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Burger to go big in tour finale

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 23 Apr 2009 at 18:40
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Stormers stand-in captain Schalk Burger is looking to make a ‘big’ impression in his team’s final match on their Australasian tour, when the hapless Cape franchise faces the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

Rugby 365 reports that Burger took over the captaincy from the injured midfielder Jean de Villiers, after De Villiers injured his groin inside the first five minutes of the 11-34 loss to the Hurricanes last week. Burger kept the captaincy armband for this week.

The injury-ravaged Stormers are looking for their first win on tour and after suffering four defeats in a row a victory would make the long flight home much more pleasant.

The flank said it was reasonably easy to motive the team.

“Everybody has pride and all of us are competitive,” Burger said on the Stormers’ website.

“We want to conclude the tour with a win and I believe the same goes for the Highlanders.

“They have lost to the Blues last week. Hopefully we can produce a big performance – we owe it to ourselves and to our supporters.”

Burger said it was not pleasant to take over the captaincy under such circumstances.

“Yes, it is unfortunate that I have to take over with all the injuries.

“We had some bad luck with injuries and it is never nice to lose your captain. But it is the last week of a five-week tour and hopefully we can stand together and win the last one.”

The Springbok flank expects the Highlanders to be tough at their home ground.

“They have a reasonably good season. They have a big pack and good loose forwards, so it will be a tough game.

“Every match starts and ends at front and hopefully we can win the physical battle.”

He said it was difficult to point to a reason why the Stormers’ season imploded so horribly – just two wins from nine starts.

“It was a combination of things. I don’t think we played great rugby and we had a bit of bad luck as well. It is difficult to say – if I knew what the reasons were for our poor results we would have won a few by now.”

Burger said the mood in the camp was reasonably good at this point.

“Under the circumstances it is very good. It is never easy if you don’t win. If you are on tour you want to win and you want to enjoy the tour. Hopefully we can win the last one and finish on a high.”

Asked about his own form Burger said he was comfortable with the level of his play.

“It is never easy to play in a losing team and even though you have played well you still feel bad if you have lost.”


  • Why only now? Where have you been all season?

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.04.09 18:41:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • how, by breaking the s14 record for most turnovers by one player in a s14 game? i’m sure he has already broken that record.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.04.09 20:03:30 by try time Reply
  • Im sorry but i just dont rate this guy that much. I’D prefer Brussouw in the test side ahead of him…

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.04.09 07:08:44 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : i’d prefer a one legged octopus, at least it doesn’t pretend it can play rugby.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.04.09 07:29:34 by try time Reply

  • “It is never easy to play in a losing team and even though you have played well you still feel bad if you have lost.”

    has this guy actually watched himself play. he is one of the reasons he is in a losing team. he gets the ball and jumps a meter in the air, by the time he lands the defence is on him. if he breaks the first tackle he then runs into another defender and then falls the wrong way to gift the ball to the opposition. i would love to know what his turnover percentage is.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.04.09 07:38:30 by try time Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Wash your f’ing mouth out son.

    The Incredible Schalk has been a fantastic servant to SA rugby over the years and is even playing for his country with fused vertebrae. A world cup winner, IRB player of the year and generally the first player picked in any side.

    He’s been a stand-out performer for SA year in, year out and now that he has a few off games in a team that’s playing shitty rugby you suddenly don’t rate him?

    Fair weather fans.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.04.09 17:03:27 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Hey Vin. Niel De Kock sucks too.
    One of the most overrated scrumhalves to wear the Green and Gold…

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.04.09 17:57:18 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 7) :

    Lol. Good try buddy.

    How goes anyway? Been a while since I been on this board so no clue how things are.

    You doing okay? Lightie?

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.04.09 02:04:15 by VinChainSaw Reply

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