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Gold defends Burger’s form


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Super 14 on 25 Feb 2009 at 07:55
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We’re definitely seeing less of him since he had a haircut, but as far as the Blues and his own coaching staff at the Stormers are concerned, he’s still the Incredible Schalk Burger.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that the Stormers and Blues clash in a Super 14 match at Newlands on Saturday.

When Blues hooker and captain Keven Mealamu was asked about danger men in the Stormers’ line-up, he had no hesitation in pointing to Burger.

“When you play a side with Schalk Burger in its ranks, you have to include him in your game plan,” said Mealamu.

“Schalk is a menace and always gets stuck in. The Stormers have good pace on the wings and then you also have Jean de Villiers there. They are a well-balanced team.”

Stormers’ forwards coach Gary Gold dismissed the notion that Burger’s form has dipped this season.

“All I’ll say to that is class is permanent. Schalk has a massive presence. His teammates feel comfortable with him around,” said Gold.

“He’s playing good rugby and doing a lot of hard work. People may not notice it. Schalk has never been a flashy player. Maybe because he’s had a haircut people don’t see his hair flying around everywhere.

“No team enjoys playing against Schalk. The other teams will spend a few hours prior to matches discussing how to neutralise him. We know his value as a player.”

Mealamu said it was “gut-wrenching” to concede 59 points against the Bulls. However, the Blues played with an inexperienced side. This week the All Black duo of loose forward Jerome Kaino and wing Joe Rokocoko are back.

Loose forward Justin Collins will play his 100th game for the Blues.

Mealamu, however, believes the fact that they can breathe easier away from the altitude of the Highveld will be their biggest ally.

“We prepared well last week, but could not handle the altitude at Loftus. When you have never played there before you cannot explain to anyone what it will be like, other than to say that your lungs will burn,” he said.

“But we are a good side and should never lose by that kind of margin.”



13 Comments

  • Thought Schalk will take a few rounds to get back in it. 2 rounds are enough, watch him in round 3.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.09 09:08:55 by PaarlBok Reply
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  • It appears the Stormers’ coaching staff operate a policy of ‘deny, deny, deny’. :neutral:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.09 10:21:36 by McLovin Reply
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  • Excuse makers!!! :???:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.09 11:40:35 by wpw Reply
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  • Stormers – Percy Montgomery, Tonderai Chavhanga, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (c), Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie, Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, JD Moller.
    Subs: Deon Fourie, Wicus Blaauw, AJ Venter, Francois Louw, Bolla Conradie, Nick Koster, Willem de Waal.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.09 12:28:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • Well I am going to boo Puke Watson. :oops: Saw this morning nr7 is Vermeulen’s preferred position , so no surprise there. Good to see genl de Waal back. :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.09 12:44:02 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) :

    GLAD NIE SLEG NIE!!!!!!!!!!

    They should beat the Blues.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.09 12:47:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Hopefully the Reds game served as some sort of wake up call. :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.09 12:49:05 by McLovin Reply

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  • Is Jantjes injured?? :???:

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.09 12:59:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : Yes – Calf or something.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.09 12:59:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    I think it is “or something”. Apparently his form is suffering from a bout of illness. :razz:

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.09 13:09:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 8) :
    Nah, he’s taken time off to perfect his torpedo kicks.

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.09 13:12:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) : :grin:

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.09 13:25:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Stormers players stats vs Reds…

    Pos T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
    FB Jantjes 0/0 0 4/2/7 12 0 1 0 0 0/1 0/0 0 0/0
    W Chavhanga 1/0 5 2/2/4 10 1 0 1 1 4/2 0/0 0 0/0
    C Bobo 0/0 0 1/0/4 16 0 0 0 0 8/2 0/0 1 0/0
    C de Villiers 0/1 0 1/7/10 58 1 3 1 5 12/1 0/0 0 0/0
    W Naqelevuki 1/0 5 3/2/10 97 2 3 2 2 6/0 1/0 0 0/0
    FH Grant 0/0 12 11/17/5 11 0 0 1 2 12/4 0/0 1 0/0
    SH Januarie 0/0 0 6/40/7 40 1 0 0 3 10/3 0/2 0 0/0
    P Moller 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 9/1 0/0 2 0/0
    H Brits 0/0 0 0/5/5 76 1 1 3 3 11/6 0/0 0 0/0
    P Mujati 0/0 0 0/0/4 10 0 0 0 1 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
    L Fondse 0/0 0 0/1/5 18 0 0 0 0 8/4 2/0 0 0/0
    L Bekker 1/0 5 1/5/7 39 1 1 0 2 9/2 5/1 0 0/0
    F Burger 0/0 0 1/8/7 21 0 0 0 0 13/2 0/1 1 0/0
    F Vermeulen 0/1 0 0/5/9 78 1 2 5 1 9/1 1/0 1 0/0
    N8 Watson 0/0 0 1/5/9 51 1 4 2 2 15/0 0/0 3 0/0
    (R) Fourie 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
    (R) Louw 0/0 0 1/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
    (R) Conradie 0/0 0 2/13/0 0 0 0 0 2 3/0 0/0 1 0/0
    (R) Montgomery 0/0 0 1/1/2 0 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0

    Key: T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
    K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
    CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
    Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
    Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.09 18:12:05 by Hmmm Reply

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