Schalla stil not ready!
February 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
The long awaited return of Stormers captain Schalk Burger is further delayed. (source News24)
He has a calf strain that turned out to be a more serious than previously thought and will be out for at least another 14 days. This will see him fit for the Bulls clash but if AC policies are to be believed only players that featured in the warm ups will be selected for the Bulls clash. With the exception of Elton Jantjies and Peter Grant(if back).
This would mean that Schalla is set to miss the opener with Jean de Villiers taking over captaincy duties. This is probably a wise move from AC as Schalla has not had a competitive game since the first game of SR’12.
If I were AC I would be tempted to start Schalla from the bench against the Bulls thus giving him some time to get use to playing again. But Schalla has never been a good impact player so AC might opt to start him the next week. Kolisi will be wearing the no.6 jersey like last season with Elstedt or Armand taking the 7.
In other news Juan de Jong has been ruled out for at least 14 days, maybe more with a hamstring strain and new recruit Micheal Rhodes is also injured and out for probably 14 – 21 days.
Ps: It now seems AC has back tracked on his previous statement and that all players injury free will be considered for the Bulls game. He has also hinted that the Stormers might play the WP Vodacom Cup team Wednesday the 13 of Feb to give some of the players missing the warm ups a chance to take contact.