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Big Burger blow for Stormers

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers on 27 Apr 2008 at 06:44

The Stormers paid a dear price for their 26-16 Super 14 win over the Highlanders at Newlands on Saturday, losing two key players to injury.

Talismanic flank Schalk Burger has been ruled out of the Super 14 due to a knee injury and All Black flyhalf Tony Brown also left the field with suspected fractured ribs.

Phil Coetzer reports for Rugby 365 that the win kept the Stormers in the race for a playoff spot, but they may rue their inability to secure a four-try bonus point.

They are in sixth place on the standings, with just one point separating third and sixth places.

And major injury setbacks are the last thing the Cape Town-based franchise needed.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Burger had damaged knee ligaments against the Highlanders, which saw him hobble off midway through the second half, and will be sidelined for at least six weeks.

“It’s not good,” Erasmus said at the post-match media conference.

“He [Burger] will not play Super 14 [rugby] again this year. He’s out with a knee ligament [for] at least six weeks.”

The injury also cast a doubt over Burger’s prospects of facing Six Nations Grand Slam winners Wales – when the Boks play them in Bloemfontein on June 7 and in Pretoria a week later.

Erasmus said he was hoping that scans would reveal that Brown’s injury was just cartilage damage.

The Stormers coach was trying to put a positive spin on the setback.

“It’s the same for all the coaches,” he said of the injuries.

“We’re definitely not the only team with injuries like that. That’s why we have a squad.

“Peter Myburgh will come into the mix in Schalk’s place. He’s played against the Crusaders before. When Tondie [Tonderai Chavhanga] was out, we had to get the next guy in, and when JD [Moller] was out we had to get the next guy.”

Erasmus was hopeful that Chavhanga would recover in time from his hamstring injury to face the Brumbies in a crucial outing at Newlands next week.

“There’s a chance that he might be [fit],” Erasmus added.


  • Gatslag for the Stormers. Was there yesterday but have to give credit to the Highlanders. They played with a lot of passion and it look difficult for the Stormers to break their defense. Anyway it will a uphill battle and hopefully Francois Louw’s twin Pieter Myburg will get the change to settle himself on superrugby level.

    Results from Paarl Gim’s 150 th year celebration tournament:
    The Boland lot made a clean sweep!
    Boishaai beat Kwaggas 27-16, Boland Landbou beat Daniel Pienaar 17-15, Gimmies beat Affies 21-3, Oakdale beat Duineveld 36-12, Pioneer (Vryheid) beat Diamantveld Kimberley 20-8, Windhoek H beat Glenwood 52-18, ENB XV beat Natal Academy 7

    Will go on monday and watch this.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.04.08 08:57:49 by PaarlBok Reply
    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • Sorry ENB vs Natal Acd 14-7

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.04.08 08:58:37 by PaarlBok Reply
    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • WP saunters into semi-finals
    26/04/2008 17:08 – (SA)

    Cape Town – Western Province flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie once again alerted the Stormers’ selectors to his obvious talents when he scored two tries in his side’s 22-14 win over the Natal Wildebeest in the Vodacom Cup quarter-final clash at Newlands on Saturday.

    Apart from his two tries, Dollie was also on target with the boot as he eventually contributed 17 of WP’s match-winning 22 points.

    Province made heavy weather after a dramatic start, which was marked by a first-minute unconverted try by flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie, who gathered the stray ball after he had charged down a Wildebeest clearance five metres from the tryline.

    The home side celebrated this gift try with sparkling passage of play lasting some 15 minutes and should have made merry with a couple of additional tries.

    Instead they spurned chances when the tryline was in sight, with centre Dabeon Draghoender and lock Rito Hlungwani guilty of selfish play when a pass would have converted Province’s supremacy to points on the scoreboard.

    Midway through the first half, the sense of urgency seemed to desert Province’s play and the Wildebeest ran in several threatening sorties which the home side battled to contain.

    In the 22nd minute the pressure finally paid off for the Wildebeest when their hooker barged over after a five-metre free-kick. Flyhalf Neil de Bruin added the conversion (5-7).

    Province continued to absorb the Wildebeest pressure for the rest of the half, and at the time advanced their tally through a Dollie penalty (8-7).

    On the stroke of halftime, a great tackle on the cover defence by Province wing Zhahier Ryland kept his side’s slender lead intact.

    The Wildebeest were off to an exhilarating start after the break and came close to scoring but their wing Lwazi Movovo was held up short some three metres from the tryline.

    However, Province made their opening second-half efforts count when Dollie darted through for his second try in the match, after fine inter-play between the backs and forwards. Dollie’s conversion gave Province a commanding 15-7 lead.

    Indiscipline in the Province ranks saw them reduced to 13 players in the space of two minutes as the match closed in on the hour.

    That was the cue for the Wildebeest to step on the gas and that ploy led to a try by lock Michael Rhodes, with De Bruin adding the conversion (15-14).

    The Wildebeest sensed the need to take further advantage of the two WP sin-bins but try as they might, desperate defence by Province prevented them from adding to their total.

    Once the two Province yellow carded players returned, Province flourished and finished off the match when substitute hooker Deon Fourie crashed over for a try at the grandstand corner flag. Dollie splendidly added the touchline conversion (22-14).

    That try turned out to be the death knell for the visiting Wildebeest, and they will now end up on the 2008 Vodacom Cup scrapheap.

    Province will advance through to the semi-final round where they will meet the Cheetahs next week.

    Scorers: Western Province: Tries: Isma-eel Dollie (2) and Deon Fourie.

    Conversions: Dollie (2). Penalty: Dollie.

    Natal Wildebeest: Tries: Jody Jenneker and Michael Rhodes. Conversions: Neil de Bruin (2).

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.04.08 10:56:27 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Getting to the semi’s is hard enough without injuries to star players. :evil: I think if the Stormers make it to the semi’s this year it would be a fantastic effort. Better than most thought possible at the start of the season.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.04.08 12:23:36 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Rachel

    Have to admit Stoemers have done exceptionally. I didn’t think they would pick up more than 1 win on tour but they picked up confidence and went from strength to strength. The signing of Mujati was crucial as they haven’t had a decent tighthead for a number of seasons.

    The loss of Burger is a monumental blow and although they look certainties for the semi’s now, this loss could mean that is as far as they go

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.04.08 16:58:23 by Villie Reply
    Competition Winner
    VillieCurrie Cup player
  • I fear you might not be wrong Villie. Stormers can’t afford to drop a match. Near impossible if you ask me.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.04.08 17:22:25 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • 3 yellows dished out in about 5 min. :shock:

    Munster centre and both Sarries props.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.04.08 17:23:08 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • :oops: will post the above on the foreign thread.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.04.08 17:23:55 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach

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