Steenkamp to lead Stormers

2012-01-18 15:29

Cape Town - Bustling Stormers lock De Kock Steenkamp has been handed the captain's armband for the pre-season friendly against neighbours Boland in Wellington on Saturday.

The match will be the first of four pre-season outings for the Newlands-based side before the 2012 Super Rugby season kicks off next month.

Several key performers, including flank Schalk Burger, centre Jean de Villiers and prop Deon Carstens, were not considered for the match, with Stormers coach Allister Coetzee looking to test his younger players.

Locks Andries Bekker and Rynhardt Elstadt, as well as eighthman Duane Vermeulen, are on long injury layoffs.

"Elstadt could start training in the next few days but Bekker and Vermeulen will need more time," Coetzee said on Wednesday after naming a 28-man squad.

"These players are all doing well [in terms of their rehab process] and they won't be allowed to play if they are not medically fit.

"We have a very conservative plan to bring them back into action and the same applies to another lock, Hilton Lobberts.

"He'll probably be out for another three weeks before he starts training."

Former Blue Bulls wing Gerhard van den Heever is likely to start in the run-on XV, which Coetzee will name on match day, possibly at fullback.

"We want to use the outing to see new players in action," Coetzee said.

"Boland offer a great test in physicality, and if youngsters can cope with the match contact at this level, they will be showing that they are ready for inclusion in the Super Rugby squad for the new season.

"We have a fair idea of what our Super Rugby squad will look like but we want to give as many youngsters a chance to show how they will fit into our playing systems."

Joe Pietersen, having returned from French club Bayonne, has also been omitted from the squad.

"Pietersen's play has really matured and he's much stronger after playing in Europe," Coetzee said.

"He's always had raw pace but now he's much stronger as well."

Former Springbok scrumhalf Bolla Conradie, who had a sterling season at Boland last season, has been named vice-captain as he makes a strong bid to return to Super Rugby.

The Stormers will play the Cheetahs and the Lions in the annual pre-season tri-series tournament at Newlands, starting later this month.

Stormers squad: Adrian Kritzinger, Allistair Vermaak, Berton Klaasen, Bolla Conradie (vice-captain), Brok Harris, Burton Francis, Clement Lewis, Danie Poolman, De Kock Steenkamp (captain), Don Armandt, Eben Etzebeth, Ederies Arendse, Frans Malherbe, Gerbrandt Grobler, Gerhard van den Heever, Gio Aplon, JP du Plessis, Juan de Jongh, Kurt Coleman, Marcel Brache, Michael van der Spuy, Nic Groom, Nick Koster, Nizaam Carr, Reuben Johannes, Rohan Kitshoff, Tiaan Liebenberg, Yaya Hartzenberg.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-18 15:39

    Swarigheid lĂȘ voor.

      Blou-Daan - 2012-01-18 15:49

      @Bulldozer Swarigheid, swarigheid & nogmaals swarigheid my maat.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-18 15:53

      Blou, n man voel jy wil lag vir die spulletjie, maar dis soos om vir weeskinders te lag. Ten minste sien weeskinders die realiteit van hulle situasie.

      pieterduplessis - 2012-01-18 16:17

      Haai, jinne, self bekommerd, maar glo darem ons sal darem nie so vrot soos die 2011 Bulls perform nie, dit sal darem 'n skande wees.

  • Brannas - 2012-01-18 15:39

    Hahahahaa. Arme stormers is in vir n' groot pak slae die seisoen. Hhaahahaa

  • Saffa - 2012-01-18 16:01

    C'mon my beloved Stormers, stop selecting REAL men as captains. I also wanna support a team that is forward thinking enough to have women as captain and vice-captain. It's politically correct and if the Bulls can do it, why can't we Alistair?

      Saffa - 2012-01-18 16:14

      @Dozey :) I had to giggle.

  • Steenbra - 2012-01-18 16:01

    En die Bulle wen die S15 met Meisie en poofies Spies as leiers

  • whusselmann - 2012-01-18 16:38

    Die belowendes ingesluit hoop ek 10 uit hierdie groep sal opgewasse wees vir die taak wat wag.Ek hoop hulle bewys my verkeerd en almal doen goed.

  • Emile - 2012-01-18 16:42

    Ek is n GROOT Stormers Supporter !!! Ek moet eerlik wees, dis nou al 10 jaar, n goeie span wat bekers wen word om n kwalityd vaste 5 gebou, dis asof die WP/Stormers dit nie besef nie, as jy n span van die veld af skrum gan jy die game wen, as jy die lynstane oorheers gan jy die game wen, as jy die losskrums oorheers gan jy die GAME WEN !!! As ons dit nie in 10 jaar kan besef nie, sal ons dit NOOIT besef nie! Ek sal julle support tot die dood toe, maar dis tyd dat iemand ons caoch wat weet wat hy doen, en dat ons, ons jong sterre oppas en geld in die regte spelers in die regte posisies bele!!

  • Kenjaymay - 2012-01-18 20:17

    De Kock is the Captain.... De Balls is the Vice Captain.... De A$$hole is the Coach!!!!!

      Steenbra - 2012-01-18 22:02

      And De Prick comments

      Kenjaymay - 2012-01-18 23:07

      @steenbra... Why are you calling yourself a prick for you comment???? Very strange!!!

  • Anton - 2012-01-18 20:35

    "Boland offer a great test in physicality" The bigger test might be the current Boland heatwave!

  • Mario - 2012-01-19 08:30

    This has to be a joke....damn Stormers has lost it.

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