WIN! WIN! WIN!

Click and you could have your selfie appear on a Springbok player's Rugby World Cup jersey!

LIVE

    Ankle puts Grant in doubt

    2011-05-17 09:14
    Stephen Nell

    Cape Town - The Stormers' tour Down Under is fast turning into a major test of character.

    As if the defeat to the Chiefs and Jaque Fourie's accompanying injury were not bad enough, Peter Grant looks set to miss Friday's Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Blues in Auckland with an ankle injury.

    Should Grant to forced to withdraw, Lionel Cronjé will start in the Stormers' No 10 jersey, though that in itself is not a major crisis. Although the Stormers may be giving up a lot in terms of experience, Cronjé did display promise in recent games against the Lions, Sharks and Crusaders.

    Grant and Fourie are both still in camp, but Danie Poolman has also linked up with the side to provide cover in the backline.

    The situation could, of course, become a headache if the Stormers are forced to take on the Blues without a replacement flyhalf, but that is a problem for later in the week should it come to that.

    According to coach Alister Coetzee, the Stormers had a "very productive day" as they identified the mistakes they need to rectify from the past weekend's loss. He mentioned that many of the problems were due to poor tactical kicking.

    "The execution of the kicking has to be accurate. If you kick too far you make it difficult for the chasers and you have to defend for seven or eight phases before regaining possession," said Coetzee.

    "It led to us having to make twice as many tackles as the Chiefs. We also conceded turnover possession and could not exert pressure with the ball in hand. The biggest problem was that we could not keep the ball in hand."

    According to Verusco's statistics on ruggastats.com, the Stormers made 210 tackles to the Chiefs' 101. Every one of the Stormers' starting forwards made 10 or more tackles, with Duane Vermeulen (22) and Schalk Burger (20) the busiest defenders.

    And that after the Stormers led 20-3 at half-time - no wonder then that Coetzee on Monday said that the team was its "own enemy".

    The numerous mistakes in the second half were also out of character for the Stormers. One does not usually have to doubt Grant and Andries Bekker's handling abilities and such outstanding players need not even have those errors pointed out to them and they will undoubtedly be looking to put it right.

    Of course, the problem is that even a good performance may not be good enough to beat the Blues at Eden Park.

    "I think there is a lot of confidence in their team and consistency is a result of that. They have been together for two seasons now. There is continuity in the coaching staff and among the players," said Coetzee.

    "We cannot afford to concede possession against them. The Reds starved them of the ball on the weekend, but started making mistakes when the Blues got their hands on the ball."

    The Blues lost for only the second time this season on Friday, but still gained two log points from their 37-31 defeat to the Reds. They lead the Crusaders by five points in the New Zealand Conference and are second on the overall standings behind the Reds.
    Read More On:  super 15 peter grant

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    35 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    /Sport

    Results

    04 July 2015
    27 June 2015
    20 June 2015
    13 June 2015
    12 June 2015
    06 June 2015
    05 June 2015
    30 May 2015
    29 May 2015
    23 May 2015
    22 May 2015
    16 May 2015
    15 May 2015
    09 May 2015
    08 May 2015
    02 May 2015
    01 May 2015
    26 April 2015
    25 April 2015
    24 April 2015
    18 April 2015
    17 April 2015
    11 April 2015
    10 April 2015
    04 April 2015
    03 April 2015
    28 March 2015
    27 March 2015
    22 March 2015
    21 March 2015
    20 March 2015
    14 March 2015
    13 March 2015
    07 March 2015
    06 March 2015
    28 February 2015
    27 February 2015
    21 February 2015
    20 February 2015
    15 February 2015
    14 February 2015
    13 February 2015

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    EXPERT OPINION

    “Craig Joubert deserves plaudits for making a gutsy call against the home side in the Super Rugby semis, writes Herman Mostert.”

    Opinion Poll

    Super Rugby is a thing of the past. Next up: The Rugby Championship. Who will emerge victorious this season?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.