Schalk 'touch and go'

2011-03-14 10:16

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has said it is “touch and go” whether regular captain Schalk Burger will be back from injury in time to lead his team in their massive Vodacom Super Rugby challenge against the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus on Saturday.

There is no denying that the Stormers need a fit Burger for the match against the team that beat them in last year’s final. The Bulls are always extremely physical opponents, particularly when they play their fierce traditional rivals from the Cape, and Burger is one of the hard men in a Stormers pack that sometimes carries a question mark when it comes to mixing it with physical sides like the Bulls and Sharks.

However, while Coetzee has said there is a chance to Burger could be ready for Loftus, it seems more likely that the tough Springbok flanker will begin the easing back process the week after the Bulls clash, when the Stormers host the Western Force at Newlands.

“It is possible that Schalk will be back to play for us in Pretoria, but you have to remember that this is a very long season for us, so if there is any doubt, I would prefer to take the conservative route,” said Coetzee after his team’s encouraging 18-6 win over the Highlanders.

“It is pointless to rush a player back and then see him injured again. I wouldn’t want to jeopardise the chances of us having Schalk for the bulk of the remainder of the competition. So the game against the Force might be the ideal time for us to reintroduce Schalk and start bringing Anton van Zyl back into the picture.”

Van Zyl has been out since the pre-season after dislocating his collar-bone during a training session in February. Burger has been out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury sustained in the three point victory over the Lions that started the Stormers’ 2011 campaign.

The good news for the Stormers is that apart from JC Kritzinger, who is set to be out for a while with a knee injury, they should be at full muster at prop when the side for Loftus is selected.

Both Brok Harris and CJ van der Linde should be available for selection for the Loftus clash. Harris pulled out of the team to play the Highlanders with a wrist injury after the captain’s practice on Friday, while Van der Linde limped off with what looked like a leg injury in the second half.

Another prop, the promising young Frans Malherbe, will also be back in the selection frame after not playing this week because of flu. Jaque Fourie is also now completely over his injury and looks set to start at Loftus, which could mean that Jean de Villiers will lead the side from wing if Burger is still absent.

While the Stormers didn’t score any tries in their 18-6 win over the Highlanders, it was a significant step forward from previous performances. The Stormers’ domination of the collisions, and the physicality and aggression they brought to their approach to the breakdowns, should be seen as a confidence booster ahead of their trip to Pretoria.

Both teams played down the bouts of fighting that broke out at stages of the first half by pointing to the overall physicality of the game – “It was like a test match,” said Stormers captain Jean de Villiers – and said that it was part of the sport.

It might even have been a good thing for the Stormers in that their next opponents are renowned for their intimidation tactics, particularly against the Stormers.

“The Highlanders threw down a physical challenge to us and I am proud of the guys that we didn’t take a step back,” said De Villiers.


  • The_Fox - 2011-03-14 11:18

    Weet nie wat gaan Saterdag gebeur nie - ons wen net nie op Moftus nie en dus moet 'n ou seker maar met die Bulls gaan vir 'n wen. Ek gaan nogsteeds my Stormpies ondersteun, dis verseker. Die bloed gaan vloei..

  • Sofa King. - 2011-03-14 11:22

    Why. Why do we have wings? Why are we one dimensional in attack? Why is Pierre Spies pardoned from any form of defense? Why does Wynand Olivier think he is a battering Ram? Why do we look like headless chicken on a rugby field? Why why why??? I hope that the BB management team took note of the Stormers ferocious approach on the loose ball. It will be a looong afternoon if the Bulls are not on song!!

  • Offbeat - 2011-03-14 11:36

    I'm looking forward to this game. While the Bulls are always a tough team on Loftus, Stormers showed a helluva lot of grit against a very determined Highlanders team. It should be an interesting match, to say the least.

  • Zip23 - 2011-03-14 11:49

    @ thumper. When Mumford belittles someone by calling him a "mof", its shows that he regards someone that is a "mof" as inferior to him. If you are fine with that, then I say each man for himself. But Im not going to "get over myself" because you say so. This is not a forum for hetrosexual men exclusively.

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 12:22

      Shew but you are a baby! I think its time for a nappy change! Is this how they breed Blue Bull Supporters??

  • John - 2011-03-14 11:53

    The Stormers have a serious case of analysis paralysis. They need to be given freedom to express themselves in open play. I suspect Rassie & Alister are playing the games from off the field because the team is looking a little hesitant in everything they do. I would like to see them knock 1 or 2 penalties into touch and go for the try. 3 from 3 is awesome but they will need to start scoring tries.

  • zabber - 2011-03-14 12:09

    Stormers suck

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 12:17

      Another wannabee Pappa Smurf or what...........

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 12:21

      agreed! Rather come up with your own saying then copy someone else's!

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-14 13:13

      Stormers, peenat en Mumford suck!!!!!

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 13:16

      There we go pappa.what else did you learn at school today?

  • Wagga - 2011-03-14 12:18

    I really hope that Schalk will be playing against the Bulls, that will be at least 9 points to the Bulls for penalties and at least another 5 points for a missed tackle from palooka Schalk. Schalk will be again the man of the match for the Bulls just like in the final of last year. Go Schalk, I hope to see you on the field on Saturday. Bulls by 15.

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 12:24

      Ja no Schalk is useless.How he ever wore a Bok jersey.I mean he is seen around the world as the worst loose forward ever.He could really learn from Bakkies on how not to give away penalties or how not to get sent off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 12:53

      Hehehehehehe - the laager is forming,the Smurfs are getting nervous & Bulls fans are trying to tell us, that the Bulls SHOULDN'T be favourites at their own fortress....???? It's the EL-'onsismiskienindiek*k-NINO effect...

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 12:58

      @saffa_cat and they doing this by trying to run down our own players.Can you imagine if we beat them in there own back yard??? Would love to be a fly on the wall @Alwyn or Pappa's house!

      Christelle - 2011-03-14 13:01

      Mumford - Ek moet eerlik se jy vat dit te ver en hoort nie op hierdie forum nie.As ek na al jou uitlatings kyk moet jy duidelik selfbeheersing beoefen maar jy gaan seker een of ander swak aanmerking te se he.Jy behoort jouself te skaam.

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 13:04

      @christelle..looks like the pressure is mounting????

      Christelle - 2011-03-14 13:15

      Mumford - Geen druk nie maar wees menslik teenoor almal.Dit is net n' game saterdag.Niks meer en niks minder.Sterkte

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 13:28 is our passion(men, all the crap that is going on in this country, the one good thing we have going for us is our sport(especially rugby).Yes it is just a game, but a game with high stakes and a lot of pride involved.So either enjoy the passion or go comment on politics with all the other winers!!!

      Wagga - 2011-03-14 13:47

      @Christelle.Moet jou nie aan daardie onopgevoede Capies steur nie, dit is maar hulle manier daai en daardie uittand SAFFA-CAT tert is die voorbok as dit by beledigings kom.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 13:50

      @Gooinat - Alwyn changed his pic after I ragged him about his Bull pens tum tum :) (And yes, it might seem nasty - but Alwyn has called quite a few Stormer fans who have had their pics up "fat" - so as HE opened up the FAT issue for discussion, I took it on...)

      Alwyn - 2011-03-14 14:39

      Hi Saffa cat,no i m not reformed,were just f-cking with your peanut brain,Stormers suck big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!this weekend you will see what rugby should look like when we get a bonus point for four tries against you,,,,,,,,,,

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 14:51

      AL WEER WYN IS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!,you can have your 1 point for the 4 tries,I will even throw in another if you lose by 7,but we will be taking 5 points back to the fairest Cape on Sunday morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!Nice picture there Mighty Mouse!!!!!!!!!

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 15:00

      @Alwyn...nah i think you went missing for a while as you need to plan what you want to say the night before!Are you a bit lost for words, here is a new one for you Stormers suck!!!!! DHL Suck.

  • Viv - 2011-03-14 13:40

    Stormetjies and Bulletjies are looking pretty weak at the moment. GO SHARKS!!

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 13:43

      hey, hey! I bet your underpants had a few brown marks in them 15 min before the final whistle?? 34-32.Would not call that a great win!

  • Alwyn - 2011-03-14 14:47

    Hey SAFFA CAT,you can call me names i dont care,you call Bulls names,but by calling my daugther names you are crossing the line,now hope i dont get hold of you,you will end up with your head stuffed up your arse,Why dont you make your comments with your face added? is it perhaps that you,gooinat and and your sidekick Mumford is so f-cken ugly that you are ashamed of youself or perhaps that you are cowards,F-ck with other people dont F-ck with me

      Alwyn - 2011-03-14 15:00

      I tried to be civilised on this forum but penisheads like youself makes it difficult to actually have constructive comments on this forum,and you give the rest of the Stormer supporters a bad name ,and they dont desreve it,

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 15:25 need to take your ass out of your head.Every comment you have told people they are f...this and f.... that.Now you insult me! Grow up boy, you are a typical reason why the opposition team supporters dont want to go to Loftus.Fat brandy drinking pigs!!!

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 15:32

      @Alwyn,Phew but thats a mouthful,remember you climbed into my personality first,calling me all the names you can think of,if you can dish it out you must be able to take it,that vein in your head is going to burst very soon my buddy,take a chill pill!!!!You look a bit fat in that picture,by the way!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 15:33

      I said nothing about your daughter dude? Whoah there.....I have not even looked at your 'new' pic? I teased you about YOUR PIC OF YOURSELF you had on...Nee man, LEES REG, EN DAN KOM PERFORM....Ek het jou 'dogter' nog nooit gesien nie ou pel. Don't threaten me, when I have NO idea what you are talking about.....

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 15:35

      And to add: "Are you 'all up there mate?" - seriously? You seem to me like you're a few pills short of an overdose.....

      Alwyn - 2011-03-14 15:37

      Say you the brave faceless prick commenting on this forum,bet you are realy to scared to use your real name or pic because yor face might match youre arse,i have to say again,i tried to be civilised regarding this forum but the brave people like you hiding behing a computor are making it impossible to have constructive rugby discussions

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 15:44

      If you wanna have a go at someone about a picture then have a go at me,I commented on your previous picture(youve changed it again) and there was no picture of a girl,it looked like a guy showing off he's muscles that why I called it Mighty Mouse,the picture of you wearing in the Bulls mascot does look better though,if it is any consolation to you(haha)

      Alwyn - 2011-03-14 15:47

      Sorry SAFFA CAT,,,,was youre sidekick gooinat..........EN NEE EK IS NIE OP PILLE NIE,,,ek hou net nie daarvan dat n gesiglose doos my dogter beledig of name noem nie ,ek fok hom baie vinnig op,vloek my,maar los my kinders uit jou kak uit anders sal jy met n baie befokte pa te doen kry

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 15:49

      And NO Alwyn I will not accept your apology for threatening that THEE can truly see I had no idea what the f@rk you were on about. After reading "Gooinats" comment below about the innocent remark he made about a pic (of whoever was in the pic you posted? I scrolled up. And seriously Alwyn - I'm not sure why you have got yourself all tossed up over nothing. Mate, my advice: take an ativan or 2, wash down with 750ml brannas, watch a replay of the Bulls/Highlanders game.......

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 15:58

      Luister Alwyn,ek het nie jou dogter beledig nie,eks nie so siek nie,daar was geen prentjie van jou dogter nie,hoekom het jy dan die ander prentjie so vinnig dan afgehaal,seker om te probeer ek moet lyk soos die vark in die verhaal,ek herhaal baie stadig wat ek gese it,EK HET NIE JOU DOGTER BELEDIG NIE,EN DAAR WAS GEEN PRENTJIE VAN JOU DOGTER WAT EK GESIEN IT OP JOU PROFILE NIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-14 16:10

      @Gooinat - that chap is in need of 'intervention'. I suggest we actually ignore "it" and it's tantrums in the future.....What a chop (of the pork variety) - he has spent weeks making vulgar comments about Stormer fans & their mothers/sisters etc, and now he falls out of the bus totally, with false allegations that you said something about his daughters photo? Nah, it ain't worth it.....

      Mumford - 2011-03-14 16:16

      The first comment Alwyn made to me was about my wife!!! Anyway lets stick to the game.We have to start scoring tries.We cant only rely on the kicking boot against the Bulls.They have a strong pack and can be lethal in the line outs.We need to rattle there cage and disrupt there game plan and then aim for that white line.Come on boys, dont choke on us!

      gooinat - 2011-03-14 16:22

      @Saffa,agreed,will ignore him from now on completely,the boy is not himself today.Alwyn,I am not going to apologise for something I did not say,don't try and put words in my mouth....Have a good evening all!!!!!

      Bootman - 2011-03-14 17:29

      I have been reading the comments on this forum for a few weeks now and basically pissing myself. Now for some or other reason things seem to be getting serious. I say if you comment on a public forum you open yourself up to ridicule and insult. The reason for this is that for every opinion you have, there will be about a hundred people with a different one. So, what it comes down to, is if you cant handle it, make like a tree and leave. PS. Go Stormers, BULLS SUCK!!!!!!!

      mike - 2011-03-14 22:01

      Alwyn the reason they don't have constructive conversions about rugby is they don't have a freakin clue about the game. Read there attempts at descent comments and you'll soon discover that if they not swearing or calling people names they actually have nothing to say. Oh and I think its so cute that the 3 of them stick up for each other, I remember doing that in pre-school. Adorable little muskateers!

  • sanza - 2011-03-14 21:08


      Bootman - 2011-03-14 22:30

      sanza you write like a dyslexic baboon.

      Jik - 2011-03-16 08:06

      Uh... Yes dude, your embarrassing us and degrading our franchise..

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