Vodacom Super 14
Stormers final exam for Reds
JC Kritzinger (Gallo Images)
Cape Town – The inclusion of JC Kritzinger at loosehead prop is the only change to the Stormers team for Friday’s Super 14 match against the Reds at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
“The Reds will test us in every area of the game and at this stage JC is our most athletic loosehead,” said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.
“JD Moller scrummed very well in the last two games, but JC offers more across the field.”
The Stormers thrashed the Chiefs 49-15 in Hamilton and apart from Kritzinger and Moller swopping jersey numbers this week, there is no change to the squad.
An analysis of the Reds prompted the Stormers to retain Sireli Naqelevuki on the wing rather than call up Fabian Juries.
Naqelevuki struggled against Australian opposition earlier on the Stormers’ tour when the Western Force kicked the ball behind him.
“In the last four games there have been 46 kicks at the Reds and they ran the ball back 31 times,” said Coetzee.
“The Reds are the team that kicks back the least number of times. They look to counter-attack and that is how they moved the Bulls’ pack around.
“They do well in the physical aspect and their halfback pairing is red-hot. Will Genia and Quade Cooper are important decision-makers.”
Coetzee believes possession will be of key importance for the Stormers.
“If you look after the ball and attack, you won’t be as tired as when you defend throughout.”
The last game on a tour Down Under is never easy for a South African team, but Coetzee says the Stormers are having a good time.
“It helps when you win and the players are looking forward to the weekend’s challenge. It’s going to be a big challenge against an in-form team.
“The players don’t have their minds on going home. They are enjoying the training sessions and there is good leadership in the team. They are psychologically up for the challenge.”
Meanwhile, the Reds have also made one change with Adam Byrnes replacing the injured Van Humphries at lock.
“It’s the fifth South African team we are playing in as many weeks and each one of the four to date had their strengths,” Reds coach Ewen McKenzie said on the team’s website.
“The Stormers combine elements of all those strengths and for us it’s like a final examination after all the hard work of the last four weekends. It’s going to be tough, but we are looking forward to it.”Reds v Stormers, Brisbane - 11:40Reds:
15. Peter Hynes, 14. Rod Davies, 13. Will Chambers, 12. Anthony Faingaa, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia (captain), 8. Leroy Houston, 7. Daniel Braid, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 5. Adam Byrnes, 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Laurie Weeks, 2. Saia Faingaa, 1. Ben Daley
Substitutes: 16. Sean Hardman, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Jack Kennedy, 19. Ezra Taylor, 20. Jake Schatz, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Brando Va’auluStormers:
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Sireli Naqelevuki, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. JC Kritzinger
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. JD Moller, 18. Anton van Zyl, 19. Pieter Louw, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Willem de Waal, 22. Tim Whitehead