Coetzee gives Grant time

    2011-04-26 09:04
    Stephen Nell

    Cape Town – Two Japanese spectators at Monday afternoon’s Stormers training session was a clear sign that Peter Grant was in the vicinity of the Western Province Rugby Union’s High Performance Centre in Bellville.

    However, there was no sign on the training field of the Springbok flyhalf, who still played club rugby in Japan earlier this year.

    Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed the possibility that they may have to take on the Sharks with Lionel Cronjé at flyhalf. In such an event Kurt Coleman may well be on the bench.

    However, Coetzee is still hopeful that Grant will recover sufficiently from his knee injury to wear the Stormers’ No 10 jersey.

    “I would like to give Peter as much time as possible. I’m even prepared to wait until Friday to see if he can recover fully,” said Coetzee.

    “We all know this is a very important game. The Sharks will be at full strength and we also have a few players back.”

    Jean de Villiers (centre), Bryan Habana (wing) and Rynhardt Elstadt (lock) all look set to be included in the Stormers team after missing the previous Super Rugby match – against the Lions – with injuries.

    Habana’s return may leave Coetzee will difficult decisions with regards to his back-three combination.

    Gio Aplon will again be a contender for the fullback berth. However, Conrad Jantjes played well against the Lions. Another option would be to pick Aplon on the right wing in place of Danie Poolman.

    Coetzee can afford to sleep on that one a little. The team will only be announced on Wednesday and the coach can also take the weather forecast into consideration when selecting the team.

    Jantjes can add a lot of value with his tactical kicking, particularly if it’s wet.

    It should also be taken into consideration that the Sharks don’t enjoy kicking. They are often prepared to carry the ball from deep inside their own territory.

    The Stormers’ defence may also be tested more than in their last meeting against the Sharks. The last time the sides met the Sharks were coming off a loss to the Crusaders in London and did not have flyhalf sensation Patrick Lambie fit.

    “I’m sure the Sharks will be motivated because they lost to us on their home field earlier in the tournament. The noises we hear from Durban is that they couldn’t wait to get the Hurricanes out of the way so that they could play against us,” said Coetzee.

    With the Stormers only three points ahead of the Sharks at the top of the South African conference, there is clearly a lot at stake. It is therefore a great opportunity for the Stormers to stretch their lead, but similarly the Sharks will look to regain the initiative in the conference.

    There is little chance of a try-fest with so much at stake.

    “I don’t think we’ll see a festival of tries,” said Coetzee.

    “It’s going to be tough and almost like a test – a very tactical game. It’s all about winning, especially this weekend.”

    Read More On:  super15 peter grant

    Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
    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
    Sport Talk
    Most Read


    13 February 2015
    • Crusaders v Melbourne Rebels, Christchurch 08:35
    • Brumbies v Reds, Canberra 10:40
    • Lions v Hurricanes, Johannesburg 19:10
    14 February 2015
    • Blues v Chiefs, Albany 08:35
    • Sharks v Cheetahs, Durban 17:05
    • Bulls v Stormers, Pretoria 19:10
    15 February 2015
    • Waratahs v Western Force, Sydney 07:05


    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

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