Conradie 'heads' for Stormers

2010-04-12 08:17

Adnaan Mohamed

Cape Town – Former Springbok scrumhalf Bolla Conradie could be back in a Stormers jersey soon.

Dewaldt Duvenage strained his calf muscle in the Cape franchise’s 33-21 Super14 victory against the Blues in Auckland on Saturday and was replaced by Ricky Januarie.

Stormers team doctor Ryan Kohler confirmed that the nippy scrumhalf suffered severe cramps in his calves against the Blues, saying though, that he should be ready to take his place in the starting line-up against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

“At this stage we haven’t booked any tickets yet. We are only being pro-active,” manager Chippie Solomons said from Auckland on Sunday.

“The team doctor decided that we should contact Bolla Conradie as a contingency plan if Dewies (Duvenage) fails to recover from his calf injury. If Conradie cannot travel, Conrad Hoffman (who has played scrumhalf and flyhalf for Western Province in the Vodacom Cup) will be called up.”

Conradie, who is currently the captain of Boland, has been sidelined for a month with a stomach muscle injury.

Boland manager, Eugene  Ellof, said on Sunday: “At this stage I can confirm that the Stormers management contacted me about Bolla Conradie. Bolla has been out of action for a month. I cannot make a call on him. He will be consulting a specialist after which a decision will be made if he can travel to Australasia. My only worry is that Bolla has not taken contact for four weeks.”

Besides Duvenage’s cramping calves, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said there were no other injury concerns in his camp. Coetzee however revealed that fullback Joe Pietersen who suffered a hip injury in the Super 14 clash against the Cheetahs at Newlands, will not be joining the side in Hamilton this week.

“We initially planned for Joe to come over for the last two games on the overseas leg of our Super 14 campaign. Unfortunately he hasn’t fully recovered from his injury. We felt it would be better if he joined us when we return,” explained Coetzee.


  • Stomers supporter - 2010-04-12 08:29


  • WP Fan - 2010-04-12 08:32

    Give Hoffman the change and take Ricky to Vodacom Cup and Bolla on the bench if Duvenhage does not recover.

  • steve - 2010-04-12 08:32

    Please no. Hopefully Dewald will be ok, because his service was brilliant on Saturday. When Ricky came on, he looked like a headless chicken and didn't know what to do. Why he started against the Force, i'll never know.

  • Stormer - 2010-04-12 08:50

    NOOOOOOOOO leave him in Wellington

  • Wes - 2010-04-12 09:03

    Hoffman is overrated!! He has done nothing since his debut Currie Cup season in 2006. Bolla was our best 9 on show during pre-season and has loads of experience!! Well done Allister!!

  • Bollakont - 2010-04-12 09:10

    O f*k daai ou is die kakste ding in rugby, ek sien net slegte nuus vir die stormers as daai man op die veld is.. ogaats

  • Gareth - 2010-04-12 09:10

    Gio applon really impresed me. i did not like hime though he was too small and when Joe got injured i thought here we go we got trouble, but Gio really did not play so bad, at least know when joes back we know we got a capable replacement for him if he gets injured again.

  • Marvin Seekoei - 2010-04-12 09:16

    Everyone forgets so quickly how good of a player Ricky is and how he won us a game against the All Blacks away from home.He played so well because he knew he was number 1 when Fourie was injured!Leave him alone!

  • ruben - 2010-04-12 09:18

    Agree with you all - no to Bolla - rather give Hoffman the nod - he has been playing brilliantly especially in the varsity cup - if Stormers do not use him teh Bulls will sign him!

  • Stormtrooper - 2010-04-12 09:18

    Let's face it. Bolla is shite. Ricky is not on top form. Send Hoffmann to assist should there be the need. Please don't send Bolla.

  • another sotrmers supporter - 2010-04-12 09:22

    Please NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wilhelm van Oranje - 2010-04-12 09:25

    Please dont make any mistakes. We have recovered from our setback against the Force, and in that game the weak link was Ricky. Its important that Ricky dont act as a traffic officer but that he gets the ball out. Please coach tell Ricky to distribute the ball more efficiently. He is still a good scrumhalf.

  • JAKES - 2010-04-12 09:32

    NOOOO!!! Rather play a 17 year old scrummie from Paarl Gim than that banana!

  • Adri Smit - 2010-04-12 09:32

    Spot on WP Fan. Januarie = MAJOR DISASTER. Can't understand why the coach does'nt see he is the weakest link?

  • Emile - 2010-04-12 09:33

    Hope this is not true ! If it is, then the Stormers are moving backwards again.

  • Henry - 2010-04-12 09:50

    Please who makes a call like that.... are u out of your freaking mind. I really think the management team must demote Ricky also to the Vodacom squad and make one more purchase in Jano Vermaak, I think he will leave the Lions in the blink of an eye and then we have 2 gr8 scrummies, who wont give us heart attacks....

  • Huh? - 2010-04-12 10:05

    Nee manne nee ek het gedog eigere Bolla het lankal retire.Hoe kan iemand met sy eigere tanne my loep en vertel dat da nie n bieter no 9 in WP is as Tellytubby of Bolla nie?Wie issi Maties en Ikeys no 9's?Die het sieke niks met kwotas te doene nie of hoe?Dis nou so goed die Bulla drop FDP vir daai ander kitaarsnaar van hulle.Stormers in hul se moer met Tubby en Bolla....kort nog net vir Earl dans hulle reg!

  • @Marvin Seekoei - 2010-04-12 10:13

    You see Marvin, Ricky used to be quick, agile and nippy. He had the build of a true scrumhalf. Sort of like a tough terrier. Now, he has bulked up and has become slow, clumsy and is always in the way. Kind of like a pit bull but not quite matching the bite. Play Hoffman before it is too late and another union signs him.

  • Laeveld Stormer - 2010-04-12 10:16

    @Marvin Seekoei. haha, yes I remember... only faintly though... that was in 2004 wasn't it? A very very long time ago and he still gets picked based on that. Ridiculous. Bolla is also a has been if he ever was anything else. Give it to hoffman, the young guys are really coming to the party and we constantly need to incorporate these guys into our structures otherwise it might bite us in the ass later when we need to tap into our depth. GO STORMERS!! Good win, brilliant rugby, sad about the bonus point but at least Habana is getting more involved.

  • me2 - 2010-04-12 10:16

    Duvenhage was crap against the force..He kicks too alot and that allowed the Force to almost score twice against us with charge downs..he had a better game against the Blues though..Bolla is a gritty player and have loads of experience in super 14...wise move by the coach..Just hope he can prove all these negative " so called coaches" wrong on this blog..Stormers forever !!..

  • Stormer - 2010-04-12 10:19

    Bolla speel nie slegte rugby nie en hy het die ondervinding. Ek sal net graag wil sien dat daar meer van Pieter Louw gebruik gemaak word. Die paar keer wat hy al wel gespeel het, het hy baie beindruk met sy spel.

  • Trilkop - 2010-04-12 10:26

    Now the poor old Stormers only need Earl Rose there to put the icing on.

  • Blouwildebul - 2010-04-12 10:29

    NEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dewaldt Duvenhage verdien om in die span te wees en is nie n skrum spietkop nie en ook nie n oorgewig stut nie saterdag het hy goeie diens gedoen en n goeie drie gedruk.

  • Skiebouski - 2010-04-12 10:31

    Hoffmann is the next big thing to hit SA rugby. He dominate in whatever team he played before. Other provinces are fighting to sign this youngster. I dont understand why Allister wont give him the change. He can cover flyhalf as well. my personal opinion is that he should have been selected before ricky and de waal. Bolla = hasbeen, he had his time same as Ricky... time to give the youngster's that's on form some opportunities otherwise we will loose them.

  • k@k nuus - 2010-04-12 10:33

    Hoekom wil die stormers nou hul Super 14 drome vernietig met die stuk k@k wat nie eens n stormer ondersteuners trui moet dra....Kan hul nie onthou hoe die sharks verlede jaar ook nog tot die tyd amper seker was van n semi nie

  • skywalker - 2010-04-12 10:46

    Ricky cost us against Brumbies and Force...the difference is plain to see when Duvenhage starts,the backline gets ball on the front foot...when Ricky starts Grant is under so much pressure the whole backline is flat-footed.. Bolla is out of shape so Hoffman should come in...but hopefully Duvenhage should still start.

  • Bulls fan - 2010-04-12 10:46

    I think Heinie Adams needs game time... so why doesnt the Stormers try to get him (loan for the Super 12)

  • Herman De Rouxbaix - 2010-04-12 11:10

    Hierdie is nou vir jou 'n klomp p@es.

  • Robbie S - 2010-04-12 11:17

    For crying out LOUD!!!!!!!!!! Can't the managament see that whenever Januarie plays, the backline is under preassure the whole time. The reason is not that he can't pass, but he attends every ruck only in February the following year. Not even to mention Conradie and the fact that he hasn't played a game in just under a month. The one possitive is that we will not see uncontested scrums as we should have enough props with Januarie and Conradie there.

  • Matie - 2010-04-12 11:24

    Play Hoffman!!!!! He is in great form and fits perfectly into the stromers attacking brand of rugga. he dosen't drift across the field like januarie who basically gut passes grant!! Will be a great loss 4 wp if he is contracted elsewhere

  • @me2 - 2010-04-12 11:41

    Januarie was die no 9 teen die Force jou proes!

  • me2 - 2010-04-12 11:42

    @Herman De Rouxbaix, @k@k nuus & @Bollakont...Ag nee manne julle taal gebruik laat te veel wense oor..Ek weet nie hoekom plaas Sport24 sulke mense se comments nie..wat nie die maniere het om ordelik te comment nie..Julle behoort nie by die stormers nie manne...Julle klink nou meer soos Blou Bulle.. en dis ook nie nodig om spelers persoonlik aan te vat nie..wonder net hoeveel van julle het al ooit klub rugby gespeel..Laat ek raai..Julle kon nie eers 'n plek kry in julle skole span nie, so vrot was los die afrigers ..hulle het baie meer kennis van rugby as julle ou klae monde...Coetzee & Rassie weet wat hulle doen..dis hoekom Stormers so goeie rugby die jaar speel..WP & Stormers vir altyd !!

  • DJ - 2010-04-12 11:45

    As dit wel gebeur se ek net EEN ding - HKGK!!!!

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-04-12 12:15

    Ricky used to be fast. Now he is too slow. You have to be blind not to see the tempo difference when he comes on after Duvenhage.

  • Stormers fan - 2010-04-12 12:18

    I can smell a lot of racism amongst the stormers fans, it is 2010 lets move on

  • Beesblaas - 2010-04-12 13:03

    @Stormers fan - ja , pal , I can also smell one of " Ellister's " tjommies being chosen here.

  • STORMERS 4EVA - 2010-04-12 13:03

    I'm sick of you people bringing the word racism into rugby. Regardless of race, Ricky January is as useful as a wet tissue. Bolla would be a refreshing change, although also not great Ricky's service has deterioted, his vision is one dimenisonal, speed decreased and does not cover his natural defensive channel as a no.9 which creates gaps behind ruck. Duvenage has been supperd this season. On the same side, despite his pure class and quality, Mr Burger needs to sharpen up his skills. For an international superstar, he coughs the ball up far too often. One or two tweaks and the Stormers can challenge for a home semi, but the skills will need to improve. We left at least 2 tries (bonus point) ont he table vs. the Blues and should just be satisfied with a WIN, when we were far better than them. Now for the Chiefs - GO STORMERS

  • KingPaul - 2010-04-12 13:11

    Die Mechanic is darem nou vir eens net te stadig vir S14 rugby! Hopenlik ois die sy laaste jaar wat hy 'n kontrak by WP kry. Moet my nie verkeerd verstaan nie, Die Mechanic was goed op sy dae en hy het daai game vir ons gewen teen die AllBlacks laasjaar, maar hy moet maar eerder by Arthur Murray gaan aansluit met daai two-step van hom!! Ek het gedog Bolla het gaan aftree by Boland? Hoekom wil AC nou met hom sukkel as daar sulke belowende jong skrumskakels in die WP is?

  • Blue bull - 2010-04-12 13:22

    I think that Bolla will be an excellent replacement and will really be an asset to the team. Go Bolla !!! Hee Hee

  • Bollakont@me2 - 2010-04-12 13:31

    As jy weet wat vir jou goed is en vir die span dan sal jy weet waarom ons reg is. As jy verlede jaar op Nuweland was en die Stormers teen die Reds gekyk het dan sal jy saam met my stem. Die Stormers was halftyd 21-3 voor met drie driee wast gedruk was die twede helfte met 15 min oor was die telling 24-3 toe kom Bolla opdie veld. Binne 10 min veroorsaak Bolla alleen 18 punte teen ons en moet die Stormers vasbyt om met 1 punt te wen. Daarna het ek daai stuk kak finaal afgeskryf. En by the way speel ek nou nog klubrugby vir die dorp span in die Superliga, maar dit se niks oor Bollakont se spel peil nie.MR Me 2

  • STORMER - 2010-04-12 13:58

    @Beesblaas - you tonsil. Allistair Coetzee is a fine coach and a true gentleman. In fact, HE should be at BOK helm. I will take your comment and puke it out mate, then scoop it up and feed it to you. Your blatant racism is only 2nd to your mental retardation.

  • Wagga - 2010-04-12 15:09

    Any change to the Stombarian team can only be a good one, The whole team is so kak that any change will be good, HAHAHAHA , Bolla for captain I will say, Go Bolla. The management is just as F@##$$UP as the supporters, What a bunch of clowns in the WEEPEE, Earl Rose is also without a job, The WEEPEE must also get hold of him and make him a Stormer, then all the assholes will be under one umbrella, HaHaHaHa

  • WP man - 2010-04-12 19:48

    Conradie het meer as 'n maand laas gespeel. Hy is oud en afgeleef. Daarteenoor is Hoffmann ten minste wedstrydfiks. Al weer 'n geval van regstellende aksie?

  • Alibaba - 2010-04-13 01:26

    Bolla was al 5 jaar gelede nie meer goed genoeg nie, en Ricky het sy laaste goeie wedstryd gespeel op Carisbrrok Dunedin 'n paar jaar gelede. Speel die youngster, en as dit dan nou 'n outjie van colour moet wees om die powers that be tevrede te hou, stem ek saam kry vir Heini Adams op loan - ek dink hoeka al vir baie lank hy is Springbokmateriaal wat by die Bulls vermors word met splinters in sy agterwereld van al die tyd op die bank sit - wens ek kon 'n job kry waar ek so baie betaal word dat niemand anders my kan koop nie vir bokkerol doen.

  • Alibaba - 2010-04-13 01:47

    Bolla was al 5 jaar gelede nie meer goed genoeg nie, en Ricky het sy laaste goeie wedstryd gespeel op Carisbrrok Dunedin 'n paar jaar gelede. Speel die youngster, en as dit dan nou 'n outjie van colour moet wees om die powers that be tevrede te hou, stem ek saam kry vir Heini Adams op loan - ek dink hoeka al vir baie lank hy is Springbokmateriaal wat by die Bulls vermors word met splinters in sy agterwereld van al die tyd op die bank sit - wens ek kon 'n job kry waar ek so baie betaal word dat niemand anders my kan koop nie vir bokkerol doen.

  • Marvin Seekoei - 2010-04-13 05:49

    Leave Duvenhage in the starting line up but if he gets injured then let the springbok scrumhalf have a go.I guess everyone forgets that Ricky is a Springbok and has played many times for the country but that was all affirmative action shame!I guess the No.11 and 14 jersey is the only one that a black player must wear!Leave the coaches alone and just watch the games!

  • Megabull - 2010-04-13 10:33

    Funny but when I said all this about Jan after the 1st S14 game, I was told I dont know anything about rugby? Maybe you guys are all just slow learners?

  • @BULLSFAN - 2010-04-13 14:36

    Its Super 14....not S12.... Word wakker

  • THEMBILE - 2010-04-13 22:02

    To all who are commenting about Ricky and Bolla haven't you read that Duvenages injury is not serious as thought he will be in the park on saturday when the Stomers will skin the Chiefs alive Gooooooooooooooo Stomerssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

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