Aplon at 15 adds extra 'speed'

2011-06-15 17:42

Cape Town - The Stormers have decided to move Gio Aplon from wing to fullback for the Super Rugby derby against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Aplon replaced Conrad Jantjes in a backline that will also include the dangerous Juan de Jongh at inside centre instead of Jean de Viliers who moves to the wing.

Allister Coetzee, the Stormers coach, said the selections for the weekend were as a result of a horses-for-courses policy.

"At Bloemfontein there is a harder, quicker pitch which means that we may need extra speed coming from the back," said Coetzee.

"With Aplon at No 15 it gives us another dimension on attack.

"Jean (De Villiers) and Juan (De Jongh) have proved to be outstanding No 12s and it's important that you get your best players on the pitch for a match like this one.

"Both have been playing really well this season and since it's a fast pitch we're preparing for explosive running along the backline."

Stormers scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage did not train yesterday because he was feeling some stiffness in his upper legs.

"We decided to rest Dewaldt today as a precaution," said Coetzee. "There is no injury concern, the break gives him a chance to shake off the stiffness but he'll be fine by Saturday."

The Stormers seemed to made a break with the France-bound Ricky Januarie because he was not even named on the reserves bench and opted for rookie Louis Schreuder instead.


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Viljoen, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Corné Uys, 22 Riaan Smit

15 Gio Aplon, 14 Jean de Villiers, 13 Jaque  Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenhage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Johann Sadie, 22 Conrad Jantjes


  • Witsand local - 2011-06-15 17:45

    Finally!!! And well done!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 10:57

      Good Team. Going to be a GREAT contest, Stormers by 12+

  • Brannas - 2011-06-15 17:51

    Wow, Wow Wow, The stormers are really worried about this game, they bring out all the big guns at once. Sorry to say, it won't be enough against a fired up and rested Cheetah team nogal in Bloem, Cheetahs by 10.

      EXBULL - 2011-06-15 18:13

      Brannas the Bulls have been lucky thus far that all the games they played didnt require their "big guns". - 2011-06-15 18:22

      It's not about being worried about the game, it's about doing what they need to to get a home semi final. I'm sure any of the other teams would have brought out their big guns as well if they were in that position. I reckon the Cheetahs have also put in their strongest available team.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 18:31

      Brannas, what do you mean by 'big guns'? Who are you talking about?

      Babba x - 2011-06-15 19:49

      The kalfies just made it with their big guns against a stormers team that played their kakkest game so far this season. Doesn't say a lot about the kalfies. Excellent move by the Stormers. The kalfies will lose against the Sharks this weekend

      Brannas - 2011-06-15 20:11

      Sorry ACE, my mistake, they don't have big guns, they just throw the best they could get their hands on into the mix, even out of position, desperate measures I would say.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 20:34

      Brannas moenie worry nie, ons almal maak voute. Dalk het die tappit supporters groot guns, maar dis al.

      PureAwesomeness - 2011-06-15 20:34

      Brannas, thanks for firstly (before being corrected by your lap monkey) acknowledging that the Stormers have big guns!!

  • EXBULL - 2011-06-15 18:11

    Allister if this is a "horses-for-courses" selection, then please tell me for what "course" do you need a slow fullback thats terrible on the counter attack and cant take a high ball?

  • - 2011-06-15 18:18

    We are all well aware that each SA team have their loyal supporters who think that only their team has what it takes. But come on guys, the Stormers have done extremely well this season and deserve credit for that. To be second on the Super Rugby log after 15 rounds is no fluke so they must be doing something right. Well done guys keep it up, you can do it. As a Stormers supporter, I also congratulate the Bulls on the recovery of their season.

  • aKuma - 2011-06-15 18:46

    Jonker by 10, sorry cheetahs

  • Oukoos - 2011-06-15 19:27

    Hel, dit is uiteindelik 'n agterlyn waarmee die Stormers bonuspunte mee kan aanteken. Jammer Sadie is nie in die beginspan nie

      Brannas - 2011-06-15 20:16

      Julle worry lekker ou Koos, die Cheetahs gaan julle gatte lekker skop daar in die Vrystaat. Daardie mielie boere in omgesukkeld nou.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 05:23

      @oukoos Dis ons beste agterlyn verseker, maar ons gaan bloei teen die Bulle.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-17 06:06

      Bloggers I did not write the comment above. Some IDIOT is writing comments using my name!!!!!!! I will never write such comments about MY STORMERS...

  • PureAwesomeness - 2011-06-15 20:45

    Gio Aplon has missed only 11 tackles in the 13 games he played this year...he tackles guys 2 times his weight. He is as fast as a rocket. He is brilliant. My money is on Gio to score or at least be involved in 3 of the Stormers 4 tries!!! Here we go Stormers, here we go!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 21:57

      @pure One of the 4 tries? That they will score over the next 3 years?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 22:29

      Gio die 45kg biafraan

  • Maarten - 2011-06-15 22:23

    Eventually! This should have been done weeks ago already.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-17 06:07

      Bloggers I did not write the comment above. Some IDIOT is writing comments using my name!!!!!!! I will never write such comments about MY STORMERS...

  • Jan - 2011-06-15 23:17

    As a Stormer supporter, I think this is a good move. Gio at 15 can add a lot with the extra space, and yes he is small, but I recall another 'small" wing who was a hero. His name: Breyton Paulse - rmember him?

      mozzer - 2011-06-16 03:19

      SAFFA-CAT Why would you have Alberts and Danie in the same team? No-one even close to a fetcher when the break-down has been the most important area highlighted by super rugby coaches week in and week out. Do you work for Div? Oh and WO and Chilliboy??? Wherever you are going. It's not far enough.

      Grunk - 2011-06-16 07:52

      @Saffa - and all along I've been respecting your opinion of players - Francois Steyn - are you mad???? He's been as big a disappointment as Habana since the last RWC. And now you are knocking Aplon - a bloke who punches well above his weight and and one of the real game-breakers that SA (let alone Stormers) has.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 08:03

      Morning all. I see the Canadian refugee has been spewing filth under my name all night. Most who know me on these forums would know the type of comment I usually offer. Secondly - those that don't me round here, should know that I don't have much positive to say about Olivier, Spies etc. So ignore this chump chaps, he wants to be me.....(although him wanting to be female is a touch 'worrying')

      Grunk - 2011-06-16 09:29

      Jeesh, Saffa, you gave me a fright there. I thought what you been smoking boy!

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 05:20

    Best team the Stormers can field, but probably not enough to take the mighty Bulls

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-17 06:07

      Bloggers I did not write the comment above. Some IDIOT is writing comments using my name!!!!!!! I will never write such comments about MY STORMERS...

  • Jacques - 2011-06-16 13:34

    only weakness is Habanna

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 17:57

      @Jacques "Only" weakness???? Your only weakness is that you were born without a brain

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