News on Schalk not good


DHL Stormers captain Schalk Burger left the field early in the match against the Hurricanes and the mood surrounding his injury is not good.

The initial prognosis last night after the game was that he will be out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks – but that is the best case scenario.  It is more likely that Schalk will miss a full 2 to 3 months of rugby given the type of injury he sustained.

The medical staff has to wait for some of the swelling to go down before they can do a proper diagnosis where Burger is due for scans today.

Coach Allister Coetzee was not in a happy mood with the news on Burger’s injury where both he and Jean de Villiers highlighted the importance of a guy like Schalk not only as player but also as a captain.

Coetzee’s headache does not stop with the loss of his captain where he will now be forced to re-shuffle his back-row combination to accommodate the loss.

Kolisi who came on for the Stormers had a great game but Coetzee stressed that the balance of his back row has been seriously compromised and a total re-think is now needed ahead the Sharks match next week.

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