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Rassie has faith in youngsters

2011-11-08 08:30

Cape Town - Western Province's director of coaching Rassie Erasmus says they have enough young tight forwards to be optimistic for the future.

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Erasmus told Die Burger newspaper that young players like Quinn Roux (lock), Eben Etzebeth (lock), Siyabonga Ntubeni (hooker) and Frans Malherbe (prop) will add depth to the Stormers' tight five for next season's Super Rugby tournament.

The union has come under fire in media circles recently for letting some promising young players - like Johan Sadie, JJ Engelbrecht and Lionel Cronje - slip through their fingers.

Older stalwarts like lock Adriaan Fondse, flank Pieter Louw and prop JD Moller were also not offered new contracts. It was announced over the weekend that Fondse is off to England to play for the Newcastle Falcons.

But Erasmus believes some of the criticisms have been harsh. "We have brought young guys through our structures and believe that they could pull us through with some of the older players."

Roux and Etzebeth will provide back-up at lock for Rynhardt Elstadt, Andries Bekker and De Kock Steenkamp.

And Erasmus believes they have enough reserves at prop forward, with Steven Kitshoff and Malherbe impressing the WP mentor.

"On the one hand there's talk that we shouldn't lose local players, but at the same time there's the opinion that we should buy tight forwards. Where would we then find space for guys like Rynhardt, Andries, Duane Vermeulen and Kitshoff when they recover from their injuries?

"And will guys like Malherbe, Etzebeth, Roux and Ntubeni stay on in the WP if we buy other players?

"Last year we made the Suepr Rugby final and this season we topped the South African conference. What does this say about the rest of South Africa if our tight five is not good enough?"

The former Bok also said they bought backs Gerhard van den Heever and Joe Pietersen to cover for the loss of JJ Engelbrecht (to the Bulls) and Conrad Jantjes (to France).

"We won't buy players from outside simply because they are available, but because we need them," said Erasmus.

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Comments
  • Lionel - 2011-11-08 08:55

    What happens if the players get injured Rassie....look what happened when all our flyhalfs got injured we were stuffed.WTF with not giving Pieter Louw a contract????

      Facts - 2011-11-08 09:00

      I am with you on Pieter Louw. He normally gives 200% each game.

      Johan - 2011-11-08 09:46

      ...Bulls buy young talent... .....WP/Stormers buy old has-beens... ......11 years, zero cups.....

      Robs - 2011-11-08 10:31

      How many flyhalfs do you think is enough. Stormers/WP went through 5 if I'm not mistaken. Where do you draw the line and say now I have enough players.

      Steenbra - 2011-11-08 11:47

      Frankly I felt Louw offered committment more than prodigy Nick Koster does, certainly on last season performances. Louw spent a lot of time on the injury list this seasson. Just as I believe Carr offers more than Koster. What I dont understand is that Francois Louw was allowed to go and now Pieter. That is two experienced loosies. Me thinks that isnt very wise.

      Jed - 2011-11-08 12:02

      Johan , how many play-offs did you make this year. Bulls suck, whipping boys of world rugby.

      Pieter - 2011-11-08 15:45

      @Lionel Wie is "ons" ou vetg@t? Dis WP of Stormers, jy het NIKS met dit te doen nie. Jy sit net in die paviljoen en kyk hoe hulle ALWEER verloor

  • Tony - 2011-11-08 09:25

    Stutte, stutte, stutte. Ons supporters sal julle tot vervelens toe herrinner hieraan. Koop 1 of 2 experienced stutte om hierdie jong talent reg te skaaf. Pieter Louw? Hoe op dees aarde kan julle nie hierdie ou 'n kontrak aanbied nie? Is julle besig om die kluts kwyt te raak? Wel Pieter...terwyl ek nog besig is om hier te comment was die Flou Koeie seker al klaar met jou in verbinding! Ek hoop van harte dat Rassie gou kop kry voordat (as dit nie al klaar besig is om te gebeur nie) jy deur 'n ander unie genader word. Jy is 'n yster en gee altyd alles en nog meer in 'n game.

      Lionel - 2011-11-08 09:52

      Tony,ek voel jou pyn,ek is stom geslaan dat hulle nie Pieter Louw 'n kontrak aanbied nie.Raak ontslae van Habana dan kan ons meer van hierdie ander ouens hou!!!!!

      Facts - 2011-11-08 10:13

      Tony en Lionel. Stem saam met julle. Ons het goeie opkomende stutte maar hulle is nog kinders. Ek kan nie verstaan dat die meeste van ons ondersteuners saam stem oor die probleem areas in ons span nie en Rassie en die res sien dit nie raak nie. Ons gaan nooit 'n beker wen sonder behoorlike voorspelers met reserwes nie. Soos Naas, Kobus en algemene logika verwys, jy kan die beste agterlyn in die wereld wees maar sonder behoorlike balbesit is dit niks werd nie.

      Pieter - 2011-11-08 17:34

      @Tony 1) Louw is 'n baie average speler 2) Jou IK is baie ver onder average 3) Daar is meer gekoopte spelers in die WP as Bulls Jantjies/Habana/Jacque Fourie/Grant/scrummie/Dom Duane/Slot/Tiaan/Harris/ander stut om 'n paar te noem Bye bye ou beesblaas

  • danalexsmith - 2011-11-08 10:59

    Oh Rassie, you substantiate your claim that we have enough reserves at prop forward by saying... "Where would we then find space for guys like Rynhardt, Andries, Duane Vermeulen and Kitshoff when they recover from their injuries?" Does that mean Andries and Duane are going to be proping? We agree we have all the players we need, just not powerful props.

      Pieter - 2011-11-08 23:46

      danalexsmith Who is "we"? Do you play for Province? Believe me "you" or "them" do NOT have all the players you need. "We" DO NOT agree

  • Daniel - 2011-11-08 11:08

    Rassie...no contract for Pieter Louw, I have always liked you Rassie, but I really hope you know what you're doing and not losing the plot, rather amazed by that decision.

  • Daniel - 2011-11-08 11:13

    Oh ya Rassie, seeing that you are giving the young talent away, remember to sell of Nic Koster, Dimitri Catrakilis, Reinahrdt Elstadt, Gary Van Aswegen, Nic Groom and perhaps Kitshoff as well... (Sarcasm)

      Pieter - 2011-11-08 16:18

      @Daniel v Aswegen is sold already you twat and the rest of the players you mention shouldn't make an average club team

  • richard.vonschumann - 2011-11-08 13:27

    Have faith guys! Rassie knows what he is doing.A team plays better than any individual.

  • Pieter - 2011-11-08 15:48

    Ou Rassie moet maar eerder hou by die strip shows wat hy so graag bywoon, sy rugby kennis is dieselfde as sy bo-arm se omtrek in duim

  • Pieter - 2011-11-08 16:17

    Really Rassie? Haven't we heard this from WP since 2002 now? Expect a horrible season by WP/Stormers, simply not good enough and waaaaaaaayyy too arrogant for the useless, idiotic team they are

  • Riaan - 2011-11-08 16:49

    Sad to see a player like Willie Le Roux (Boland) not getting a change at Stormers. No he is moving to Cheetahs. Very sad!!!

  • Dawie - 2011-11-08 22:32

    Kerels ek is darem donners bly nie een van my voorname is Pieter nie want wragtag in konteks gesien spel dit domonnosel, oningelig,stupid en iemand met n serious minderwaardigheids kompleks - die idioot het niks goeds te se oor enige iemand nie en sy gramaphone hak vas om "11 years no cups' - hoop hy kom gou agter daar is geen berigte hier wat oor sy Blou Koeie gaan nie - o-ja hulle is nou ook in die run "2 years no cups and counting" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Pieter - 2011-11-08 22:54

      @Dawie 2 years se jy Einstein. Wie het verlede jaar se Super-14 gewen? Praat van domonnosel

      Pieter - 2011-11-08 22:57

      @Dawie die vetg@t kabouter En Vodacom cup het ek vergeet, 2010 Super 14 en Vodacom champs, dis laasjaar as jy bietjie sukkel. Help ons gou uit met die WP se stats

      Chris - 2011-11-09 17:03

      Hierdie Pieter is waaragtig 'n siek klein snotkop: Het jy regtig niks anders om jouself mee te vermaak as om op berigte oor die WP gal te braak nie?!!!

      Dawie - 2011-11-09 18:53

      Manne ek is nogsteeds bly ek het nie n Pieter in my name of familie nie - en boonop kan n mens die volgende aanvaar as n given - Kom ons se ek is n vetgat - man dan is ek heel happy daarmee want dit is n kondisie wat jy iets aan kan doen - ongelukkigsoos in Pietertjie se geval, word jy met onnoselheid gebore en daaraan kan n mens niks doen nie !! Sterkte dom Pietman !!!

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