Schalk return excites Coetzee

    2015-02-23 22:30

    Cape Town - The Stormers will welcome the return of Schalk Burger into their squad next week following the Super Rugby season-ending injury to Rynhardt Elstadt in their defeat of the Blues at Newlands on Saturday.

    Elstadt suffered three torn ligaments and a broken bone in his lower right leg which will see him out of action for at least four months.

    Burger has been plying his trade in Japan after the culmination of the 2014 Super Rugby season while making a return to the Springbok setup in the process.

    Stormers coach Allister Coetzee foresees a rejuvenated Burger to lead his pack should the need arise, as special attention will be given to contracted Springboks in the lead up to the World Cup later this year.

    "Because of the foreign-player restrictions for the clubs in Japan, Schalk hasn't played too often so he'll be in good shape by the time he joins us.

    "He'll also be in a captaincy role because we'll have to rest Duane Vermeulen in terms of SARU's player requirements," said Coetzee.

    Coetzee said a rather pleasing aspect of last weekend's match was the team's discipline.

    One area that Stormers will be focusing on this week is the line-out.

    "There are line-out issues we need to sort out.

    "The Blues were street-wise so things did not pan out like we planned.

    "Our execution let us down," said Coetzee.

    After two rounds, the Stormers are heading the South African Conference table as well as the overall standings.

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