Schalk’s neck is fine

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 21 Jul 2008 at 01:30

Springbok flanker Schalk Burger will be fit to play in the rugby Test match against Argentina here on August 9.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers announced the good news at OR Tambo Airport on Sunday evening, soon after the South African team’s arrival from Australia, writes Hennie Brandt in Beeld.

The team’s management and Springbok supporters received a fright when Burger was injured during the Tri-Nations match in Perth on Saturday.

Burger, who had previously suffered a serious neck injury, left the field with what seemed to be a neck problem after taking a hard knock.

“The doctor has taken another look at him and he will be examined again in Cape Town, but it’s not serious,” De Villiers said.

“I think he should be fit to play against Argentina.”

The coach said he had taken Burger off as a precautionary measure. “I think he also got a big fright after taking a knock against the neck when someone cleaned out at a ruck.

“I took him off because the person is more important than the player.”

De Villiers said there were no serious injuries in the squad after the physical battle against the Wallabies.

However, Springbok left wing Bryan Habana said he would know only on Monday how serious the shoulder injury is that resulted in him leaving the field.

“I’ll report to the Bulls on Monday and will know then if I have to go for a scan. At this stage I don’t know how serious it is,” Habana said.

Provincial unions will be informed this week which members of the Springbok squad are to be released for Currie Cup rugby.

De Villiers has indicated that he may bring scrumhalf Fourie du Preez and centre Jaque Fourie, who have recovered from their injuries, back into the squad.

Andy Marinos, SA Rugby’s manager of national teams and recently appointed manager of the Springboks, said the players would have a welcome break now.

“We’ll assemble in Pretoria again on July 30. The team will stay there for four days before we go to Johannesburg for the match against Argentina,” Marinos said.


  • Good news. Would hate to see him injure his neck again.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.08 09:55:43 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Good…he has been the standout player for SA in the 3N!??!

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.08 10:04:53 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Habana has been seriously off form…
    I’d bring in Chevange…he cannot do worse than Habana has!??!

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.08 10:05:48 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Good to see JFourie join the squad…
    Hope he gets a run and makes an impact…and that he continues where he left off in the WC and the S14…

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.08 10:07:06 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 3) :

    What utter nonsense!

    He has been playing damn fine..just cause he is not scoring tries doesn’t mean his form has dropped.

    Beside I think its time someone has a serious talk with the Bok players and they need to start taking responsibility for never bloody well passing to the dude..and when they deciede its always to late !

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.08 10:20:44 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
    csbSuper Rugby player
  • Oh yes….a mistake from PdV in my opinion…playing Spies and Kanko…
    We lost a lot of grunt in the tackle ball area by playing Spies and Kanko…
    Seems Joe has something to offer than what the other two still need to work on…

    I’ll bring Joe back and have Spies and Kanko work on their ground work….

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.08 10:22:21 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 5) :

    He has not….
    He loses balls in tackle situations (consistently through all the games)…
    His work rate has been poor (compared to the Aus wings….Lote was in the midfield time and again taking the ball up or being a dummy runner)…
    He did not cover Jantjies very well with the kicks…
    Few knock-on’s every game…
    He was well watched by his oppo on Saturday that has had like 3 tests and shown up on occasions…

    So I donno which of the above warrants great play!??!
    I am sorry…he has not been himself the whole 3N….we def would do better with Chevange…

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.08 10:28:55 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 5) :

    The Bokke passed more ball out wide than Aus did…

    Aus wings were just in and among the play more hence why they got more ball and turned over ball on our wings when they were defending once or twice…

    So maybe the wings should show some more hunger for the ball and they might get it more…

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.08 10:31:16 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) : Fourie might be utilised on the wing if Habana’s out injured… :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.08 10:38:20 by Charlie Reply
    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 9) :

    Or Adi might be!??!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.08 10:42:37 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 7) : r having a laugh Hmmm, oh ofcourse his hands or so much better than Habanas :roll:

    JP was covering for Jantjies and did an okay job of it imo.

    Yea the bokke did pass wide but how many of those balls got to Habana…

    I may even agree with you if only to give the guy a rest..but to punt Chavanga as a replacement is laughable..We’r thin on the wings if we had too Id rather go for Ndugane or even Ludik.

    I’m writing Chavanga off but he needs to do some work.

    I’ll get a chance to watch the game again later today and will make soem mentals notes on Habana.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.08 10:55:14 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
    csbSuper Rugby player
  • not

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.08 10:55:59 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
    csbSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 10) : Can work, but IMO Adi is more of a playmaker where Fourie’s more of a finisher that can thrive on what JDV & Jacobs as combo can create… :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.08 11:09:48 by Charlie Reply
    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 11) :

    I don’t agree that either covered for Jantjies very well…too many balls bounced behind our players…1st test and 3rd test of 3N…
    So I don’t think we can only blame the wings…
    Maybe Percy organises them better at the back (I donno)…

    But far too many balls bounced at the back…

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.08 11:19:03 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • And Habana is just off…
    I only mentioned Chevange cozz he was in the squad and he had a great attacking S14…
    And Habana has not been good never mind great in any facet of the game so Chevange cannot do worse…

    Yes an inform Habana is loads better than Chevange…but hey…Habana only gets noticed when he is making mistakes…

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.08 11:21:38 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 11) :


    Never…Ludik has not shown that he can be an international wing!??! I’m sorry….as great LIONS supporter as I am I cannot agree to that….

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.08 11:22:44 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 13) :

    Good points there Charlie….
    And JFourie has pace and he can join the midfield with his great angles he runs and either break the line or create space elsewhere…
    Plus he is awesome in cross defence…so you beef up your defence out back…

    Just don’t know if he will have enough pace to cut off any of the other wings if they space to move in….

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.08 11:25:31 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 17) : Fourie & Jacobs seems to be the only centres in SA Rugby that runs great lines in support of the ball carrier, only time will tell how fast and where Fourie will be back in the Bok setup… :smile:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.08 11:36:20 by Charlie Reply
    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • What people fail to realise is that we played 3 very tough AWAY matches on consecutive weekends.

    Of course the players were not going to be up for it.

    Why does SARU just accept being screwed time and again.

    Why are we the only ones to play 3 consecutive weeks? And this away from home nogal???

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.08 12:13:51 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 19) :

    Cause our lads at SARU just bend down and take it..gladly :eek:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.08 15:18:31 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

    csbSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 15) :

    Thats true..tend to be more critical then..Look Habana isn’t at his best but he is not that bad that he needs to be dropped.By the way if the knock on over the tryline is one of his knock ons you r referring too , Id say thats a we bit was a tight space and a excellent cover tackle.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.08 15:23:45 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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