Arendse's big Stormers chance

2012-02-02 07:45

Cape Town - The Stormers surprised with the inclusion of Ederies Arendse at wing for their pre-season clash against the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.

Die Burger newspaper reports that on days when Arendse needs to be at WP's High Performance Centre, he spends at least three hours back and forth in taxis from his home in Lentegeur in Mitchells Plain to the team's training base in Bellville.

And Arendse's commitment to training has impressed the Stormers coaches to such an extent that he will find himself wearing Bryan Habana's No 11 jersey for Saturday's clash.

Arendse plays for WP club SK Walmers and has played one friendly game for Western Province. He is expected to play a big part for WP in this year's Vodacom Cup.

"If Ederies can play open a permanent spot in the Stormers team then it will be a modern-day rugby fairytale," said Labeeb Levy, the WP Vodacom Cup team's assistant coach.

Levey, a former coach of Collegians, has walked a long road with the 21-year-old Arendse.

"Ederies was according to me the best winger in Cape club rugby last year. He can finish off when there's space and is gutsy on defence," said Levy.

"It's unrealistic to think that he could play for the Stormers against the Hurricanes on February 25, but he will learn a lot from his involvement with the group.

"Ederies is getting good coaching and the conditioning will help him a lot if he stays involved at the Stormers' structures.

"My message to him is that he only has his toe in the door. There are 30 000 other players in the Cape that would love to be in his position."

Arendse impressed in the pre-season fitness tests and also recently played for the Stormers in their warm-up game against Boland.



15 Gerhard van den Heever, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Deon Carstens.

Substitutes: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Don Armand, 21 Nick Fenton-Wells, 22 Rohan Kitshoff, 23 Bolla Conradie, 24 Kurt Coleman, 25 Michael van der Spuy, 26 Berton Klaasen



Referee: Craig Joubert


  • Steenbra - 2012-02-02 08:49

    Now this is what we are talking about. Players from backgrounds that struggle due to a host of social circumstances not able to attend 'model c' and have the talent. Idiots like Brannas and Dozey and a host of others on this site will NEVER comprehend. It is now for this kid to be given fair chance to show his wares. Unlike Olivier that played 32 crap games for the Bokke and Spies who will be given a host of opportunities. Here is a kid that Rassie let slip and Paarwater recognised. So the Palooka here is Mr Comment Brannas.. met te veel Brannas en te min coke

      Steenbra - 2012-02-02 10:23

      Albertus Absolutely!

      Jc - 2012-02-02 11:30

      It wasn't Paarwater, it was John Dobson.

      Steenbra - 2012-02-02 15:28

      JC, Paaarwater is the scouts that goes to the club rugby nominating players for AC and rassie to look at .

  • Mario - 2012-02-02 09:23

    Good luck Ederies...1000% behind you. Looking forward to your contribution this Saturday.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-02 10:23

      Contribution? To what charity?

      Steenbra - 2012-02-02 15:28

      Dozey which old age home are you at?

  • neille.groenewald - 2012-02-02 12:02

    Sterkte Ederies. Wys ons wat jy het en hopenlik hou jy vir Habana uit met uitstekende spel. Speel met al jou krag en wys die klomp idiote soos bulldozer en brannas en al hulle tottie-treker vriende waar david die wortels gegrawe het !! GO STORMERS !

  • Danie - 2012-02-02 12:30

    Is it just me or is this Stormers team not really consisting of the top players, barring 2 or 3... I hope the Cheetahs do not run all over us for that reason! Specially since I think it is a good thing to let the top guys rest - long season ahead!

  • Jason - 2012-02-02 20:33

    Good luck dude.

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