Erasmus happy to have Schalk back



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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus expects Schalk Burger to play a big role in his return match after a suspension of two games.

The Stormers face the Chiefs on Friday and the fiery flanker’s inclusion is the only change to the side that beat the Reds in Brisbane last Saturday to claim their first Super 14 victory in 2008.

With Burger back, Luke Watson reverts to the No 8 spot, with Robbie Diack dropping down to the substitutes’ bench.

Erasmus says on the Stormers site that he is glad to have Burger back. ‘His presence will mean a lot against the Chiefs. He wants to be part of the process to steer the team’s season in the right direction.’

The win against the Reds was the Stormers first win of the season and Erasmus says that one win doesn’t mean the pressure is off the side. ‘I don’t think the pressure is going to become less now.

“We are now in the spot on the log where the Stormers finished last year and you want to improve.’

Captain, Jean de Villiers, also spoke about the need to improve if they want to beat the Chiefs. ‘After three straight losses there was a lot of pressure to turn things around and getting a bonus point was just so rewarding.

‘It was not difficult to keep the guys focused on the field, as we have trained hard, know our moves and ability and we believe in each other. Each player is very committed and gives his best all the time and need not be reminded to remain focused.’

De Villiers also acknowledged that the Stormers biggest challenge was to keep on winning and to return after the tour with as many log points possible.

‘No game is easy and there are difficult ones ahead. We are however confident and will give our best,’ he added.

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