Stormers to stick with Moller

2010-04-12 22:36

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – The Stormers will stick with JD Moller at loosehead prop for Friday’s Super 14 match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot told Sport24 from Auckland that JC Kritzinger would undergo a fitness test on Tuesday after missing the weekend’s 33-21 win over the Blues at Eden Park because of a hamstring injury.

The Stormers aim to use Kritzinger as a substitute, in which case he will probably replace Argentine prop Eusebio Guinazu in the squad.

“We will start with JD again and stick to the blueprint with which we beat the Blues. We’d like to have a go at scrum time,” said Proudfoot.

Moller started the season as the Stormers’ third choice at loosehead prop behind Wicus Blaauw and Kritzinger, but there was nothing wrong with Saturday’s performance in the scrums.

However, it was in the lineouts where the Stormers really dominated. Proudfoot had special praise for Springbok lock Andries Bekker in that regard.

“Andries is becoming a very intelligent player and out-thinking his opponents. He’s managing to get into players’ heads and is growing in that role,” said Proudfoot.

Bekker will again be a key player in the Stormers’ onslaught in Hamilton, particularly as the New Zealand teams are vulnerable in the lineouts.

“The key to our success against the Blues was our physical abrasiveness. That is what was lacking the previous week against the Force,” said Proudfoot.

There is no reason that the Stormers cannot repeat their success this weekend, but desperation will make the Chiefs dangerous opponents. The Kiwis’ semi-final hopes will be dashed if they suffer another defeat and the Stormers can therefore expect a determined onslaught.

Proudfoot confirmed that scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage will definitely be fit for the Stormers. He left the field against the Blues because of severe cramping.


  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-04-12 23:19

    Eusebio Guinazu is a tank!......he would probably be playing if he spoke better english! Moller did a good job and should be easier agianst a pretty poor chiefs front row!......thank goodness Duvenhage is fit, i wouldn't be worried if they had Conrad Hoffman on the bench but instead they play a prop :):):)

  • Deonic - 2010-04-13 02:25

    The Chiefs know very well that they will have to win all their games, Stormers at home, Cheetahs at home, Hurricanes away, Waratahs at home, Blues away. Even if they win 3, they will end with 7 wins, and 10 log points shy. This is not their year, and they know it. Much as I like the Chiefs, they just didn't adapt well to this year's "interpretations".

  • Wen net dis al! - 2010-04-13 04:10

    Verloor Vrydag en dis verby manne! Daai mis van Pietersen om te draw met Brumbies (1 punt verloor) en daai drop vd Force in the 82min(3 punte verloor) gaan die Stormers nog bigtime kos.Swakste game vd jaar was beslis teen die Force.Hopelik is die Reds flou na die vlug van SA en die Bulls vermink hul in so n mate dat die Stormers hul ook kan uitvat n week later.

  • klippie - 2010-04-13 06:59

    Very true about the prop-um,I mean scrumhalf. Luckely Dewald is fit...

  • STORMER - 2010-04-13 07:12

    Argies have always produced them that way, scrummaging machines. I have watched the Pampas 15 a bit since they have been 'housed' in Stellenbosch for the Vodacom Cup. There are some classy boys in their setup. Hoping in fact that a few of these chaps get contracts BUT I know the majority will disagree with me, saying that players from SA should be looked after first....ALL I answer is: Look at the I reckon contracting some of these young Argies is not a bad idea at all. You reading this Kev?

  • Great White - 2010-04-13 07:19

    "Andries is becoming intelligent" Hahahahahahahaha Has he been stupid up until now??? Hahahahahaha

  • Blue Bull Hater/Anti-Blue Bull - 2010-04-13 07:26

    Good luck boys!! This will be another TOUGH one for us, but I've got confidence that we'll take it by between 5-7 points, including the crucial bonus point.

  • MR Rugby - 2010-04-13 08:07

    Stormers to lose this weekend. They are just like the Blues one weekend hot the other cold! Chief needs to win to stay in the compitition and will beat the Stormers with 5 to 8 points!

  • Weepee - 2010-04-13 08:45

    January was fine as a late sub. The truth is Alister should have been shot starting him against the Force. It's a blessing Zinger Burger is fit because while JD played well he can't do it twice in a row. He'll either injure himself or spend half the game on his ass holding his ankle.

  • Bulla - 2010-04-13 09:10

    .....why doesn't stormbarians Rassie Erasmus just buy Beast Mtawarira or Guthro Steenkamp..??

  • @Mr Rugby - 2010-04-13 09:30 were probably also one of the idiots that said the Blues were gona destroy the Stormers last weekend... please keep your petty predictions for yourself... apparently your not very good at it... and your knowledge of Stormers performance seems to be as good as Morne Steyn in front of the posts...hahahaha!!

  • @Blue Bull Hater - 2010-04-13 09:37

    Moller, 'n poefter stut in die begin span. Het die Stormer bestuur gek geraak?. Is dit die beste wat julle het? Shame. HOOR HOOR GROOT VERLOOR!

  • Marc - 2010-04-13 10:07

    To MR RUGBY... Stormers have won 6, lost 2... How can they be (And I quote) "just like the Blues, one weekend hot and the other cold!" Dumbass!

  • Skubbe - 2010-04-13 10:08

    Moller did well against the Blues - sorry to say but we are much better off in the scrums without Wicus Blaauw. And if only Brok Harris can stay out of the backline (where he repeatedly drop balls or break momentum), we may even get better! Andries Bekker is having a great season so far, and please don't ever drop Duvenhage again... cost us the game against the Force.

  • STORMER - 2010-04-13 10:33

    "These allegations have led to speculation that Terre'Blanche was a latent homosexual - described as a sexual attraction to the same sex without overt action. According to a local psychologist, blatant homophobia - which Terre'Blanche often displayed - is often a sign of its existence." The same could be said for you lot anti-Stormer tonsils with your talk of "poefters", "gayboys" and "fairies".

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