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Newlands a House of Pain?

2011-03-10 23:03

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - Is the glass half full or half empty?

The perceptions of Stormers supporters ahead of Friday night’s Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Highlanders fall into two distinct camps: optimists and pessimists.

The optimistic view is that the Stormers are unbeaten despite of not playing particularly well, while the pessimists will argue that they will lose as soon as they encounter stronger opponents than the Lions and Cheetahs.

The Highlanders fall in the latter category, especially after beating the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld last weekend and getting the better of the Chiefs in Dunedin and the Hurricanes in Wellington in the preceding weeks.

That they managed those victories is not necessarily down to them being among the most talented teams in the tournament, but rather that they are a cohesive unit without so-called "superstars".

But the Stormers have won 10 of their last 14 Super Rugby league matches since last year and have not been defeated at Newlands since going down to the Brumbies on February 26, 2010. The home side will therefore start the match as favourites with good reason.

However, the Stormers should not fool themselves. They were quick to blame the heat for their lethargic effort against the Cheetahs last weekend, but the Highlanders showed in a sweat session on Monday just how professional players should approach such conditions.

The Kiwis were exhausted after being put through their paces, but did not shy away from the hard work.

For the Stormers the challenge is therefore to take a similar positive attitude into Friday’s match so that their superior talent can ultimately prove decisive.

There are eight Highlanders in the starting line-up that lost 33-0 in Cape Town last year when Bryan Habana’s last-minute try ensured a bonus point victory.

Nobody will expect the Stormers to repeat that margin of that victory or perhaps even score four tries. The Highlanders, under new coach Jamie Joseph, simply appear to have too much fight in them to walk off the field having been held scoreless.

Greater accuracy in the set phases, an improved work-rate and enterprise on attack are non-negotiable for the home side.

Meanwhile, the Highlanders suffered a late setback with the news that wing Kade Poki won't be available due to a knee injury. Poki scored two tries against the Bulls and will be replaced by James Paterson.

But Poki or no Poki, the Stormers have to pull finger. If not, Newlands and not Carisbrook, will be the House of Pain.

Teams:

Stormers:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Juan De Jongh, 12. Jean De Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9.  Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermuelen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Pieter Louw, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. CJ van Der Linde

Substitutes: 16. Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17. Frans Malherbe / JC Kritzinger, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Jaque Fourie

Highlanders:
15. Ben Smith, 14. James Paterson, 13. Kendrick Lynn, 12. Shaun Treeby, 11. Siale Piutau, 10. Robbie Robinson, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. Alando Soakai, 6. Adam Thomson, 5. Josh Bekhuis, 4. Jarrad Hoeata, 3. Chris King, 2. Jason Rutledge, 1. Jamie Mackintosh (captain)

Substitutes: 16. Mahroni Schwalger, 17. David Te Moana, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. John Hardie, 20. Aaron Smith, 21. Tony Brown, 22. Telusa Veainu


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Comments
  • Shermy - 2011-03-10 23:26

    Question, Why are there 3 SA officials and 1 Aus, granted he's from NZ originally but still?

  • BCC - 2011-03-10 23:40

    Bulls suck!!!

      Johnny - 2011-03-11 08:44

      ......stormers suck for 11 years...!!!!

  • Wehan - 2011-03-11 00:58

    dink dit gan amper so groot game wees soos die Lions en Cheetahs,go Aplon my boy!..Stoooormers!!!

  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-11 01:05

    Dit is eerder: "House of Wyn".

      Adv DUIWEL - 2011-03-11 06:14

      Pappa PURF ,jy stink na kangaroo mus.Hoop jy bly al in NZ! GO SA RUGGAS!

      RobinB - 2011-03-11 08:14

      Net soos Moftus !!!

      Johnny - 2011-03-11 08:47

      ....Go Highlanders...!!!!! ......House of Suckers...!!!!

      Mumford - 2011-03-11 08:57

      pappamof...you more concerned about the Stormers then you are your own team!Is that maybe as they sitting down in 5th place looking up the Stormers A Hole??

  • Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-11 01:06

    Dit is eerder "House of Wyn".

      BALSAK - 2011-03-11 12:46

      The Stormers by 5-10 points. Bonus Point win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Whoosa - 2011-03-11 05:36

    Ai Stephen, jy het die vermoe om die grootste klomp kak te skryf. Die stormers het vir die eerste keer in 10 jaar n "average" seisoen gehad. Maar net 10 agter eenvolgende wedstryde gewen, nie eers alaml tuis nie en ewe skielik is Nuweland n House of pain??? wdf???? Wat vani Sharks, bulle wat absoluut SA rugby domineer die laaste eeu? Die stormers wen 2 maklike games en ewe skielik is julle wereld klas? Julle wen al weer die beker in maart, shame! Luister pal, as julle nie teen die cheetas of die sharks, op die "house of skuim" nie eers kon wen met bonus punte nie, dan gaan julle maar weer nerens kom. My redes: Deon Fourie kani eers n Bus raak gooi nie. Julle vaste vyf kan nie eers die scrum masjien stoot nie. Januarie is stadiger en vetter as my ouma. Julle het nie n flyhalf nie, alweer! Habana is niks werd nie en Jantjes was al 5 jaar terug over rated. Kry ve julle ..!..

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-03-11 06:52

      Jou bêk kort jam.

      SST - 2011-03-11 07:11

      Hi Whoosa Did you actually read the comments about the House of Pain. If the Stormers don't pull finger tonight Newlands will be the House of Pain for them. I stand to be corrected, but that is the way I understand it.

      BlackSwan - 2011-03-11 07:11

      Pappa Smurf suck!!!!!!

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 07:13

      Highlanders 28-Stormers 13,

      Lourens - 2011-03-11 07:28

      Lyk my jy verstaan nie die Engelse taal so lekker nie. As die Stormers nie hul vinger trek nie gaan Nuweland n House of Pain vir die Stormers word en nie vir ander spanne nie. Verstaan jy nou beter???????????

      Jean - 2011-03-11 07:43

      Dink jy het die berig verkeerd gelees! Anyways, ons sukkel op haker ja, ma overall het ons nie n kak vaste vyf nie, donnerse goeie lostrio, giftige backs(ok Habana is lelik van vorm af) , duvenhage begin vanaand, en hoe kan jy se ons het nie n flyhalf nie!Peter Grant is die beste loskakel in SA! Nie daai 1dimensionele Morne Steyn nie, wanneer laas het hy n backline weggesit! Stormers gan die Highlanders se lucky streak breek vanaand!!

      Lourens - 2011-03-11 07:51

      "....Sharks, bulle wat absoluut SA rugby domineer die laaste eeu....:" ?????????? Gaan die gekiedenis na voor jy sulke stellings maak. O ja onthou net n eeu is n honderd jaar, soos Pappa Smurf kom jy n bietjie confused voor.

      RobinB - 2011-03-11 08:16

      @WHOOSA PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE PROPERLY YOU MORON!!!!!!!!! en @Pappa Smurf jys nogsteeds n D@@S!!!

      lerm1 - 2011-03-11 09:13

      Whoosa,Eks bly jy weet dat jy ouma vet is ma net so dink ek jo hele famiely is vet in die kop!!!!!!Ek wetie wa kom jy daraan aan al die kak wat jy skryf nie.Ek dink jy en papa smurf moet n plek oop maak vi brein lose mense soos jl self.Ek is helemal oortuig darvan dat jy niks weet van rugby nie en kom soek net met almal kak hier!!!!!!Die sharks het n goeie jaar sover ma wat maak die bulle se jaar nou soveel meer spesial as die stormers sn???History is verby ou maat en jy kan niks daraan doen nie,ma die toekoms lyk in elk geval baie beter by die stormers,lions,cheatahs,sharks as by die bulle.1 van die dae is julle manne weg en dan wil ek jl groot bekke hoor!!!Jl begin al klaar kak speel in elk geval.So ek dink jy beter leer om jo mond solank bietjie kleiner te maak want dit gaan goed wees vi jo vet kop ego!!!!!!

      Johnny - 2011-03-11 09:17

      .....Whoosa for President...!!!!!!

      Johnny - 2011-03-11 09:20

      ...Lourens , ...en die stormers suck...!!!!

      Shistirrer - 2011-03-11 09:49

      Whoosa, is jy heeltemaal lekker by die kop? "Whoosh" is hoe dit geklink het toe hou breins by jou ore uitgevlieg het. Niemand het gesê die Stormers gaan die S15 wen nie (behalwe 'n hele klomp Bulle wat "beweer die bewerings is gemaak" - profetiese woorde?), ons vat dit een game op 'n slag. Al wat ek sien, is 'n klomp grootbek Bulls supporters wat praat oor drie wenne die afgelope vier jaar. Ja well no fine. Die ding met die verlede is, wel, dis die verlede. Julle game plan is uitgedien en vol gate. As my span hierdie jaar (LET WEL: DIE HEDE) net-net kon wen teen die twee spanne wat heel onder op die log lê, en verloor het teen 'n tradisionele kak span, sou ek liewer my kop in my gat gedruk het van skaamte. Hoe lyk die view van die Stormers daar van onder af?

      geldenhuys23 - 2011-03-11 13:01

      Ons het teen die Leeus en die Cheetahs gespeel, nie die Sharks nie, jou frikkie.

  • gooinat - 2011-03-11 07:19

    Not going to be easy but I think Stormers will pull through by 7 points,Highlanders are on the up and are playing good rugby,think this is the weekend where it all comes together for the Stormers.

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 07:33

      Hi my clever idol,trusted your brain had a good nights rest,after all today you have a lot of knowlege to share with us ,,,you know the people that are not up to ypur intelectual level,,,,and by the way i must congratulate you on the remark regarding your wife and kids,,,very origenal,but i expected nothing less of a well educated person like yourself,,,Please indulge us with some more of your expertise on how the game of rugby should be played,,,ypure biggest fan

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 07:33

      ypure,,,youre purist biggest fan

      Pieter - 2011-03-11 07:38

      The stormers had an excuse for having a bye first up. But after two games they still suck so highlanders by 10. On paper the stormers team have got big names but they dont deliver.......money wasted i think as jacque fourie injury prone, jean de villiers only crash ball and cant pass properly, ricky januarie(no comment at all).....The tight five is a complete waste. The only player worth mentioning in the stormers side is peter grant who plays really well but with jean and jacque on the outside the wings will never get the ball.

      gooinat - 2011-03-11 07:51

      @Al Weer Wyn,morning my friend,thank you very much for the wonderful comments you made this morning,hope you are well and looking forward to a good day.Its very difficult for a guy like me with such great knowlegde to share with low lifes like yourself,have a wonderful day......

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 08:01

      Sorry for intruding,,,i might be a low life according to you and you should know being an expert on everything,,BUT i support a team that won the Super Rugby trophy 3 times and the Curriecup 4 times and shared it once in 10 years so at least i feel not so low knowing that a certain team had an empty trophy cabinet for the same period ,but good luck to them maybe this will be there year,from the low life that would never dream of competing with your intellectual level

      Mumford - 2011-03-11 08:32

      @gooinat.....Very nervous for the game!Highlanders are going to be our toughest match thus far!If we can get threw this one it will boost our confident immensely!Alwyn if you have no knowledge of the game thats fine but there is no need to insult because of it.If you need help on the game you more then welcome to ask us!(saffacat,gooinat or myself).As seriously you come across very dumb."i know my rugby as i support the team that win!cleeeva hey!

      gooinat - 2011-03-11 08:59

      @Mumford,morning to you,I'm also very nervous for this one,our forwards can hold there own,little bit worried about our backs,hopefully things will be better now that Duvenage and Aplon get a start,more attacking game is definitely on the cards for tonight,good luck and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 09:09

      @Mumford??? Since when is complimenting somebody an insult ?,all i have done is told you crony how clever he is and even wished your team well,,,i realy dont get it

      Mumford - 2011-03-11 09:22

      @Alwyn...then maybe stick to Afrikaans as what i read is insults.Now keep looking up to the Stormers from 5th place.

  • Hermanus - 2011-03-11 08:03

    Ek veronderstel elkeen het sy span, Ek dink egter nie dis nodig om in mekaar se karakters in te klim nie. Wel in die spanne sin. ek hoop ook die Stormers wat alweer klaar die beker gewen het sien hulle gatte goed. Ons haat hulle arrogansie. Bulle is maar power sover en ons hou maar elke dag stiltetyd vir hulle. sal hulle regkom die seisoen? Ek dink Olivier en Spies moet net vir so twee games gedrop word dat hulle bietjie self ondersoek doen. Wat van al die ou karre! Ons nodig jong en opwindende bloed.

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 09:11

      Dankie Hermanus,jy is sover die enigste persoon hier wat sin maak,en ek stem tyd dat n paar Bulls gedrop word om te wys dat hulle nie bo die spel is nie,vergewe maar die mense hier wat n mens beledig ,hulle weet nie van beter nie

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-11 09:20

      You referring to yourself Alwyn? You are a mormon and a moron. Klim ek nou in jou karakter in huh? Oh hell, your character IS SO FRIKKIN SHALLOW, I'm already climbing out.....

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 09:40

      @Saffa-cat,,figures cant win Super trophies and now you take youre frustrations out on Bulls supporters by being insulting,,,its natural to do it after all it must be very difficult to hide youre dissapointment after last years final,but this year you get another chance ,dont be so hard on yourself,its only a game,,,,may the Stormers do well tonight,they owe it to their supporters who had ten years of heartbreak and it starts to show on this forum

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-11 09:18

    I am worried the Bulls might lose on their BYE weekend......they need these 4 points.

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 09:30

      Rather worry about the Highlanders tonight,but again who can argue with the clever trio of Stormers supporters,We will worry about the Bulls so dont break your head about them,,,,At least we have been doing quite well the last ten years,but this is a new year with new challenges and i am sure the Bulls will sort their problems out for the sake of SA rugby but you already know that ,i mean you have been with your cronies,Mumford and gooinat the upperhand on us the Bulls supporters because your rugby knowlege is exceptional ,not to mention youre general knowlege,you should keep on being so informative on this forum it is much appreciated by us the general public, and the way youre team has won cup after cup and trophy after trophy the last 10 years ,filling the trophy cabinet at Newlands ,,,who can argue that you have a special team with special supporters,,,good for you

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-11 09:37

      Trek jou pens in man........

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 09:52

      I would rather talk rugby than discuss my stomach,,,,,,,,,

      Johnny - 2011-03-11 09:57

      ...the Bulls already have their 4 points... .....the stormers must still get it... ......Go Highlanders...!!! ........stormers suck...!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-11 10:00

      @Alwyn.....you put your tummy 'out there', and thereby opened it up for discussion :) That said, I will be off to Newlands early, and NO, I actually do realise that we might very well lose tonight, although I don't think that will be the case. The 2nd week of tour is the hardest, and the Landers have been living it up in CT the last 6 days. I believe the Bulls made the Landers look better than what they were last week. I also believe Walsh might blow the Landers a bit at the breakdown tonight (yes, they did get away with a bit against the Bulls last week) If my boys don't hit those rucks hard, we will have trouble. We have to close Thompson, Cowan and Poki down, otherwise we will be as miserable as what you chaps have been this week........ If we lose, indeed life goes on and I will take whatever insults you throw with the class I have... THAT SAID: GO THE STORMERS - a win by 9......

  • Stompies - 2011-03-11 09:56

    Yes, it is a house of pain for the stormers

  • boyd.lance - 2011-03-11 11:16

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't all SA rugby supporters back all SA superugby teams against foreign opposition? When the bulls play a non-derby team I support them, same with the Lions, Cheetahs, and Sharks. There's a RWC this year boys...I'm just say

      Alwyn - 2011-03-11 11:39

      100% But lel it to the people that can only critisise and insult,,aka SAFFA-CAT,Mumford and gooinat

      gooinat - 2011-03-11 12:12

      @Alwyn,listen who's talking!!!!!

      Mumford - 2011-03-11 12:23

      Alwyn you moan and groan more then an old lady with a hernia !You have put more pairs of panties then rugby boots!

  • Raka13 - 2011-03-11 12:04

    Stormers will win tonight

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