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Foley reshuffles Waratahs

2012-05-17 07:13

Sydney - Coach Michael Foley has issued a raft of changes in a last-ditch effort to rescue the injury-plagued Waratahs' season as the side prepares to play its third game in 12 days while shaking off jet lag.

While the fitness of hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau is still being monitored following his concussion a fortnight ago, he is a strong chance of playing. But the big changes come in the playmaking ranks, with livewires Brendan McKibbin and Bernard Foley to return at No 9 and No 15 respectively as Michael Foley looks for flair in attack to negate the Stormers' brutal defence in Cape Town on Saturday.

''There were some tough decisions to be made but we felt Bernard played very well at 15 before he was injured and Daniel Halangahu being able to come on at 10 or 15 gives us a few options and versatility,'' Michael Foley said. ''Adam Ashley-Cooper gives us that versatility, too, as does Tom Kingston - and Berrick (Barnes). There will be some changes but a lot of that has to do with the amount of game time some of the guys have played, and having others return provides us with some flexibility.''

Barnes will remain at flyhalf and again have Mr Fix-It Adam Ashley-Cooper at inside centre. And after being replaced by returning captain Rocky Elsom last week, breakaway Dave Dennis earns a reprieve and will start at No 8 in place of Wycliff Palu, who will play from the bench, with Kane Douglas.

''At this stage of the year there are some guys who have played a lot of rugby and some other guys who have showed some fairly good form off the bench,'' coach Foley said. ''So it's the same as we did in the Brumbies game with Dean Mumm, who started on the bench coming back into the team, and Dave Dennis, who was benched last week, also coming back into the team. At this stage, there is no one in severe doubt, other than 'Taf' at hooker. It's a case of not wanting to take any risks and unless he is 100 percent he won't be playing.''

Sitaleki Timani and Dean Mumm will start in the second row for what shapes as being the most physical game of the Waratahs' season.

''I think from the Stormers perspective, the one thing you know about them is that their defence is the best in the competition and they use their kicking game to set that defence up,'' Foley said. ''They kick the ball into your half and use their defence to force you into error. They also have a very good goal-kicker, and if they are out of range they kick for the sideline and maul. That's pretty much their game and they are very, very patient with their attacking kicking and try and force you to play a lot of phases without momentum in your own half.''

While the Waratahs would play a physical game, the counter-attacking of the likes of Bernard Foley, Kingston, Rob Horne and Ashley-Cooper would be vital. ''There will definitely be opportunities to use the ball and negate that defence and that's something we know,'' Michael Foley said.

''You also have to be smart about what you do there. We've learnt from watching the Crusaders and Reds win games against the Stormers that attacking with ball in hand as well as contestable kicks will be vital.''

Teams:

Stormers:
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Jebb Sinclair, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Don Armand, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

Waratahs:
15. Bernard Foley, 14. Tom Kingston, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 11. Atieli Pakalani, 10. Berrick Barnes, 9. Brendan McKibbin, 8. Dave Dennis, 7. Chris Alcock, 6. Rocky Elsom (captain), 5. Sitaleki Timani, 4. Dean Mumm, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. John Ulugia/Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Jeremy Tilse, 18. Kane Douglas, 19. Jono Jenkins, 20. Wycliff Palu, 21. Sarel Pretorius, 22. Daniel Halangahu

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Comments
  • Melt - 2012-05-17 07:31

    Gaan hierdie die naweek wees waarin die Stormers gaan wakker skrik en die toeskouers waarde vir hul geld gee? Indien nie, sien ek swaarigheid voor vir my span. Ek is 100% seker Bekker speel met n besering ? Hy is nie n skadu van die Bekker wat ons ken nie. Indien wel, moet hy kans gegee word om te herstel en reg te wees vir die Bokke. Dit is twee goeie spanne wat mooi hardloop rugby kan speel. Ek hoop die reen bly weg . Kitshoff en kie gaan getoets word teen die beste voorry in die Super 15. Die manne het voor met die Bulle gemors en in die afdeling kan dit n lang middag vir die Stormers wees. Ek glo egter dat ons genoeg skietgoed het om met 7 + punte te wen. Sterkte aan al die SA spanne.

      Harold - 2012-05-17 07:39

      The Waratahs demolished the Bulls at scrum time, but still Morne had a blinder, shooting down the argument that he can't play behind a losing pack.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-17 09:21

      @Melt, ek stem dat Bekker dalk nie 100% is nie - ek hoop ons is verkeerd! Ek twyfel dat julle hardloop rugby gaan sien, soos ek verstaan is daar reen oppad Kaap toe. Julle grootste vyand op die stadium is beserings, hoop eerder daardie bogey los julle vir eers. Ek kan nie dink dat julle die een gaan verloor nie, met hoeveel punte, hang af van kondisies.

      Melt - 2012-05-17 09:49

      @Isak, Bedaar ou maat ek hoor hulle het internet in Polsmoor gevangenis.....Nee jong, waar is jy oppad heen? Gaan jou mis!!! Rene, dankie, ja ons sal maar moet sien daai Warathas is gewoond aan reen. Ek het die Bulle met n 7 wen op my Superbru so ek hoop nie hulle stel ons teleur nie en dan natuurlik het die WP Vodacom span n kans om vir die eerste keer in 15 jaar die beker te wen, Griekwas het egter n uitgeslape afrigter en n goeie span. Grte en sterkte vir die naweek se rugby. PS. Hulle kan bly wees hulle speel nie hier in Jeddah nie, dit is 11 vm en ons vat vat so aan die 40 g C.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-17 09:57

      As Bekker met n besering speel, wat ek ook vermoed,moet hy gerus word, die stormers kan nie bekostig dat hy op n kritieke tyd die besering vererger nie.

      Tokolos - 2012-05-17 12:35

      Sakkie... Waar gaan jy ou vriend? Hierdie plek gaan mos nooit weer dieselfde wees sonder jou "input" nie ou maat. Het iemand jou de vieste in gemaak? Komaan sê vir die Tokolos wat is fout!!! Voorspoed aan die Stormpies!!!

  • Lionel - 2012-05-17 07:36

    Go my beloved Stormers............Stormers by 6 points!!!!!!!!!

      Jack - 2012-05-17 07:44

      Stormers are gonna eat the Tahs alive! Stormers by ten!!!

      Nic - 2012-05-17 07:56

      Some of the Tahs' forwards won't be intimidated by the Stompie thugs. Looking forward to some serious handbag exchanges. Go NSW!!!

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-17 12:13

      jaa nee @nic- ons hoop ou weepee bring al hul hansakkies, lipstiffies, miscarras, sykouse ens. ens dingetjies saam- def di meeste opwinding wat daai sitbok skare in 17jare gehad het??

      Tokolos - 2012-05-17 12:37

      Ek sê dit nie hard nie Lionel but here goes (sigh) Voorspoed met jou span die naweek! (Sh#t dit was moeilik)

  • Pierre - 2012-05-17 08:25

    This, as well as the next two matches will determine wether the stormpies are championship material, win two, and they could very well do it, loose two, and I think they will be out of it. Interesting times ahead. Will they show some BMT?

      Pierre - 2012-05-17 08:41

      Yes we do, but apparently they dont for some reason, thus the olive branch....

      Harold - 2012-05-17 08:49

      Ha ha ha ha

      Melt - 2012-05-17 09:42

      @Harold, Ek merk tog dat die gehardste Bulls ondersteuner soos Jap kies tot 6 Stormers spelers in sy uitsoek groep vir die Bokke?

      Harold - 2012-05-17 10:28

      @Melt 15.Taute 14.Mvovo 13.de Jongh 12.Olivier 11.Basson 10.Steyn 9.Hougaard 8.Johnson 7.Stander 6.Brussouw 5.J.Kruger 4.Etsebeth 3.W.Kruger 2.du Plessis 1.Kitschoff 22.Lambie 21.de Villiers 20.Vermaak 19.Spies 18.Bekker 17.Chiliboy 16.Mtawarira It's the best I can do for you. PS. I don't pick overseas Boks

      Jack - 2012-05-17 12:12

      @Harold 15. Lambie 14. Mvovo 13. de Jongh 12. Steyn 11. Peterson 10. Steyn 9. Hougaard 8. Daniel 7. Kolisi 6. Brussouw 5. Bekker 4. Etzebeth 3. du Plessis 2. du Plessis 1. Beast 22. Pienaar 21. de Villiers 20. Habana 19. Coetsee 18. Kruger 17. Oosthuizen 16. Ralepelle I think established combinations are important, hence the pairing of Bekker & Etzebeth, Hougaard & Steyn, and the all Sharks frontrow. JDV and F.Steyn could be swapped, especially for captaincy concerns. I'd put Coenie on the bench as he can play both sides fairly well. Pienaar has been playing really well up North and can cover 9, 10 & 15!!!

  • Acta - 2012-05-17 08:59

    A lot of players returned from injury, this is going to be a tough one. We should be safe with our gameplan, even being so predictable, this has peen proven so successful. Stormers to take this one with a try, converted of course.

  • Bootman - 2012-05-17 10:15

    "Foley reshuffles Waratahs".............It's like reshuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic.

  • RetiefC - 2012-05-17 18:35

    Kom nou Stormers, boelie daai Aussies!

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