 2012-05-09 21:23

      Se twee "manne" wat nie eens n foto van hulself toon nie.

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-10 02:33

      Sorry om te dissapoint Melt... Slaan my dood met met 'n nat snoek! Maar dit sou nie my raad gewees het waar om besondehede van die refs te kry nie. Rene het my actually voorgespring om jou te sê. Tokolos was ook gister in die buiteland. Hy was gou Johannesburg toe vir besigheid. As jy mos PTA verlaat is jy in die buiteland want daar geen kultuur buite die Jakarandastad nie. Groete vanaf DA KINGDOM OF DA BULL!!!

      Melt - 2012-05-10 07:54

      Blou Tokelos en Johan, Julle op nagskof gewees? Dankie vir die terugvoer more kyk ons moii rugby!!!

  • Neil - 2012-05-10 13:34

    Go Cheetahs GO

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