Burger out of Stormers tour

2012-04-01 15:00

Cape Town - The Stormers have named a 26-man touring squad ahead of their four-week tour of Australasia.

Their injured captain, Schalk Burger, will not be travelling with the team.

Burger, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since the first game of the season, was expected to make his return on the tour but coach Allister Coetzee said the skipper will not be risked in any of the four games.

He will only be available to play once they return to South Africa. Jean de Villiers will continue to captain the team.

The Stormers take on the Higlanders in Dunedin on Saturday, followed by matches against the Crusaders, Reds and Force.

"It's a hell of a tough tour but we are looking forward to the challenge," said Coetzee.

Coetzee said that he was happy with their 20-17 win over the Bulls on Saturday but expects more from his squad in the future.

"We set ourselves goals for the first phase of the competition and we are very happy with five from five and top of the log at the moment.

"This first phase was about character building and laying a solid foundation and I think we have made strides there.

"That said though we have achieved nothing yet and we will continue to keep looking to build on each performance.

"We haven't hit our straps yet," said Coetzee.

Stormers Squad:

1.    Steven Kitshoff
2.    Tiaan Liebenberg
3.    Brok Harris
4.    Eben Etzebeth
5.    Andries Bekker
6.    Siya Kolisi
7.    Duane Vermeulen
8.    Nick Koster
9.    Dewaldt Duvenage
10.    Burton Francis
11.    Gio Aplon
12.    Jean de Villiers
13.    Bryan Habana
14.    Gerhard van den Heever
15.    Joe Pietersen
16.    Siyabonga Ntubeni
17.    Frans Malherbe
18.    De Kock Steenkamp
19.    Nizaam Carr
20.    Louis Schreuder
21.    JP du Plessis
22.    Rynhardt Elstadt
23.    Juan de Jongh
24.    Peter Grant
25.    Deon Fourie
26.    Deon Carstens


  • Paul - 2012-04-01 14:41

    Stormers were lucky I would be worry'd as a stormer fan they almost got turned over in their own back yard! And the bulls had 14 men on the pitch for ten min and they couldn't capitalise on that!!But they still won and sits top of the log ! Well done stormers!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 15:04

      @Jacobus, as jy 'n iets wil se en bydrae tot rugby doen dit, maar voel jy nou beter nadat jy ALLE Bull ondersteuners beledig het? Maybe you do, I don't know, skop jy ook jou hond wanneer jy kwaad is?

      stan.basson - 2012-04-01 15:07

      You must now make up your mind if they have done well or if they were lucky . Piss ant sore loser

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 16:56

      Hello Sakkie, jong nee, nog niks weer gehoor nie! Time will tell, I suppose!

      Lion - 2012-04-01 17:02

      Paul... The Stormers don't have much to worry about at this stage of the season... and so the Bulls. They are both magnificent teams on paper and both are loaded with individual brilliance and young talent. Games like these at the top of the log are close fought battles most the time. You can never predict games of this magnitude. This is where the power of South African rugby lies at this moment in time with a few additions here and there from the other franchises. I see the Boks rising to total rugby dominance within the next couple of years. I definitely, without question predict these two teams in the play offs of the S15 and hopefully a final between these two in SA. wouldn't that be great? So... your theory that Stormer supporters (and for that matter Bull supporters) have reason to be worried is utter bullsh@t. Any of these two teams can beat each other on the day. This ball is oval shaped if you didn't know that. Go watch soccer rather. Well done to both these teams. You are doing SA Rugby proud.

      brian.dreyer2 - 2012-04-01 18:01

      A WIN IS A WIN ! Soos Oom Boy Louw(Springbok in die 1930's) gese het; ' Looks at the scoreboard1"

      Paul - 2012-04-01 18:45

      Isak it's not bad sportsmanship I felt the stormers where lucky to win the match and if Morne kicked his goals the bulls could have won the match! They didn't and that's why I said well done to the stormers ! If you call a comment that I left is bad sportsmanship that is your own perogative ! It's the way I felt about the game and surely I'm allowed to view my point as I see fit! @lion I will stick with the rugby if that's ok with you boet!

      René - 2012-04-01 18:55

      @Paul, there's absolutely nothing wrong with your comment, some people tend to read the first few words and then they just go 'babbling'! I fully agree with you, the Bulls had 14 men on the field and 'who scored a try in those 10 minutes??? - The Bulls' The Stormers could've turned the game on its head - but couldn't.

      Priester - 2012-04-01 19:20

      Isak is your nappy leaking? Maybe the liner? Nee jong hou nou op kerm, gister is verby en vandag staan ook al einde se kant toe! Jou span het gewen, geniet dit terwyl jy kan.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 19:32

      @Sakkie, wat nou, lees ons moeilik vannaand?? Te veel ge-celebrate??? Nerens het ek 'ge -IF' nie, maar wanneer jy teen 14 speel moet die span wat 15 spelers op die veld het, die situasie UITBYT! Dis nie rocket science nie Sakkie, dit het niks met die Stormers/Bulle game uit te waai nie..... Dis net wat 'n span wat 'n ekstra speler op die veld het moet doen, 'take advantage of playing against 14 men' -

      Jason - 2012-04-02 11:35

      Boo Hoo...!! Crying over sour spilt milk again...get ova it pal, you lost now move okes are the worst losers and winners in the international rugby community...even worse than Aussies...and that says alot...

  • Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 14:46

    Now that all 'emotions' have settled a bit, congrats to the Stormers! If there's a year to win the Cup, it is 2012!! Good luck (remember if not this year, sorry, the Bulls will not give you a 2nd chance!) Etsebeth, take a bow, what a revelation - absolute fantastic player, its like having an extra man on the field. Really great talent. Good luck on your tour, hope all goes according to 'plan'. PS: Please take note of this, 'cause its the last time I will 'wish you well and congratulate you guys'

      Patrick - 2012-04-01 15:14

      With due respect to the excellent game of Tiaan, but I think Etsebeth should have been Man of the match

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 15:43

      @Patrick, there were too many to choose from but yes only one can be MotM. Mine would be Chiliboy (but that's with my Blue glasses on), but yes Etzebeth was brilliant. I really enjoyed watching him play, young, brute power - I'm jealous he is not wearing Blue (or the occasional Pink)

      Gustav - 2012-04-01 15:55

      Rene jy kan nog van span verander. Raak ook n stormer. Ons wen maar min so ons wenne is extra lekker :)

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 16:03

      @Gustav, thanks man! Laat eerder 'n groen slang my pik voordat ek die Stormers support (joke), nee wat ek's happy met my span - Al het my span verloor, is ek nog steeds baie trots op hulle - daar was maar min tussen die 2 spanne gister! Geniet julle wen - ons sien julle weer op Loftus!

      Priester - 2012-04-01 18:18

      @ René I agree with being a Bulls supporter. Nee jong ek het ook my trots en bly 'n Bul! You made a comment last night which made realise that the Bulls are actually in deep trouble. Should Morne be injured we will be very thin on 10. I don't think Fouche has what it takes although Jantjies currently playing for Blue Bulls seem to be quite able but very inexperienced. Bottom line is that Morne let us down twice this season. Blou Bul Groete!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 18:41

      Hello Priester, het jy dalk die krieket gekyk - Titans vs Highveld Lions? Baie trots op ons spannetjie - 2de trofee die jaar! Oor Morne, wanneer laas het hy ruskans gekry? Hy speel elke wedstryd vir 80 minute, hy kry gemiddeld 20 minute af vir elke 10 wedstyde wat hy speel. "Vlokskop' en die management sal moet kanse waag met die jonger spelers, so kan dit nie aangaan nie. Indirek het Morne ons nou 2 games al gekos, alhoewel ek blameer hom nie - maar iets moet gedoen word!

      Priester - 2012-04-01 19:13

      René die krieket was great! Ek het 'n riller verwag maar die Lions was totaal oorskadu. Die wen help darem vir gister se hartseer! Ek dink Tony Jantjies en Fouche moet meer game time kry maar die ultimate sal wees vir Vlokskop om te gaan shop!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 19:41

      @Priester, shop se jy? Hougaard (Derick) is natuurlik in onderhandelinge - not a bad choice, maar dis eers einde Mei 2012. Ons bou mos die jaar, so hulle moet maar v.d. melkbaardjies vinnig hardebaarde maak. Ek hou ook van Wesley Dunlop, hy speel tans vir Tukkies (en is laasjaar vir die Leopards geleen). Hy het hierdie seisoen baie baie goed gedoen vir Tukkies en is 'n sterk speler - ek weet dus 'n 'huge step up' van Varsity Cup na Super15, maar hy het al Currie Cup gespeel. Dis maar my thoughts.

      Priester - 2012-04-01 19:51

      Dunlop is goed en toon ook potensiaal. Het hom nog net 2 keer sien speel. Hougaard sal altyd welkom wees en mag dalk net die beste in Morne weer uit bring. Gaan nou golf kyk, Oosthuizen doen goed!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-01 20:05

      Enjoy, geniet die aand verder!!! Go Oosthuizen!!!!

      Melt - 2012-04-01 22:05

      @Rene, Haai ek is baie bly om te sien jy is in n beter bui vandag. Gewoonlik kom skok met ontkenning, aanvaarding ens ens. Jy het gou herstel en jy gee al komplimente, ek is trots op jou. Kom ek gee julle Bulle gou n julle wil koop koop J. du Plessis van die Maties....sien hy is in die Stormers se toergroep opgeneem. Strate beter as Sadie, groter, sterker, vinniger en jonger. Steyn sal weer regkom, daar is baie druk op hom om goed te doen. Jammer J. Potgieter is reeds 27 hy sou lekker saam met die jong manne ingepas het, teen 2015 is hy reeds 30 en bietjie lank in die tand vir n flank. Jou kommentaar oor Etsebeth is korrek hy is n bielie en onthou laas jaar het hy ook net vir die Ikeys gespeel? Strongs vir julle Bulle Sat dit gaan weer n grote wees.

  • Jean - 2012-04-01 14:59

    All the best to the stormers... Just try to keep your momentum going during the second half of a match

  • Jean - 2012-04-01 15:00

    All the best to the stormers... Just try to keep your momentum going during the second half of a match

  • Chris - 2012-04-01 15:02

    Ek het gewag met hierdie post tot na die game. Sou ek dit voor die game plaas, sou dit gesien word as suurdruiwe. Sedert die dae van 'n Eben Olivier en H. O. de Villiers is die WP my span en ek sal doodgaan as 'n trotse WP-ondersteuner. So, as ware rugbyliefhebber is ek vanaf my kaalvoetdae 'n fanatiese ondersteuner en niks sal dit ooit verander nie. So glo ek elke ware rugbyliefhebber het SY span. So ook 'n Craig Joubert, 'n Marius Jonker, 'n Mark Lawrence, 'n Jonathan Kaplan, 'n Jaco Peyper ensovoort. Niemand sal my oortuig dat hulle nie ook al van laerskooldae af 'n span fanaties ondersteun het/nog ondersteun nie. Onthou: eenkeer 'n bekeerde, altyd 'n bekeerde! Rugby is anders as meeste ander sporte in die sin dat 80%+ beslissings 50/50 is. Vra my, ek het darem self 'n handjievol skolewedstryde geblaas. In plein Afrikaans: dis nie so moeilik om wedstryde so 'n bietjie te manipuleer nie - veral nie 'close ones' nie. Ons almal weet waar ou Craig se belange le (Naas-aanbidder= Bul) en ek dink nie Marius 'Bloubal' Jonker slaag baie goed daarin om sy affiniteit te versteek nie. So sal ek toegee ou Mark L. en Jonathan K. het so 'n effense ou sagte plekkie vir die WP/Stormers erenste in hul binnestes! My punt: Jare al bepleit ek a.g. v. my redenasie hierbo dat SA Derbies deur 'n oorsese ref hanteer moet word - dus SA Super 15 en Curriebeker-grotes GROOT asseblief. Dit sal sommer ook die druk van ons refs afhaal en al die gestry oor refs sal finaal tot die verlede behoort.

      Eben - 2012-04-01 16:44

      i agree chris.

      Priester - 2012-04-01 18:24

      Chris ek stem 100%. En dit is nie oor gister se wedstryd nie, gaan lees my comments. Die bottom line is dat neutrale skeidsregters gebruik moet word. Dit kan selfs verder gaan met Suidelike halfrond refs blaas in die Noordelike Heineken Cup / Six Nations en anders om. Blou Bul Groete!

      Jco - 2012-04-01 20:18

      Chris, ken jy Craig persoonlik? Sommige wel! Hy is nie 'n Naas-aanbidder=Bul nie. Hy is nie 'n nommer een Bul fan nie! Skokkend dat jy so 'n stelling maak, vra die wat hom ken! Al wat ek wil 'comment'! Ek ken ook Mark Lawrence persoonlik, jul sal verbaas wees oor wie hul eindelik in hart en siel ondersteun! Ek kan net noem jul assumptions oor die twee is verkeerd!

      Johan - 2012-04-01 21:18

      @ Chris - Lanklaas dat iemand soveel sin gemaak!!!!! Stem 100% saam!!!! Stormers Groete

      Chris - 2012-04-02 14:38

      @Jco: Dit gaan nie hier oor of ek hul ken of nie. Obvious sal sulke hoe profiel refs hul voorkeure en affiniteit geheim hou sover moontlik - tog menslik skemer dit gereeld deur as hul blaas. Craig het met een van ons voorste verslaggewers in 'n onderhoud vertel hoe hy rugby leer liefkry het as 'n tjokker met Naas sy hero. Of die verslaggewer dit uit sy duim gesuig het, weet ek nie. In elk geval: Wat is daar te verloor deur die druk van ons refs af te haal deur bloot hierdie games aan oorsese refs te gee - hul blaas steeds Super 15 - net oorsee in plaas van plaaslik. Dink jy nie die tuisskare sit in elk geval al meer as genoeg druk op hierdie boy'kies nie?!!!

  • Saffa - 2012-04-01 16:21

    Who is Burger?

      Saffa - 2012-04-01 18:17

      @Frans Who is Schalk Burger? I've never seen him hold a trophy in 11 years

      Johan - 2012-04-01 21:22

      @Saffa - Is jy al oor die ergste Skok??? Stormers 20 Ballerinas 17 - Swak verloorder! Gaan eerder terug hok toe - Ons soek intelligente kommentaar!!!! Julle het pakslae gekry en jy was weereens verkeerd!!!!

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-02 09:28

      @saffa- ek dink hulle bedoel weepee mag ni hamburgers of kaas burgers of hoenne burgers saam vat op di vliegtuig ni?? ..maar hoor hulle gaan ten minste 15 slaaiblare saamneem?? ai hier vegetariers daar onder...weepee jou leke deng!!!

      Papa-storm - 2012-04-02 09:40

      die flamingos het darem baie bek vandag

      Raymond - 2012-04-03 21:23

      You find a variety at the Spur.A stupid answer to a stupid person.

  • Frans - 2012-04-01 17:40

    @Chris,Eben en Isak ek kan nie met julle saamstem oor ons skeidsregters op hierdie vlak dat hulle partydig vir enige van ons spanne is nie, en dit is ook Andre Watson se mening(SOOS ons almal weet n persoon wat baie hoog aangeslaan word) hulle maak wel foute soos ons almal maar meer as dikwels fout albei kante toe.

      Chris - 2012-04-01 18:45

      @Frans: Verstaan my mooi: ek betwyfel nie die gehalte van enige van hierdie skeidsregters nie; ook nie hul eerlikheid nie - bloot hul MENSLIKHEID. In elk geval: kan enige iemand iets daaruit verloor as die wedstryde deur oorsese skeidsregters geblaas word? Maklik: stuur Aus/NZ-refs oor na ons en ons refs oor daardie kant toe. Terloops: As daar nou een ref was wat ek nie vertrou het nie, dan was dit nou Watson (O ja...en Tappe Henning, Jimmy Smith-Belton en Max Baise)!

  • Frans - 2012-04-01 17:49

    @Saffa This column is meant for intelligent people who atleast know the names of players in the compitition unless you were asleep for 100 years like Rip van Winkel, if you have never heard of him, find out.Whats more its better to sometimes just shut up than making a fool of yourself.

  • leeflj - 2012-04-01 17:50

    Well done my beloved Stormers, maar moet julle nou week na week my hart amper laat staan!! Tyd om die sokkies op te trek. Best of luck for the upcoming tour to Australasia.. TAKE NO PRISONERS!!

  • brian.dreyer2 - 2012-04-01 18:03

    A win is a win, no matter how ugly - it is points on the log that counts!

  • Elaine - 2012-04-02 09:06

    'n wen is 'n wen is 'n wen.... 14 manne/16 manne/swak ref/hoeveel redes ookal. Ons as Stormer supporters moes al baie bitter pille sluk. Ook skoppe wat gemis was/refs wat blind was en soveel meer.... so ek geniet die wen, julle sou seker dieselfde gedoen het!

      Gerald - 2012-04-02 13:17

      Elaine geluk met jou span se wen my hart bloei vir my Bulle (Bakkies van Franschhoek)

  • Jason - 2012-04-02 11:44

    I'm just laughing at some of these comments been left by both sets of supporters over the past couple of days. Firstly, Stormers won as they were the better team on the night. They aren't playing their best rugby at the moment and are still unbeaten, if they start playing their best rugga, I think alot of teams will get a hiding. Secondly, The Bulls played well and are still serious title contenders, as per usual. The majority of their supporters, unfortunately, make it hard for other teams supporters to be complimentary towards them due to their arrogant and know it all attitudes. I hope both teams make it to the finals again...always a good tense match when hese two are involved...

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