Fit-again Percy overlooked

2009-05-04 08:59

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – Percy Montgomery may not be considered for the Stormers’ next Super 14 clash against the Western Force on Saturday, even if he is fit.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus is looking to the future after his team’s 28-14 defeat against the Chiefs at Newlands.

He and Springbok coach Peter de Villiers won’t have fullback Conrad Jantjes available for the rest of the year after be broke a leg, while Montgomery is set to hang up his boots after the Super 14 and is expected to take up a position as South Africa’s kicking coach soon.

Therefore, there is a fair chance that Tiger Bax, who replaced Jantjes in the 10th minute on Saturday, could be in the Stormers’ starting line-up. The experienced Wylie Human is also an option at fullback or wing.

Bax launched a few poor kicks before finding his feet and showing promise on attack.

“We’ll see what Percy’s fitness is like, but I think we are at a stage now where there will be more value in getting guys like Tiger Bax and Morgan Newman on the field,” said Erasmus.

“If we were still in with a shout of making the semi-finals, it would have made sense to have Percy on the field. We have to rebuild now. We can’t do that by falling back on Percy. It won’t make sense.”

Erasmus may also have to look for a new loose forward and captain for the match against the Force.

Schalk Burger injured his calf in the first half against the Chiefs and may miss Saturday’s game. In that case Pieter Louw is likely to start and someone like Pieter Myburgh may be called up.

Luke Watson is head and shoulders above the other Stormers in terms of his form and is the best candidate for the captaincy.

Experienced centre Gcobani Bobo may also be available this week. Hopefully that means Peter Grant can move back to flyhalf.

Erasmus hopes the decisions he makes now will benefit Western Province in the Currie Cup.

“The players will have experience when they run out in the Currie Cup. It’s a process,” said Erasmus.


  • Megabull - 2009-05-04 09:55

    Keep him as impact player that young kid did well

  • Neville - 2009-05-04 10:15

    I think it is way past time that Erasmus left Stormers. He has made a hash of what should have been one of the best teams

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 11:00

    Please retire Percy

  • Jeff Aucamp - 2009-05-04 11:15

    Help me here,Rassie wants to omit Percy for team building purposes.Very good,I said way back in February that is the way to go.But then the very mention of Wylie Human on fullback or wing?The thinking or lack of it in WP is mind baffling.It's a process according to the wonder boy coach,for the life of me it's a silly unnecessary process.

  • Andro - 2009-05-04 11:35

    They can pic anyone on fullback except has been Wylie Human,the reason why the Stormers lost this whole seaon and will lose against the Force and porbably the Cheetahs is we've got to many has beens in our team,AJ Venter,Willem De Waal,Wylie Human and then the SNAIL from Fiji!!!! Wake up WP RYGBY we have the best players in the counrty at Maties and UCT go and look there for talent. FIRE RASSIE AND GET JAKE WHITE!!!

  • Terry - 2009-05-04 11:40

    Peter deVilliers might ask Rassie to play Percy so that he can get some kind of assessment on whether he might be suitable as the fullback against the British Lions. We lost the last test series against the Lions even though we outscored them 8 tries to 3 - but they kicked their penalties and won the series - and one thing Percy can do is kick!

  • Nag ou Grote - 2009-05-04 11:47

    Percival you needs to hang up those boots..the creatine and tuna has gone off and your starting to had a good run so move onto modelling or porno...Luke whilst you and your oldman are turds you have been playing like a champ..I think you would make a great captain.....never thought I would say this...!!!!

  • Jeff Aucamp - 2009-05-04 11:52

    Terry,it was the same Percy that cost us the series against the Lions.We must move on.Morne Steyn would be the thinking mans choice at flyhalf.No need for pensioner at fullback then.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 12:36

    The problem as I see is that the conditioning of the players is not good enough or the training is too intense and the guys are too tired when taking the field on a Saturday. They look sluggish and unmotivated on the field. Experience is a good thing and I think Percy still has alot to give as a player and coach. He has given SA good service. The biggest problem we have is a lack of powerful runners and bulky fowards(props) to bash the defence.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 13:01

    Wylie Human is kak and overrated ! Let Percy finish off the last few super 14 games and restore some pride in the stormers team.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 13:01

    I think Percy should play in the Lions tour and then take the roll as kicking coach. You cannot buy experience and Percy's got it all. Go Percy you good thing !! Finish on even a higher note!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 13:02

    Jeff, Percy may have lost us the series against the Lions, but he won us the world cup. He has come a long way since '97 and I don't think Morne will ever be half the player Percy is. Morne looks good behind a stong pack but when the pressure is on he will fold, and hopefully that won't be against the Lions.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 13:31

    The people you is saying that Sereli is not a good player, should rather not comment on rugby, because you dont know what you are talking about. Just have a look at his work rate at the break down point. He is doing other people work, that is why it looks like he is not doing his job(as a wing).

  • harris - 2009-05-04 15:01

    Keep Percy. Retire Human !

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-04 16:57

    Wylie Human is forever my star.. its right pick him on fullback or wing. He is 2 great a player to sit on the reserve bank. By the way Percy should be on person already, my Ouma can run faster than him

  • Koos - 2009-05-04 20:24

    Smart move Rassie! Let the stormers lose another game! :0) Yeay!

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