Stormers make one change

2009-04-08 09:23

Johannesburg - The Vodacom Stormers have made just one change to their team for the third Super 14 tour match against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday.

Out of the team that lost 12-6 goes loosehead prop Wicus Blaauw, with JD Moller regaining the No1 jersey that he last wore in the match against the Blues at Newlands last month. The change is brought about in part because of injury, with Blaauw carrying a calf injury that made him a doubtful starter for the Brumbies clash.

Instead of waiting on Blaauw until the weekend, coach Rassie Erasmus has opted to make the change now, with Schalk Ferreira being bracketed with Blaauw on the bench.

The retention of the rest of the match 22 that did duty against the Waratahs is an indication that Erasmus still has faith in his combinations, but it goes without saying that several players are going to have to lift their performances considerably if they are going to justify their places.

Of the players that started at Sydney Football Stadium, only Luke Watson and Schalk Brits showed the necessary urgency and managed to avoid the appearance that they were just going through the motions. However, the latter made some pretty basic handling errors, so it was only really Watson who was above reproach.

A lot of the criticism since Sydney has been levelled at Sireli Naqelevuki, but the big Fijian was not the only Stormers player who gave the impression that he either was never taught to pass and catch, or has just forgotten how.

Naqelevuki is in poor form, but those who have played against him say that he is deceptively fast in much the same way that it used to be said about Pieter Rossouw. His ability to engage three to four defenders when he has the ball remains a vital cog in any Stormers attacking strategy, and attacking strategy is something that will come more into focus from this week.

The Stormers have now played against all the best defensive teams in the competition, those who give little or nothing away. The Stormers attack was poor against the Waratahs and Crusaders but their effectiveness against the only two teams that have tried to play running rugby against them this season, the Reds and the Lions, suggests that their fortunes might change for the better once they run into teams that play into their hands by trying things and making mistakes.

The word from Canberra is that the Brumbies team are still reeling from the tragic death of Shawn Mackay, and the team has been further denuded by the loss to injury of star lock Mark Chisholm. An integral part of the Brumbies lineout and an important senior member of the team, Chisholm has sustained a dislocated wrist and will be out of rugby for the rest of the season. His probable replacement will be Peter Kimlin.


Conrad Jantjes, Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers, Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie, Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, AJ Venter, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, JD Moller.

Bench: Wicus Blaauw (Schalk Ferreira), Tiaan Liebenberg, Hilton Lobberts, Francois Louw, Dewald Duvenage, Dylan des Fountain, Willem de Waal.


  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 09:45

    mmmm who cares ! play the B side for all we care..they pathetic anyway

  • Lourens - 2009-04-08 09:47

    What a loser team!!!!!! De villiers is the only good player in that team. Wylie human???????

  • Syd - 2009-04-08 09:59

    I think it is time to try Sireli at outside centre, he is a natural centre anyway. I was never convinced with Bobo outside De Villiers and if the Stormers can use Sireli's power and physique from the midfield, maybe he can break the line more often than not. just a thought, use it or lose it!

  • Willem (Gatvol Stormer supporter) - 2009-04-08 10:09

    Sireli Naqelevuki is the worst wing in the Super 14 they have tried him now for 2 seasons. He have not ran at full speed once and knocked the ball plenty of times. Where did all our good wings gone? Rassie must also start producing and stop giving his old teammates and friends jobs in Cape town. We have the best schools and universities in the country why don't we invest in those players rather than buying the other provinces old stock.

  • Pieter Erwee - 2009-04-08 10:13

    Drop Sireli Naqelevuki and send him back to Fiji.Ill probably perform better on wing than this guy.What is Rassie thinking.Maybe Rassie must pack his bags as well and head north of the oranje river!!!!

  • Tulsa - 2009-04-08 10:15

    Please Rassie,guide the Stormers out of this mess.Jake White and his supersport gang is in an extreme hurry to take over WP Rugby and take us back to the dark ages.Just look at how they handled Luke Watson.

  • LoserStormersSupporter - 2009-04-08 10:18

    "Attacking strategy"? What strategy? Kicking the ball into the others teams hands every time we get it isn't a strategy as much as it's a tragedy. Not to mention the high school level of passing and catching a ball. Only one start stood out thus far in the Stormers squad and that is the much criticized(even though it was due to politics) Luke Watson. As a Stormers fan I see little hope for my team for the rest of the season.

  • Ronnierealsupporter - 2009-04-08 10:26

    Lourens a n Anon you guys are #4%^&ers, Probably do not play any sports. It works like this: 2 teams play one wins ,one looses, enjoy the rugby, which at times has been great at times k2k, from both teams.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 10:40

    The only thing this team is missing is ....ummm..... team spirit. All the talent WP money can buy and every weekend 15 flash individuals take to the pitch. The Bulls and Sharks are teams in the real sense. Rassie is in trouble. After 2 years of this tripe, WP Rugby is in trouble. Rassie and De Villiers needs to give their team a quick kick up the arse and stop covering for the players who aren't 'team' and aren't contributing.

  • Mark - 2009-04-08 10:53

    I have been a WP/Stormers fan as long as I have known the game of rugby which is 40 odd years or so. I have always supported them, no matter what!!. This season though seems to be an all time low, WP losing to SWD on the weekend and the Stormers inept performances for the past few weeks. Where are the days that WP were the most revered team in SA and a Bulls vs WP match was something of a war . Has Rassie Erasmus pulled the wool over everybody at the WPRU eyes. He has not made any significant purchases other than Vermeulen from FS but how many other decent players have we lost. Wylie Human is passed his SBD as well as Percy and AJ Venter and Bobo. We do not have any decent wings and no front row to speak of. He has to revert to unfair tactics just to stay in the game. As my 16 year old son says "they look so good on paper" BUT that is it!! PAPER IS NOT THE GRASS THEY PLAY ON.

  • Clint - 2009-04-08 10:55

    How about some news on title contenders instead of these wannabies who do all their talking through PR and not on the field. Tell me about the Sharks, tell me about the Bulls.

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  • Mike - 2009-04-08 11:05

    Give Sireli a break.....everytime he gets the ball he has half a dozen defenders on top of him! He is quick, he just does not look quick .....neither does Jean de Villiers, for that matter. None of the team had a good game, apart from Watson who, to my mind, has been the standout player this season.

  • Chritian Abroad - 2009-04-08 11:07

    Ouch guys! Have a little faith as the past weeks losses may have been poor perfomances, but they were narrow losses none the less. When the Stormers find their rythmn as a TEAM - they are unstoppable. Remove the "star" attitude causing them to play as individuals and focus these guys on a TEAM approach - can't go wrong. Still a faithful Stormers fan!!! Good luck this weekend boys.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 11:08

    Lose Januarie - he is not performing at the base and putting huge pressure on the side. His passing is diabolical, option taking poor and he goes missing at the breakdowns where quick ball is imperitive. Duvenhage has been a breath of fresh air.

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  • Paddy - 2009-04-08 11:29

    I am a Sharks supporter, but I love rugby and do not like to see a South African team losing like the Stormers are doing at present. I must agree with Mark. There are a number of players who have passed their sell by date. Are there no young up and coming players in the background? Youngsters play with passion and have a lot to prove. The likes of AJ, Percy etc - whilst an asset to any team - have nothing to prove to anyone. Anonymous User who mention team spirit - I must agree with you too! Something is not right, you can see it in the body language. My gut feeling says it is Watson. Luke is an excellent player and should be an asset to any team - but let's face it, he has not endeared himself to any rugby player or supporter. Imagine being a proud player and you are put in the same team as someone who detests the green gold jersey which you hold so dear! May be some counselling would help...nothing ventured nothing gained!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 11:43

    I have to agree,what a let down.... The problem lies with the majority of the players...Jake White has made himself available to the Stormers and he will sort the "glory" boys out!!!

  • LLEWELLYN. - 2009-04-08 11:56

    Avid Stormers supporter,working in Iraq at the moment,just for your info i work with some of the Fijians that live in Sireli's village in Fiji.They absolutely agree with me that Sireli should loose about 10KG's and put him at outside centre,according to them he is devastating there. They are shocked at the amount of speed he has lost. Hope the Stormers will have a better game this weekend. Go Stormers!!!

  • Gerald - 2009-04-08 12:05

    I never have been nor never will be a WP/ Stormers supporter. But I do support them and all SA sides when they play overseas teams. Their performance to date has been dismal to say the least which I find quite surprising as I always rated Rassie as a coach. Look what he did for FS. Oh well, you live and learn I suppose.

  • Dougiwe - 2009-04-08 12:53

    Tut tut.....Tired of the lead story being on the Stormers, it's been like that since the begining of the season. Who cares how they do this weekend they are out of the title race. Please News 24, report on the Sharks and Bulls. The centre of the rugby universe is not Cape Town....

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 13:14

    Willem, jy is die enigste een wat sin maak tussen die lot. Ek dink al wat die Stomers kort is twee vleuels(van die Kaap af). Hulle moet vir Ricky AA toe stuur en dan op 'n diet en dan weer leer rugby speel. Hy is nie die helfte van die speler wat hy laasjaar was nie. Dan moet Mujati ophou pick-up and drive as hy die enigste voorspeler is wat oor is. Hy het ook baie vorm verloor. Ons los trio is puik. Fondse speel die beste wat ek hom nog sien speel het. Ons mis natuurlik vir Bekker, maar nou ja. Jean is puik, soos altyd. Bobo is nog nie op sy beste nie, maar ek like hom kwaai. Jantjies is nie op sy beste nie, maar ook nie sleg nie. Is almal net volgens hulle potensiaal speel, sal dit baie beter gaan. Ek sal julle altyd ondersteun, al kies julle vir Luke!!!!!!

  • jakes - 2009-04-08 14:06

    When is Lobberts gonna get a run??? Rassie, get rid of all the old Toppies.....

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-08 14:06

    And Tiger Bax??

  • Killroy - 2009-04-08 18:58

    Dougiwe, get your own web site and go and stir and talk sh$t there !

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-09 10:43

    Sireli is terrible, Ricky needs to lay off the booze and lose some freaking weight, JdV is not doing anything - Rassie has clearly not put much emphasis on conditioning, half our players look tired and fat! The pace has disappeared completely. If things dont get better, bye bye Rassie! Wylie Human, AJ Venter, Percy, Januarie, JdV, Naqelevuki, Blaauw - none of these guys have performed this season, someone kick them up the ass!

  • Doug - 2009-04-09 19:09

    The stormers must learn how to finish and attack with there strong points ie: jean de villiers .and the scruming is poor

  • Anonymous User - 2009-04-10 12:29

    Come on Stormers show all these people how we can do it BOYS!!!! STOP the Crap play lets play rugby!!!!.......

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