Question mark over Vermeulen

2012-07-23 22:02

Cape Town - The fitness of the Stormers' strong-man Duane Vermeulen is in question ahead of their Super Rugby semi-final against the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.

Loose forward Vermeulen is a massive asset in the Stormers' pack, which will be up against the most powerful eight-man combination in this year's Super Rugby competition.

A few weeks ago, the Sharks forwards, led by their all-Springbok front row of Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis, completely outplayed the Stormers in the first half of their match in Durban, although the Stormers recovered well after the half-time break.

However, the Stormers were unable to stave off a 25-20 defeat.

"It's still uncertain that Duane will play," Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said.

"We'll continue to test him and make a (selection) decision on Wednesday. If he does play he won't manage 80 minutes. If he does not make it we'll go with Deon Fourie at No 8 again."

Coetzee said Saturday's occasion was about handling pressure and playing to the team's strengths.

"The semi-final is a knock-out round and it comes with pressure," Coetzee said.

"It's about how well you cope and how you're able to play the game which you want to play.

"We saw what happened to the Bulls because they did not play to their strength. They have a very strong kicking game, but they didn't impose it on their match against the Crusaders.

"It's important to execute well, as well as start well. This season we have started well more often than not.

"This team has implemented a plan and it has got us to where we are. I just hope we can continue in that vein because there's nothing to change about the way we play.

"We know that a team is only as good as their last game and after their superb performance in Brisbane against the Reds, the Sharks showed that they will be a good side at Newlands."

"But this is what we've been playing for, reaching the semi-finals and play in front of our home crowd."

"We understand the expectation of the fans and we'll embrace the pressure. It's going to be an out-and-out physical battle like it is with all South African derbies."

The Sharks also pose a massive threat at the breakdowns where the likes of Du Plessis, Keegan Daniel, Marcell Coetzee, and Ryan Kankowski have been stand-out performers."


  • craig.williams.14224094 - 2012-07-23 22:13

    I really hope they dont play ping pong again - like the match against the Rebels - and they almost lost that one...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-23 22:27

      They will lose this one. Vermeulen is useless, hope they play him and lose

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-23 22:29

      Dowwe Duane... sulke hang oggies soos n hond wat n been soek...

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-23 22:30

      Personally i wont play him as he didn't play the whole season... maybe as an impact player...

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-24 00:05

      Vermeulen hasn't had any contact practice yet so there is no way he can be ready for Saturday!! Severe injuries like his take time, if his knee packs up again it's his carreer finished!! I feel sorry for the Stormers with all their loosies that have gone down but you play the hand you dealt!!!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 03:45

      @dim.turdis. The Bulls played Spies and lost. We are talking about the Stormers here - not likely to go down the same path. Vermeulen is way better than Spies and can only strengthen the Stormers side. He will strengthen any side in the S15.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 07:19

      A couple of fans were watching a stormers match on Newlands. The match had rapidly become boring and lifeless as usual. Suddenly the stadium lights flickered and then went out, leaving the pitch in semi-darkness. It was impossible to continue and the match was quickly abandoned. 'Well!' said one fan to his neighbour. 'That's the first time I've ever known bad play stop light!'

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-24 07:21

      Bul,what you doing Saturday,wanna come cut my grass:):):)

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-24 07:59

      rather use DV as a impact player in the last 20, last season we made the same mistake by using our youth to carry us to the semis (in the currie cup and S15) AND then we played schalk burger etc (players returning from injuries) - this costed us...

      eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-07-24 08:46

      Rather start with him and sub him if he struggles. If he comes on as impact player, you can't bring back the guy he replaced, so you will either have to play someone out of position, AGAIN, or he will have to finish, wich is not ideal. So start the BIG D, hy's 'n yster en eks seker hy sal binne minute terug na sy ou AWESOME self wees!! Stormers groete uit 'n koue Pretoria!!

      danie.vandyk.50 - 2012-07-24 08:55

      Die Stormers sal ook nooit leer nie. Jy wen nie die game voor hy begin het nie ou Isak Papsak!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-24 09:42

      Vermeulen is overrated !!

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-24 10:05

      wasn't there always question mark's over Vermeulen?? and the stoomers and coetzee and weepee supporters and the smell down under the platberg and...??

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 15:11

      chris what are u talking about spies for? is there something mentally wrong with u?

      mario.olivier.9 - 2012-07-24 18:49

      The thing is the Stormers are in the Semi's,and they were consisted the whole year

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 00:08

      consisted of what?

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-23 22:55

    There is a big truck comming moma,and it is heading your way at full speed.Best hide Duane under the bed.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 03:42

      Do you know what happens when a big truck hits a wall? The truck gets taken to the scrapyard.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 15:12

      his name is not A.Wall - it is D.Vermeulen fool

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 23:36

      @dim.turdis. Try a bit harder. You are almost slightly funny.

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 23:07

    Ou dowwe Duane, bwa ha ha, dom soos 'n boks hare daai vaal seun

      jacques.l.roux.3 - 2012-07-24 01:32

      Sien jy's terug oubaas se honne. Seer gekry en lekker gehuil oor die naweek. shame. maak nie saak waar jy is, wie jy is of wat jy ry nie, jy kry ook seer ne. Nou haal jy maar jou woede op die stormers uit. I guess whatever blows your dress up Spiesie.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 03:43

      @dr.spiertjies. Hoe loop daai Ford van jou? Of staan hy maar net in die garage met sy enginkap oop?

      steyts - 2012-07-24 06:55

      As hy 'n dokter is dan is hy seker 'n tandarts wat homself verbeel dat hy 'n dokter is...

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 23:36

      @steyts. Ek dink hy is eerder 'n door to door salesman wat over the counter medisyne verkoop.

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-23 23:15

    The question mark is if it's really possible to have a negative IQ

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-23 23:38

      Karavaan Spies playing the same record, again and again, because of his limited collection and repertoire. IQ was his own barrier to his dream job (orthopedic surgeon), and dream car (Aston Martin). De Ja Vu Spies. Always a disappointment. Hehehehe...

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 00:49


      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-24 01:55

      Do you actually have any rugby comments to give ?or are you here to insult players, and other people? Have you met Duane? and would you say this to his face?

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 03:53

      Haven't met him, he's not exactly top 10 on the list of people I'd like to meet. Why would it be a problem saying it to his face? Because he has an intellect rivaled only by garden tools?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 04:20

      @dr.spiertjies. Don't be so hard on yourself. You are a human being. You have to say it to yourself!! You are not a garden tool. Probably just a tool, but not a garden tool.

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 04:57

      @Chrissie Wow, chirp of the year, I've never heard a better one. You are awesome, you must be so intelligent. Can I copy and paste it. Awesome awesome

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-24 07:57

      Johan - net laas week wil jy geraas maak en se hoe wonderlik jou span is, nou n paar dae na hulle n normale one dimensional display gewys het en pakslae gekry het soos die EP Kings wil jy nogsteeds kom geraas maak, gaan was jy eerder saam tom retardis Izak se kar of wees slim en verdwyn soos die slim Bulle wat weet hulle was geklap (soos rene, blueraven, tokolos etc...)

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 23:38

      @dr.spiertjies. Jy kan copy en paste nes jy wil. Jy sukkel altyd maar om met iets oorspronklik voorendag te kom, so jy het die hulp nodig.

  • randall.kotze.12 - 2012-07-23 23:19

    You can say whatever you want about duane, he's one of the best and I pray he's fit to play. Al julle swak, afkrakerige comments mk niks aan hom of ons stormer supporters nie. So get a grip, en al julle sharks, gaan spring in n dam vol klei...

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 05:20

      @randall Hop op die mofbus ou maat. Op en af, lekker

      steyts - 2012-07-24 06:58

      Daai mofbus waarop die pienk koeie spring op pad na moftus persveld toe???

      jp.duplooy.14 - 2012-07-24 07:09

      @randall.kotze.12 . Ek stem 100% saam met jou! Go duane! Go stormers!

      Richard - 2012-07-24 08:56

      @Johan- "Mofbus"? So openly prejudiced- not really the correct space for it, but hey, you probably feel a false sense of superior "enlightenment"? Either way, make an actual rugby based comment (it is a rugby forum after all). Example- Pierre Spies is in the top 20 list for most runs in the 2012 Super 15. However, he does not feature in the top 20 of most running metres gained in the competition. You could go on to then state that he is not the only forward on the list to have this statistical anomaly apply to him. However, he is one of two "running forwards" to not be on the most metres gained list, and also be included in the 20 most missed tackles for the season. Which begs the question of where his strength lies... Eighthman lineout specialist? Unfortunately I cannot offer a comparison with Duane as the man has been injured- so I won't assume that he is better than Spies, Spies is a solid player at times- but his potential is so much more than what he offers at the moment (I would be fully behind Spies at 8 for any team if he was reaching potential).

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 15:06

      too long, didnt read

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 23:41

      @dim.turdis. Why can't you read long posts? Can't you hold your breath that long? You have to learn to do two things at once. I know it takes a lot of brain power from you, but with practice you might get that other braincell of yours working as well.

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-23 23:29

    Time to Rumble Go...........Sharks

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 05:00

    Dokter gaan van more af bietjie aftoer deur Washington na die Oregon kus en sal dus nie beskikbaar wees om julle weseltjies te antwoord oor die naweek nie. Kom ons wys bietjie goeie sportmanskap en laat rugby die wenner wees: Go Sharks, Go Crusaders, Go Chiefs

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-24 23:44

      @dr.spiertjies. Hardloop jy nou weg, nou dat jy in die hoek is? Geniet die Vaaldam, lekker visvang. Jy moet net genoeg tissues saamvat anders gaan jou trane die dam laat oorloop en dan spoel die hele Noordkaap weer weg.

  • claude.felbert - 2012-07-24 06:29

    This column is again full of infantile remarks and not much constructive about rugby!

      ian.harrison.52035 - 2012-07-24 06:40

      Yes, but you must realise that all these negative comments are from puny little men who have no other way to express an opinion which does not first have to be approved by their wife.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-25 23:33

      @claude. Do you have anything to add about the rugby? If not, then go here:

  • Ettiene - 2012-07-24 06:49

    Duane Vermeulen AKA Plank!!!!! Go Sharks!!! Go Saders!!!!!

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-24 07:00

    If he is not 100% ready dont play the man,HM needs him in the Bok setup for the Championship. Morning All

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-07-24 07:19

      I would still play him off the bench, Coetzee is playing mind games, he knows this game is in the bag :) thr is nothing the sharks can do to overhaul a fresh team at home

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-24 07:22

      Look I agree,20 min off the bench will do him wonders.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 15:07

      i would play him and schalk so the stormers will lose

  • jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-07-24 07:40

    Aan al die Blou Bulle wat hier comment en str0nt praat shut up. Julle span het nie verloor nie hulle het op hulle hel gekry. So as julle nie sinne volle comments het nie gee daai gesteelde rekenaar terug en gaan maak potholes reg anders gaan julle nie pay kry aan die einde van die week nie.

      Ettiene - 2012-07-24 08:13

      lyk my jy praat uit experience. terug na jou trailor toe en genoeg tik hoor

  • lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-07-24 07:46

    My Stormers het monsters en Sharks het monsters en dan is daar DV! Hoop hy gaan reg wees al is dit net vir n 1ste helfte. Maar al speel hy nie,dink ek sal my Stormers nogsteeds goed doen. Sukkel al hele seisoen met n lostrio maar SK RE en DF sal die ding kan doen,n STORMERS ding...

  • Cliff - 2012-07-24 09:46

    tom.tardis : 20 X better than sissie Spies any day of the week !!!

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 12:46

      @Cliffie BWA HA HA ou skaapsteker, klap jy nog vroue rond in die groter Oos London area?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 15:08

      cliff, shut up

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