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Big Brian in doubt for warm-up


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 8 Jan 2009 at 10:34
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Springbok tighthead prop Brian Mujati is a doubtful starter for the Stormers’ first warm-up game against Saracens at Newlands on January 25.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed on Wednesday the former Zimbabwean is still struggling with a shoulder injury, according to Stephen Nell of Sport24.co.za.

“It’s the injury he picked up with the Springboks. They did not initially think it was serious,” said Erasmus.

“We have a few injury niggles. Conrad Jantjes has a groin injury, Schalk Burger an ankle and Willem de Waal hurt his hand during training. We hope it’s not serious.”

One of the Stormers’ new acquisitions, the versatile forward Hilton Lobberts, is also busy with rehabilitation from an injury.

Three players that ended last year on the injured list – lock Adriaan Fondse, centre Gcobani Bobo and loosehead prop JD Moller – are all ready.

Erasmus believes he is better off with regards the depth in his squad than at the corresponding time last year.

“We did not have experienced depth last year. As a coach you’re never satisfied with your depth, but it’s much better than last year.”

An example of the experienced depth Erasmus has at his disposal is the presence of veteran fullback Percy Montgomery.

Lobberts and AJ Venter can be utilised at lock.

Duane Vermeulen’s arrival from the Cheetahs provides the Stormers with further options at No 8 and on the flank – positions that were filled by Luke Watson and Francois Louw respectively last year.

Furthermore, Erasmus and his management team are at the helm for a second successive year.

“We know each other well now. We believe in one another more than last year. We have walked a path together,” said Erasmus.

Former Scottish international prop Matthew Proudfoot attended the Stormers’ training session on Wednesday. He will work as assistant coach to Allister Coetzee in this year’s Currie Cup campaign for Western Province.

“He is here (at the Stormers) in an advisory capacity,” said Erasmus.

“We want to win the Currie Cup this year and Matthew has to get to know the players in preparation for the Currie Cup.”



20 Comments

  • lots of loosies – not enough props :)

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.01.09 10:35:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh well… :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.01.09 10:54:42 by McLovin Reply

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  • Dont worry ,we have Big Brok :oops:

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.01.09 10:59:03 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 3) : Brok-en-Jan :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.01.09 11:00:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • I thought Proudfoot was going to be the Currie Cup coach? Not that I care much, just thought I read it somewhere.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.01.09 11:01:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • Eddie Andrews will have to make a comeback…

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.01.09 11:02:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : oh yeah – missed that. You read it here. Seems either they’ve backtracked on that decision, or my original sauce had it wrong.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.01.09 11:12:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Yeah , Allistair was missing from the copaches list but seems to be back in the swing of things.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.01.09 11:16:19 by PJLD Reply
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  • I’m not convinced Lobberts is an asset at the moment, a lot of work needs to be done on hid effectivity first.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.01.09 11:44:03 by Ollie Reply

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  • @Ollie (Comment 9) : And so say all of us.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.01.09 11:50:24 by PJLD Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 9) :

    Rassie wants to use or groom him as a lock.

    I think that might just work.

    Another Bakkies type player.

    But what did I read the other day…

    Lobberts has gone to WP where he will spend his first year learning the laws of the game :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.01.09 11:56:26 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 11) : is he not too short? I mean, picture Lobberts at 1.9 packing next to Bekker at 2.08… he’s not going to be able to get his head in.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.01.09 12:01:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • He has a long way to go before becoming as wise as Bakkies on the field.

    Lobberts is mobile, but when he gets to where he wants to be he doesn’t know what to do so just throws himself into the fray without being effective.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.01.09 12:01:41 by Ollie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    Only 8cm shorter than Fondse.

    6cm shorter than AJ Venter.

    Dont think there is much in it.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.01.09 12:05:11 by MorneN Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 13) : Big Nik has a similar problem.

    @MorneN (Comment 14) : trust me, dude – I once tried packing down at lock with a guy who was 20cm or so taller than me. It made life very difficult.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.01.09 12:11:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    I will take your word for it.

    So you always had issues with other guys being longer than you? :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.01.09 12:40:20 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 16) : very clever… :)

    And no…

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.01.09 12:47:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Eddie Andrews making a comeback!! :shock: my prayers have been answered!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.01.09 16:39:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 18) : where’ve you been hiding?

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.01.09 17:05:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Im still on leave roberto.

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