Aplon goes under the knife

2011-02-10 22:38

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – The Stormers suffered a big injury scare with star wing Gio Aplon having to undergo a scope on his right knee on Wednesday.

Coach Allister Coetzee confirmed the procedure when quizzed by Sport24. He is yet to receive feedback from the medical people involved, but is confident that Aplon will be fit for the Stormers’ first game against the Lions on February 26.

The Stormers opted for the procedure due to continued inflammation of Aplon's knee. He had a major workload at the Stormers, Western Province and Springboks last year.

“Gio did not undergo an operation. It was a scope to have a look at what is wrong with the knee,” said Coetzee.

“We just need to make sure. I don’t want to get to the middle of the competition and then his knee packs up. He’s available for our first game.”

Coetzee said that a player was usually sidelined for 2 to 4 weeks after such a procedure. The Stormers have a bye next week before taking on the Lions the following weekend.

If Aplon is not available, Coetzee has the option of using use Jean de Villiers, Danie Poolman or JJ Engelbrecht on the wing. Poolman and Engelbrecht are due to be in action in Saturday’s friendly match against Boland at Newlands.

Engelbrecht featured for WP in last year’s Currie Cup, while Poolman was a regular try-scorer for the under-21 side.

The uncertainty surrounding Aplon will also up the pressure on Bryan Habana to get back to his best form.

The International Rugby Board’s player of 2007 took some flack from the Newlands crowd on Saturday when he failed to catch a pass.

However, Coetzee defended Habana this week.

“I’m not looking at the issue emotionally. I would like to show you his involvement and work-rate, not just the flashy moments where he scores tries,” said Coetzee.

“It happens now and then that players knock the ball. Everybody makes mistakes. But you don’t easily get someone who competes so well for the ball in the air, defends well and gets involved so much.

“I’m very happy with Bryan’s work-rate. He makes a contribution and as long as he does that I will be happy. How bad can he be if that’s the case?”

Coetzee wants Habana to continue working hard fearlessly.

“If you never see a player making mistakes but he doesn’t do anything, how good is he really? I’d rather have someone who makes four or five mistakes, but makes 20 contributions.”


  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-11 05:04


      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 05:41

      Yep I Agree , but one who is more overated is that Idiot of a GERHARD on the wing for Blou Idioote

      Butcher Boy - 2011-02-11 07:11

      Agree Cliff!!

      seeps.mazi - 2011-02-11 07:41

      Agree with Cliff and I just think Pappa Smurf is the type that played 7th team rugby for Eersterus Hoer so his knowledge of rugby is limited to him slagging people that actually played at a decent level?? It's ok dude we understand

      Jean - 2011-02-11 07:45

      The idiot here, once again is papa smurf! you cant admit that Aplon is a Awesome player, Not just an exciting attacker, but one of the most fearles defenders in world rugby! Also, despite habanas few mistakes on sat, hes work rate was very high! very good competing for the ball in the air!

      Anchorman - 2011-02-11 08:09

      Pappa smurf has no comeback lmao & lol & lokl & lmbimp

      tiaanburger - 2011-02-11 08:36

      @pappasmurf, yes, seriously, open your eyes next time you watch this "little" oke compared to other players, he takes on the biggest boys in rugby! I've seen it and said it more than once, so check it out a little next time you flip thru the channels and happen to see a rugby game.

      jakes001 - 2011-02-11 08:44

      Your comments are dismal and inappropriate. I would honestly like News24 to remove u from this blog. This is not what we need here please. We have people participating that have decent principles. Please keep your grubby comments to yourself.

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-11 08:59

      @jakes. Ek soek net n bietjie aandag man.

      Makutu - 2011-02-11 09:01

      Now I am questioning your English. Did you say overrated? Ok ok ok... How then are you rated sir? Over or under? In whatever you do. I hope it's not hunting ducks at the sewage pond in Burundi.

      Johnny - 2011-02-11 09:27

      Agree Pappa Smurf... .....Baby Aplon is just another quota player... Always Injured Ralepelle.....

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 15:28

      GraemeBB: You are a real C&*T, I try to agree with somebody , who comes from a town / supports a bunch of Blue Pr@#ks, and you are up in arms again, , you blue rubbish are really the pits , no wonder everyone thinks the same as me!!!

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 15:38

      seeps.mazi: but you must realise , he was 33 then , his most difficult 3 years in school were in std 4

      Toby - 2011-02-12 17:51

      Pappa Smurf praat stront !

  • rockster666 - 2011-02-11 07:49

    Hes only good at playing with his third little leg hahahaha.

      Ichabod - 2011-02-11 08:51

      Dude, that's a really lame attempt at humour.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-11 08:45

    A bit of empathy towards our friend Pappa Smurf folk......(play nice with the 'special' kids my mom always told me, God loves them 2)

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-11 09:00

      Thank you, I really appreciate it. There's not much love in foster homes.

  • tonyg3589 - 2011-02-11 08:51

    Black & White, Nothing else matters!!!!!!!!!! Go Sharks!!!!!

      Johnny - 2011-02-11 09:28

      ...also overrated....

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-11 10:03

      @Johnny - I reckon most of the woman you date say the same about you?

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-11 10:44

      Atleast Jonny gets woman far enough to rate him.

  • kosie - 2011-02-11 10:15

    @ anchorman what does Imoa & lokl & imbimp mean

      Anchorman - 2011-02-11 11:25

      lmao - laugh my ass off, lokl - laugh out k*k loud, lmbimp - laugh me binne in my p*#S

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-11 11:30

      Anchorman jy's donners common man!

  • GraemeBB - 2011-02-11 10:39

    Cliff doesnt even support his own - typical. And Cliffie must just get in his insult for the day, makes him feel like a man. I respect Aplon, and I like his guts. He is far better than Habana, who seems to have lost his edge.

      kosie - 2011-02-11 11:42

      hope for the sake of springbok rugby that all players reach their peak and come to form come sept 2011

      Wagga - 2011-02-11 14:31

      Cliffie is one sad and sour stormer supporter stuck in Pretoria. It must be tough on him to be surrounded by jubilant Bulls supporters all the time while his stormbarian team always sucks the hind tit for 10 years now when it comes to winning trophies

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 15:31

      You And Wagga are so sad & sour , the taste of Danville in the summer does that to one !!!

      Wagga - 2011-02-11 17:00

      Cliffie, you always referring to Danville, is that where you living in Pretoria, looks as if you got first hand knowledge of the place

  • Theuns - 2011-02-11 12:52

    Hope the knive don't slip then Ap is without a Lon...!

      Theuns - 2011-02-11 12:55

      Small man with lotsa guts..! Wish him all the best.

  • Piet Parow - 2011-02-11 12:54

    Imagine if Spies had half the heart and guts of this little man..

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-02-11 15:52

    @CliffBradley love your comments mate!!! Drinking coffee ande reading emails is not working today :)

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 18:03

      Ok I Will Keep Them Coming

  • Rus - 2011-02-16 16:06

    Only fullback in SA with attacking flair, that can produce a dangerous running counter attack from deep in his own half. He reminds me of Christian Cullen. Aplon is wasted on the wing

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