Stormers by 5, says Tiaan

2010-05-19 12:07

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – The Stormers will get over the line in a tight Vodacom Super 14 semi-final against the Waratahs at Newlands on Saturday, according to ideal judge Tiaan Strauss.

The former Springbok and Wallabies loose forward, who also gave distinguished service to both Western Province and then the New South Wales side in the old Super 12, tips the home side to prevail, “but not by more than five points”.

Strauss, 44, lives back in the Cape these days and presently serves as general manager of rugby for Megapro, the sports marketing agency.

He says the Stormers’ home ground advantage and the travel bugbear for the Waratahs will be decisive in the outcome, although he anticipates the visitors being “a lot more competitive” than when they succumbed 27-6 at Newlands earlier in the 2010 campaign.

“This travel issue is much-discussed but it is definitely a factor: the guys manage it a lot better now as they’ve got more used to it, but it still affects physical capability on match-day.

“In the Waratahs’ case, you’ve just had a hard game (against the Hurricanes in Sydney) and you’re a bit bruised from it but then you have to sit in cramped confines for about 20 hours and grapple with sleep patterns and time differences.

“It takes you at least three days to get (to grips) with it to a good extent.”

Strauss said he felt the Waratahs, however, probably made a shrewd decision in basing much of their preparation in Durban rather than the city hosting the sell-out encounter itself.

“That’s not such a bad thing … it removes you from the whole Cape Town hype and media spotlight as well.”

He expressed surprise that the Waratahs’ style of rugby has sometimes been panned this season for its perceived lack of adventure, even in the Australian media.

“Look, I always keep a close eye on the ‘Tahs and I think they’re playing a nice brand of rugby. You’ve got to be sensible to be successful and not just run the ball at all costs – they’ve got the right balance at the moment.”

Asked where he felt the game might be won and lost, Strauss said: “I guess you always start with the pack. Lineout domination can make a big difference; who holds their own lineout comfortably and who steals a couple too.

“Andries Bekker gives a team a huge advantage with his height. He’s probably the most crucial player in the Stormers’ ranks – he is playing with such confidence at lineout time, at kick-offs and also with his defence.

“And the Stormers pack as a whole is blessed with lots of good ‘running’ forwards … they have at least five guys who really carry the ball well. It’s a great benefit.

“The two backlines measure up quite well, especially in terms of physicality.”

Strauss, who will be at the semi-final on Saturday, confessed his first loyalty would be to the hosts. “They’re my first-choice team (in the Super 14), but I can also say my second remains the Waratahs!

“I keep in contact with some of the older guys in their squad like Phil Waugh and Al Baxter (Strauss ended his three-year tenure with the side in 2000 – Sport24) and make a point of seeing them when they’re in Cape Town.

“Phil is always a key threat in the fight for the loose ball: he pushes the boundaries, has great body position and ‘sits’ on the ball to slow it down – you have to clean him out effectively if you want to avoid (frustration) in that department.”


  • STORMER - 2010-05-19 12:15

    News 24 - Stop with all the Pro Stormer articles already....eish,These Bulls Tards are going to start losing it seriously.....They are already in denial(Stormer success so far this season), this will just aggravate the situation...

  • Blouwildebul - 2010-05-19 12:38

    Seker die papsak wat al klaar begin praat, die stormers het nie BMT nie !!!!!!! En kom saterdag gaan hulle op hulle tuisveld geslag word deur die tahs!!!! en al wil ons hoe graag n stormers Bulle finaal sien gaan dit nie gebeur nie en sal die finaal wees tussen die Bulls en die tahs!!! Tahs met 11 Mnr Strauss!! en al julle ander anti BUL stormer ondersteuners!!

  • Blouwildebul - 2010-05-19 12:48

    Dankie Victor jy het nou weer bewys watter goeie Kaptein jy is deur agter een van jou spelers testaan en hom te ondersteun ,julle stormpies sal seker nou heelwat kots daaroor Bakkies ons is bankvas agter jou en stem saam dat daar heelwat ander insidente was wat nie gestraf is nie!Maar dit daar gelaat vat jou pak soos n man en kom gou terug op die veld.Miskien moet die stormpies gaan touch rugby speel !! Go BULLE

  • Riaan - 2010-05-19 13:07

    @Blouwildebul. Eks bly jy het die eerste comment gelos. Mens vra gewoontlik hoekom almal die bulle so afsit. Jy het dit sopas bewys. Ek reken n bul stormer final, maar wie daar gaan wen is unpredictable.

  • nic - 2010-05-19 13:08

    I worry that all these comments are going to jinx us, lets just shut up and do the talking at Newlands on Saturday

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-05-19 13:10

    Bulls - Warathahs final. Bulls to take it. The mountain goats will not be able to cheer their pink team to a win in skaapstad. Waratahs by 5. BMT non existent in Stormers especially semi-finals the last 9 years.

  • Pieter (Sommige Stormers is Brommers) - 2010-05-19 13:10

    News 24 - Keep the Stormers will win with this and that margin articles coming please. Stormers will arrive at Oldfartlands thinking they have already won the match. The Stormers, the biggest supporters of the baby alcohol syndrome in the world, will struggle to take the papsakke out of the woman's breasts and to put the cork back into the bottles. Up for the Blue shirts my Waratahs and Bulls!!!

  • Nigel - 2010-05-19 13:11

    SA teams have been at a disadvantage for years due to the long travel distances & biased refs, this year the shoe is on the other foot, they must travel here & the ref calls have been kinder to us lately. Both the Bulls & the Stormers must give nothing away on Sat, they must play as if it is a final, for the full 81 min. Go Stormers, Go Bulls, its SA's time. If it is a Bulls\Stomers final, Stomers will win.

  • STORMER - 2010-05-19 13:15

    Correction Blouwildebul: I am not anti Bull, I am anti Bull fans.... I will always support the Bulls when they play overseas opposition (except the Auckland Blues as they always have been my No 2 team). Just because I don't rate you blue avatards much, doesn't mean I don't rate the Bulls team (there is a difference...and fortunately I manage to distinguish between the 2. The team vs You tonsils)

  • JD - 2010-05-19 13:17

    @Blouwildebul AKA plank of note!!!! You better worry about the Crusaders, cause they are out for revenge, you do remember how your liefling ref won that game for you. Not gonna be so easy this time cause they are gonna wipe the floor with your little blue boys. Now run along and go tune your XR6 again and take that fur off your really brings out the plank in you.

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  • john - 2010-05-19 13:27

    Die bulle en die Stormers gaan verloor

  • GHEETAH IN WP - 2010-05-19 13:33

    Blouwildebul ,mens kan sien aan jou kommentaar jy is 'n rugby liefhebber en nie 'n rugby kenner nie

  • Lefty@stormers - 2010-05-19 13:35

    @stomers you must be a real moron !! denail on success ??? Go check the log you TART !! Who is sitting at number 1 ? If it was not for Fourie and Habana , where would you have been sitting then .

  • Go Stormers. - 2010-05-19 13:36

    Stormers het verseker die makliker semi as die Bulls. As die Crusaders eers met die bal begin wyd hardloop draai julle backline se koppe in die rondte en veral JL Potgieter sin.Dan gaan julle met nog 'n swak verdediger Jaco van der Westhuizen op die veld. Ek dink die Crusaders gaan julle blind hardloop agter en met 8 punte wen. Stormers se verdediging is die beste in die S14 en met die tuisveld behoort hulle die Tahs met 10 punte te wen.

  • jack black - 2010-05-19 13:39

    @Blouwildebul: The exact opposite is gonna happen. The Bulls were very lucky to steal a win from the saders (very lucky indeed). The saders won't make the same mistake twice and are gonna end the Bulls season on Saturday - and convincingly too!!! Jammer vir jou meneer, jammer vir jou...

  • Pieter (Sommige Stormers is Brommers) - 2010-05-19 13:48

    STORMER: I do not like u and other Stormer supporters or your team of prostitutes. They can be bought at a price.....some very cheaply....I will not even watch the Waratahs play the Stormers as i do not watch porn...maybe if the Waratahs win I will watch the highlights, and that include the climax of tries scored by the Waratahs, my team, my everything!!

  • Waltzing Matilda - 2010-05-19 13:51

    Warathas win by 10 .....easy..

  • Martin - 2010-05-19 13:58

    Didn't the Stormers lose 3 of their 4 matches against Australian opposition this season. ....I think it's the Tah's by 10!

  • STORMER - 2010-05-19 14:00

    @Pieter the Brommer - Mate, I thought the Bulls were your team your everything? Now its the Tahs? I'm sure they will "humbled" by your support...tonsil. I will also be compiling a lovely little copy/paste version of some of your intelligent comments (along with those of Blouwildebul etc etc etc) which I will present to whichever Stormer player I bump into at the gym/shopping mall first(Down here our players are NORMAL - oh but it is true..they live regular lives, unlike the poor Bulls players who each have about 600 restraining orders against fans like you...) Motivation compliments of YOU Pietertjie........

  • piet die bul - 2010-05-19 14:10

    Maybe the stormers will "prevail" by five points against the tahs (if they'r lucky) , but they will be sacked by at least twenty points against the BULLS in the finals.

  • DF(groot Blou Bul) - 2010-05-19 14:19

    @Pieter (Sommige Stormers is Brommers), you are a disgrace to us Bulls supporters, keep your mouth shut, you are making stupid comments which have nothing to do with rugby. If you love the Warathas so much do us all a favor and move to Australia. We don't need're a childish idiot. Go Bulls and Stormers !!!!

  • CraigVB - 2010-05-19 14:20

    To Pieter and the dumass Bulls...........get a life and talk rugby not crap!!!

  • Pieter (Sommige Stormers is Brommers) - 2010-05-19 14:30

    Isn't I clever? Doesn't you think so? If you doesn't agree I'll put my pô and mô on you.

  • WP - 2010-05-19 14:33

    Ag julle eenvoudige bull kallertjies, mag julle opgefok word deur the Crusaders. Stomers - Crusaders finaal Stormers se wen. Kallertjies loop kak in Soweto dis waar julle spul hoort.

  • Bloutrein - 2010-05-19 14:34

    Small correction Tiaan, Waratahs by 50!!

  • @Blouwildebul - 2010-05-19 14:54

    Jy,s n regte voken d00s weet jy.En ja die papsak gaan lekker smaak Saterdag,want julle gaan n voken pak kry teen die saders.Dan gaan jy seker maar weer by pappa se skape vertroosting soek(al is dit teen die wet)

  • Rob - 2010-05-19 15:46

    Sharks Forever, Go Bulls & Stormers.

  • Rob - 2010-05-19 15:57

    Sharks Forever, Go Bulls & Stormers.

  • Pieter (Sommige Stormers is Brommers) - 2010-05-19 16:08

    Baie goed gestel DF(groot Blou Bul). Ek is baie jammer dat ek julle so ontstel het met my ongevraagde negatiewe opmerkings. Noudat ek daaraan dink.... ek het nog altyd anders na `n skaap gekyk as `n normale mens..... so ek sal seker goed aanpas by my nuwe Australiese maatjies. Ek bespreek sommer nou onmiddelik vir my `n one-way kaatjie voor die pryse opgaan. Ek wonder net of hulle my daar ook sal toelaat om my suster te betas - wat dink julle?

  • Carl Muller - 2010-05-19 16:22

    Mag die Stormers ver wen. Sien julle in Orlando volgende week. Bulls forever. Ek drink nou 'n rooietjie op die Bulle en die Stormers.

  • Toit - 2010-05-19 16:50

    Piet Brommer, met 'n dr@l soos jy in die rondte kan jy seker Brommers verwag, liewe genade maar jy is 'n siek mens. Werk seker as karwag iewers, jy is totaal gepla met prostitute en moffies, jy moet dringend 'n dag af vat en 'n sangoma gaan sien. Gelukkig gaan ons nie veel langer van jou hoef te hoor nie, soos met die meeste dr@lle beland hulle iewers in die riool.

  • Etienne - 2010-05-19 22:51

    Stormer and all your mates, lets leave the bulls hate speech to one side. Lets get it on next week monday. For now, I am shouting Stormers and Bulls this weekend. GO SA, GO BULLS, GO STORMERS. Heres to an all south african final.

  • Monkeyboy - 2010-05-20 09:21

    Sport 24, please can you block Pieter the brommer from the blog, his comments are completely pathetic and very embarrassing for his team and fellow supporters. Can you not implement an IQ test before these idiots comment??

  • Namibian @ Lefty - 2010-05-20 12:57

    If not for Fourie and Habana, where would you have been sitting then. Waar sou die nulle gewees het as hulle nie die laaste paar jaar spelers aangekoop het nie..?? Nou die WP bietjie gekoop nou braak julle gal. Hoekom, mag net julle spelers invoer..??? Hiers so paar van die nulle se ingevoerdes... Zane Kirchner (SWD), Gerhard van den Heever (OVS), Jaco Pretorius (Natal/Lions), Francois Hougaard (WP), Burton Francis (WP/Leopards), Heini Adams (Boland), Dewald Potgieter (EP), Deon Stegmann (FS), Wilhelm Steenkamp (WP), Flip van der Merwe (FS), Werner Kruger (Valke), Jaco Engels (Leopards). Laat jou dink..?? Lyk my bekers word gekoop...??

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