Injury to keep Schalk out

2011-02-27 22:00

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – The Stormers will be without influential captain Schalk Burger for Saturday’s Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs.

Burger took a knock to his knee in the first half of Saturday’s 19-16 win over the Lions at Newlands.

The injury came just a day after Cheetahs captain Juan Smith suffered a serious injury against the Bulls.

The Stormers’ management confirmed on Sunday that Burger will not be considered for this coming weekend’s match.

Burger did not emerge for the second half on Saturday evening and it was said after the match that he had only left the field as a precautionary measure. However, he is due to consult a specialist on Monday to have the strain to his knee assessed.

The Stormers will be keeping fingers crossed that the injury is not as serious as that of Smith, whose participation in the World Cup is in the balance following the serious Achilles injury he sustained in Bloemfontein.

Apart from the concern over Burger, the Cape players are set to report for duty at their training base in Bellville in a positive frame of mind on Monday.

After all, the Stormers have bagged another 4 log points and youngster Gary van Aswegen has put up his hand as a quality flyhalf.

There is also a good chance that Gio Aplon may be available for the match against the Cheetahs.

Coetzee was delighted when he spoke about the performance of Van Aswegen. The 21-year-old slotted all three of his kicks at goal, distributed nicely and did well in defence.

“For any young player the first challenge is a physical one. Gary showed that he’s up to the task. Not all flyhalves can defend and he showed that he can,” said Coetzee.

“You know you have done your job when you have earned the respect of your senior players. Gary succeeded in doing that.”
Coetzee now has a few difficult selection calls to make.

Peter Grant looked sharp when he replaced Van Aswegen and his experience will count heavily in his favour. Van Aswegen started because Grant was still playing rugby in Japan the previous weekend.

Bryan Habana’s form is a concern. The Springbok wing is simply making too many mistakes, but it will take a brave coach to drop a player with such a big reputation. And then he also has to be sure that there is a better alternative.

Juan de Jongh’s ability to break the line could be valuable against the Cheetahs.

The Stormers are likely to concentrate on improving their set phases in this week’s training. They struggled with their set phases and this had a major impact on the performance.

“We take pride in our set phases and it wasn’t good. But we won the lineout that mattered and scored a try from it. We also adapted in the scrums and almost scored a pushover try in the second half,” said Coetzee.


  • Sedick - 2011-02-27 23:18

    Juan de Jongh showed in 10 minutes that he can break the line better than both seasoned Springboks. He also did not miss a tackle.................

  • Paddy - 2011-02-28 00:28

    The only reputation that Habana have is that he is useless. Drop the man and put Aplon in his place. How can Coetzee even consider not picking Grant? Van Aswegen did well but need more time. Involve Cronje as well. Pieter Louw did better than Schalk on Saturday and I still believe Jean is a better captain than Schalk.Jaque Fourie needs game time so keep Juan on the bench for now. It’s a long season and he will get his starts. January looks better than in 2010 but is still hopelessly to slow. I wonder when Naka will start complaining about the scrums and lineouts before Saturdays game….prick!

      Durasmart - 2011-02-28 07:35

      I have been saying since last year that Pieter Louw is better than both Schalk Burger and Francois Louw, because he does the job he has been picked to do and not try and be a show pony in the backline like them.

      pg001 - 2011-02-28 10:05

      Pieter Louw is better than both Schalk and Louw. Especially Louw he is way overated.

  • Julz - 2011-02-28 01:28

    van Aswegen was ok, he definitely someone for the future, give him a few starts in the Vodacom Cup.Grant made a huge difference, as did de Jongh! Habana and Januarie totally useless, both should be dropped!

  • Wolff - 2011-02-28 07:31

    Get rid of the Habana.

      Johnny - 2011-02-28 09:14

      .........and Allister Coetsee...

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-28 10:42

      ......and Johnny...

      Johnny - 2011-02-28 13:39

      ...and Fatso Januarie...

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-02-28 07:45

    Influentual captain? Serious/ Are you on tik boet.... The Stormers stepped when Captained by Jean DeVilliers and Peter Louw played a great game of rugby. As for Habana............... Class will prevail ( we Hope cos he's wearing Springboks number 11 whether we like it or not)

      Andy49 - 2011-02-28 12:35

      just as influential as Fat Smit I suppose?

  • Pete - 2011-02-28 08:59

    Schalk was so outplayed by the bearded man - Strauss. Yippee for new talent on the horizon. And Habana made one mess after another. I really hope they don't consider him for the WC again. His time has come and gone, but now we have other wings that are just much better than him.

  • kyktweekeer - 2011-02-28 09:01

    And arrogant dad (due in court for alledgedly victimizing his domestic) will probably demand and demand and demand...on behalf of this buffoon offspring. Burger is an overrated has-been and best he disappears in corridors of obscurity!

      Andy49 - 2011-02-28 12:37

      & what has this to do with the article, or do you suurgat Bulls have nothing positive to say about anyone who is not a Bull.

      Oukoos - 2011-02-28 13:30

      @kyktweekeer, jy is 'n doos.

      RobinB - 2011-02-28 14:58

      I agree.. Kyktweekeer.. Jy is n doos

  • modderotter - 2011-02-28 09:16

    Kan iemand nie maar vir Ricky 'n job op 'n skaapplaas in die karoo aanbied nie??

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-28 10:58

    On behalf of Pappa Smurf (who is currently busy watching Spies's dropgoal attempt over and over) let me say, "STORMERS SUCK face with the hottest girls in the country".

      Johnny - 2011-02-28 13:40

      ....stormbarians = papsak suigers...

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-28 14:33

      LONGDROP SPIES SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Copyright permission from Pappa Smurf)

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-28 14:47

      @ Johnny the Jack Russel: You must find the "stormbarians" joke very funny, seeing that your single braincell seems to be stuck on it, but nobody else does. When you learn to count to more than two, you will realize that the Stormers is probably the team with the most home grown talent at the moment, especially with the youngsters. Apart from that, the Stormers don't need to buy any players, they offer their services at their own free will - who wouldn't want to play for such a magnificent team, and live in the beautiful, well run Cape as a bonus? (Except you, of course. I've heard that you wanted to, but even after trading in all your Klippies and Coke empties, you still didn't have enough money for a bus ticket from Danville to Parow.)

      Johnny - 2011-02-28 15:22

      @shitstirrer, .....the stormbarians buy "has-beens".... ......other teams buy "young talent".... the Bulls do .......

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