Stormers dismiss fetcher talk

2012-01-25 22:20

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is not worried about their apparent lack of a "fetcher" after the departure of Francois Louw.

The Stormers picked Schalk Burger at openside flank with Siya Kolisi filling the role of blindside flanker for their pre-season clash against the Lions at Newlands on Friday.

Burger excelled at blindside flanker last year with Louw doing most of the "fetching" at the breakdowns.

But with Louw no longer there the Cape side could come under some pressure at the breakdown area, since both Burger and Kolisi are more renowned for their ball-carrying ability than being specialist ball poachers.

However, Coetzee does not believe it will have an adverse affect on their fortunes this season. He told Die Burger newspaper that their systems won't let them down without Louw this season.

"Look, all players have to work at the breakdown. You can't wait for an openside flank to run from the other side of the field if you're already there.

"It therefore doesn't really matter if it's Siya or Schalk.

"Everyone has the same responsibilities at the breakdown area and I expect them to stay with our policy," said Coetzee.

Burger is also not too perturbed about the loss of Louw.

"Flo (Louw) is gone, yes, and we're still short of Duane Vermeulen (eightman) too.

"But it creates exciting opportunities for other players. We have a way of playing and know what to do," said Burger.

The Stormers could be tested at the breakdown area against the Lions as the Johannesburg-based outfit picked a specialist "fetcher" in Derick Minnie for the clash.



15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Louis Schrueder, 8. Nick Koster, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Don Armand, 20. Reuben Johannes, 21. Nizaam Carr, 22. Nic Groom, 23. Burton Francis, 24. Marcel Brache, 25. Gerhard van den Heever, 26. Danie Poolman


15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon Van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Doppies La Grange (vice-captain), 11 Michael Killian, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Josh Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco Van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Greeff, 20 Ruan Botha, 21 Cobus Grobbelaar, 22 Doppies Le Roux, 23 Anthony Volminc, 24 Dylan Des Fountain, 25 James Kamana, 26 Andries Coetzee.


  • malcolm.molver - 2012-01-25 22:34

    And yet another Stormers article. Perhaps Sport24 should become Stormers24? You know rugby season is coming when all you read about on Sport24 is the Stormers

      Francois - 2012-01-26 00:56

      Coetzee learnt his coaching from Jake White as this was exactly what White said when he was asked the question. Then in RWC 2007, he picked a fetcher in Wikus van Heerden to take the field! Then on Sport24 and the Stormers - if News24's readers want to read about the Stormers and they get enough of them to justify the advertisers, it is News24's decision. However, I will rather have Coetzee think on how he is going to neutralise a good fetcher from an opposing side - I don't think Aplon or Pietersen or Duwenhage has a chance against McCaw or Brussouw or Minnie and if they can get there, a Stormers fetcher can as well. Well, maybe Allister thinks that whoever speaks the best on TV or on News24 also wins a cup. Allister, to get the Wonderbra sponsorship, you need support and a cup!

      Timothy - 2012-01-26 06:40

      What happened to the stormers team....Im only familiar with maybe 6 players out of the whole line up. There is a lot of rookies in there. I am not a fan of young blood and will always go for experience over form or upcoming talent. Not sure what to expect from the the Stormers this season. Luckily Alister learned from the best (sir Jake White) so we have a good coach in him. But im just thinking to myself putting a team like that up against the Crusaders you are looking at a pretty one sided game. Maybe Alister is keeping his card close to his chest

      Donald - 2012-01-26 07:45

      Dont read it then.....................simple.

      Jimmy - 2012-01-26 07:58 must be heart-broken that Dewet Barry has just retired :(

      Emile - 2012-01-26 10:12

      Sport 24 comments about games being played, this is the Stormers second warm up game, we are all rugby hungry & cant wait for the S15 to start, thanks Sport 24 for keeping us informed with al the latest news! if you are jealous phone your teams union and ask them to play more warm up games!

      Philip - 2012-01-26 10:16

      Maybe its because they are the only team currently playing a series of proper warm up friendlies?

  • hugo.naude - 2012-01-25 23:13

    Stormers without a fetcher ... really ... so a Brussouw is not an essential part of Bok team winning a test (we saw how he was missed once he was taken out by the Ozzies in the WC) ... no wonder Coetzee in NOT part of Heyneke's plans ...

      Saffa - 2012-01-26 09:44

      ROTFLMAO - so you are implying that Steggies counts as something up north?

      hugo.naude - 2012-01-26 12:40

      Can u tell me where I mentioned his name numbskull ... it is because the BULLS do not have a good fetcher that we have been under pressure the last 2 seasons ... But I did mention Brussouw and he is a match turner ...

  • Dawie - 2012-01-26 05:15

    Nog sensasionele joernalistiek. Die mense ken die kuns om reaksie uit te lok. Hoe anders gaan hulle die manne in die Noorde opcharge. Ek persoonlik ignoreer die berigte want al wat sal tel op die einde van die dag is wat op die veld gebeur van nou af tot 31 Desember 2012. Sterkte aan als die SA spanne in S15en mag die sterkste en beste span die S15 wen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Akk3d1s - 2012-01-26 06:54

      Ignoreer sĂȘ jy....

      Dawie - 2012-01-26 10:37

      @Akkedis - Korrek ignoreer !!! Dis n aap wat probeer om almal op te charge - Daar is genoeg fetchers in al die spanne om met mekaar te kompeteer maar Derrick Minnie is n gevaar vir enige span !!!

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-26 07:26

    With the amount of coverage the Stormers have got lately you'd swear they were the reigning Super 15 or Currie Cup champions!

      malcolm.molver - 2012-01-26 08:22

      Yeah exactly! Instead they're reigning chokers and prima donnas for 10 years running!

      Saffa - 2012-01-26 09:45

      No Matthew, just the best supported union.......Why would journalists publish stories about the Stormers otherwise? Supply and demand old chap, supply and demand.

  • Bootman - 2012-01-26 07:37

    If all the stormers articles were written in a stone tablet, put in a metal box, welded shut and dumped in the deepest part of the ocean, you fools would still find a way to read it...........we're just that interesting.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 07:50

      There's nothing else rugby related to read.

      Bootman - 2012-01-26 08:03

      Why didnt you comment on the article about the SA under20's or Kurtley Beale's hamstring injury? Oh, maybe thats not as interesting as a Stormers article.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 08:12

      It's more fun to read, but one can't really make negative comments on either of them.

      Blou-Daan - 2012-01-26 09:45

      Bootman you are so pathetic, I feel sorry for you.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-26 10:10

      There's nothing of note happening elsewhere.. no interesting characters or else they(read bulls) are still in the laager working out an assualt on the Currie cup..

  • Bootman - 2012-01-26 07:45

    ..........come on sport24. We would like to see an article on the Bulls and how they didnt make any play-offs last year.

      Lionel - 2012-01-26 07:48

      Or how "Yster"Spies and Meisiekind Olivier are doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Koos - 2012-01-26 07:57

      @bootman, how about an article of Stormers choking and that THEY have never won a Super rugby title nevermind 3. Pfffft

      Bootman - 2012-01-26 08:12

      Yes Nitro. We havent won a Super rugby title.............yet you still find us so intriguing.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-26 08:16

      No, Nitro doesn't find you intriguing, he just enjoy making a fool of Stormers rugby, like the rest of the world.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-01-26 08:23

      Come on Sport24, one more Stormers article- about how they haven't won anything in 10 years!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-01-26 09:44

      Bootman you are so pathetic, I feel sorry for you.

      Saffa - 2012-01-26 09:47

      @Lionel - LOL. Yster Spies is buffing himself up to captain the Boks.......Whilst the thought horrifies me in a way I can not explain, the truly sick side of me would welcome this appointment......purely for all the brilliant comedy that will follow.

      Lionel - 2012-01-26 10:20

      Saffa,I wonder if Yster Spies already knows in the back of he's head he's gonna Captain the Boks like he knew in the back of he's head he was gonna Captain the

      Saffa - 2012-01-26 11:29

      @Lionel - LOLLLLLLLLLLL - I think Spies knows a lot of things "in the back of his head" - just a pity this doesn't include rugby.....

  • Nico - 2012-01-26 08:05

    awesome news this :) a light five, no fetcher and thin mid-field, Lions win by far :) GO LIONS!!!

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