Schalk: Forget RWC for now

2011-06-02 07:20

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – Never mind 100 days before the Rugby World Cup, there is just one day to go before a Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Melbourne Rebels!

That was the attitude of Stormers captain Schalk Burger when he was asked on Wednesday about the intensity of the remaining South African derbies in the build-up to this year’s global showpiece in New Zealand.

“At the end of the day we’re in the middle of a Super Rugby tournament and that is what is important. Every player wants to make the World Cup squad, but that is still some time away,” said Burger.

“We have a good chance of qualifying for the play-offs and from a player’s perspective the focus is just on the next weekend.”

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee made the surprise announcement that Springbok lock Andries Bekker is relegated to the substitutes bench for Friday’s game. Anton van Zyl will wear the No 5 jersey.

Tiaan Liebenberg also gets game time at hooker in place of Deon Fourie, while Jean de Villiers returns at inside centre and Juan de Jongh will be on the bench.

Ricky Januarie, who is reportedly in negotiations with French club side Lyon to continue his career there, will play scrumhalf in place of the injured Dewaldt Duvenage.

Duane Vermeulen will also start at No 8 again after Nick Koster was utilised there against the Brumbies last weekend.

The Stormers denied that Bekker was being rested with the specific purpose of ensuring that he’s fit for next Saturday’s match against the Bulls at Newlands.

Duvenage, flyhalf Peter Grant and Springbok tighthead prop CJ van der Linde may return against the Bulls.

“It’s definitely not the case,” said Burger when asked whether Bekker was being rested for the Bulls game.

“We still have a very good side. There are injuries and it’s important to keep players fresh. We did the same with Duane last weekend. The tournament is long and it’s not a matter of us already looking ahead to the Bulls game.”

The decision to hand De Villiers the No 12 jersey again was made to ensure that there is an experienced player next to young flyhalf Kurt Coleman.

“Juan de Jongh played very well against the Brumbies. The reason I picked Jean is to have an experienced player to help Kurt,” said Coetzee.

Meanwhile, English flyhalf Danny Cipriani will not be in action against the Stormers this weekend after all. Julian Huxley will wear the Rebels’ No 10 jersey.

Wallaby hooker Adam Freier is set to debut for the Rebels off the bench.

In a surprise move All Black prop Greg Somervlle was only picked on the bench and Nic Henderson will wear the No 1 jersey.

“If you read through the names it’s not a bad side,” said Burger.

“There are guys like Stirling Mortlock and Mark Gerrard, while Michael Lipman has played for England.”


Melbourne Rebels:
15 Richard Kingi, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mark Gerrard, 12 Stirling Mortlock (captain), 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Julian Huxley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson

Substitutes: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Greg Somerville, 18 Kevin O’Neill, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 Sam Cordingley, 21 Peter Betham, 22 Afusipa Taumoepeau

15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Andries Bekker 19 Nick Koster, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Earl Rose, 22 Juan de Jongh


  • The_Fox - 2011-06-02 07:34

    Go Stormers!!!

      gooinat - 2011-06-02 07:40

      Morning Foxie,A 5 pointer will be wonderful to end off the tour!!!!!!!!!!

      The_Fox - 2011-06-02 08:01

      Morning Gooinat, yes it would be awesome! Let's hope for the best. Here are my picks for the weekend: 'Landers to beat Force by 8 Stormers to beat Rebels by 9 Bulls to beat 'Tahs by 7 'Canes to beat Lions by 5 Blues to beat Chiefs by 4 Reds to beat Brumbies by 15 Cheetahs to beat Sharks by 7

      gooinat - 2011-06-02 08:14

      Like your predictions,there Foxie,Bulls/Tahs game is going to be close,Tahs have to make up after last weeks loss and the Bulls need to win all there games to remain in the competition.

      The_Fox - 2011-06-02 08:24

      Yes Gooinat, it is a difficult one to call. The reason why I went with the Bulls is mainly down to homeground advantage. BUT, anything is possible..

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-02 09:09

      Morning Fox and Gooinat! Foxie - Good pics I think. The chaps from RE-union feel the same. I am not 100% decided on the Cheetahs/Sharks game. Will have to think about it a bit more, then randomly make my mark. I'm chuffed to see the Stormers "seem" focused on this Rebels game. I always thought both this game and the Brumbies game (which thankfully turned out ok) were potential piesang skille of note.

      gooinat - 2011-06-02 09:25

      @Saffa,morning to you,If we can get over this hurdle I will feel a little bit more relaxed,sure the boys will be able to pull off a win.

      The_Fox - 2011-06-02 09:52

      Hello Saffa - I went for the Cheetahs simply because of the confidence they are playing with at home and because they have proven over the years to be the Sharks' bogey team. On top of that the Sharks have looked out of sorts lately. I am also worried about the Stormers game as the Rebels are so unpredictable. On top of that the Stormers are in desperate need of the bonus point, should they win.

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-06-02 13:41

      My 5 cents - for what it's worth - is that the Highlanders seems to have hit a slide in form - and the Force was very good against the Canes and quite unlucky to lose. I think the Force may cause an upset there. The Bulls worry me a bit - they seem to take the Tahs as a given, this is a very good side that is second in their conference. The Bulls seem to be focused on the Stormers game allready. And as much as I would like the Cheetahs to beat the Sharks, I think the Sharks have too much riding on the game. I am not saying your predictions are wrong for these three games - I just have a nagging worry about it - remember rugby is played with an oval ball for a reason.... the bounce is sometimes unpredictable...

  • Neo - 2011-06-02 07:43

    You're right ... focus on the next game only.

  • transkeidave - 2011-06-02 07:45

    cannot flipping believe earl rose is in the mix--this guy has more lives than my bush cat?

      patch - 2011-06-02 08:20

      You have a bush cat?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-02 09:40

      @Patch. Yes, his bushcat's name is Lloyd.

      Lloyd - 2011-06-02 10:31

      That's uncalled for SAFFA. What have I ever done to you?

  • The_Fox - 2011-06-02 08:07

    Does anyone know the status of Peter Grant's injury? They said, before the Brumbies game, he would be out for 3 weeks which tells me he will only be back in the mix for the Cheetahs game? Any news on Duvenhage's and CJ's injuries?

      The_Fox - 2011-06-02 15:48

      All I ask is for some relevant information regarding the current state of injuries and then some prick thinks he is funny by clicking the "like" button. WTF?!

  • GHT - 2011-06-02 08:15

    Even though he is saying that. I do have a feeling that this could be a banana peel. Just do the basics and get the 4 points. If we lose this game, we will have a very strong bulls team breathing down our neck next week and might lose our top spot in the conference. Anybody remember the Force last year?

      The_Fox - 2011-06-02 08:25

      Losing this game is by no means impossible.

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-02 08:30

    Wise words from a man who should be the Bok captain.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-02 09:05

    Effel/Plesiespier/Joestormer/profile stealer of note: I read your comment you left for me with amused interest. My final thoughts on the matter: When one sets up a fake profile, using a TRUE and real photo of the person one is pertaining to be (Hannes) - and then making statements which the 'reasonable man' would attribute as coming from the person who's photo is attached to the profile...arghhh - an example: Someone sets up a fake profile using HANNE'S photo from his true profile (and the photo clearly identifies the 'real' Hannes). The username on the fake profile is also HANNES. Now the 'fake profile' makes statements like: "Ek is 'n ****** en ek slaap met Merino skape" - you don't think the real Hannes's dignity is being tramped on????? Think about it.... over and out.

  • No Good - 2011-06-02 09:08

    I understand this website is based in Cape Town, but does it always have to be about the Stormers? *yawn*

      The Goose - 2011-06-02 09:31

      You made the choice of browsing to the Stormers page *yawn*

      The_Fox - 2011-06-02 09:44

      Nice one Goose!

  • Marcell - 2011-06-02 10:06

    Dit kon net sowel gelees het: Schalk : Forget about a trophy, yet again we choked! Viva!

      Lloyd - 2011-06-02 10:33

      Counting hulle se chickens voor hulle hatch.

  • BENOUDEBOK - 2011-06-02 10:13

    Well all things look good Schalk for the weekend I agree with your attitude, GO STORMERS!!!!!!

  • Robschele - 2011-06-02 14:03

    We all know that the Stormers are playing a team at the bottom of the log (Ok they might still lose, Just think off what the Lions did last week). But it seems to me that everybody forgets or do not want to think about the Bulls who are playing a team above them on the log. A team that also want to stay up there among the wildcards.

  • TrueSaffa - 2011-06-02 14:59

    Schalk you legend! Go get em boys!! STORMERS!

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