Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

Schalk may be ready for tour



The Stormers’ overseas tour appears to be what coach Allister Coetzee is working towards as a target for captain Schalk Burger’s return to the playing field.

Burger remains sidelined after tearing calf ligaments in the pre-season, with the injury putting on hold his intended comeback after a year away from the playing field following a serious knee injury. There appears to be a lot of pessimism about Burger’s chances of making a full comeback, but that negativity is not shared by Coetzee, who appointed Burger as squad captain at the start of the year.

“We just need Schalk to get back to the conditioning level that is necessary for Super Rugby, and at the moment he is a bit of a way from that,” said Coetzee.

“Schalk will be reassessed in three weeks, and we will take it from there. If he is ready to play again then, it will be just before our overseas tour, so he can definitely tour with us if everything goes well. But I don’t want to see Schalk on the field until he can do everything 100% and is able to run flat out.”

The Stormers’ first tour game is on 26 April against the Hurricanes in Wellington, and their last home game before the bye that precedes the tour is the big derby match against the Sharks on 13 April. Burger definitely won’t be ready to face the Sharks, but there is an outside chance that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will be.

“We are on a three week plan with Eben starting from now so it is possible he could play some role in the Sharks game,” said Coetzee.

Also hoping to be back in the mix in three weeks is hooker Scarra Ntubeni. One of the heroes of the Western Province victory in the Currie Cup final against the Sharks last Octobert, Ntubeni started training again on Monday after undergoing a shoulder operation during the off-season.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Tony Johnson
It all starts again now
The time has come to draw the line between everything that’s happened up to now, and what’s about...

Super Wrap
Was Ackers crackers?
It is impossible to say if the legendary Kitch Christie had poetry on his mind when he introduced...

Brenden Nel
Let's talk honestly for a moment
South African rugby has suffered from delusions of grandeur for long enough, and it is time that we...

Gavin Rich
Why you can't blame the Lions
The decision taken by the Emirates Lions management to select a second string side for their final...