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Grant return boosts Stormers

2011-02-21 13:27

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The Stormers will be boosted on Monday by the return from Japan of their first choice flyhalf Peter Grant.

The pivot’s Japanese club, Kobe Kobelco Steelers, lost their All Japan Championship semi-final to the Suntory Sungoliath team at the weekend, thus freeing Grant to be back in time to take his place in the Stormers No 10 jersey against the Lions on Saturday.

The Stormers start their Super Rugby season a week after all the other teams because they had a bye on the opening weekend. This year the teams enjoying their bye get four points while they rest, a curious rule which most commentators seemed unaware of until this weekend, when the second day of the competition started with the South African conference log reflecting that the Stormers had four log points after no matches.

But it is important for the Stormers to get their season off to a winning start, particularly as they are starting at home, and the return of Grant comes at the right time for coach Allister Coetzee, who admits he is a bit nervous about having his team make their entry into the competition 80 minutes after his opponents have.

“That is a concern as the Lions will have had a competitive 80 minutes against the Bulls behind them, but it is something we have been working on managing,” said Coetzee last week.

The Stormers took the first couple of days of last week off so they could enjoy their bye before switching on again in mid-week.

“It’s a difficult one for while the players do have to rest when the bye week comes because this is going to be such a long season, they are also all anxious to get the season started.”

Coetzee said that he would start with Grant even if “he returns only on Tuesday” from Japan, but while the coach has confidence in Grant’s ability to just fit back into the Stormers systems at short notice, it is a risk.

There is a wide chasm between the intensity of the Japanese championship and Super Rugby, and although Grant was closely monitored by computer link-up by the Stormers conditioning staff over the past few weeks, there is nothing that Grant could have done to replicate a match situation.

Further good news for the Stormers is that Gio Aplon looks set to be over his injury problems and with Jaque Fourie progressing well as he returns to training following a long lay-off, the Stormers will have mostly a full squad to choose from for their first competition match.

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Comments
  • lime - 2011-02-21 13:53

    DHL...om vinniger die drieë te gaan druk onder die opposisie se pale. Storm Voort !!!

      Bulla - 2011-02-21 15:57

      Don't you think your name should be "lame" and not "lime"?

      Bulla - 2011-02-21 16:00

      Don't you think you should change your name to "lame"?

      Johnny - 2011-02-21 16:30

      .....Go Lions...!! ......Go Lions...!!!

      StefJo - 2011-02-22 08:19

      DHL, Stormers gaan gepos word die naweek!

      midnig - 2011-02-23 13:02

      Bulla, dan is jou naam seker Bollie.

  • nic69ers - 2011-02-21 13:55

    Whatever!! GO LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNSSS!!!!

  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-21 14:29

    Stormers suck!!!!!!!!!. Die Leeutjies gaan julle gat skop!!!!!!!!

      dubloki - 2011-02-21 14:52

      Papa, there you go with that Parkinsons again. Poor thing.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-21 15:10

      Hello you Hepatitis infested immigrant. You obsession with SUCKING and STORMERS (usually in the same sentence) has me more than a touch concerned about your wife......

      Jean - 2011-02-21 15:38

      Klink soos Plaat wat vashak! Pla my nie eens meer nie! Go Stormers!

      Johnny - 2011-02-21 16:28

      ....Peter Grant is overrated...

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-21 17:18

      Jean suck shrimp by Ocean basket.

  • Blue Jake - 2011-02-21 14:35

    It must be quite demoralizing for the youngsters who has been in the squad the whole pre-season to know that the coach has no confidence in them whatsoever.

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-21 15:13

      It's called DEPTH. Something that is sorely lacking t the Bulls.

      Blue Jake - 2011-02-21 15:51

      Nobody talked about depth moron. It's merely the fact that those talented flyhalves had to hear everyday how desperate the Stormers management is to get Grant back. That means that they (management) have no confidence in the youngsters if Grant gets injured or something.

  • Ronald - 2011-02-21 16:00

    It is a little early to tell, but the lions almost pulled through on saturday against the lions. This means the the stormers cant take the Lions lightly. I still think the stormers can beat the lions,bulls,cheethas and sharks. GO STORMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bulla - 2011-02-21 16:06

      Now that's just the problem, Ronald. The Stormers always THINK and never DO.

      midnig - 2011-02-23 13:04

      Well Bollie, at least no one can accuse you of thinking. Or doing.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-22 08:05

    Yes I agree, there is a huge chasm between Japanese rugby and our rugby....but at least he has been playing rugby. Our home boys, apart from the recent warm-up games, haven't played since last year!

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