Workload too much on Bekker

2012-05-30 20:36

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says lock Andries Bekker couldn't cope with the tough workload a gruelling season has exerted on him.

News broke on Wednesday that Bekker suffered a back injury that is likely to keep him on the sidelines for five weeks.

"Andries had a back operation last year and we've tried to manage him this season but unfortunately he can no longer cope with the workload. Lineout work is specialist work and his injury has flared up again," said Coetzee.

"It's a big blow for us at this point as he is our lineout manager and he is a Springbok in our pack."

Fullback Joe Pietersen has still not recovered from a back injury and he too will be a non-starter for the Super Rugby derby against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday night.

Pietersen took a knock against the Waratahs a fortnight ago and after he missed out on the Sharks clash last week he was expected to be fit for Loftus.

"He hasn't recovered well enough to play on Saturday," said Coetzee.

De Kock Steenkamp has landed the job of lineout manager in Bekker's place and Coetzee feels he'll be up to the task.

"He has managed the lineout before and we'll see how he goes. He could be destined for that role on a permanent basis in the future."

Interim captain, midfielder Jean De Villiers will be fit, despite being ill.

"He's in bed with flu but I don't foresee a problem," said Coetzee.

"These things (injuries, sickness) one has to face in a competition as attritional as Super Rugby and we don't want it to make us negative.

Some good news on the injury front was the return of workhorse Siya Kolisi to the starting line-up. His shoulder injury has healed and he'll replace the retreaded flanker Deon Fourie in the run-on XV.

Fourie moves out to the bench as the hooker replacement at the expense of Scarra Ntubeni, who drops out of the match-day 22.

The clash at Loftus Versfeld kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday.



15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Francois Venter


15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Jebb Sinclair, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Deon Carstens

Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17 Brok Harris, 18. Quinn Roux, 19. Don Armand, 20. Nick Fenton-Wells, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Burton Francis


  • Harold - 2012-05-30 20:40

    If you can't handle the heat.................

      Nick - 2012-05-31 08:56

      conference cup

  • BlouJob - 2012-05-30 20:45

    Dis van elke dag, heeldag tekkel dat die spulletjie so seerkry. Great gameplan Toetie.

      Harold - 2012-05-30 21:54

      Johan, he was never the same after that.

      Cliff - 2012-05-31 06:48

      Johan -Praat van rugby asb , nie van die dinge wat jou vrou & dogters doen asb !!!

  • Thomas - 2012-05-30 20:45

    He can no longer handle the workload because he WASN"T managed properly!!!

      Thomas - 2012-05-30 23:51

      I say let the kings inn and we can rest all fifteen frontline players in all our top four teams and still come home with five points!!!!

      Sean - 2012-05-31 09:27

      Thomas I agree with you. Bekker has started most of the games, he's looked tired / injured for weeks niw

  • Johann - 2012-05-30 20:51

    Cant handle the punch old pissy. Where is Victor and Bakkies? O sorry, we alraedy have Juandré and Flippie.

      BlouJob - 2012-05-30 20:58

      Dis al wie ons nodig het.

      Cliff - 2012-05-31 06:50

      BlouJob -Jou vieslike naam laat n mens dink oor jou karakter !!!

      steyts - 2012-05-31 08:44

      You can not be serious!!!!! Comparing the two idiots you have now to the best lock combination this world has ever seen... Juandre and Flippie is not good enough to be in the bok squad!!! But thanks to Peter de Villiers who forced Bekker to board a plane with a back injury for one game against the welsh in 2008 we don't have the services of the best lock in the country!! Everyone, say thanks!!! Bekker will never fully recover from that injury...

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-05-30 20:56

    You've managed NOTHING AC! You do not have to know much to have realised that Bekker wasn't ready for the Sharks. But your pressure made him play because you know the Stormers supporters will not accept another season without a cup. Selfish decision. Missing Rassie hey?

      Frankie - 2012-05-31 07:12

      Ek kani meer saam jo stem ni!!! Ons kort n nuwe coach !

  • Hansie - 2012-05-30 21:13

    This is wht I can't bloody understand why there is no depth in the Stormers and WP. Was it really necessary to play him in the ground? The same is being done to young Kitshoff, Kolisi and Etzebeth. If the Stormers win this weekend, the Bulls should be very worried. I will ALWAYS be a Stormers and WP supporter, but we need better management here. Where are all the people with the money who spends a hell of a lot of money on the suites and season tickets. You need to step up and take these guys to task. Good luck to all the SA teams this weekend.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-05-30 21:23

      Hansie, last year the Stormers ended with 143 points difference and 7 bonus points of which 4 were for 4 tries or more, at the top of the log, 6 points ahead of the Sharks. There's no way that ANY of these stats will be repeated this year. Why? Rassie left and AC changed the game plan to defend defend defend. And now he's sitting with the broken bodies. Rassie was slowly going somewhere, like Heyneke did when he took over at the Bulls. AC is moving backwards and Province Management is part and parcel of the problem...

      Freedom - 2012-05-31 08:44

      @Hansie. The problem we have in the Western Cape is that there are too many rugby clubs that the WP rugby union has to maintain, yes most of these clubs are from the previously disadvantaged era, but we can’t afford to keep giving them money, this is the reason WP is bankrupt and not to mention the men behind the scenes running WP rugby. They are only there for their own personal gain and to hell with the state of rugby or how rugby should be run in the WC. If rugby was run like a business at WP then we wouldn’t lose all of our talent to the BULLS, SHARKS, CHEETAHS & LIONS. I am a proud WP supporter and have been all my life, I will support them till the day I die, but PLEASE lets clear out the riff raff that is running WP and put true lovers of the game in their place and business people with the right business acumen to take WP back to where it belongs.

  • Staal - 2012-05-30 21:37

    A close look at the workload today's players are subjected to suggests that money is the major issue of our rugby administrators. There does not appear to be any consideration for the players' wellbeing. Administrators may well pay lip service to the fact that they are considerate of the players but their actions do not bear this out. A look at the injury list amongst our Super Rugby franchises will clearly show that the players cannot take the huge physical effort week after week that this competition demands. Take also, for example, the end of year tour. Whoever conceived of this idea should hang their head in shame. From a rugby point of view it makes no sense, and this tour has been responsible for many of our top players suffering career ending injuries.

      Terry - 2012-05-31 07:34

      I couldn't agree with you more - however, if I were Springbok coach, I would leave behind all of the senior players on the end of year tour, and look at the young guys or the players just outside the central core of players - e.g. leave the duPlessis brothers and Beast at home, and take Straus and Klitshoff and another young prop. They are good enough to play Springbok rugby, and you are then giving them test experience, so if any of your first choice players are injured you have a backup player with test experience.

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