Liebenberg ruled out of tour

2014-03-24 14:18

Johannesburg - Injured hooker Tiaan Liebenberg joined Schalk Burger on a flight from Australia back to Cape Town on Monday.

The weekend match against the Brumbies was the Stormers' third successive defeat on tour.

Liebenberg suffered a pinched nerve in his neck, lock Ruan Botha injured his ankle, Siya Kolisi hurt his shoulder and Burger suffered a calf muscle injury just hours before the kick-off.

Coach Allister Coetzee said Liebenberg was likely to be out for at least three weeks and was uncertain about the recovery period for the other players.

"Ruan injured the ankle that was operated on last year and, at this stage, he has a 50 percent chance of being fit for the next match against the Reds," Coetzee said.

"We also expect Siya to be ready since he has responded well to treatment. In the case of Schalla (Burger) we'll wait and see what the specialist's report says before we know how long he'll be sidelined."

The Stormers lost hooker Scarra Ntubeni earlier on tour, and now with Liebenberg also out of the picture, regular flank Deon Fourie will return to the hooker's berth.

"Deon will start as a hooker this week and Stephan Coetzee, who joined us on tour last week, will be the reserve.

"We have flown over Tazz Fuzani (lock) and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (flank) as injury replacements and both of them will come in the reckoning for the match-day squad."

He said eighthman Nizaam Carr would start against the Reds on the flank.

"Duane Vermeulen has been playing so well this season and I would not like to move him," said Coetzee.

"Carr will slot in at No 7 (openside flank) and Siya at No 6 (blindside flank)."

Fullback Jaco Taute, who missed last week's match because of a shoulder injury, is expected to be fit for this week's final tour match against the Reds.


  • Shaun Neveling - 2014-03-24 14:21

    Brendan Venter in talks with Stormers rugby for director position. News 24 slow today

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudĂ­ - 2014-03-24 14:58

      What will that do - put him on tap - but not on top ? Sounds like a typical AA strategy.

      Nazeem Hendricks - 2014-03-24 15:01

      Not Venter, but Gert Smal. See

      Shaun Neveling - 2014-03-24 15:31

      Both were in talks, but I was close enough.

      Witgemors Werner - 2014-03-24 17:04

      Wil julle nie bietjie met Naka praat nie? Julle kan hom verniet kry. Ons sal selfs julle betaal om hom te vat

      Shaun Neveling - 2014-03-24 17:27

      Naka gaan nie werk daar nie, hy like getroude rugby manne se vroue

  • Generaal de la Rey - 2014-03-24 14:31

    Big boost for the stormpies.

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudĂ­ - 2014-03-24 14:59

      I disagree - Liebenberg is one of the few solid players the Stormpies have.

      Shaun Neveling - 2014-03-24 17:52

      Good player, but a bit aggro at times.

  • Theo Pretorius - 2014-03-24 14:33

    We can fly in the whole bulls pack but won't win anything with those coaches,EKS GATVOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Shaun Neveling - 2014-03-24 15:35

      Massive compliment to the Bulls, much appreciated. Coaching change coming 31 March, keep the faith.

  • Johan Botes - 2014-03-24 14:41

    This is ridiculous! What the hell is the Stormers doing at there pre-seaon camps! After the number of injuries the last two seasons I thought it couldn't get worse but this must surely be an all time record for the number of injuries this season which has barely started! At this rate a Stormers D or F team wiLl end the season!

      Willa Prinsloo - 2014-03-24 16:50

      ticking boxes

  • theo.potgieter.9655 - 2014-03-24 16:04

    Stormer players are asked to tackle too much. Symptoms of AC's coaching style and game plan. If you want to shorten your career go there.

      trev2 - 2014-03-24 16:24

      Agreed. The bash and crash style of "attack" and emphasis on giving the ball to the opposition and then defending is a recipe for injuries.

      Janneman Poggenpoel - 2014-03-24 16:47

      Los recipe for choking in semis

  • Brendon Dyers - 2014-03-24 19:08

    Ek sal like om te sien wie die span gaan wees vir die wknd .dis nou 1 ding van Toetie hy is nes Meyer spaal die 1 ou heel in sy moer terwyl daar aner is , dan is die ander goed genoeg ,maar x bly Carr ganu sy kans kry .AL WAT EK KAN SE IS DIE SPAN KOM BY...... Man man man kyk net hoe leka het die boys aan dai laaste paar minute gespeel ....

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