Stormers continue loosie hunt

2012-05-08 07:47

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says he is still looking for an experienced loose forward after negotiations with Francois Louw proved unsuccessful.

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The Stormers are short of loose forward experience with Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster all out with knee injuries.

This prompted them to try gain the services of Louw, who currently plies his trade with English club Bath.

Die Burger reports that Coetzee is still keen to sign a suitable eighthman or blindside flank to fill the void left by injuries.

"The plan with Francois Louw is unfortunately off.

"For now we'll have to make do with what we've got. Western Province made the semi-finals of the Vodacom Cup so it's good to be able to use players from there.

"However, it does not mean that I can't look elsewhere for a player. We need someone with experience.

"We need someone that can play No 8 or No 7 because Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster are both injured. Siya (Kolisi) is doing really well at No 6 and Deon Fourie also showed on tour he can play there," said Coetzee.

Kolisi missed practice on Monday but is expected to start against the Cheetahs.

"Siya is a bit stiff, but we only rested him as a precautionary measure. He'll be ready this weekend," said Coetzee.

The Stormers take on the Cheetahs at Newlands (19:10 kick-off) on Saturday evening.


  • Grant - 2012-05-08 08:05

    The question now is who fits the bill? F Louw would have been absolutely perfect! How Stormers let this quality player go in the first place is beyond me! I would have approached Luke Watson but he is not playing currently....Not sure what other candidates there are and wo is available....perhaps a loosie at Saracens?

      John - 2012-05-08 08:16

      Schalk Brits may be an option. He has played at 8th man and also offers another option at hooker. Maybe a Frenchman wants a run in S15. Cabal, Dusautoir, Harinordoquy all good players.

      WernerZA - 2012-05-08 09:08

      Wouldn't touch Luke with a ten foot pole...

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 10:00

      @Grant - twas the Bok setup that caused Louw to leave......If I recall correctly, his agent at the time said that if Louw was selected for the Bok group he would have stayed - but he wasn't AT THAT STAGE. So: our union could not match the cash being offered in the north, and his only reason to stay down here for far less money technically taken away from him (a Bok call up at that stage) - what was he to do?

      Jason - 2012-05-08 11:28

      He had no choice but to leave, he was seriously over looked!

      Gavin - 2012-05-08 12:44

      If Luke Watson is fit I will play him because he can play flank and NO.8 and had a lot of experience.

      Pietie - 2012-05-08 15:40

      @Gavin, Grant You're right. Of the Big Five South African teams, only the Stormers would pick Puke Luke!

      Burtfred - 2012-05-09 08:34

      Earl Rose is looking for a game.

  • Lionel - 2012-05-08 08:06

    Nothing wrong with giving Nizaam Carr another run at 8,I thought he had a good enough game against the Force!!!!!!

      Jed - 2012-05-08 08:17

      100% Lionel but , if carr or Kolisi get's injured we are F*&@ed!

      mkwetane - 2012-05-08 08:51

      Yeah true lionel he really had a good game wit kolisi as well , let's give young stars a chance and see what they capable off !

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 10:04

      @Lionel - the current loose trio of youngsters will be fine starting. The hassle comes if one of them are injured........Armand and co have VERY little experience, and I for one would only start one of them IF there was some sort of 'serious' experience somewhere in the loose trio (And Elstadt, Kolisi and Carr do not fit that 'very experienced' bill) I think Alistair is covering his bases here - as would I. ESPECIALLY is say for example, Duane, Schalk and Nic have rehab setbacks etc etc etc - players are never guaranteed a return date as anything can happen during recovery.......(It would be cr@p is we went into the last few weeks of the tournie with nothing in the loose forward cupboard....I think Alistair is planning ahead here to be honest....)

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 11:20

      Well he is hurrying it up old Raven........that's why he is doing it now. And yes, the loosie will qualify as injury cover.......He is planning ahead, nothing wrong with that. In the same way you chaps up north are getting Liefling ready behind the scenes to make his Moftus comeback if Morne is injured......Just not sure who the Spies back up is(although he never gets injured...) as Lady Gaga is currently on a world tour.

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 11:22

      @japjapjap - well at least we be 'getting it' - when last did you have a date other than your right hand? *just asking*

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 17:54

      Saffa Brat... Still going on about Spies I see! Still fantasizing about him before you cry yourself to sleep at night hey... toothless fairy?

  • John - 2012-05-08 08:08

    Get Luke Watson on loan after Vodacom Cup ends..

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-05-08 08:13

      The Kings are already out of the Vodacom Cup - they couldn't reach the semis..

      FeF - 2012-05-08 08:21

      so that he can stuff up the team spirit thanks...we have a happy squad now,no need for politics or puking!!!!

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-08 09:00

      Luke is a senior player so was not used in the Vodacom Cup for EP, EP know what they can expect from him. Just coming off an injury anyway

      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 16:38

      Luke Watson is streets better than any loosie you currently have in WeeeePeee man!

  • Pedro - 2012-05-08 08:09

    Use the youngsters...throw them in the deep end. Stormers groete

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-08 08:28


      RealTokolos - 2012-05-08 16:40

      Where are you off to Papa Storm? On the buss to "no trophy land" again?

  • Chuck - 2012-05-08 08:20

    What about Jaques Cronje? He is playing amazing rugby in France. Ernst Joubert, Justin Melck?

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-08 09:02

      Stormers cant afford them

      Hanjo - 2012-05-08 10:02

      The Stormers are actually looking for an openside flanker, someone who plays to the ball, a fetcher, that's why Louw was first prize...the players above may be experienced, but they don't exactly fit the bill in my opinion.

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-08 08:57

    Why buy when you have the youngsters to fill the boots? There will be quite a few loosies on the market come end of Super 15 if needed

  • Neil - 2012-05-08 10:05

    The Stormers do have loosies and enough, however AC is correct in saying that we need some experience,but I'm content to allow the youngsters to carry us through. Stormers/WP did offer Louw a contract, but he has decided even before the WC last year to persue his career in the Northern Hemisphere and not because of WP, but Springbok management who kept selecting formless senior boks and how many loosies do you want on your books? which will present another issue of when to play youngsters. Loosing young players to other provinces will ALWAYS be difficult to deal with because you can't accomodate all in one team although they are contracted they want to play. FACT

  • Greg - 2012-05-08 10:07

    Get Josh Strauss...He's originally from the cape (Paarl Gym I think).

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-08 10:17

      and he will be a free agent next season

      Rohann - 2012-05-08 14:02

      He was in Paarl boys with me and then he went to Paul Roos std9 and 10. Yes I also rate him highly but I am a bit biased ;-)

  • Jacques - 2012-05-08 10:33

    WP moet hul trots in hul sak steek en Schalk Brits terug lok Kaap toe. Dan het jy op enige dag n kompeterende 2,7 of 8 in jou span.

      Jacques - 2012-05-08 12:08

      @PTA jappie. Jul klomp bulle met jul oogklappe... Soos die Aussies dink jul is al span in die wereld. Met jul boepense en gepimpde karre. Moet se n mens moet 99% brein dood wees om met Poefter Spies aan te karring en dan nog kaptein ook. Solank hy kaptein is en speel slaap ons rustig hier in die kaap.

      Saffa - 2012-05-08 12:25

      @Jacques - solank Britney Spies (soos Keo se mense hom gedoop het) aanhou vir die Bokke speel, slaap die Kiwis en Aussies ook rustig......hartseer hartseer hartseer.

  • Jacques Ziemkendorf - 2012-05-08 10:41

    allister moet sy kop gebruik en vir rohan kitshoff wan die wp gebruik dis presies wat hy nodig het nou gaan krap hy oorsee rond nee man kom reg!

  • wshikwambana - 2012-05-08 10:57

    It was beyond our means to keep Flo but we certainly shouldn't have let Pieter Louw go as well, he was a solid player. Why don't we try to get him back, wherever he is?

  • Gavin - 2012-05-08 12:38

    Why dont Allistair get Big Joe he is doing good at Toulon as captain.

  • Rohann - 2012-05-08 13:58

    Bring Josh Struass home!

  • Peter - 2012-05-08 14:16

    Where is Pieter Louw? Is he not available? I don't see him anywhere!

  • Bootman - 2012-05-08 15:50

    Two words....................ROBBIE DIACK.

  • Jacobus - 2012-05-08 19:37

    kry vir luke watson, blou ape se nagmerry

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