Burger not shifting from 6


Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has quashed rumours that Schalk Burger may be shifting positions during the coming Super 14 campaign.

Gavin Rich – Sport24

Recently appointed as Stormers captain for the season, Burger endured a difficult 2009 by his standards as first injury and then suspension ruled him out of playing a big role in the successful Springbok campaign.

With Heinrich Brussow excelling as an openside fetcher, there have been question marks over whether Burger would regain the No 6 jersey that has been his since 2004, and most of his international rugby last season was played at blindside flank.

This has led to speculation that Burger might be employed at No 7 by the Stormers, particularly as Francois Louw was so outstanding on the side of the scrum for Western Province in the Currie Cup, and was responsible for numerous turn-overs at the breakdown.

Former Springbok coach Jake White also used Burger at No 8 in a match during the 2007 World Cup, and there has been talk that the Stormers might like to try him there now that Luke Watson is playing his rugby for Bath in England.

However Coetzee is adamant that while there might just be the odd occasion when a horses for courses policy requires a temporary shift in position, the No 6 jersey will be the one that Burger wears in the Super 14.

“Obviously I cannot say now that he will never play No 8, but that is certainly not our plan at the moment,” said Coetzee.

“We all know that Schalk is one of the best openside flankers in the world, so why would we want to move him away from there? We would be crazy not to play to his strengths. We have Duane Vermeulen and Pieter Louw who can play No 8.”

At this stage former Free Stater Vermeulen, who played blindside flank for WP in the Currie Cup, looks the favourite to start at No 8 in the opening Super 14 match against the Lions in Johannesburg on Valentine’s weekend. However, Coetzee does have a high regard for Pieter Louw, who improved a lot as a player last year, while former Eastern Province player Jacques Potgieter, who can also play lock, has impressed the Stormers management in training sessions.

“We have a lot of talent at loose-forward. We have lost Luke Watson, but I don’t think anyone can complain about a lack of depth among the loose-forwards,” said Coetzee.

Indeed, there are a couple of youngsters who should also be factored in, with the WP under-21 fielding a talented loose trio last season, while Pieter Myburgh, a useful openside flank who made his Stormers debut two seasons ago, is now back from a long-term injury and challenging for a place in the team to play the pre-season friendlies.

The Stormers play the Force at Newlands on January 23, the Sharks at the same venue on January 29, and Boland in their final warm-up match before the Super 14 at the new Cape Town Stadium in Greenpoint on February 6.

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  1. 6. Burger 7. Louw 8. Vermeulen

    You’d struggle to find a better loosetrio in the S14.

    If Stormers could just get a meneer in their tight5, could be very good year.

  2. 1. Blaauw 2. Liebenberg 3. Moller 4. Van Zyl 5. Becker 6. Burger 7. Louw 8. Vermeulen
    9. Januarie 10. Grant 11. Naquelevuki 12. De Jong 13. Fourie 14. Habana 15. Pietersen/Jantjies

    If that team all fit, going to be hard to beat.

  3. “We all know that Schalk is one of the best openside flankers in the world
    Can’t even tackle properly,
    never mind fetch.

  4. Reply to cab @ 1:25 pm:

    If this is the best the Stormers can come up – they are in DEEP :poop: :

    1. Blaauw – He was superb in at the start of the CC, but ones the referees started blowing him for ilegal scrumming – he was fooked!

    2. Liebenberg

    3. Moller – Apprt from him being a loosehead – can someone find him a heart?

    4. Van Zyl – Give me Fondse!!

    5. Becker

    6. Burger

    7. Louw

    8. Vermeulen – at last !!

    9. Januarie – he wears a 42 pants…..

    10. Grant – he has proofed himseelf as not up top the task.

    11. Naquelevuki – :bangheadt:

    12. De Jong – he is at best an OK #13 – who can not pass to the right and does not like passing to the left and they want him at #12….

    13. Fourie – who is going to give him the ball?

    14. Habana – who is going to give the ball to the #`13 to give to him – or is he going for the bigtime intercept thing again..

    15. Pietersen – please let it be Joe!!

  5. Reply to Boertjie @ 1:43 pm:

    Burger is a bundle of energy and that is about the only thing going for him. utilize him correctly and you will have a great player but 1st he needs to be reigned in and work on some basics like body position.

  6. problems IMO is lack of depth at prop, lock 10 and maybe even 12.

    I would like to see a back-line of:
    9 January
    10. Pieterse
    11. Habs
    12. Grant
    13. Fourie
    14. Aplon (still better than Nakuelekaki)
    15. Torpedo

    Anyone else in the squad that could add to that? Maybe when de Waal is fit move Peiterse to 15?

  7. Reply to JT @ 2:20 pm:


    Next time watch how many tackles
    he slips. And he usually goes for
    the tackle when the player is
    already tackled – instead of trying
    to get the ball.
    Apart from the tackle on FduP in the
    CC semi – can you remember any
    other great tackles?

    As for his captaincy . . .

  8. Reply to PietPloos @ 2:05 pm:
    ja, blaauw will need to improve, but he’s young. Moller is good at 1, he’s strong, they are trying him at 3, which should be good. Harris is also surprisingly alot better than many of the other 3s in SA, Harris got plenty of heart, but no size, then again, sometimes the smaller THs are plenty effective.

    yeah, betweem fondse and van zyl, not much to choose, both real grafter, nice back-up. Becker needs to carry his weight and step up as the enforcer with that size.

    Januarie is a problem, perhaps someone else, but when he’s good, he’s good. agree de jong is more a 13, but with that pace, hunger and tackle, he should present a handful at 12. Pietersen is talented, he could play 10 very easily too.

    I reckon if the stromers buy one of CJ or BJ b4 S14 – i’d put down some cash on them as an outside bet no doubt.

  9. Grant is a flyhalf in the Hniball mode, he just needs his pack to stand-up. Naqeuelevuki is perhaps not so good against SA teams cos they know how to pressure him and get him going backward, but is essential against the australasian teams who battle far more with these fast-moving tanks, always makes ground.

    There is some real speak in those WP outside backs and they can all tackle too – which is also a change for Province.

    Burger gaan a hellse seisoen he.

  10. I’d really only pick Pietersen at 10 if WdW is crocked, Grant has relocated to Perth and we can’t borrow Herkie Kruger from Griquas….
    He’s quite good (S14 level) on 15 but has been disproved more than proved on 10 even in CC. Would take him instead of Jantjes on 15 right now.

  11. I am gonna enjoy everybody saying they where wrong about the stormers this year. Cannot wait for them to get to the field and start playing then everyone can stop speculating.

    The Bulls gonna be strong and lekker to know they will fly the SA flag

    The sharks, fu.. I don’t know, they have all the players but cannot get it ticking when it matters.

    Cheetahs, if they do not pick up injuries, they would be competitive and upset many.

    Lions, difficult, but I hope they come to the party with new coach, a few new people and new skills.

    Come Feb come, I hate sitting and watch English shit every Saturday, where they try and tell the world that they have the best competitions.
    :wave: Go SA teams.

  12. Reply to Namboer @ 3:07 pm:

    Grant has relocated to Perth and we can’t borrow Herkie Kruger from Griquas….
    Jy’s agter die klip, Boet. Grant
    het laaaankal van sulke planne
    Bietjie meer op die werf kom.

  13. Cab you think the Burger/Flo?vermeulen Trio is one of the best in the Super 14?

    Try Stegman/Potgieter/Spies

    Or Brussouw/Smith/Viljoen

    Or even Deysel/Kanko/Botes

    and thats just in SA?