De Kock: Stormers will do well

2012-01-11 08:39

Cape Town - Former Stormers captain and scrumhalf Neil de Kock believes the Cape side will fare well in this year's Super Rugby tournament.

"I still follow the Stormers' progress. They are now excellent on defence and very difficult to beat," De Kock, who currently plays for English champions Saracens, told Die Burger newspaper.

"There are talks that they have problems with depth, but there's a lot of talent in the region and fine young players. I don't think they will have a problem fitting in, especially not with the good senior players around them."

De Kock also feels the Stormers have enough experienced players to fill the void left by players like Springbok centre Jaque Fourie and flank Francois Louw.

"There are enough senior players that the Stormers can count on. Schalk Burger leads the charge. The older he gets, the better he plays. Jean de Villiers is there and Andries Bekker will again be of immense value if he can stay injury-free.

"The core of the Stormers' group is good and I believe they'll play very well this season.

"They're well coached, the players' conditioning is good and they've been among the top teams over the last two years. The Stormers just couldn't give the knockout punch at critical moments. Hopefully they can take that next step this season," said De Kock.

Saracens are currently visiting South Africa and trained at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday for their Heineken Cup clash against Biarritz on Sunday.

The match was initially scheduled to be played in Cape Town but a tug-of-war between the Western Province Rugby Union and the Cape Town City Council about where the match should be played resulted in Saracens cancelling their plans to play the game here.

They have nevertheless still decided to come and train in the Mother City this week. Their second team, the Saracens Storm, will take on the Maties in Stellenbosch on Wednesday.


  • Lionel - 2012-01-11 08:49

    Hell De Kock I hope you right,I really am worried about the going ons here in Cape Town and the lack of depth in certain positions........I will still support them till the bitter end!!!!!!!

      Danie - 2012-01-11 15:52

      Im also a supporter to the bitter end - unfortunately for us Stormer supporters, the end usually is VERY bitter... Maybe 2012 will be better! Good luck Stormers!!!!!

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-11 09:04

    here's hoping...

  • Wesley - 2012-01-11 09:08

    we always do well!!!! its just the winning of the cup that we dont do well in! cant wait for the season to start again! WE LOVE RUGBY!!!

      Andre - 2012-01-11 09:47

      Hahahahahaha always do well hahahahahahaha

  • Jono - 2012-01-11 09:11

    Best scrum half! pitty they cant get him back

  • Andre - 2012-01-11 09:48

    thats what they say every year at the beginning of the year!! Then??? Choke!!!

  • Nico - 2012-01-11 10:01

    don't think they are going to do that well. problems in the boardroom, Lions struggled for years to rectify that and lost a lot of talent in the process. stormers already loosing talent. a light five instead of a tight five and midfield seems a bit thin. hope you guys have better luck with injuries this year though! but the Lions are gonna take it :)

  • Deon - 2012-01-11 10:12

    When Stormers and Bulls are doing well, we have a strong Springbok side. Let us hope they both make the play offs.

  • Dewald - 2012-01-11 12:32

    Can't see them do better without Fourie and Louw!

  • PatPion - 2012-01-11 13:15

    Let's hope he is right...

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