Stormers end loosie search

2012-05-22 07:45

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says they won’t continue their search for further loose forward reinforcements.

The men from Cape Town have been laid low at loose forward with knee injuries ruling all of Schalk Burger, Nick Koster, Duane Vermeulen and Nizaam Carr out, prompting them to search for reinforcements abroad.

They did manage to secure the services of Canadian Jebb Sinclair, but were last week keen on making another signing after Carr was ruled out for the season against the Cheetahs.

Die Burger reports that American loose forward Todd Clever, who formerly played for the Johannesburg-based Lions, was set to sign with the Cape franchise but apparent disagreement in the Western Province Rugby Union's ranks prevented the deal from happening.

Last week’s attempts to lure Saracens' Ernst Joubert proved fruitless, while they were also in contact with former Bull Danie Rossouw, who now plays in Japan.

But with Burger and Koster on the comeback trail, the Stormers have decided to rather tap into Western Province's resources. WP won the Vodacom Cup for the first time in their history when they beat Griquas in the final in Kimberley on Friday.

Coetzee said Burger and Koster should be ready for the home game against the Lions on June 30.

"We'll put faith in the young men in the Western Province. The Vodacom Cup team did brilliantly.

"It's only for the next two matches - against the Sharks and Bulls - where we'll struggle with depth," said Coetzee.

The Super Rugby tournament breaks for a few weeks in June when England take on the Springboks in a three-Test series, starting in Durban on June 9.


  • Lionel - 2012-05-22 07:50

    Another F up in the Western Province ranks,what next!!!!!! Anyway back to rugby,plus sign is that the loosies will be ready for the last couple of tough game and playoffs!!!!!!

      Nic - 2012-05-22 09:06

      Lionel, wat gaan aan pel? Management and money issues?... and I also recently heard rumours of P Divvy's possible move to the top structures op WPRU? Anyway, like you said back to the ruggas. Your prediction for the Saaaaks v Stompies? No BS, but I think revenge is on the cards and you boys are gonna get a proper pak. Sharks hungry.

      Lionel - 2012-05-22 09:20

      Nic,I dont really know the story with Divvy as for WPRU,some things are better off not said!!!! Thats what the Sharks also said last year and guess what we beat them at Kings Park.If I am not mistaken we beat then twice in Super rugby last year and once this year even though that means absolutely nothing.You think you guys can take the Chiefs???

      Nic - 2012-05-22 09:44

      Lionel, yes I remember but Sharks hitting form now and all their big guns are back. I will never forget some of the Sharks players' expression after that 3 point loss at Newlands, I'm sure neither do they. Re Chiefs, I think the Bulls will put in a more determined effort, which they were lacking against Otago.

  • Neutedop - 2012-05-22 07:56

    WP rugby did what everyone asked - got him to use our own players, and now still they are in trouble? Come ‘on, for once they made the right decision.

  • Deon - 2012-05-22 08:31

    Time will tell if it was the right decision. Stormers will need to win at least 1 of the 2 next games to stay in the lead.

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-05-22 08:49

    I think it's the right decision by WP. I don't understand my fellow WP supporters u guys cried when we bought Habana saying that we should look in the WP ranks. We need to give these players a chance becoz the another franchise r gonna poach them and we are gonna cry again. What I saw on Friday the level of rugby played i think these players can slot into the Stormers teams especially Fenton-Wells. What I want from WP or STORMERS is players that are supporters of the franchise and homegrown talent. I think that's way to move forward. Use it or lose it

      Lionel - 2012-05-22 08:55

      Paul,I understand what you are saying and I am all for using local talent but this competition is getting hotter and hotter,we need guys with experience!!Siya is still very young as for Elstadt,Jebb's got experience but if injuries show their ugly head again we are stuffed!!!!

      hanjo.overes - 2012-05-22 09:37

      Lionel, Hilton Lobberts - part of the VC team, 25yrs old, 110kg, 1.90m 54 Currie Cup/VC caps, 12 Super rugby caps and 2 Bok caps. started out as a specialist blindside flanker but was converted into and used as a lock at WP. if we were looking for an experienced option from the WP ranks, he would be the obvious choice...I'd have Kolisi move to the back of the scrum and Hilton could easily slot in on the side of the scrum, with the Stormers currently also fielding two blindside type flankers. - he played some good rugby in the 2011 Currie Cup.

      Lionel - 2012-05-22 09:57

      Hanjo,does Lobberts still play rugby:):)Jokes aside,yes I forgot about him!!!!!

      Bossie - 2012-05-22 10:53

      @Hanjo-'ve got to be kidding!!! He's a penalty machine, ek onthou nog hoe dissapointed ek was toe WP hom van die Bulle oorgeneem het

      hanjo.overes - 2012-05-22 11:01

      Bossie, Elstadt is ook n penalty machine, en n vuilgat, maar hy begin elke week... Hilton kan sekerlik nie erger as Elstadt wees nie, ons kan nie dubble standards he nie

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-05-22 11:16

      What about fenton-wells don't u guys rate him? I really think he has a bright future in front of him. He won varsity cup last year

      Bossie - 2012-05-22 11:42

      Hanjo- vra bietjie vir n geharde bul of hy(of sy:-) ) spyt is Mr Lobberts is weg by hulle..??

      Harold - 2012-05-22 12:26

      Not sorry at all, Bossie.

  • Schalk - 2012-05-22 08:55

    Guru, lionel? it's quite apparent to all of us that you suffer from Infantile paralasys of the Brain - Idiot sounds more like it!

      Lionel - 2012-05-22 09:17

      Great comment there,keep it up!!!

      LaBlue - 2012-05-22 09:35

      Schalk ... it's quite apparent to all of us that you're a gelatinous tapeworm.

      Master - 2012-05-22 10:20

      Don't worry about old Schalk here, he's got a blank expression on his face.

  • hanjo.overes - 2012-05-22 08:58

    see who I think should be the next in line loosie, should further injuries occur:

  • Ruan - 2012-05-22 14:40

    Glad they made the decision to play with our own guys.

  • Johan - 2012-05-22 15:21

    Canadians, Americans, Bulls, Sharks etc etc. Everyone say Hi to the Stormer Barbarians! BWA HA HA HA

      Atonio - 2012-05-22 19:30

      And they say the WP junior structure is in good shape but the can choose from that

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