Stormers trio back in training

2012-01-30 20:42

Cape Town - A few young hopefuls will have their last chance to impress this week ahead of the Stormers selection of a 26-man squad to usher in the 2012 Super Rugby season against New Zealand's Hurricanes in three weeks.

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee said on Monday that players would have a final chance to prove their worth against the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.

After the Cheetahs match, the Stormers would decide on their Super Rugby squad and those players would play a final warm-up match against the Southern Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in mid-February.

"Many of the players who played in the first warm-up match against Boland two weeks ago will get a run against the Cheetahs this weekend," said Coetzee.

"I want to be fair to all the players in the expanded squad to stake their claims and one can do that best in a match situation.

"We go into this match with very different objectives than we had for last week's Lions match. The most important thing will be to improve on the things that we didn't do well."

The mood in the camp at the team's headquarters in Bellville was fairly upbeat.

Things took a turn for the better when three of the franchise's 'big guns' - Andries Bekker, Reinhardt Elstadt (both locks) and eighthman Duane Vermeulen - joined Monday's training stint.

"We were glad to welcome back those players and their rehab programme is going to plan," said Coetzee.

"It's really all about management and by next week they'll be ready for full contact, although I feel that Elstadt may be ready for game time this weekend.

"We also had Schalk Ferreira, the loosehead, back at training but he's nursing a hamstring strain.

The 27-year-old Ferreira retired from rugby two years ago after a serious neck injury, but he has made a remarkable recovery and late last year he was given the all clear to return to the game.

The Cheetahs had an outing against a composite side of players from the Eagles and Border Bulldogs over the weekend, an outing Coetzee feels will sharpen the Free Staters for their visit to Newlands.

"Now that the Cheetahs had a run and were tested you can expect them to play a quick game, with width," said Coetzee.

"They're very good on building try-scoring movements after securing turn-overs so that's what we'll be up against."

On Tuesday, Jonathan Kaplan, one of the world's foremost referees, will attend a Stormers' training session to try and ensure that players know what to expect at scrum time this season.

Coetzee said referees recently attended a SANZAR (the guardians of Super Rugby) conference where changes were announced for the setting of a scrum.

"SANZAR is looking to have a situation where the front row engages first rather than the whole pack, with the No 8 making a hit at the same time," said Coetzee.

"The aim is to prevent scrums collapsing. It won't compromise the value of the scrums, but it help safety considerations."

The Stormers will name their side for the Cheetahs clash on Wednesday.


  • Pieter - 2012-01-31 00:50

    Wha ha ha ha ha !!! The most overrated trio on the planet! Should'nt make an average club team

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-01-31 09:13

      Should'nt make a sub standard club team. mwha mwha mwha ha ha ha

  • Van - 2012-01-31 01:05

    Tipies Stormers. Wen 'n warm-up en is nou al weer die gunstellinge om die beker te wen.

      Pieter - 2012-01-31 01:37

      @Van Absoluut!! Ek lag my jaar in en jaar uit kapabel vir hierdie klomp idiote van die Kaap. (10 jaar nou) Watch ons diejaar, maar ons het die goue jare gehad, maar ons was 3e op die log op 'n stadium, bla die bla!!

      Wynhandt - 2012-01-31 07:38

      Al wat ek te se het as n loyal supporter van die stormers kom ons wag en kyk!! Go Province!!!

  • Van - 2012-01-31 01:08

    Op 'n meer ernstige noot. Gaan ons as toeskouers weer stilsit en ons bekke hou oor die gemors wat saru nou weer aanjaag met die Southern Toothpicks?

  • Anet - 2012-01-31 03:56

    Jy bedoel seker die ouethuis 3 ling?.....bwhahahahahaha kan nie wag vir die rugby om te begin nie...

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-01-31 09:15

      Skerp Anet! Ek sal daai juweeltjie in die Moot se watergate met die manne deel

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 10:23

      Ah well Aubrey, now your profile pic makes a whole lot of sense. Anet's 'joke' is about as sharp as Malema's wit - although in the mind of a toddler it could be construed as amusing, in the same way that the insult: "you are a poo poo face" would lead to an outbreak of hysterics amongst 4 year olds. Die MOOT? Weird name for a daycare centre.

  • Werner - 2012-01-31 07:37

  • Brannas - 2012-01-31 08:30

    Parkbankie Bekker en sy has been trawante. Hahaha.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-31 08:36

      Parkbankie sal djulle wys wie die voorste slot in SA gaan wees.. En sy agterryer Etsebeth gaan julle bene laat kou veral met Mof Spies wat julle pink ladies se cheerleader gaan wees

  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-01-31 09:11

    Op die foto lyk dit of Bekker iets ruik stink. Dis seker sy rugbyloopbaan wat dood is wat so ruik. Gie gie gie

      Saffa - 2012-01-31 10:24

      Nope, it's your nappy (refer to your own profile pic) that stinks....

  • Brevan - 2012-01-31 13:25

    Why all the hate? For those who don't support the Stormers it should have no impact on your life if these guys get selected to play for the Stormers. As for Springbok contracts for them... everybody agrees that Meyer is a good appointment as coach, so clearly he wouldn't be stupid enough to select "losers, has beens and park benches"? 24 days and counting...

  • Emile - 2012-01-31 16:40

    Vermeulen 8, Elstadt 7, Burger 6 , Bekker 5 , Etsebeth 4, Kolisi en Carr van die bench af !

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