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Luke to force Schalk to No 8?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 11 Mar 2008 at 23:12

Schalk Burger’s inclusion at No 8 is likely to be the only change to the Stormers’ starting lineup for their Super 14 rugby match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday night.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Coach Rassie Erasmus is expected to retain most of the players who beat the Reds 34-16 in Brisbane last week when he announces his team on Wednesday.

However, Burger is available again after serving a two-week suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Stormers assistant coach Gary Gold, who had to return to Cape Town to attend to personal matters and will leave for Auckland again on Saturday, has indicated that Burger’s return will be a formality.

To make room for the Springbok flank, one of Robbie Diack or Francois Louw will have to stand down.

“We’ll keep Luke Watson in the team,” Gold said on Tuesday. “But as hard as the loose forwards worked against the Reds, some confidence is missing when Schalk is not there.

“He is, in particular, an inspiration to the younger players and he encourages them at critical times.”

News from New Zealand is that Burger, one of the best flank forwards in the world, is likely to play at No 8.

Springbok flank was brilliant

Coach Rassie Erasmus started the season with Watson at No 8 but the Springbok flank was brilliant when he returned to No 6 against the Reds and he may stay there this week.

Gold pointed out that Watson, in shining on the flank, also performed the classic linking role of an eighthman.

“Much of his good work was in general situations,” Gold said.

Gold feels the New Zealand referee, Chris Pollock, erred when he penalised Watson after the player had turned over possession in a tackle.

The lack of consistency among referees is a matter of concern, says Gold. “One guy’s free kick for negative tactics is another one’s yellow card.”

Fijian wing Sireli Naqelevuki is expected to retain his place in the Stormers team despite a poor performance against the Reds.

“Sireli needs more space,” Gold says. “He is receiving the ball in situations where there are too many defenders near him.”

The likely Stormers team: Conrad Jantjes, Tonderai Chavhanga, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie, Schalk Burger, Francois Louw, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, JD Moller.

Television: Live coverage on M-Net and SuperSport 1 on DStv from 08:15.


  • The Springbok flank. 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.03.08 23:15:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • they left out the “jersey snatcher” bit.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.03.08 23:18:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Burger is no 8… he doesn’t have that break neck speed from takeoff and runs too upright for the position… he’s a one man wrecking ball, stealing possession and putting in the tackles of 3 men… either play him off the side… or play him off the bench…

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.08 01:50:09 by bryce_in_oz Reply


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