Stormers worry over Grant

2011-04-21 08:36

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - Lionel Cronjé may continue at flyhalf for the Stormers when they play the Sharks in their Super Rugby match at Newlands next Saturday.

Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck told Sport24 on Wednesday that Peter Grant has not yet fully recovered from his knee injury.

"Bash is still struggling a bit and the knee is still a little swollen. Hopefully he will be able to play for us against the Sharks, but we won't push him too hard," said Fleck.

"If he can't play, we will be happy to play Lionel."

Fleck rates Grant's chances of being fit for the Sharks game at "50-50".

Jean de Villiers (centre) and Bryan Habana (wing) trained this week and should be available.

The Stormers have pulled up flyhalf Kurt Coleman from the Western Province Vodacom Cup team and he may well be among the substitutes.

"Kurt is in a similar mould to Gary van Aswegen. His passes and kicks well," said Fleck.

Cronjé was sent on in the 13th minute against the Lions last Saturday when Van Aswegen tore a knee ligament.

"I think Lionel performed well. It was difficult for him considering that he did not have the opportunity of training with the team. His options were good and I like the way he took the ball to the line and created space for the guys," said Fleck.

It will nevertheless be a major test for the Stormers' depth if they take Cronjé and Coleman into the game.

Cronjé is the third choice at flyhalf and Coleman effectively fifth choice as Sam Lane suffered a serious knee injury earlier in WP's Vodacom Cup campaign.

The Sharks should have Springbok backline ace Patrick Lambie available at flyhalf.

Jacques-Louis Potgieter deputised for Lambie in their last match against the Stormers.

Fleck expects Lambie's return will boost the Sharks.

"They are a better team with Lambie. He is a quality player and runs the show. It won't be the same Sharks team that played against us in Durban. They will be out for revenge."

As things stand, the Stormers are four log points ahead of the Sharks and therefore the importance of next Saturday's match within the context of the South African conference can hardly be over-emphasised.

The Stormers will get four points for a bye this weekend, while the Sharks play the Hurricanes in Durban.


  • Mojojo - 2011-04-21 08:46

    The 2 best teams in SA go head to head, this time its the Stormers without their first choice number 10. Will be another good game. A real pity how the other 3 SA teams have been a "total failure to launch" this year.

      Licikityspit - 2011-04-21 13:32

      @ WP I'm a stormers supporter but dude seriously as far as raw unbridled talent goes, Lambie beats grant hands down

      Steyts - 2011-04-27 13:47


  • GHT - 2011-04-21 08:53

    It would be brilliant if we can see the Grant vs Lambie duel. They have to be the best in SA at the moment...

      WPBEFONK - 2011-04-21 09:38

      For sure, they are the BEST. With grant leading the pack, followed by Lambie, Jantjies than Morne Steyn. WP and STORMERS jou lekker ding................

      kosie - 2011-04-21 12:51

      wpbefok jy is gerook, waar val jy uit met jantjies. and if lambie didn't get injured a missed 3 games, the country's view about the best flyhalf would have been different. and it is only the stromers tha think grant is the best. but he is good, 2nd best.

      boyd.lance - 2011-04-21 13:20

      Yes I too would've to see that GHT, but they keep missing each other...but Its still 50:50 over Grant at the moment. Let's hold thumbs. Perhaps we'll be fortunate and finally get to see who's no.1 and no.2 flyhalf :)

      Steyts - 2011-04-27 13:49

      kosie ek is 'n WP supporter en moet saam met jou stem dat Lambie beter is...

  • WPStrm 4ever - 2011-04-21 08:56

    I do hope they rather give him another week if he needs it. Cronje played pretty well on Saturday except for the 2 kick inns he missed. He's got a good pass on him and that outomaticcally creates space for the outside backs as the ball always moves quicker than the man. He also read the game pretty well with having a hand in quite a few of the moves that lead to tries and line breaks. We surely can't be worse of with him playing.

      GHT - 2011-04-21 09:10

      I agree that they shouldn't risk him, but Grant vs Lambie will be great. We seem to be in a pretty healthy position regarding the flyhalf spot here in CT. If only Coetzee will start to listen to me and play Cronje at 15.

      boyd.lance - 2011-04-21 13:23

      Although I'm keen to see a Grant vs Lambie clash...I'd much rather play Grant against the Crusaders, which in my view is a far more important game.

  • Rushdi Kiewitz - 2011-04-21 09:34

    Why isnt Elgar Watts being considered at flyhalf? He played in the warm up games didnt he?

      FuzzyStorm - 2011-04-21 09:41

      he proved to be sadly lacking, maybe if he works hard for a year or two he can get there

      Chad29 - 2011-04-21 09:43

      I agree rushdi.Give the guy a chance.He didn't perform too badly in the pre-season games.

  • Anneleen - 2011-04-21 09:43

    Best of luck to both participating teams-here's hoping for Grant's recovery and being very happy for Lambie returning...i just love the Sharkies!!!

      Effel - 2011-04-21 15:25

      Anneleen do you want to go out with me? Please

  • Outpost - 2011-04-21 09:52

    Sweet revenge. Playing the Sharks with our pivot missing and beating us by 10 with useless Jacques-Louis Potgieter missing 6 kicks at goal. Now that Lambie is back and the Mountaingoats with their number 1 flyhalf missing, yummie.

      Shistirrer - 2011-04-21 09:56

      Now wouldn't it be something if the Stormers B team beats the Sharks A team?

      Outpost - 2011-04-21 10:46

      @Shistirrer - Now I can think what some of your team will say if you call them a b-team with only 1 guy missing??????????

      Stormer4eva - 2011-04-22 06:50

      Outpost: Please , pray tell , if JLP is so crap , why did the clowns in control spend the money on him ?

  • GraemeBB - 2011-04-21 11:28

    This is going to be a great game. It is a pitty Grant may not be availible . The fly-half contest would have been one of the areas of interest for me. I dont know whom I will support for this game, and the win can go iether way. I hope it is a better game than the first game. Good luck to both teams.

  • dee oh cee - 2011-04-21 12:35

    leka coleman buddy!

  • dee oh cee - 2011-04-21 12:35

    hope kurt makes 22...go buddy!

  • Effel - 2011-04-21 15:23

    Who's Grant again?

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-04-21 15:37

      Die ou wat jou Flou Tril span sat geskop het op moftus .

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