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Injuries hit Stormers’ pack


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 14 Apr 2008 at 06:41

The Stormers will know today whether loosehead prop JD Moller and lock Andries Bekker will be fit to play in the Super 14 rugby match against the Hurricanes at Newlands on Saturday.

“We have a few injuries,” Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus said after the team’s 34-22 victory over the Cheetahs at the weekend.

“JD has a sore ankle and Andries has a groin strain,” Erasmus said, adding that there was “a good chance” of Moller being fit for this week’s match.

Stephen Nell reports in Die Burger that the team’s other prop forward, Brian Mujati, has an appointment with a dentist after he lost part of a tooth against the Cheetahs, despite wearing a mouth guard.

Mujati will nevertheless be ready to take on the Hurricanes, who scrummed well in their 50-22 victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.

Erasmus pointed out that Mujati had looked at home at loosehead during the second half on Saturday. If Moller fails to recover in time, the Stormers at least have the option of using Mujati on that side of the front row.

Lack of depth

Schalk Ferreira, who has recovered from a neck injury, was due to return in a club match at the weekend. His progress will be keenly watched, given the lack of depth among the prop forwards.

Bekker and Mujati were among the stars against the Cheetahs. The backs played delightful rugby but the foundation had been provided by the pack.

Erasmus was a happy man after the match on Saturday but conceded that the Stormers had under performed in the second half.

“As satisfied as I was with the first half, in which we scored 24 points, so disappointed was I in the second half.

“However, I am delighted with the five points we earned against a good team,” Erasmus said.

The slump could be blamed on a few factors, the coach said. The bye that his team had enjoyed the previous weekend may have had an influence. He may also have mistimed his substitutions.

Former All black flyhalf Tony Brown did not provide the same impact that he had done against the Blues and the Western Force.

The Stormers are now seventh on the Super 14 table. The Hurricanes are third, but only three points above the Cape side.

There is little to choose between the teams for this week’s big match. However, the Stormers have home-ground advantage in their next four matches before they face the bottom-of-the-log Lions at Ellis Park in their last league match.

The Stormers proved against the Cheetahs that they were able to handle the pressure of playing at home. To qualify for a semi-final is now in their hands.



36 Comments

  • I’ll be backing the Stormers this week for two reasons.

    They deserve a semi after their away results

    AND

    We need them to help us limit the opposition scoring log points :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.04.08 06:45:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Hey KSA.

    What is your view on making substitutions while your team is on top and in control of the game?

    Does it make sense to send on new players even though the current players are dominating?

    I feel that Rassie should have kept Januarie and Bobo on until at least the 70th minute.

    Brown was diabolical and so too was Conradie (at the rucks)

    We really struggled in the second half and i think it was because of the unnecessary substitutions.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.04.08 07:32:47 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Morning All

    Wes dont be so hard on the guys..

    Well done Stormers – I absolutely loved watching your game – it was GREAT and you deserve to go way further in the S14! I am glad glad glad that we have played yu already!!! Going from strength to strenght!

    Oi, oi – Bulle…hahahaha…the more I think about it the more I am CONVINCED that last years Super 14 title was a big “GELUKSKOOT” – :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Wishing you all a NON-BLUE Monday!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.04.08 07:37:53 by I'ce Reply
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  • O yeah – one more thing…Trevor Immelman – you Beaut!!! :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.04.08 07:40:20 by I'ce Reply
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  • Morning Ice.

    I had that exact same thought last night.

    The Bulls had 12 players who played in last years final and yet the still conceded 50.

    The Sharks finished top of the table and this year they are still unbeaten.

    I still can’t believe those Chumps won the S14 last year. :evil:

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.04.08 07:42:12 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Not a big golf fan but well done Trevor!That green blazor looks good on you boykie.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.04.08 07:43:23 by Clayton Reply
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  • WPW

    I suppose it is a fine line for a coach to judge.

    On the one hand he could sub the players when his team is dominating and has a BIG lead. and then we have what happened this weekend.

    or

    He could wait longer to sub the players and then the opposition pulls through and scores against “your” tired legs.

    I think each match has to be judged on the performance.
    In this case i think Rassie did the right thing. The Stormers were hammering the cheetahs so why not give some of the players a rest. It didn’t turn out that well that week but you still won handsomely so no worries IMO.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.04.08 07:45:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • So much for Woods and all the media hype about him going to win it and set all sorts of records then :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.04.08 07:46:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Absolutely Claytie!! (i am a big golf fan) :wink:

    Wes – I echo that !!

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.04.08 07:46:48 by I'ce Reply
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  • I think Trevor deserves his own thread dont you?

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.04.08 07:50:46 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • WPW.

    Why not,

    Rob will only be in LATE today as he has things to attend to and by the time he comes in it will be to late :wink:

    While the cat’s away…………………

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.04.08 07:54:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Morning everyone…

    Well done Trevor…pity i can’t say the same about the Proteas :mad:

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.04.08 07:56:29 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Greetings all

    Well done Trevor…pity i can’t say the same about the Proteas

    Comment 12 of 12, posted at 14.04.08 07:56:29 by blackshark (YNWA)

    Agreed, but we can say well done to Gary Kirsten. :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.04.08 08:43:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Oh yes…forgot about Gazza…good for you…

    Anyway…a drawn series is not the end of the world…

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.04.08 08:55:53 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • 14.04.08 07:32:47 by wpw (YNWA)

    Yah, i also wondered about the wholesale switch, but i think Rassie just figured the game was won. Ricky needs all the rest he can get because he is becoming far to valuable to the cause. Brown was an abomination, but you can’t really blame Rassie for that- i am sure he will do better next week, unfortunate debut for the man.

    The first half of rugby has to be the best played at Newlands in years, i hope we can continue in this vein for seasons to come.

    One thing is everyone is harping on about the semi’s already – i would like to see us there, but if we stumble i for one will not be to disappointed given the nature of the competition and the fact that we have seen more rugby this season than the previous three.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.04.08 09:05:56 by Sauce Reply
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  • Yea indeed, congrats to Trevor !

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.04.08 09:07:38 by Sauce Reply
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  • I think you’re spot on Sauce.

    We need to take it one game at a time.

    There is definitely room for improvement and we should not get a head of ourselves.

    We still have 3 tough games in the Canes, Waratahs and Brumbies. The Lions will be easy beats seeing as we are gaining momentum.

    If we beat two of the Aussie sides i reckon we will make the semis.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.04.08 09:11:24 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Mr Woods probalby lost his mofo :mrgreen: His putting let him down.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.04.08 09:16:07 by Kal-El Reply

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  • :lol:

    His putting from the rough??? :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.04.08 09:18:59 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Not trying to jinx it but you have a very good chance of making the semi’s…

    someone between the Tahs and canes will drop the ball and you guys seem to be operating like a well-oiled machine.

    Lions away – WIN (should be looking at 5 points here)

    The rest are HOME GAMES…so you’ve done most of the hard work hard work.

    vs Canes – you stand a good chance (forget what they did to the Cows)
    vs Highlanders – you can annihilate these guys (another 5 points IMO)
    vs Brumbies (hopefully you’ll catch them in one of their OFF days)
    cs Tahs (another tough one…but playing at home you still stand a good chance)

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.04.08 09:21:38 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • His putting from the rough???

    Comment 19 of 20, posted at 14.04.08 09:18:59 by wpw (YNWA)

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.04.08 09:23:17 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • i also think Sauce is Spot on.

    On the Semi’s especially. If you guys don’t make the semi’s it will still have been a damn good performance from the Stormers after an bad start.

    I said it a few times on RW and will say it here again. the Stormers are dangerous at the best of times but when they have that confidence of a few good wins behind them they can beat anyone. IMO They have that confidence at the moment.

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.04.08 09:26:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • With the Waratahs upsetting the Force and the Blues fading fast the Stormers chance of making the semi’s improves every week.

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.04.08 09:28:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yep – if by some “weird NZ black magic” the stormers trip up here and there… I’m sure they won’t do anything to erase the good rugby they’ve displayed. Just hope the Sharks and Stormers will be regular top performers in Super rugby…

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.04.08 09:30:56 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • # 19
    He had numerous close puts. Had one or two dropped, he might have found his mofo.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.04.08 09:33:00 by Kal-El Reply

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  • “might” schmight….he did not win…TREVVIE DID!!! :razz:

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.04.08 09:39:02 by I'ce Reply
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  • I thought we were dedicating a secret thread for Trevor :lol:
    He didn’t just win but his figures were great as well…

    Anyway…how many years does “The Big Easy” have left in him?

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.04.08 09:40:43 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • He didn’t just win but his figures were great as well…

    Comment 27 of 27, posted at 14.04.08 09:40:43 by blackshark (YNWA)

    His FIGURE is certainly great…. :wink: Cutie Pie that one…and then he can play as well!! :grin:

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.04.08 09:44:14 by I'ce Reply
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  • BS

    WPW was supposed to put it up……. Obviously scared of Rob :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.04.08 09:44:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Don’t get me wrong, Trevor played well and kept his head on the final day.

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.04.08 09:44:37 by Kal-El Reply

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  • wpw scared of rob ?:???:

    Kal-El…there’s nothing to get wrong…I’m a Woods admirer but honestly Trevor had him and everybody else digesting dust for the whole weekend… :cool:

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.04.08 09:50:00 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • IC KSA is also a Tiger fan :grin:

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.04.08 10:00:09 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Cru-El :wink:

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.04.08 10:07:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Wearing your heart on your sleeve huh KSA? :lol:

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.04.08 10:19:36 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • So does KSA Shark ‘bat for the other team’ :shock:

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.04.08 11:02:33 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • :?: :?: :?: :shock: :shock: :shock: :?: :?: :?:

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.04.08 11:06:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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