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Injured Burger misses training, makes matchday 22

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 9 Feb 2010 at 18:40
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Stormers skipper Schalk Burger missed training on Tuesday with the shoulder injury he sustained against Boland last Saturday.

However, coach Allister Coetzee dismissed fears that it is a long-term setback.

Fellow flank Francois Louw is also recovering from his hip flexor problem, but both he and Burger have been named in the Stormers squad of 22 for their opening Super 14 fixture against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Neither of them has been able to play more than a peripheral role in practices this week, but both hope to be able to take full part in training on Wednesday.

Burger missed the Stormers tri-series fixture against the Western Force when he was recovering from a haematoma, then played a planned 40 minutes against the Sharks in the follow-up tri-series game before lasting only 14 minutes against Boland on Saturday.

Whether he will good for 80 minutes against the Lions on Saturday is the big question.

Coetzee was not concerned.

“He looked good this [Tuesday] morning and the news is his shoulder is only bruised,” the coach told the gathering media at the team’s training session in Belville.

“There is no torn ligaments and no long term damage.

“I just want to give my captain as long as possible to recover ahead of this weekend. He will be involved in the session tomorrow [Wednesday] again,” Coetzee told reporters.

Coetzee named his match squad of 22 on Tuesday and will announce his starting line-up after training on Thursday.

There are no surprises in the squad.

As expected Ricky Januarie, back from Wales, is preferred to Bolla Conradie, and with minimal game time under the belt, Willem de Waal and Dylan des Fountain will have to wait a while before selection for the match squad.

JC Kritzinger has been selected ahead of JD Moller as the reserve prop.

Sireli Naqelevuki is struggling with a minor injury picked up on Saturday and if he is ruled out for the trip to Johannesburg, his place in the 22 is likely to be taken by either Frikkie Welsh or Fabian Juries.

Back-up centre Paul Bosch is out for six to eight weeks after dislocating his elbow against Boland.

Fullback Conrad Jantjes, wing Nick Koster, and lock Adriaan Fondse remain on the injury list but are expected back within a few weeks.

Of the 22 players named, it would come as a surprise if it were not Naqelevuki, Cronje and Januarie among the backs, and Pieter Louw, Van Zyl, Kritzinger and Fourie among the forwards, who were named on Thursday as the replacements.

Stormers squad: Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon, Bryan Habana, Sireli Naqelevuki, Jaque Fourie, Juan de Jongh, Peter Grant, Lionel Cronje, Dewaldt Duvenage, Ricky Januarie, Duane Vermeulen, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Pieter Louw, Andries Bekker, De Kock Steenkamp, Anton van Zyl, Brok Harris, Wicus Blaauw, JC Kritzinger, Tiaan Liebenberg, Deon Fourie.

Article Courtesy of Rugby 365.


  • I cannot believe this guy is THAT important to the team.

    The Ref (Jaco Peyper in this case) is going to nail the guy for at least 3 penalties and he will probably be the usual headless chicken anyway.

    Captain yellow card is well past it.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.02.10 18:43:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Blues vs Hurricanes in Auckland
    Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
    Assistant referees: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
    Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

    Western Force vs Brumbies in Perth
    Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
    Assistant referees: Nathan Pearce (Australia), Julian Pritchard (Australia)
    Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

    Cheetahs vs Bulls in Bloemfontein
    Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
    Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
    Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

    Crusaders vs Highlanders in Christchurch
    Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
    Assistant referees: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Josh Noonan (New Zealand)
    Television match official: Kane McBride (New Zealand)

    Reds vs Waratahs in Brisbane
    Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
    Assistant referees: Paul Marks (Australia), Stephen Hill (Australia)
    Television match official: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

    Lions vs Stormers in Johannesburg
    Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
    Assistant referees: Mark Lawrence (South Africa), Kobus Wessels (South Africa)
    Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

    Sharks vs Chiefs in Durban
    Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
    Assistant referees: Jonathan White (New Zealand), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
    Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.02.10 18:44:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Schalk played very well against the Sharks in the pre-season game but i agree with you in that he has not been great for some time now. I think he knows he needs to perform this year now that Juan is back and might just regain his position for the Boks

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.02.10 21:38:47 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    And that is only one of the reasons why he will be a walking penalty with a frequent tinge of yellow.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.02.10 04:48:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Plus to be already carrying an injury at this time of the season, not good, that body is not able to take the punishment it used to be able to handle!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.02.10 14:08:55 by Whindy Reply
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  • In Schalk we trust. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.02.10 21:11:39 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 6) :

    Indeed!!! 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.02.10 21:21:09 by wpw Reply

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