Loosie misery for Stormers

2012-07-10 07:49

Cape Town - The Stormers could go into the Super Rugby playoffs without the services of loose forwards Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Nick Koster and Canadian recruit Jebb Sinclair.

Vermeulen, Burger and Koster have all been sidelined with knee injuries this season which left the Cape side severely depleted at loose forward.

Coach Allister Coetzee earlier hoped the trio would be ready for the playoffs but according to Die Burger, Vermeulen is the only one that may be considered.

"The three of them will get a more decisive answer from the doctor on Monday but we don't have much hope for Schalk and Nick playing in the competition again. We're more positive about Duane but he's definitely not ready to play on Saturday," said Coetzee.

The Stormers were also dealt a further blow on Monday when SANZAR ruled against their request to allow Sinclair to play in the knockout phases. Sinclair was only contracted after the season had started due to the injury crisis and is not allowed to play in the playoffs, according to SANZAR's regulations.

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth (ankle) is also still sidelined for this weekend's last round-robin clash against the Rebels but according to Coetzee will be ready for the playoffs.

The Stormers have already clinched the South African Conference but could also top the overall standings if they beat the Rebels and the table-topping Chiefs stumble against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Should the Chiefs beat the Hurricanes but fail to gain a four-try bonus point, the Stormers will top the log if they claim five points at Newlands on Saturday. However, that could be a tall ask as the Capetonians have failed to score a four-try bonus point in any of their games this season, despite winning 13 of 15 games.

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 15:00 on Saturday.


  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-07-10 07:55

    This makes the home semi and final even more crucial....Hurricanes have to do Stormers a huge favour on Friday ! And we all have to hold thumbs that the weather clears up before Saturday!!

      Tom - 2012-07-10 08:34

      Schalk burger is over the hill I'm afraid and is a hindrance to any side he plays in

      Tom - 2012-07-10 08:43

      Isak I'm not knocking him for the sake of it u ball bag, the stormers look a better team without him

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-10 08:49

      I just wish they would stop sending out mixed messages. Intially it was always going to be that Schalk, Dwane & Koster would be available for the play-offs. Anyway that is what I was led to believe. Last week when they selected the side for OFS they said Eben was not available but would be available for the Rebels game. The week before it was Joe who would be over the flu by game time - again not to be. If these okes, more especially, Schalk, Dwane & Koster were never going to be fit surely the doctors who are experts should know so the management can write them off and make alternative plans. For example they thought they would only need Sinclair in the league games!!! So whats going on???

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-10 08:52

      tom.retardis...your team looks better when you don’t leave any comments here! you letting your team down with these 2 cent comments! you obviously havent watched schalk play much!?

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 08:57

      @John, the doctors cant be 100% sure how knees injuries will take to rehab!! Its a wait and see game.

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-10 09:01

      @sakkie- ...the end of schalie's springbok tour already came?? o ja sak, verlustig jo maar in ons pyn- di 3X kampioen Bulle, maar di nuwe jong klomp 'kalwers' sal weer opstaan en regte Bulle word!!!!!! maar daars 'n 'windgat' spannetjie daar onder wat sg. 'staan', maar speel soos 'n klomp omgevalle 'lose' forwards?? Bul moeeeee (= groete)

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-10 09:57

      @John.Comin, Yeah, agree with you. Every week they announce such and such a player will be ready for the next game, or whatever, then when the time arrives, he is still not fit, or he's being reassesed. It's a lot of bull. These must all be pretty serious injuries, rather let the guys recover fully and use what you have available.

      marthinus.crous - 2012-07-10 10:13

      What is it with these reporters. Are you Aussie mate? Fancy a bit of footie are we? Pocock is a fenominal loosie hey? He bumped the Boks out of the world cup ey? It is loose forwards!!

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-10 11:32

      Even if Schalk was ready, i still wouldn't play him. Who would he replace? Kolisi is at the moment way better... Why mess with a winning combination?

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-10 12:24

      The Stormers will need a fit Duane Vermeulen in the playoffs as he has the ability to get us over the advantage line which has been a problem in parts for us this season and also a reason for not scoring more tries.Schalk Burger's bustling & robust contact rugby,takes a lot of punishment and the wear and tear on his body will eventually take its toll. Simply too much rugby being played over a season I reckon. The youngsters that have played for the Stormers this season have acquitted themselves more than enough to play in the knock out stages otherwise we would not be where we are on the log. I'm not that worried about the form of the Stormers at this late stage, but rather the depth in the loose forwards. The point is Schalk Burger is a big player, but he hasn't played enough and Kolisi has stepped up very well as a replacement. I agree that of all the injured players,Duane and Nick's recoveries in time for the semi-final or even the final is definitely the most important thing with Jebb Sinclair not being eligible for the playoffs. It's fine to have inexperienced players come off the bench in the playoffs, but to start with them is a whole different story.DuaneVermeulen is the key in my opinion.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 14:00

      Not even Wednesday and they already start with the excuses... Good Luck to all the Teams this weekend. May the best teams win...

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-10 14:48

      Ja nee, te veel 'lose ends' daar onder di platberg?? niemand wil meer vir weepee speel ni... hulle kry sommer seer, voor hulle begin speel het??

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 07:59

    Go Stormers....jou lekker ding:):):) Morning All

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 08:37

      Morning Lionel. Its unbelievable that these young loosies have brought us through. Guys like Duane and Schala make such a difference to a team. Being without them would normally spell doom, but the boys have pulled through! Its a shame Jebb cant go through to the playoffs, he has been fantastic and really stepped up his game. I guess rules are rules. SFL

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 08:43

      Hey Jason,morning,whatever happens the rest of this series,I think we have done very well considering all the injuries. What makes it great with these youngsters playing so well is that Schalla and co know they have yo fight for there spots,wonderful position to be in then. Yes Jebb has been great but Ja rules are rules and SANZAR will not allow us another Brits

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 08:47

      WTF do you mean whatever happens for the rest of the tourny????? Dude we have to win it this year..................will you be able to go through another Super Rugby season on Sport24 with "17 years no cups and his friends"????? I wont............that will be me done hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 08:50

      lol@Jason,they can say all they want,my team is my team,I support them through thick and thin. Can the Bulls supporters say the same about supporting there team when they played 11 lost 11 hahahaha Go Stormers:):)

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-10 09:04

      @jason- hahahahahahahahahahaha- one week of pain or 17years of......

      Tom - 2012-07-10 09:14

      Yes I can say 11 out of 11 still a supporter, what a pathetic comment

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-10 10:24

      @Lionel I understand the "through thick and thin" sentiment considering I am a Lions fan. The "thick" part is a bit vague for us though :-). I believe what may get more people on the Stormers side in the play-offs is for their supporters on these sites to stop referring to them as the B Team, or even C Team. The Lions have been ravaged by injuries as well, but I would never call the side that beat the Sharks, and nearly lost to the Rebels as our B Team. They are the best available and are therefore the team. Kolisi was not the first choice flank at the beginning of the season, and look at him now! To refer to these players as B team, etc. is incredibly demeaning to them as individuals and to the team as a whole. Especially considering where they have placed the Stormers on the overall log! I'll put the soapbox away now. Good luck for the weekend, we have softened up the Rebels up for you :-), so go get those four tries!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 10:37

      lol@Sean,thanks buddy,I understand where you are coming from regarding B team etc. Good luck for Saturday as well,Bulls are there for the picking hahahaha

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-10 08:01

    Forehead slap!!!!!!!!!!

      steyts - 2012-07-10 08:09


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 08:04

    Back three for the semis could be Duanne,Elstadt and Kolisi,just a thought, use it dont use it:):)

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 08:39

      Would be a potent back three!! If Duane is fit, but i would frefer they dont rush him. We need him at the back of the Springbok scrum for the Rugby Championship! (which is the worst name for a rugby competition I have ever heard)

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 08:45

      Jason,I will drink to that:):):)

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 08:49

      Look I though back in the day Spies was awesome, i was actually a big fan. He is a great running attacking number 8! Unfortunately we are not playing running attacking rugby! We need an abrasive number 8 who gets stuck in. Duane is that guy for now! Put spies on the bench he can cover wink and loosie LOL did you see him catch Whitehead the other night?? He is quick but he doesnt put his body on the line and we need that with HM game plan! SFL

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 08:55

      HM knows what he has in Duane and fortuanetly he likes the style he plays,personally I think Spies's days at 8 for the Boks are numbered barring injuries.

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 09:16

      Read this dude. this lighty can write: great read and the spitting in Fruit and Veg.........thats shocking!

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-10 09:16

      Keep on dreaming Duanne won't play for the boks HM is blinded by Spies just as he's blinded by Hougaard and Steyn

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 09:36

      @Jason,I think its disgusting....worst of all is that he cant reteliate then he is in trouble.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-10 14:15

      Kanko or Daniels over Duanne IMO . "Unfortunately we are not playing running attacking rugby! ", I don't agree with that.

  • steyts - 2012-07-10 08:10

    This is tragic!!!!! We will be fine at flank with Kolisi and Elstadt but we need Vermeulen at 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sharksfever.sharks - 2012-07-10 08:10

    You can borrow one or two from us. We have Kankowski, Daniels, Coetzee, Alberts, Deysel, Botes and 1 or two more. Good luck Stormers, hopefully you can prove all wrong and score that 4 tries against the Rebels. YOU CAN DO IT!!! Greetings from the SHARKS!!!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 08:16

      Alberts would slot in just fine thanks:):):)

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-10 08:31

      sharkfever, good luck for the playoff's , It's good to see a real team in the Playoff's , not those whipping boy's the Vlou-nulle.

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 08:40

      Sharkies will also face problems if they get into the playoffs! Steyn wont be able to play. But best of luck to them. If they can string three games together like they played against the Bulls, then they will give themselves a shot!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-10 10:10

      Thanks Sharksfever - this is the type of attitude we need in SA, where we all support each other. The Sharks looked awesome on Friday - my prediction at the beginning of the season was that the Sharks is probably going to be the best SA side this year. Well, the Stormers have clung onto that top spot by sheer bloody-mindedness, guts and determination, but will need some flair and skill going into the knock-out phases. You are blesssed with a plethora of great loosies, and we are having to blood youngsters. Having said that, the likes of Elstadt, Kolisi etc. would never have had the opportunity to show their worth if it was not for the disastrous run of injuries. It would be nice to have Schalk and Koster back, but it would be a travesty to have to leave Kolisi or Elstadt out!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 11:15

      looking at the dilema would it not be wise to maybe play eBen at 8th man and from there he can pick be drive to attack gain line. it would also bulk up scrum if you place quin ahead of steenkmp. and since you got siya on the side with elstad either way eBen would break he would have a strong front foot player to take gove the hit giving us quick second phase ball which in turn puts your backline onto front foot . then you use fouri as a replacements hooker to up the tempo at half time and steenkmp looked better last season as a sub. just a theory or angle to overcome loose trio dilema?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 11:18

      this would also add an extra jumper in line out with quin bekkr eBen and elstad in the mix the options and chances to miss a jumper is reduced should we be on the five yard line with only a line out to win for a try?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-10 13:16

      "Thanks Sharksfever - this is the type of attitude we need in SA, where we all support each other".. are you kidding me ? This coming from you ? .. boy that was a good laugh but not quite as good as Vallemj talking about real teams.. the face-to-foot master is strong .

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-10 08:11

    wtf!!! are we ever going to have a full A side this season??????

      Tom - 2012-07-10 08:38

      The only people u r missing are loose forwards and from what I pick up is that schalk and vermuelen are the only 2 who turn ur team into the A team. Ur back line is potent and ur locks are good. Front row a bit meh but I can't see how 2 players injured for practically the whole season are going to suddenly turn ur team from the C team to the A team, could u explain? Weird

      Tom - 2012-07-10 09:14

      Can't explain?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 09:19

      as a stormers supporter i would not put any of those three in a starting line up for semi or final but rather play them of bench as impact players. they been out the whole or most of the season and we have managed . only concern is should we have an injury who would replace now as in play offs there is no other loose forward you allowed to include.

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-10 10:04

      Tom what were you saying about the fornt row? last time I watched they Stormers butchered your pach at scrum time,not once but twice and you were annihilated by the Sharkies..

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-10 10:27

      You belittle the players who have just won you the Conference Cup by implying they would not make your "A side"!!! Great supporter...

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-10 14:13

      @mvw74 - The Stormers are the only team with INJURIES ????????? Fffs , catch a wake up call !!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 14:15

      Seriously if u only focus on that part of the comment, u r an idiot. Was I comparing anything to the bulls? Im not as one eyed as u people. Majority of teams won't take your front row to put on the bench for their team. Seriously, is everything just about one upping the bulls? That's it for u guys? If someone has a valid comment, just blast the bulls? Classic idiots. Please explain what Duane vermeulen and schalk burger will bring to the team that u r not getting right now? They've been injured the whole season. They gonna come in the team and elevate them to A team status? I really am dumbfounded your only reponse is to talk about how u played against the bulls? I am going to laugh so hard when u lot come undone against the teams in the semis and finals. And not because I hate the stormers particularly, but just because of people as ridiculously stupid as u.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-10 14:36

      Spot on tom

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-10 08:42

    Captain Catastrophic ,Schalk Burger out !This must be a massive boost for the stormers bid for their first Super Trophy !

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 08:46

      Hows training going for the Currie Cup:):)

      Tom - 2012-07-10 08:48

      That's a fact, I don't understand, the guys been looking out of sorts for ages and now he's been out all season, he is past his sell by

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-10 08:56

      HM het mooi gevra dat ons hom moet rus! hy soek iemand wat vir spies kan help om oor die advantage lyn te kom wanneer hy daai tingerige draffies maak van agter die scrum af!

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-07-10 08:57

      IRB player of the year 2004. Don't see any of the the Bull's Loosies on that list EVER.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 09:00

      Vallem,also 2007 WC winner,dont see any of the Bulls on that list either:):)

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-10 09:01

      Now if they could just drop, Tiaan Liebenberg, the Victor Ludorum of stupid and Duane, the achilles heel of the stormers , they will increase their chances of winning tenfold

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-10 09:07

      as die bulle net n beter skopper gehad het...imagine! selfs as die bokke n better skopper gehad het dan was HM nog onoorwonne!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-10 09:46

      2007 WC, Only 1 stormer in the team for the final, makes you think

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-10 10:10

      ya thats why it was a close game!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-10 14:04

      @caravan.bulls , Schalk and ?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 14:49

      Who was the other stormer in the Bok team at rwc 2007 final? Habana was a bull, fourie was a lion, Percy was a Perpignan barbarian. Help me please

  • bootman.bokke - 2012-07-10 08:45

    If the Bulls reach the play-off Spies won't be able to play.....................he hasnt played all season.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-10 09:11

      absolutely brilliant chirp! that's bonus point material.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 09:18

      Trying to press the like button more but its not working:):):)

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 09:27

      Very funny!

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-10 11:54

      LOL, chirp of the day! I feel the same way...Jokes aside, he is probably the worst player at the moment for the bulls. 2 meters forward, and then 5meters backwards. We have another John Smit on our hands.

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-10 14:14

      @bootman.bokke - Tha was realy FUNNY !!

  • abdurahman.jardine - 2012-07-10 08:47

    I would assume if things remain as they are, then we would probably see a trio of Fourie(6), Elstad(7), and Kolisi(8). Which isnt too bad as all of them has proved themselves in those positions this season. It is a huge blow that we lost so many great players this season but we managed to pull it through each and every game, when everyone bet against us. All i hope for is that robbie fleck is a bit more creative this week as he failed this entire season to get a world class back line going. if he doesnt produce the goods in these last few games they should really think about replacing him. Will be an interesting weekend! Stormers all the way!!!!!

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 09:02

      you cant blame Robbie! Believe me he would love to let the back line loose. he was a very dangerous attacking centre in his day so its not him. The team decided this season that their defensive lines come before anything else. They are told, when you are here on the field you do this. when you are there you do that. You can attack on good turn over ball. That restricts the back line. but its worked. Stormers are 2nd on the overall log. Dont be too harsh on Fleckie, everything is for the grater good.

      abdurahman.jardine - 2012-07-10 09:13

      i hear what you saying and he has served stormers well over the years. And i agree he was exciting as a player, but if you look at our backline set moves off our brilliant set plays, then you will find that our backline is way too predictable and flat. All that i am saying is that he could show some more creativity and perhaps let our backline fire from deep so that they have more room to work with instead of the usual flat ball straight into the opposition defence. how about playing from deep and have the occasional flat ball to cut opposition defence? i am no coach, but i believe our backline is a tad predictable.

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 09:29

      The problem is the same, if the guys start getting creative, they end up out of their defensive lines, and if there is a turn over its try time. This is why the New Zealanders score such brilliant looking tries! Because both back lines try fancy tricks and when it doesnt work, or there is a knock on, the other team score..........the defensive lines are out of place. Im just saying!

      abdurahman.jardine - 2012-07-10 09:42

      Again, i fully agree with you. It has been proven in this season that defence wins games. but my concern is that we dont have the balance of defence and attack right...and because of this, the only way i see us winning this trophy is if the boys fire hard in the first half for each game and get a good lead before half time. And defend their way to the title. However, it will be interesting to see how they will play catch up rugby with a defensive game plan if they are trailing. i know they can do it, but they still have to showcase it this season. if memory serves correctly i have seen them score something like five tries in 12 minutes against the highlanders i think when breyton them was still in the side, to make a come back!! now that is one game i will never forget, so i know they can and we still have quality players that could do the same in this team.

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-10 09:58

      Well Jason, the Crusader and Chiefs have shown us that you can both be defensive as well as creative in attack.

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 10:04

      Stomp, Crusaders have had 31 tries against them and the Chiefs 27, Stormers have had 18...........there is a huge difference! And in knock out rugby its not about tries, its about taking the points when on offer, and Grant has a great kicking record. we will see.

      jason.children - 2012-07-10 10:06

      Here is another interesting stat, Bulls Sharks lions and cheetahs have all had 5 cards this season. Stormers have only had 3. Chiefs and Crusaders 2 each and the best team is the Brumbies with only 1 card.

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-10 10:57

      Jason, but the point is that to be a balanced team (kicking not considered) you should also be able to attack (score tries). In this regard the Chiefs has scored 44 tries and the Crusaders 43 tries.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 14:26

      Watch how the chiefs, crusaders, brumbies, sharks adjust the game plan for the playoffs. These guys know how to play rugby during round robin and during playoffs. After this week everything gone before is irrelevant.

  • newbornr - 2012-07-10 09:06

    Stormers have to end top of the log to avoid the crusaders in the Semis. Lets be honest I cant see the blou bulle beating the saders in Christchurch in the 4/5 clash. Hoping to see at least 1 SA side in the Final

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-10 09:55

      Newborn - you have to beat them all (including the Crusaders) to be the real champions! But yes, to beat any of the top teams at their home ground is almost impossible. And dont forgett, the weather and pitch in Bloemfontein last Saturday is nothing compared to what it can be in NZ!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-10 10:33

      That is not entirely correct. The important game is 3vs6. If the side ending 6th on the log wins that then the Stormers will face the winner of the Crusaders vs 5th. Otherwise the top Aus side will travel to Cape Town!

  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-10 09:09

    As you've all noticed, I'm been quiet for a couple of days. I think I'm done for a bit, since I have some other pressing matters to attend to. Good luck to the Bulls, Sharks and Stormers (Yes, I said Stormers). Enjoy the rugby folks and keep safe.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-10 09:14

      Washington and Wellington VO come to soon Stormers grte

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-10 10:35

      Keep safe Harold. We'll miss those witty comments...

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-10 11:56

      Are you going to hospital to get the egg removed from your face? I hope PinkRaven is okay. Like you he's been missing in action since Saturday.

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-10 12:00

      Hopefully Charlie won't be leaving us as well? Bring back the tokkolos... Speak to you later!

      mvw74 - 2012-07-10 12:39

      good bye!!!

  • christiaan.plessis - 2012-07-10 09:11

    This happens every year to the stormers forwards. Simple sollution: WEAR KNEE SUPPORT! Think about it Allister

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 14:27

      Or use your back line to spread the load

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-10 09:21

    En nou gaan die verskonings begin kom as hul in die semi vasval maar ons het ons top spelers aan beserings afgestaan altyd die selle verskonings

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-07-10 10:22

      Soos die Bulle wat altyd die ref blameer?

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-10 11:39

      Ja tussen die bulle en stormers weet ek nie wie kla die ergste nie sodra hul verloor daar duisende verskonings en as hul wen dan dit maar ons die beste

      Alta - 2012-07-10 21:29

      Ou maat, dit is darem seker nie lekker om so duur te voel nie ne, Stry die Stormers verdien waar hul is met of sonder driee.

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-10 09:25

    Siestog! Stormers is in elk geval beter daaraan toe sonder Schalk - Kolisi baie beter as hy (en Vermeulen)!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 14:28

      I say the same thing and everyone bashes the bulls. Classic idiots

  • lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-07-10 10:24

    Sal lekker gewees het is hul da was,maar beserings deel van rugby. Dis hoe die span reageer en het ons nie goed nie. Heel seisoen speel ons met beste beskikbaar en huidig 2de. My Stormers is nog in n goeie posisie,vir nou. Net deur die Rebels wedstryd kom...Jou lekker ding

  • wanderering.wanderer - 2012-07-10 12:13

    I have no simpathy as the Stormers has so much talent that is not being used, they buy and import players. The Lions has been knocked the whole season by the Stormers about depth and injuries, The Lions used varsity cup and Vodacom cup players and it showed that they develop South African youth. The Stormers must just suck it up ( and I am sure that they will enjoy it) and play one of the talented young players in the Cape.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-10 12:25

    The Stormers will need a fit Duane Vermeulen in the playoffs as he has the ability to get us over the advantage line which has been a problem in parts for us this season and also a reason for not scoring more tries.Schalk Burger's bustling & robust contact rugby,takes a lot of punishment and the wear and tear on his body will eventually take its toll. Simply too much rugby being played over a season I reckon. The youngsters that have played for the Stormers this season have acquitted themselves more than enough to play in the knock out stages otherwise we would not be where we are on the log. I'm not that worried about the form of the Stormers at this late stage, but rather the depth in the loose forwards. The point is Schalk Burger is a big player, but he hasn't played enough and Kolisi has stepped up very well as a replacement. I agree that of all the injured players,Duane and Nick's recoveries in time for the semi-final or even the final is definitely the most important thing with Jebb Sinclair not being eligible for the playoffs. It's fine to have inexperienced players come off the bench in the playoffs, but to start with them is a whole different story.DuaneVermeulen is the key in my opinion.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-07-10 12:33

    En hier begin die verskonings waarom hulle nie ..alweer die beker kon wen nie....

      mvw74 - 2012-07-10 12:43

      It's not over yet jean, rather worry about your team, be it the Sharks or the Bulls in the play-offs.

      Alta - 2012-07-10 21:26

      Ou Jean, ons begin nie verskonings maak nie, dit is jy wat nie weet wat om te se nie en nou skryf jy sulke snert. Die verlede is agter ons en ons kan daarna kyk maar ons moet vorentoe kyk.....DIT IS WAT GAAN TEL.......................ALTA KUILSRIVIER

  • alta.devilliers.18 - 2012-07-10 21:32

    Ek is nogal baie trots op wat die aStormers vermag het, min ander spanne sou hul kon na doen. Wat egter bekommer is dat ons voorspelers nie as een man, met PASSIE en met durf speel nie. Ons laat die ander spanne so-o-o goed lykOns afrigters weet skynbaar nie hoe om die manne vaardighede aan te leer nie.

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