Newsletter

Sign-up for the latest, breaking news!

LIVE

    Jean fires up Stormers backs

    2013-04-24 15:25

    Cape Town - While the Stormers have relied heavily on their forwards to lay the foundation for their game plans this season, captain Jean de Villiers feels the onus will be on his fellow backs to carry the can on Friday.

    The Stormers face New Zealand outfit the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby encounter in Palmerston North.

    Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.

    "The Hurricanes have a quality backline and that's a challenge for us," De Villiers said after the Stormers team was announced on Wednesday.

    "They play a style that is attacking and they don't mind taking chances.

    "This is one game where our backline will have to front up, more so than the forwards."

    Stormers wing Bryan Habana would make his return from a knee injury against the Hurricanes, it was revealed, after seven weeks on the sidelines, but Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said flyhalf Elton Jantjies was not yet fit for action.

    Damien de Allende drops to the bench, to make way for Habana, while Gio Aplon shifts across to the right wing.

    "It's always great to get back a player of his quality," De Villiers said of his Springbok team-mate.

    "Obviously it will help a lot with the decision-making on the field as well.

    "It takes a bit of pressure off me, having another senior player back, and hopefully that's the last injury he will get in a Stormers jersey."

    In other changes made to the side, Coetzee said Pat Cilliers would start at tighthead prop, while hooker Scarra Ntubeni, prop Brok Harris, Rynhardt Elstadt (lock and flank cover) and scrumhalf Nic Groom would join the matchday squad on the bench.

    Ntubeni picked up a shoulder injury during pre-season training, while Elstadt also returns from a shoulder niggle after missing their last two matches.

    Louis Schreuder would provide flyhalf cover from the bench, Coetzee confirmed, with Jantjies given one more week to be ready for their next clash against the Blues in Albany.

    "Elton trained well this week," Coetzee said.

    "I said earlier in the week that he was at 80 percent, but we want to ensure that he has a full week of training (next week) and that we have him ready for the Blues match.

    "(Prop) Frans Malherbe is also getting a break this week, mainly as part of our rotation policy, but also to rest a slight AC-joint injury which he suffered against the Sharks."

    The media build-up to the match had been overshadowed by the publicity of Hurricanes wing Julian Savea, who was slapped with an assault charge earlier this week. On Wednesday, Savea decided to withdraw from the team.

    "We've read about it (Savea's court case) and it's not a nice thing but it does not affect us," De Villiers said.

    "We focus on what is happening in our team and we know that whoever will replace him will be just as capable.”

    Teams:

    Stormers:

    15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Rynardt Elstadt, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Nic Groom 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Damian de Allende

    Hurricanes:

    15 Andre Taylor, Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith (captain), Tim Bateman, Matt Proctor, 10. Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, 8. Victor Vito, Karl Low, Brad Shields, 5. Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, 3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Motu Matu’u, Ben Franks

    Substitutes: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Ben May, 18. Mark Reddish, 19. Faifili Levave, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. Chris Smylie, 22. Tusi Pisi

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com 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
    60 comments
    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
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    /Sport

    Results

    04 July 2015
    27 June 2015
    20 June 2015
    13 June 2015
    12 June 2015
    06 June 2015
    05 June 2015
    30 May 2015
    29 May 2015
    23 May 2015
    22 May 2015
    16 May 2015
    15 May 2015
    09 May 2015
    08 May 2015
    02 May 2015
    01 May 2015
    26 April 2015
    25 April 2015
    24 April 2015
    18 April 2015
    17 April 2015
    11 April 2015
    10 April 2015
    04 April 2015
    03 April 2015
    28 March 2015
    27 March 2015
    22 March 2015
    21 March 2015
    20 March 2015
    14 March 2015
    13 March 2015
    07 March 2015
    06 March 2015
    28 February 2015
    27 February 2015
    21 February 2015
    20 February 2015
    15 February 2015
    14 February 2015
    13 February 2015

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    EXPERT OPINION

    “Craig Joubert deserves plaudits for making a gutsy call against the home side in the Super Rugby semis, writes Herman Mostert.”

    Opinion Poll

    Super Rugby is a thing of the past. Next up: The Rugby Championship. Who will emerge victorious this season?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

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