Clayton(PJLD)

Stormers take to heart Schalk’s advice


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Admin on 12 Feb 2008 at 11:52

The Stormers haven’t forgotten the words of Schalk Burger, spoken a year ago at Loftus as the Cape side huddled under the poles, the roar of the Loftus crowd stinging their ears in their third consecutive disgrace against the old enemy.

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Nothing can erase from history books the three successive defeats 75-14, 43-10 and 49-12 – that the Stormers have suffered to the Super 14 champions.

And with minutes to play in 2007, with the Stormers longing for the final whistle, the Cape side rallied around Burger the only Western Province player in recent times to get a standing ovation in Pretoria to hear some harsh words by the blond No 6.

This is the last time this is going to happen. From now on the time for talking a big game is over and we will save our words for the field,” he said.

So don’t expect any fiery rhetoric from the Stormers this week as they prepare to kick off their Super 14 season against the Bulls on Saturday at Newlands and not just because they want to hit the ground running.

New coach Rassie Erasmus, a master in his Cheetahs days at playing the underdog card, has given instructions to his players and coaches not to fire the Bulls up.

Instead forward coach Gary Gold, a man articulate enough to be in politics, has been sending the opposite message to Pretoria, lauding the Super 14 champions as a class act.

Forget about the reality that for the first time in years, the Bulls will be without the world’s best second row combination in Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield, that former coach Heyneke Meyer will no longer have an influence or that the jury’s still out on his successor, Frans Ludeke.

Recent games against the Bulls have ended in heartbreak for the Stormers and, at the weekend, Gold said the pride of Pretoria was “entitled to be supremely confident”.

“One can’t help but praise them,” added Gold, perhaps overcooking the flattery, before echoing the words of Burger by adding that it’s “time to do our talking on the field”.

Instead, it’s been the Bulls who have been talking up a big game. For years, since the Stormers started their slide, northern teams have loved nothing more than ridiculing their southern rivals as a soft touch cushioned by the easy-going, playboy lifestyle of the Cape suggesting that the Stormers were too busy having their hair highlighted and shopping for designer clothes to be taken too seriously.

Bulls prop Richard Bands continued the theme recently. But this time the Springbok couldn’t resist saying that while the champs were enjoying the success of champagne these days, the Stormers could only drink beer.

Those words haven’t been lost on a Cape side preparing for Saturday’s battle with an intensity accompanied with all the secrecy associated with invasions of such importance.

Neither was the implied message from Bulls captain Fourie de Preez on a Stormers side who know they have to secure something this week.

The scrumhalf suggested that the Bulls weren’t taking the Stormers too seriously ahead of bigger fish to fry, saying: “The Super 14 is not about one game. It is about 15 games and that is where our focus lies.

“The north versus south game will always be big, but people have to realise that the competition is over 16 weeks.

“Maybe certain people are looking too much into the first game of the competition.

“All our focus can’t be on one game,’ said Du Preez. www.iol.co.za



32 Comments

  • This is gonna be a cracker.

    Anybody got the KO time? Is sky showing the game?

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.08 12:17:36 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • 15h00 GMT, courtesy of our half-complete Super 14 Fixture page

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.08 12:19:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Here we go Stormers, here we go!

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.08 12:39:24 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • As for the Schalk quote, im led to believe there was a bit more profanity involved.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.08 12:40:06 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • is it on sky?

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.08 12:42:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • I farking hope so Robbo.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.02.08 13:28:51 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • PJLD, is that a pic of your man drinking the beer you fetched him? :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.08 13:34:11 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Doesnt look as if sky is showing this game.

    Loads of other rugby over the weekend though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.08 13:37:22 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • I no longer have Sky Sports :(

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.02.08 14:01:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • :roll: That is Shimange at a suip up

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.02.08 14:01:35 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • big lad that

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.02.08 14:10:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Why not Rob?

    Its the only reason I have sky.

    If you have the sports you may as well only have a freeview box.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.02.08 14:53:22 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • Stormers to KLAP the bulls. :!:

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.02.08 15:06:31 by Kal-El Reply

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  • what does it cost for JUST sky sports?

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.02.08 15:10:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, they have a special now where for about £40 you get normal sky, sky sports, 8mb broadband, limited to 40 gig per month, and free everning and weekend landline calls.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.02.08 15:26:46 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • Eeez theeez good or bad sing?

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.02.08 15:33:24 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Friday aint that faw away.

    7pm – the dream begins for some and ends for others.

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.02.08 15:40:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • You rike flied lice?

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.02.08 15:41:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • So is this viewable?

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.02.08 15:45:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I am a star. I’m a star, I’m a star, I’m a star. I am a big, bright, shining star.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.02.08 15:45:58 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Yip it is :cool:

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.02.08 15:46:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Whose in the pic with you KSA?

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.02.08 15:47:10 by VinceChainSaw Reply
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  • I wish it wasn’t, but I guess we will have to be strong… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.02.08 15:47:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • King Carlos Spencer!!!!!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.02.08 15:47:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :cool: Well MY Friday is tommorow :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.02.08 15:49:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA has a pic! Thank the pope

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.02.08 16:17:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • This is exactly the way the Stormers should go in this match. You can expect some surprise when the team run on the field on saturday and I’ll be there. Anyone else going to Newlands?

    By the way I am looking for TSF SomeBloke here?

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.02.08 16:18:04 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Im going to the veld PB.My lack of oxygen at birth leads me to have difficulty understanding the last part of your post.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.02.08 16:31:24 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Im off, cheers peoplingtons.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.02.08 16:37:52 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • tjeers, oh virgin hall-of-famer

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.02.08 16:55:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • HEY PJLD.

    Skielike Suntan DUDE???????

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.02.08 17:14:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Its hot up in here man

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.02.08 07:41:51 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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