Heinz Schenk
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15 Aug 2013
6:20 am

Burger boost for Province

Heinz Schenk

There have been times in the past year where the rumoured return of Schalk Burger proved as mythical as the Loch Ness monster.

Schalk Burger of DHL Western Province gets tackled by Cheslin Kolbe of DHL Western Province during the DHL Western Province training session and press conference at High Performance Centre on August 14, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)

But the 31-year-old Springbok bolter is truly back on the training field – and Western Province assistant coach Robbie Fleck believes the might feature in the latter rounds of the Currie Cup.

“Schalk is training hard and he is being put through his paces. This was the longest session so far and he is really positive about his progress,” said Fleck.

“He looks on course for a return to the playing field in the second round but we’re not putting any pressure on Schalk and there is no pressure on us from his side either.”

Meanwhile, coach Allister Coetzee made just one change for Saturday’s game against the Cheetahs at Newlands, swopping the previously benched Michael Rhodes with Gerbrandt Grobler.

Exciting Cheslin Kolbe also recovered sufficiently from a knee concern to continue his stint at wing but will have to bide his time before being given his favoured No 15 shirt.

“Cheslin is going to get his opportunity at 15 at some point, but right now Gio Aplon is the man in charge,” said Fleck.

“Fullback is Gio’s preferred position and he had another good game. His work-rate is phenomenal off the ball. We need a bit of seniority and leadership at the back and Cheslin is quite happy on the wing.”