Coetzee: Sadie has X-factor

2011-05-04 18:48

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Cape Town - The DHL Stormers have produced a major surprise in their selection for Saturday's long awaited Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders at Newlands by selecting young centre Johann Sadie on the wing.

With Bryan Habana ruled out of the match with a rib injury picked up against the Sharks, the expectation was that coach Allister Coetzee would recall Danie Poolman, who did well in the first half of the season but made way for the return of Habana after the bye.

However it is former Western Province under-21 centre Sadie who has been included on the Stormers team sheet in the No 14 jersey, with Gio Aplon switching from right wing to left wing.

Although Sadie has played a couple of minutes for the Stormers as a replacement, this will be his first ever start at Super Rugby level, and it will be in an unfamiliar position.

However, Coetzee defended the apparent gamble by pointing to Sadie's superb attacking skills.

"We felt that against a team like the Crusaders we needed to have a player on the wing who had X-factor, so with Bryan out we felt that Johann was the man to go for," said Coetzee.

"Sadie is an exciting player who has the X-factor that we want, he is a player who can make things happen for us. It is not that we are dispensing with Danie Poolman, just that Danie is a solid and reliable player who doesn't really have the ingredients, the X-factor, that we are looking for. Danie will probably come on tour with us and we will be using him again."

Sadie scored a try as a replacement in the Stormers' win over the Lions in the last match before the bye, but was back in the WP midfield in last week's Vodacom Cup quarter-final defeat to the Sharks XV. It is not known whether he has played wing before - certainly all his representative rugby in the Western Cape has been at centre.

There is no denying though that he is potentially a special player and in terms of pace and ability to capitalise on half opportunities he is more in the Habana mould than Poolman is.

The selection of Sadie was the only change to the side that beat the Sharks 32-12 last weekend, with the entire pack that won the bruising forward battle back to front up again even though some players, such as skipper Schalk Burger, are still carrying the bruises and scars of the derby.

Peter Grant still hasn't trained since sustaining his knee injury in the Reds game and Coetzee confirmed that he will definitely not be taking the field against the Crusaders even though he was bracketed with Lionel Cronje in the initial team sheet distributed at the team announcement press conference.

A couple of players sat out of Wednesday afternoon's training session but Coetzee said they had all participated fully in the morning practice, including Tiaan Liebenberg, the experienced hooker who makes his way back into Super Rugby by playing off the Stormers bench on Saturday.

He replaces former Lions hooker Ethienne Reynecke in the only other change to the 22 that did duty against the Sharks.



15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Johann Sadie, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Jean De Villiers, 11. Gio Aplon, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Reynardt Elstadt, 3. CJ van der Linde, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Brok Harris, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Kurt Coleman , 22. Juan De Jongh



  • RJ - 2011-05-04 19:29

    Indeed he does

  • Effel - 2011-05-04 19:32

    Hel, as die dag besig en deurmekaar raak, lees net 'n paar posts van Stormer ondersteuners, veral manne soos "Whatever" "Cliffie" en "watalife" om jouself besimpeld te lag. Ek bedoel, mag mense soos hulle vry in die openbaar rondloop? Daai goed is dommer as modder man

      Brannas - 2011-05-04 19:48

      Effel, ek stem saam met jou, ek lag my ook pap vir daardie 3 stooges, mens kan nie glo dat daar regtig sulke dom mense op die aarde is nie. Maar enigiets is moontlik as jy daardie poefter stormer span kan support. Hulle gaan lekker op hulle moer kry die naweek teen die saders, volgende week is nie een van hulle hier nie.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-04 19:56

      The world's best known (and most feared) customer-driven traveller advisory site, TripAdvisor has chosen Cape Town as the number one destination of the Top 25 Destinations in the World - as voted in the Tripadvisor 2011 Travelers' Choice Awards. Chosen by a poll of actual travellers and TripAdvisor users, the annual award recognises the people's choice of destinations from across the planet. After being placed at twenty fifth in 2010, Cape Town has trumped traditional travel cities like Paris, France (placed fourth), London, United Kingdom (eighth) and Rome, Italy (seventh) to take the top spot. CAPE TOWN - HOME OF THE STORMERS AND BEST CITY IN THE WORLD AS VOTED BY TOURISTS........damn, ons het alles. G'n wonder julle is so suur...

      Effel - 2011-05-04 20:11

      The best city it's for sure, I've never doubted that. What's that got to do with how pathetic the Stormers are?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-04 20:38

      @Effel, The Stormers are playing good rugby at the moment (what happens next who knows, but at the moment they are sublime.....), The Cape Cobras are the finest cricket team in SA, Ajax CT on the way to greatness (holding thumbs),The DA are almost guaranteed a pretty good win in the municipal elections, The closest morbisly obese garden gnomes are 1460 km's away, I live in the Worlds No 1 basically I am Living the dream Effel, Living the dream..... (and that's what the Stormers have to do with Cape Town....)

      nohorse - 2011-05-04 20:47

      @effel: as jou naam beteken wat ek dink, is jy die laaste ou wat kan praat van dom.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-04 20:54

      A reputable survey has shown that foreighn investment flows out of the country every time the TV shows images of the Moftus crowd

      Effel - 2011-05-04 21:02

      @nohorse Ai foeitog, is dit nou die beste wat jy kan doen jou wanaangepaste haas

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-04 21:51

      Ek begin nou al amper hoop dat die Bulls weer 'n oraait span kan wees, net sodat hulle sal ophou om ons Stormers ondersteuners te tune. Dis amper asof hulle selfbeeld probleme het.

      Frikkie - 2011-05-04 21:59

      So SufferCat lees jou eie artikel biekie... Skaapstad is die beste "destination" om te gaan vakansie hou... Dis dit... Dis al... Hoe vorder julle met die nuwe trofeekas?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 05:25

      SAFFA, I live in the greatest city in the world and my team is the Super champs. I would rather say that I'm living the dream.

      Reacher - 2011-05-05 06:58

      @Lloyd - when did you move to Rome boet? Clearly you havent been outside your boerewors curtain... Keep dreaming you little queer.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-05 07:29

      Effel : Ja Kondoom , jou naam spreek boekdele !!!!!!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 07:58

      Wow Reacher, you chooned me straight hey.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-05-05 09:58

      Nee Effel, Llloyd is die enigste ou op die forums wat actually partykeer snaaks is. Jy, ZOLKOP en Brannas try net snaaks wees. Maar julle is nie

  • RJ - 2011-05-04 19:33

    Stormers want that cup, nothing and no team will stand in thr way.

      Frikkie - 2011-05-04 22:00

      Klink baie bekend...

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 06:17

      Plaat wat vashaak.

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 07:06

      Crusaders?,Blues?Bulls?Reds? ......RJ hou op droom seun,jou oomblik van waarheid gaan nooit aanbreek nie

  • Kaapie - 2011-05-04 19:33

    Does he have the pace to cope with maitland and guilford

      SST - 2011-05-04 19:39

      He has a hell of alot of pace so I don't think he'll have a pace problem.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-04 19:59

      @Kaapie, he has pace to burn and is very good defensively as well. A big, strong lad.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 06:17

      SAFFA, he doesn't need pace to burn, but to run.

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 07:07

      Maybe a black necklace would do the trick Lloyd

      The_Fox - 2011-05-05 08:06

      He definitely doesn't lack pace, that's for sure!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 08:23

      Ja ZOLLA, n 'Goodyear'. Dis die naaste wat enige Stormer aan n goeie jaar sal kom.

  • Brannas - 2011-05-04 19:34

    Gaan die stormers dit nou met hierdie kak spannetjie teen die saders waag. hier gaan mos n' slagting kom, dit is soos pm lammetjies na die slagting toe te ly. Crusaders by 30 en ek gaan dit terdee geniet

      Oukoos - 2011-05-04 19:41

      Van kak gepraat - Bulls het sover 5x verloor en tel steeds.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-04 20:57

      Die spannetjie het die Flou Bulle verpletter. Saders het ook, en die Western Force en....en. Hulle eet nou glo van die vloer af.

      Raymond - 2011-05-04 21:43

      @Brannas-There is no doubt that you have a 'klippies and coke' mentality and a 'Caravan Park and braai' appearance.I suggest that you route your senseless comments to the Son and the likes thereof.You should stay away from the sports scene as you are clearly an embarrassment to this site and to yourself.

      Frikkie - 2011-05-04 22:02

      Oukoos jy bly seker in die flats as ekkyk na jou taalgebruik... Wat het die Bulls al 3keer gedoen wat die Stomers nie kon nie?

      EXBULL - 2011-05-04 22:22

      Hulle kaptein het 3 keer in n ry die "back to the drawing board" speech gegee.

      EXBULL - 2011-05-04 22:24

      ......en die coach het drie keer in n ry die "no need to panic" speech gegee

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 06:20

      Raymond, een van die grootste karavaan parke in die land is in Melkbosstrand en daar bly regtig trailerpark (lees WP supporters) mense. Ek weet nie hoekom julle so aangaan oor karavaanparke in Pretoria nie.

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 07:12

      Daar is fokkol fout met my caravan hier langs die Apies rivier nie,ek het tot vir hom mags opgesit,n swart en wit tv ,n gestockte fridge met brandy en coke en boks wyn,kan heeldag met julle k-k praat van n illegal connection af wat ek gemaak het by n munisipale kragboks so my battery raak nie flat nie,moet net netnou n draai maak by my vrou wat op die hoek staan en werk sodat ek geld vir smokes kan kry o ja en air time Go Stormers

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-05 07:28

      Brannas: Seker 30 , omdat jou patetiese span n 27-0 loesing gekry het ?

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-04 19:39

    Yes, he is a GOOD player. With him, Paul Bosch and Tim Whitehead in the rounds, I don't see which province have better centres. The Stormers by 40.....

  • kurtvs - 2011-05-04 20:11


  • Arthur - 2011-05-04 20:55

    what does frans ludeke =?

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-05 07:26


  • ikey_tiger - 2011-05-04 23:03

    Elke week lees ek dieselfde posts van dieselfde mense!!! Elke week skryf daai spul %^& oor hoe sleg die Stormers is en hoe ver hulle gaan verloor.. Ek is net dankbaar dat hulle elke (behalwe Reds game) week verkeerd bewys word.. Weet julle wat die definition van insanity is? Einstein: "Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results"..

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 06:21

      Same thing over and over. Deursnee Stormer supporter: "Hierdie is ons jaar."

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 07:13

      Lloyd 2010 was hulle jaar ,hulle het toe die final gehaal

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-05 07:24

      ikey_tiger: But this is a different game , but as usual , you see the Bull Supporters bragging about the past , and telling us how crap we are , we must just remain calm & stay as modest as we are , not being negative , but losing against the Crusaders will not be the end of the world - We at least ass whipped all the teams in our conferance , just the bull & cheatahs 1 time each and we beat everyone twice .

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 07:32

      Ou Cliff maak alreeds verskonings vir Saterdag ,daarna die Blues,Bulls, nee wat te gou ge peak

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-05-05 10:04

      Lllloyd, jy's die laaste ou wat kan praat van "same thing over and over"

  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-05 00:56

    We gonna get a rugby lesson this weekend! Crusaders are in a different class than the Stormers

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-05 07:24

      Ok you fake piece of "NORTH JUKSKEI JUNK" if you say so .

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-05 07:25

      O Fake One :Like 90% of the Bulls Supporters you are a piece of CRAP

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 07:33

      Talking about a split personality,Mr Cliff AND Mr Hyde

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-05 05:23

    Personally I think he's got too much (sic) X chromosomes.

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 07:33

      en te veel cheap wyn

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 07:42

      en te veel cheap wyn

  • Patrick - 2011-05-05 08:19

    According to the Crusaders website: The Crusaders team to play the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, May 7, kick-off 5pm (NZ time: Sunday, May 8, kick-off 3am), is: Wyatt Crockett Corey Flynn Owen Franks Luke Romano Chris Jack George Whitelock Richie McCaw (c) Kieran Read Kahn Fotualiā€™i Matt Berquist Zac Guildford Sonny Bill Williams Robbie Fruean Sean Maitland Israel Dagg Quentin MacDonald Andrew Olorenshaw Joe Wheeler Matt Todd Willi Heinz Tom Marshall Adam Whitelock

  • Bokbal - 2011-05-05 09:48

    Lloyd, Effel en kie...julle maak darem ander Bloubul ondersteuners se name gat hoor.

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 09:59

      Met n naam soos daai maak jy jou eie naam gat ,doooos

      Bokbal - 2011-05-05 11:44

      mooi so..hou so aan...pure bloubul klas

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