Stormers early Hooker problems

January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

As has been the trend in the past 2 seasons of SR. The Stormers tend to get an extended amount of injuries in one position. In 2011 it was FH in 2012 it was loose forward. In 2013 it seems to be hooker.

With Tiaan Liebenberg still out for an extended period. Young live wire Scarra injured himself during practice last week and his shoulder was operated on yesterday. He will now also be out for an extended period of time.

Luckily they still do have CC hero Deon Fourie and with some better props this season his size might not be such a disadvantage in 2013 come scrum time.

Also this being still the preseason AC and co still have ample time to recruit one or two back-up hookers.

If rumors are to be believed the Stormers even send an SOS to John Smith of all people to see if he would be interested in another SR stint.

Who ever they find will need to be a good scrumager. This will give them the choice if they feel the opposition scrum will have a bigger influence than the ball poaching skills of Fourie.

Who would you contract if you were AC?

13 responses to Stormers early Hooker problems

  1. Smit will provide plenty of experience there surely? maybe he can get the Stormers through those crunch games they so often fail in?

    • Jip if it does happen then I would say it would be a great move for the Stormers. John is obviously a leader and can mentor the young hookers at the union.

      He will only be asked to play 30 – 35 mins at most per game.

  2. I would rather go for Schalk Brits.

    • Well if the Stormers had a choice they might as well have gone for Schalk.
      But Schalk is the no 1 hooker at Sarries and will be staying there.
      John is only 2/3 rd choice hooker (played a few at prop too). And he is on his way to France. So it won’t be such a big loss for Sarries.

  3. I think John Smit will be a good stand in, Schalk Brits and Deon Fourie are the same type of hooker/player, both are brilliant in the loose but their scrummaging hasn’t been the best and that’s where the Stormers are going to need someone like JS.

    • Agree. John is still a good scrumming hooker.
      If this happen it will only be short term though until Liebenberg and Scarra becomes available again. 3mnths at most.

  4. Yip. Stormers are officially known as the team that has beens go to when they are thinking of retiring!

  5. Haha yes please, that will make other teams very happy. He was well past it at the last WC, WP are a strong team, i cant believ they are going to resort to this old has-been.

  6. Beeld is speculating this morning that the Stormers might ask to borrow Lions hooker Martin Bezuidenhout.

    • Yeah AC said they are in talks with 3 hookers but all of them is stationed in SA.
      Bezuidenhout is an obvious choice but not sure if the Lions would want to let him go.

    • LionsWorld confirmed with Kevin de Klerk that there is a possibility that Lions hooker Martin Bezuidenhout will be lent to the Stormers but nothing has been finalised

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