Stormers to unleash De Jongh?

2011-06-15 08:02

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - The Cheetahs' defensive system may prompt the Stormers into picking Juan de Jongh at inside centre for Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

"A player with a step is a great foil for a rush defence. It's definitely a possibility," said Stormers assistant coach Matt Proudfoot. The team will be announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Proudfoot, however, was sticking mainly to his portfolio as forwards coach as the Stormers' lineout was one of the major problem areas in Saturday's 16-19 defeat to the Bulls.

"We had a plan for the Bulls with their contesting policy, but made mistake after mistake. Both our hookers (Tiaan Liebenberg and Deon Fourie) had a bad throw, while Brok (Harris) and Rynhardt (Elstadt) each missed a call. We spent a lot of time on it (at training on Tuesday)," said Proudfoot.

The Stormers did, however, handle the Bulls' physical onslaught well enough and it's unlikely that there will be major changes to their pack.

Injuries to last week's halfback pairing of Ricky Januarie and Kurt Coleman means that Dewaldt Duvenage and a fit Peter Grant are expected to wear the No 9 and 10 jerseys respectively.

De Jongh's inclusion could be a smart tactical move. He also made an impact when he was sent on against the Bulls.

"The Cheetahs have a confident attitude and are prepared to take risks to get rewards. They are tough opponents and use their rush defence to apply pressure and force you into errors," said Proudfoot.

"Ashley Johnson, Sarel Pretorius and Robert Ebersohn are all playing excellent rugby and the Cheetahs' front row is probably the form one in South Africa."

Supporters of both teams will be concerned about the news that Marius Jonker will referee the game and Pro Legoete will be an assistant referee.

The Cheetahs recently had a taste against the Sharks of the kind of one-sided treatment that Jonker dished out against Western Province in a Currie Cup league game in 2009 - coincidentally in Bloemfontein.

Legoete was also involved as assistant referee in the recent debacle at Loftus Versfeld where he pointed out a "headbutt" to referee Craig Joubert.

Waratahs lock Pat O'Connor was wrongfully red-carded.

Proudfoot is not concerned about who the match officials will be.

"We had Marius as an assistant referee at the weekend. Like all of us referees also make mistakes. The best way to regain your confidence is to get back into it quickly."


  • Marcell - 2011-06-15 08:13

    Hoekom moet dit so dramaties wees. Storm in 'n koppie!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:32

      Go Stormers!!!!! Go Stormers!!! Go Stormers!!!!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:35

      Stormers by 15++

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:53

      Unleash? Bwahahahahahahaahahahahhahahaha hehehehehehehehehehehehheh,"make the tiger lose in me"

      Kaapie - 2011-06-15 09:50

      @ Bloody agent..JDJ is a hell of a lot better than anything the Bulls have got at centre..

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:17

      And that is why de Jong have how many tries compared to Oliviers this year?

      Kaapie - 2011-06-15 10:52

      Bloody agent ..And how many tries have WO in 32 internationals and JDJ. How many starts has JDJ have with Stormers and how many has WO with the Bulls..You are just like Juliaarse.. be logical and not color blind

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 11:02

      If he is good enough he will start all the game for the Stormers now dont blame me,WO has done well so far and will always be a good player

      Corrie - 2011-06-15 11:14

      HAHAHAHAHA WPBEFONK hak die hele tyd by 15 vas...gese hy gaan nie n prediction maak met die Sharks vs. Bulls games en dan net by n ander article se hy Sharks gaan met ja vat n raai.....15......wen hahaha jou dom pateet

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 17:32

      @Marcell Agree, seriously, "Unleash de Jongh" Against what, the fart bubble of his team?

  • Marcell - 2011-06-15 08:15

    Dis goed om te sien ou ProudFoot is beter as baie ondersteuners. Dit vat 'n man om te erken as jy 'n fout gemaak het.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:33

      Go Stormers!!!!! Go Stormers!!! Go Stormers!!!!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:36

      Stormers by 15+++

  • Marcell - 2011-06-15 08:18

    Cheetahs by 12! Minimum!

      Piet - 2011-06-15 08:29

      dit sal die dag wees .... Stormers vat dit met 15 punte druk bonus punt ook ...

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-15 08:32

      Sharks by 8 en bye bye Bulls

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:33

      Go Stormers!!!!! Go Stormers!!! Go Stormers!!!!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:36

      Stormers by 15++

      Kollekat - 2011-06-15 09:31

      Lyk vir my WPBEFONK het iets anders gerook as sy normale sokkies. Cheetahs gaan hulle eet soos 'n mielie. Sias gaan wys Grant is 'n middelmatig. Cheetahs met 8

      Kaapie - 2011-06-15 09:51

      Marcell you better pray this whole week to ensure the Stormers lose and then pray again that Bulls win..

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:18

      Kaapie,hoeveel driee het JDJ hierdie jaar gedruk wat hom beter as Olivier maak,jy ken seker jou feite as jy so iets se

  • Neo - 2011-06-15 08:22

    I believe combinations should be kept and not mixed ie. de Jongh/Sadie and Fourie/de Villiers. Play one of the two combinations and not mix them. It's not going to be a walk in the park but Stormers should take it.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:34

      Go Stormers!!!!! Go Stormers!!! Go Stormers!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-15 08:35

      I agree, oom Danie used to carry on about combinations. Brandewyn en Coke Whiskey en eish Stormer en sy papsak!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:36

      Stormers by 15++

      Grunk - 2011-06-15 08:38

      Sadie should be playing at wing instead of Habana in any event - unless JdeV is going to play there with De Jongh at centre.

      Bigboet - 2011-06-15 08:52

      @Grunk, Habana is currently playing betterthen what he has in the past months. He might get his form back and score some brilliant tries, he is also running into more spaces lately. I would also like Sadie to play, you can always sub Jantjies and move Aplon to fullback.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-15 08:56

      De Jongh and Fourie has played together a lot

      MaestroX - 2011-06-15 09:26

      Have to agre with you Marcell, combinations, like you and Lloyd, Bulls and Cows, or I head some Bulls preffer the odd sheet on their farms!

      Kaapie - 2011-06-15 09:52

      @ Neo.. both of them are actualy outside centres

  • flat bier - 2011-06-15 08:27

    ....ek sal maar iets se voordat marcell nog iets se? Marcell sny jy hare? Anyway ja jy's reg die Stormers het net 'n storm in 'n koppie nodig om die Cheetahs te klap!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:34

      Go Stormers!!! Go Stormers!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-15 08:36

      As jy iets soek om te nurse kry a baba. Bier is daar om gedrink te word :)

      flat bier - 2011-06-15 08:50

      visse kannie in gas bier oorleef nie....

  • Claude - 2011-06-15 08:30

    Pro Legoete South Africa's Stuart Dickenson!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:35

      Go Stormers!!!!! Go Stormers!!! Go Stormers!!!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:52

      Stormers equivalent of Proteas in rugby,Chokers

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-15 08:32

    STORMERS by 15+++

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:51

      Cheetahs by14

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-06-15 08:35

    Die Stormers knyp washers.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 08:51

      Hulle is washers

  • Michele - 2011-06-15 08:37

    Al was Ricky en Kurt nie beseer nie sou dit in elk geval die beste besluit wees om Dewald en Peter Grant op die veld te hĂȘ. Kom nou Allistair ons weet wie is die sterkste span!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-15 08:41

      Die Vrystaat natuurlik.!

  • Sneeky7 - 2011-06-15 08:45

    Moet die Bulls bedank vir die beserings wat hulle veroorsaak het! Cheers Januarie!

  • wolverine - 2011-06-15 08:48

    de jongh op senter,sadie en jean op vleuel en aplon heelagter-stuur jantjies,januarie,habana,terug waar hulle vandaan kom

      Marcell - 2011-06-15 08:55

      Ons weet daar is 'n 'over population' van hasbeens in die Kaap. Wat dit so lekker maak is dat julle 'n paar rand daarvoor betaal het. Eish, dit was nie so goeie belegging nie!

      Oukoos - 2011-06-15 10:25

      @Marcell, ja dit maak seer. @wolverine, in teorie is jy reg, maar om die aantal wit spelers tot 13 te vermeerder sal nie lekker afgaan my die ANC se minister van sport (sports?) nie

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  • JJRR - 2011-06-15 09:41

    unleash.. seker maar Strompie taal!

  • Stompies - 2011-06-15 09:43

    What the hell Stephen, you make it sound as if de Jongh is this monster that will ensure stormers victory?! LOL

  • Gazza69 - 2011-06-15 09:47

    Marius Jonker is a chop.......

  • The Goose - 2011-06-15 10:08

    De Jongh het 'n gevaarlike aftrap en dans maklik deur 'n gaping! ( klink ek nou soos Errol Tobias hehe)

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-15 10:19

      dans ? ek dag dis rugby lol

  • Abrie - 2011-06-15 10:54

    @marcell. In die 1ste plek, het ons die geld. In die 2de plek wil almal stadig maar seker Kaap toe gaan. En ons het geld vir hulle ook!!

  • henk v - 2011-06-15 11:12

    nee blikskottel!! daar is die cheetahs se kanse om te wen daarmee heen - Januarie is beseer!!!!

  • MBSS (Meeste bulls supporters Suck) - 2011-06-15 11:30

    Die naweek skree ek net vir die Sharks en Waratahs, want as hulle 2 wen is die arem "Nulle" uit!!!

  • japeswp - 2011-06-15 13:43

    Afrigtingsspan net so gemiddeld soos spelers by name Januarie en Habana.Dit laat my wonder wat gedoen word van Maandag tot Vrydag.Week na week dieselfde foute en dan kom die afrigter nog op vir die swak spelers.

  • Neilson - 2011-06-15 21:24

    "Unleash de Jongh"!!! Hahaha, this must be a joke. I hope they unleash him so that he can be exposed as the fake he is.

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