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Stormers chasing Louw – reports


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 3 May 2012 at 08:00
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According to Die Burger newspaper, the Stormers are keen to convince one of their former stars, flanker Francois Louw, to return to them from Bath in the UK, in order to ease their current back row injury crises.

The Cape side has lost virtually all of their experienced Super Rugby loose forwards to injury so far this year, with Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Nick Koster all currently battling knee problems. Young players like Siya Kolisi and Nizaam Carr have stepped up well to date, but one does get the feeling that the Stormers are starting to get a little desperate, with previously uncapped Varsity Cup players like Don Armand now being called up to play Super Rugby.

The irony is that Louw himself is in the latter stages of recovery from a knee injury, but should apparently be fit to play soon. Whether the Stormers will actually manage to get him back – and if so, whether it will be in time to have an impact on their campaign – remains to be seen.



19 Comments

  • This seems a little strange to me..

    I thought their loosies are doing really well at the moment.

    What happens if he comes back and suddenly all the loosies are fit again, who will suffer?

    Can you really drop Kolisi back to playing age group rugby?

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.05.12 08:11:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Schalk Brits. Anyone? :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.05.12 08:24:24 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.05.12 08:26:00 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • I take it this would just be short term as I think he has a 3 year deal(2 years now I suppose)?

    @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) :

    I agree, Burger would be back for the playoffs surely, and Carr and Kolisi are doing really well.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.05.12 08:32:18 by Pat Reply

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  • This is better than drafting in a hooker to play as a loosie…

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.05.12 09:20:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : I didn’t read your comment before posting :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.05.12 09:21:31 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Pat (Comment 4) :

    Duane and Elstadt themselves have been doing well also..

    As I said, a bit surprising that they are looking for cover short term..

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.05.12 09:46:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : I think they’re worried about the severe lack of experience in the loose trio. I also take this as a bit of a sign of how long Schalk and Duane are gonna be out for :sad:
    Although some reports indicate that Flouw won’t be able to help out, so that’s a pity.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.05.12 10:00:15 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 8) :

    Hey Molls, long time!

    I think you hit the nail on the head, Schalk out until after the International break and Vermeulen possibly only back for Currie Cup, which is a great shame.

    Do you think you have sufficient cover in the loose though, without recruiting?

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.05.12 10:09:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : I think we do, I mean Koster, Carr, Kolisi, Elstadt have all stepped up brilliantly, but none of them come with experience, possibly Koster having the most and he’s a bit-part, bench player at best. Which is probably fine for the less taxing games, but come playoffs time I’d rather have a bit of a vet there.

    At the moment Bekker is the only bok in our pack and his form has been average, he seems to have lost his mongrel/physical presence and he’s clearly playing with an injury. If we lose/rest him we only have Liebenberg bringing in the caps (and potentially Brok) which isn’t great.

    I’d love Flouw to come back, but again, another indication of poor management and player retention, why do we let these players go if we’re going to need them back or recruit people from other unions in their place? How embarrassing to be chasing Flouw and having successfully chased Joe P, they shouldn’t have left then.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.05.12 10:20:16 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 10) :

    You have quite a bit in the loose forward department, and I hear what you are saying about the lack of experience.. But if the guys can keep playing as they have, the experience will come and the form is the most telling factor at the end of the day.

    Player retention is a problem though, agreed. I am not sure who is worst at it, the Sharks or Province, but we have both let slip some brilliant players in the past.

    Good on you guys for getting Joe P back, he has been in some amazing form, and to have him as a kicker doesn’t hurt either.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.05.12 10:27:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 10) :

    As for Bekker, he seems a little tired, and I think you are right about him playing with an injury, and being rushed back on tour couldn’t have helped.

    The bye will do the team good though, especially after a long, albeit successful tour.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.05.12 10:28:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 10) :

    It is sad but unfortunately there are a lot of very rich rugby club owners in Europe, particularly at Bath – Bruce Craig, so I would imagine the offer that Francois Louw got would have been very significant and one which WP just couldnt match. And as we have seen with the Will Genia situation. Unfortunately in SA we just cannot compete with the money being offered there – and so developing young talent has to be the way forward to curb what seems to be a kind of revolving door type trend.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.05.12 10:31:57 by Pat Reply

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  • The Stormers must really be regretting dropping Pieter Louw now!

    Where is he and why don’t they get him in to provide cover? He has more than enough experience and is a tough player!

    Anybody know where Kabamba Floors has disappeared to? Haven’t seen him in the Cheetahs Vodacom Cup side.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.05.12 10:38:10 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 14) : Sorry, I was not a big fan of Plouw’s (other than his dashingly gorgeous good looks). He may have experience, but the youngsters have much better skills and make fewer errors.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.05.12 10:43:20 by molly Reply
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  • @Pat (Comment 13) : Just seems we were saving all our cash for Jaque Fourie, and we didn’t even manage to secure him.

    Anyway, surely we can sign Luke Watson? He’s got loads of experience :twisted:

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  • @molly (Comment 16) : Well Keo’s technically his agent now. If you can guarantee Watson a chance at captaining the Boks in the next few years I can’t see Keo having a problem with the move :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.05.12 11:15:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : Isn’t a very short trip from Stormers to Springbok to captain? He’d have to duke it out with JP du Plessis and Nick Koster for it, but I’m sure he can manage ;-)

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  • @molly (Comment 18) : I have nothing to top that, I happily concede to your superior wit in this matter :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.05.12 11:33:05 by vanmartin Reply
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