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Injured Burger opens door for Watson

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 22 Jan 2009 at 06:53
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The injury of effervescent Springbok flank Schalk Burger has opened the door for controversial loose forward Luke Watson to start at No.8 when the Stormers take on English club Saracens in their first pre-season outing at Newlands on Sunday.

Rugby 365’s Jan De Koning writes that Burger, who is nursing an ankle injury, will start training on Friday and should be fit to play in the second Super 14 warm-up match against Boland in Wellington next Saturday.

However, this week Watson will start at No.8, Duane Vermeulen (earmarked to play at the back of the scrum) will wear the No.7 jersey and Francois Louw will move to the openside flank.

Another pre-season injury sees incumbent Springbok fullback Conrad Jantjes (groin strain) on the sideline and South Africa’s most capped Springbok, Percy Montgomery, starting in the No.15 jersey.

Prop Brok Harris, who went over his ankle at training, is a long-term injury concern. Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus told a media gathering on Wednesday that the front row forward is currently wearing a moon boot and could be out for up to 10 weeks.

Another tighthead prop, JC Kritzinger (who tweaked his knee in training), and back-up lock AJ Venter are also nursing injury niggles that may preclude them from playing on Sunday.

Erasmus said a call on their involvement will be made on Friday.

Flyhalf Willem de Waal will miss both pre-season games, but according to the coach he will be fit for the opening match of the tournament – against the Sharks at Newlands on February 14.

Erasmus and captain Jean de Villiers said they expect Saracens to provide them with a stern test, despite the English club’s squad being split to cater for their European and African continental commitments.

The squad has been split as they chase glory on two continents – with matches in France and South Africa two days apart over the weekend.

The selection of the two squads – to be captained by international locks Steve Borthwick (current England skipper) and Chris Jack (New Zealand) – emphasises the enormous depth in club.

It all starts on Friday, January 23, when Borthwick’s crew play their final European Challenge Cup pool match against Mont de Marsan – while Jack’s team will face the Stormers on Sunday.

The bulk of Jack’s squad, an advance party, will head to South Africa on Wednesday, and the matchday squad for the Mont de Marsan clash fly out to France on Thursday.

“Saracens is a class team with some awesome international talent and a fantastic coach,” said Erasmus told the media.

“They are well into their season and at the top of their game, and will provide us with incredible match preparation for the rigours of this year’s Super 14.”

De Villiers echoed his coach’s sentiments.

“We expect a tough challenge and when you put the [Stormers] jersey on it is always a challenge,” the captain said.

“We are looking forward to playing against the South Africans in their team,” he said, adding that players like Brad Barritt, Wikus Van Heerden and Cobus will add something extra to the game.

“They [the South Africans] know our team better than the English guys, they have some insight [into how the Stormers play].

“It makes it interesting, but it is a pity my good friend Neil de Kock [the injured Saracens and Bok scrumhalf] is not playing.”

The Vodacom Stormers will be playing the match in a unique, special edition jersey. This unique jersey symbolizes just how central the Stormers fans are to the team and the brand. 

The Stormers have asked their fans to sign their jersey – collecting enough signatures to turn the jersey blue.  Fans can sign the jersey virtually by visiting www.iamastormer.com. The more fans sign up online – the darker the jersey will become.

Stormers: 15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements – form: Deon Fourie, JC Kritzinger, Wicus Blaauw, Hilton Lobberts, AJ Venter/George Earle, Pieter Louw, Bolla Conradie, Joe Pietersen, Dylan Des Fountain, Alipate Fatafehi, Nick Koster.

Date: Sunday, January 25
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 16.00 (14.00 GMT)
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Touch judges: Joey Salmans, Roderick Barry


  • Hopefully he moer’s him on the head with the door just as he tries to pass through.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.01.09 07:02:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The signature idea is pretty cool…wonder how it’s gonna look…

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.01.09 09:10:54 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 2) :

    It looks pretty good actually.


  • Comment 3, posted at 22.01.09 09:33:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • morning all

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.01.09 09:35:38 by PJLD Reply
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    I have just done a 4km in 19:00 AFTER a 60min spin class. 😎 (I’m a show-off) 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.01.09 09:39:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Think they are just sparing Schalk & Jantjes for the real game. Cant understand why they don put Puke in 6 and Vermeulen in 8 and Louw in 7 finish & klaar.

    Will be interesting to see Newlands reaction to Puke. Hope they boe him off the field.

    Myself wont go tho.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.01.09 09:40:33 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Can’t view any sites with FLASH from work…which really sucks…but I’m not gonna complain cos I can see sharksworld… 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.01.09 09:42:35 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 7) :

    gimme a few minutes and i will see if i can load a pic of that jersey here in Stormersworld. 😛

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.01.09 09:43:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 6) : I hope people will pay more attention to the rugby… 🙂 Let’s start 2009 with happy faces…and hopefully we’ll have more than one RSA team ( spelt SHARKS) in the semi’s…

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.01.09 09:47:40 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : 😆 Sharp!

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.01.09 09:48:57 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Okay here we go.

    I prefer the one with less signatures.

    Full signature

    Partial signature

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.01.09 09:59:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I have ‘signed’ the jersey. 😎

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.01.09 10:14:51 by McLovin Reply

  • The more fans sign up online – the darker the jersey will become.

    So they will be playing in white then? 😛

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.01.09 10:16:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    Maybe I should remove that link. 😳 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.01.09 10:17:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Very good. Will you see you in London 2012? 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.01.09 10:19:14 by McLovin Reply

  • will WE see you… 😳

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.01.09 10:19:53 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 15) :

    No thanks I have done all the marathons I am gonna do in my life. 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.01.09 10:21:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    I can see that by just looking at your profile pic… :mrgreen:

    what the hell is that???

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.01.09 10:33:24 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) : It’s my Super14 Stormers outfit. 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.01.09 10:43:18 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 19) :

    oh my gawd!!! 😯

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.01.09 10:55:41 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :
    This is all a waste of time…I bet the Stormers will turn up in their normal blue kit – and claim that the signatures removed all the white… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.01.09 10:58:05 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 21) : They’re not going to be playing in the kit. They’ve just had a few special shirts made, otherwise its mostly just a digital tool.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.01.09 11:02:18 by molly Reply
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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 21) : That’s exactly what they’re going to do. 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.01.09 11:02:26 by McLovin Reply

  • @molly (Comment 22) : Can I buy one?

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.01.09 11:02:50 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : I don’t think so. Which is rather silly, they should have made plenty and had competitions and what not. But from what I understand just a few shirts have been made and its just another way to get fans interested.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.01.09 11:07:57 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 25) : Thanks. Looks like you can win one. But you need 10 points. I only have five. Bit silly the points thing. I still like it though. 😎

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.01.09 11:12:50 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 26) : Ag, its just really to spread the word and get people to keep coming back to the site.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.01.09 11:15:49 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 22) :
    So why did they say-
    The Vodacom Stormers will be playing the match in a unique, special edition jersey. ???

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.01.09 11:24:10 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 28) : Jan must be mistaken.

    The jersey will be signed throughout the season. But you never know, Jan could be onto something.

    Unfortunately there isn’t much on the stormers site about it appart from asking people to sign it. 🙄

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.01.09 11:31:09 by McLovin Reply

  • “In the two friendly matches, against Saracens at Newlands and Boland at Wellington, the team will wear a very unique jersey. The predominantly white jersey carries the actual names of thousands of fans from around the world who had already signed up to the World Map on the Vodacom Stormers website (www.iamastormer.com), prior to the 2009 season.”

    Found this on the site. Apologies, seems like some jerseys have been made.

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.01.09 11:56:15 by molly Reply
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  • So it seems the online tool is not related to the jersey at the moment.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.01.09 11:57:18 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 30) :

    I am glad they acknowledge that the jerseys will be mostly white. 😛

    Not very many people are as keen to come out and show their support as mcLovin. 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.01.09 12:46:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • why are they playing all three loose forwards out of position?

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.01.09 13:20:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) :

    Why so surprised Robbo?? Rassie wants to play an 8th man (Koster) on the wing, a hooker (Brits :puke:) at 8th man and Lobberts (loosie) at lock…


    We talking about the Stormers here… 🙄

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.01.09 13:29:45 by wpw Reply

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