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Liebenberg back for Stormers


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 17 Mar 2009 at 08:22
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Stephen Nell reports from Cape Town that Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg is set to return to the Stormers but they may be without key lock Andries Bekker when they depart on Thursday for their tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Bekker has an injured toe and the seriousness of the injury will only be known on Tuesday morning. It is unlikely though that he will get on the plane with the rest of the squad.

That means his participation in the Stormers’ first Super14 tour match against the Crusaders on 28 March is in jeopardy.

This could not come at a worse time for the Stormers – the Newlands camp was rocked by news that wing Nick Koster and hooker Deon Fourie will not be involved in the tour. Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga will also be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks after injuring his hamstring.

“It’s unlikely that Andries will leave with us. We will have clarity on Tuesday morning, but it looks doubtful,” said Stormers spokesperson Frikkie Erasmus.

Bekker’s injury will leave a void that is difficult to fill. AJ Venter performed well at lock against the Bulls, but the Stormers will lose a lot in the lineouts and also miss Bekker’s athletic capabilities. Bekker has already scored three tries this season.

Erasmus also confirmed Dylan des Fountain and Morgan Newman will tour with the Stormers.

There is some good news though, Liebenberg is on his way back from French club side Toulon to Cape Town on Tuesday.

The Stormers had a potential crisis at hooker following Fourie’s injury. Former Springbok hooker Hanyani Shimange, who is captaining Western Province’s Vodacom Cup side, is set to become a dad next week, so the only other option would have been to use Schalk Ferreira as deputy to Schalk Brits.

Liebenberg said in a statement on Sunday night on the official website of former Western Province lock Ross Skeate – that he is glad to be coming home.

“Everything happened quickly. My wife and I were watching TV and then I got a call from Rassie Erasmus (Stormers coach) to say that Deon had torn knee ligaments and there is an opportunity. They knew I was keen to return to South Africa,” said Liebenberg.

“I missed the Stormers. You want to be in a set-up where you play and enjoy the experience. I can’t wait.”



13 Comments

  • Sweet!
    The Tiaan bit!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.03.09 08:34:24 by Claytie Reply
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  • So Andries Bekker might be out for the rest of the S14 (and definitely the tour down under) :evil:

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.03.09 08:40:58 by wpw Reply
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  • Over a broken toe??!?!

    Besides all he did was score tries from the wing. Another lock might actually make our pack of forwards look less like show girls and more like grizzly ugly mofo’s who compete at the coalface.

    Happy Tiaan is back, although would have been nice for Shimmy to make an appearance again.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.03.09 09:00:09 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 3) :

    Maybe this is a blessing in disguise.

    If Rassie does move Duane to lock it will allow him to play your favourite looseforward/flyhalf there.

    Did I just hear Luke’s name??? :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.03.09 09:03:35 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : :lol:

    Well if he plays like he has the last two weeks, i will begrudgingly acknowledge that he might be contirbuting somthing positive.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.03.09 09:07:44 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • AJ to lock, Lobberts off the bench.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.03.09 09:09:00 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 6) :

    You mean Lobberts ON the bench??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.03.09 09:11:33 by wpw Reply
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  • it’s teh Rob Fantasy League curse again… first Pienaar, now Bekker. I swear, I am going to sell all the SA players in my squad!

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.03.09 09:15:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Wow, how were my manners yesterday – I forgeot to congradulate the Stormers on an good enetertaining win.
    So here goes, well done Stormers and especially Stormers fans on this site.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.03.09 09:19:28 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : Very kind, should be the last time you have to do it this season :evil: :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.03.09 09:23:28 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • “Stormers spokesperson Frikkie Erasmus.”

    Latter Tinus Erasmus the Stormers manager confirmed what Connie Erasmus, the Stormers adviser, had said – namely that Rassie Erasmus, the Stormers coach denied that there was a lager mentality or that he was surrounding himself with cronies.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.03.09 09:35:13 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Bad news about Bekker. :evil:

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.03.09 10:25:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • Man!!!! Flash Brits must be pissed that Liebenberg is coming back. :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.03.09 20:29:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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