KSA Shark ©

Burger has a hot new flavour, says Jerry

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 16 Apr 2008 at 06:42
Tagged with :

They don’t come much tougher than Jerry Collins and Schalk Burger but the Hurricanes flanker has detected a growing finesse to the South African’s game as they prepare to square off in Cape Town this weekend.

The Hurricanes and the Stormers have been the big movers among their countries’ Super 14 sides and this will be an influential week 10 match in terms of the tightening playoffs race.

The Hurricanes jumped to third on the back of last weekend’s demolition of the Bulls in Pretoria and the Stormers are only three points off the top four as they emerge themselves in a five-match home streak following their strong tour of Australasia.

Rugbyheaven NZ reports that the loose forward battle, as always, will be crucial to this Newlands encounter and the dimensions of that are enormous when you put players like Burger and Luke Watson up against the Likes of Collins, Chris Masoe and Rodney So’oialo.

They play similar games and there’s clearly plenty of mutual admiration going about in the lead-up to this crunch match.

Collins was open in his regard for Burger’s play when he spoke to the Cape Times newspaper: “Schalk and Luke Watson seem to be going really well together. Under the guidance of Rassie (Erasmus, Stormers coach), Schalk has started stepping and made better use of the ball.

“He has been more of a ball player than what he was in the past.”

Burger’s intensity is enormous and it’s his sheer determination that makes him such a nuisance at the breakdowns. He’s also lethal in the tackle.

Collins believes the new aspects of Burger’s play should help to improve his longevity for the non-stop loose forward’s role in the modern game.

“The coach is pretty smart and to make your career last longer, you add the step to make sure that you do play for longer. Schalk has been doing that pretty well this year and is no longer just a fetcher. He has more skills now,” said Collins.

“It also depends on what kind of regime you play under. The Stormers play a similar style to us. They throw the ball around and their forwards all handle the ball pretty well.”

Collins said he was looking forward to playing in Cape Town after getting out of the intimidating Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria with maximum points.

With a trip back to the highveld for a date with the Cheetahs in Kimberley beckoning next week, the Canes clearly feel far more comfortable in their seaside surroundings in the shadow of Table Mountain.

“Newlands is one of the nicer places to come and play at. The people are much more friendlier than up in Pretoria.

“The support for the All Blacks and the New Zealand teams is pretty big down here. It’s kind of like a home away from home.”

The Hurricanes have a received a setback with talented halfback Alby Mathewson returning home from South Africa to be with his father who is in hospital.

He has been replaced by Brett Goodin from Taranaki, who is a member of the Hurricanes wider training group.

Goodin will arrive in Cape Town in time to be available for selection for the match against the Stormers


  • With a trip back to the highveld for a date with the Cheetahs in Kimberley beckoning next week, the Canes clearly feel far more comfortable in their seaside surroundings in the shadow of Table Mountain

    Ouch. That field in Kimberly is HARD.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.08 07:29:05 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Yes bru, they probably haven’t watered that bugger in weeks.From the plush fields of Newlands to the gravel in Kimberly, hope you enjoy the trip.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.08 07:36:01 by Clayton Reply
  • they are going to define a new meaning to the phrase “Grass burn”

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.08 07:43:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Butch back with a bang

    Posted in Europe by keo

    Butch James helped Bath torture Leicester’s Tigers in his comeback game.

    The Bok World Cup-winning flyhalf, outstanding in the first month of the season before dislocating his shoulder, played for the first time in two months as Bath hammered Leicester 26-12.

    James kicked three penalties and a conversion in an impressive return which will give Bok coach Peter de Villiers a bit more comfort. De Villiers is a known fan of Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant, but outside Grant there has been nothing to enthuse about among South African Super 14 flyhalves.

    James, superb in the World Cup final, adds to De Villiers’s options, but to be in contention he needs to be playing.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.08 07:59:09 by barend Reply

  • Well…he’s playing now…
    Well done Butch…

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.08 08:01:39 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • So are the overseas players allowed to play for the Boks?

    Has SARU made a ruling yet???

    I hope PDV selects Butch cos he is pure class.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.08 08:05:10 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Now if Only Keo would credit the original authors of that piece. 😉

    I believe it was 365.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.08 08:06:02 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • WPW

    I think they did

    But then recinded it

    then recinded THAt ruling

    and May have then recinded THAT ruling.

    I don’t think THEY are sure at the moment. 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.08 08:07:13 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Oh How nice it would be to be blessed with two good flyhalves.

    While Butch was out Barkley was playing at 10.

    This is from last week

    Bath 57 Leeds Carnegie 5

    Bath ran in eight tries to end Leeds’ European Challenge Cup adventure and earn a home semi-final against Sale.

    Having cruised through their pool matches with a 100% record, Bath had too much power and experience at close quarters for the Guinness Premiership’s bottom club.

    With so much more possession, their backs helped themselves and Matt Banahan scored a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 13.

    The visitors’ back line was completely rejigged from the side that went down 66-7 at Saracens last weekend, with England under-20s fly-half Adam Greendale brought in for his debut.

    Stuart Hooper led the team out onto the ground that will become his new home from next season.

    The man he will be replacing, England lock Steve Borthwick, was one of few significant absentees on the Bath side, nursing an ankle injury.

    Olly Barkley opened the scoring with a long-range penalty inside two minutes but Leeds responded with a bright passage of play until Kearnan Myall obstructed a defender.

    Sloppy work at the other end by Bath prevented them extending their lead until the 18th minute when Barkley and Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu put Banahan over for his first try.

    Barkley added the conversion and then released Nick Abendanon, who embarked on a scything run from his own half only to be hauled down just short of the line by opposite number John Goodridge.

    Five minutes later, Abendanon latched onto Barkley’s chip over the top of the defence and this time Goodridge could not prevent the score, which was converted by the fly-half for a 17-0 lead.

    The visitors’ pack was struggling in the set-piece but when Hooper and prop Mike MacDonald made progress over the game line, Darren Edwards sent centre Rob Vickerman clear for a try on the half hour.

    Bath needed only 42 seconds of the second half to get the scoreboard ticking again. Fed the ball from the restart, right wing Andrew Higgins not only set up the ruck on his own 22 but was also on the end of the move, which featured a 50-metre break from skipper Alex Crockett.

    It was Jonny Faamatuainu’s turn after 63 minutes, taking Higgins’ overhead

    pass to score after the winger had stepped through one of many holes appearing in the Leeds defence.

    Left wing Banahan had overrun at least one scoring pass before Crockett, with a dummy, and Abendanon put him over for his second try in the 66th minute.

    Faamatuainu could have had a second but he opted to pass to Daniel Browne after 70 minutes when he appeared to be already over the line.

    Barkley added his seventh conversion and took his tally to 22 points when he also converted Banahan’s hat-trick try near the end.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.08 08:14:13 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Did PDV not say he wanted John to be his captain???

    Eish! And then Mad Mike had something to say about it. 😯

    We could do with Butch, John and Ashwin’s experience.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.08 08:16:06 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • WPW

    John IS the captain. PDV appointed him a while ago.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.08 08:17:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • I would say the only one of those three we really NEED (from a playing perspective) is Butch.

    Bismarck is currently a better PLAYER than Smit BUT Smit has that LEADERSHIP which is almost essential.

    Willemse? We have Chavanga, Habana, Nokwe and a few other who could do well and Habana can be the “father figure” to Nokwe and Chavanga.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.08 08:22:28 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • I believe wpw just caught a shark 😐

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.08 08:25:53 by Clayton Reply
  • Claytie – I am still waiting for “part 2″…. 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.08 08:27:19 by I'ce (ISWT) Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • The overseas Boks are allowed to play…

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.08 08:34:02 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • I believe so too Claytie. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.08 08:37:07 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Okay

    I know it is easy to confuse me BUT ❓ ❓ ❓

    😳 🙄

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.08 08:47:11 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • KSA

    I added Willemse’s name on purpose.

    There’s no way he is good enough to play for the Boks.

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.08 09:18:33 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • Hi Ice…… uhm that is proving to be a bit difficult

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.08 09:21:20 by Clayton Reply
  • 😳 😳

    Hook line and sinker 😳

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.08 09:28:44 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.