Burger blow for Investec Stormers

PUBLISHED: April 14, 2004

Investec Stormers coach Gert Smal on Wednesday announced a side comprising several changes to the one that beat the Reds on Saturday for this Friday’s Super 12 match against the Blues.

The Stormers will be without in-form Springbok flank Schalk Burger, who had to withdraw from the clash in Auckland due to a groin injury.

“Schalk has a groin injury that he sustained on Monday,” said the coach, who brought in Hendrik Gerber at flank, with another Springbok, Pierre Uys, moving to the substitutes’ bench.

Springbok Werner Greeff was declared fit after missing several games and he will take the place of Gaffie du Toit at fullback. Du Toit moves to flyhalf in place of Chris Rossouw.

Free State speedster Tonderai Chavanga gets a run in place of Breyton Paulse, who will sit this one out. Gus Theron replaces Pieter Rossouw at left wing. The lanky Rossouw is in Cape Town, where his wife gave birth to their second child this week.

Neil de Kock gets another start at scrumhalf in place of Bolla Conradie, while Eddie Andrews is also back in the starting lineup at tighthead prop in place of Pat Barnard.

The expected return to the match squad of Selborne Boome, however, did not materialise. Boome, who had knee surgery, was not included on the bench and is due for a return next week.

Investec Stormers:

15. Werner Greeff
14. Tonderai Chavanga
13. Marius joubert
12. De Wet Barry
11. Gus Theron
10. Gaffie du Toit
09. Neil De Kock
08. Adri Badenhorst
07. Hendrik Gerber
06. Corne Krige
05. Willem Stoltz
04. Quinton Davids
03. Eddie Andrews
02. Pieter Dixon
01. Daan Human

16. David Britz
17. Pat Barnard
18. Rob Linde
19. Pierre Uys
20. Bolla Conradie
21. Chris Rossouw
22. Gavin Hume.