Allister: I won't risk Grant

2011-05-25 22:02

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - The Stormers may well field their fourth flyhalf on their tour of Australia and New Zealand when they take on the Brumbies in a Super Rugby match on Saturday.

Kurt Coleman, a 21-year-old Matie who has previously been utilised as a substitute by the Stormers this year, will wear the No 10 jersey if Peter Grant does not recover from his ankle injury by Friday's captain's run in Canberra.

"I'm giving Peter as much time as possible to recover 100%. If he's only 90%, he won't play," Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said from Sydney.

If that transpires, Dewaldt Duvenage will again be the back-up option at No 10. However, the unlikely flyhalf hero from last week's remarkable win over the Blues has been included at scrumhalf in place of Ricky Januarie.

Grant started the tour as flyhalf, but injured an ankle in the first game against the Chiefs.

After that Lionel Cronjé started against the Blues, only to hobble off with a knee injury after 25 minutes to pave the way for Duvenage's heroics.

However, this week Coetzee wants Duvenage's crisp passing at scrumhalf.

"The Brumbies' defensive line is well-organised and we're not expecting holes around the fringes that we could attack," the coach explained his decision to axe Januarie and pick Duvenage.

"This week it's important to stick to our structure. Dewaldt has been playing well the entire year."

There are interesting developments in midfield, with Coetzee having had to put a lot of thought into selecting a centre pairing.

He ultimately decided to keep Juan de Jongh at inside centre, with experienced Springbok Jaque Fourie returning in place of Johann Sadie at No 13. Sadie and Jean de Villiers are both among the substitutes.

"Juan was excellent against the Blues and it's reward for his good work. I also expect the Brumbies to shoot up off the line quickly and his side-step will be an asset against a rush defence," said Coetzee.

"Jaque has been picked for his ability to organise the defence, and his physical and attacking approach.

"With Ricky, Jean and Johann on the bench, we have players who could lift the tempo and make an impact."

Up front Nick Koster gets his big chance to start at No 8, with Duane Vermeulen dropping down to the bench.

"It's a case of managing Duane. He has been playing since our pre-season games and has a few niggles. It's a good opportunity for Nick. He has showed something every time when coming on. His pace is a big asset and he has a good sense of where the space is on the field."

Brok Harris replaces the injured CJ van der Linde at tighthead prop. Steven Kitshoff is the prop replacement and it's another good development opportunity for the youngster after doing so well as an impact player against the Blues.



15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant/Kurt Coleman, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nick Koster, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Wicus Blaauw
Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Anton van Zyl, 19. Duane Vermeulen, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Jean de Villiers, 22. Johann Sadie


  • JoeStormer - 2011-05-25 22:06

    Don't, we need him for the WC!

      mike - 2011-05-25 22:37

      Who Grant, no he won't make the squad. Steyn will start with Pienaar and Lambie as back up. Grant unfortunately just doesn't have the kicking game to relieve enough pressure.

      Pienk Zuit - 2011-05-25 23:56

      @mike, Butch James wasn't known for his kicking game before the last world cup either...

      GHT - 2011-05-26 07:54

      I don't think Grant will make the squad. He needed to have a spotless season and his game against the Chiefs destroyed his chances of making the WC squad. Also. Whats up with him being injured all the time? That's not helping his case either. Could it maybe be because he has been playing non stop rugby since the start of 2010 S14?

      John - 2011-05-26 08:40

      @Mike & GHT - there's a laugh. Grant has one bad game, Steyn has one good game, Pienaar has play scrumhalf all season and they get picked ahead of Grant. As for Lambie he has been average all season and the last time the Sharks played the Stormers Grant won 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. Unfortunately you guys are right PDV will pick all of them ahead of Grant.

      GHT - 2011-05-26 08:53

      @ John. Thats exactly why I said Grant needed to have a blinder of a season to persuade Divvy to select him. Divvy probably chose his team last year already and only extreme pressure from the media and injuries will make him deviate from his plan

  • hardloop - 2011-05-25 22:52

    It's really nice to have a coach who properly justifies his selections whether you agree with them or not, it is extremely refreshing. I would perhaps have a little less faith in Bryan and start Sadie instead but we'll see. In Allister We Trust.

  • mookachino - 2011-05-25 23:44

    sheesh though, habana has been having a mare of a season. how many chances does he get?? he's like a one man circus out there!

      GHT - 2011-05-26 07:55

      No no. It's not a circus anymore. Now it's just sad... A one man funeral maybe?

      StaalBurgher - 2011-05-26 10:46

      He has been having a mare since the 2009 Tr-Nations ended.

  • StBad - 2011-05-26 00:09

    One of the better coaches around, wouldn't be unhappy if he replaced PdV post RWC

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:48

      Have to say I also rate Allister, pity about the players he has to work with though.

      Ryan - 2011-05-26 09:18

      Yes but he has the same brain farts divvy does. He tends to make stupid replacements at the wrong time sometimes.

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-26 00:20

    Shame, asof die pateet nou al ooit iets beteken het. M@fkop

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-26 00:59

    It is always risky to start with this idiot

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 05:13

      Must be the most overrated flyhalf ever. He's worse than Earl Rose.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 05:59

      @Plesierspier and LLOYD- julle is JALOERS op die WP en STORMERS STERRE. Be honest, you would have love to have these game breakers in Pretoria??

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 06:31

      If we had all these sterre in Pretoria we would never have won the Super14 three times.

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:46

      Have to say Lloyd is right, you keep your sterre.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 08:09

      Sterre wen Trophy,s en ek sien fokkol in die Stormers kas behalwe n Neotel en Choice

      Oukoos - 2011-05-26 08:28

      * Die Bulls bestaan net uit sterre - Maar het al 5x hul gat gesien dié seisoen - en die 6de verloor lê om die draai. * Die Bulls bestaan net uit sterre - Maar lê 8ste (!) op die log * Die Bulls bestaan net uit sterre - Maar kon nie eens die patetiese Stormers op die heilige Loftus wen nie Die sterretjies se liggie skyn maar bra vlou - is dit dal hoekom die naam vefrander is na Vlou Bulle?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 08:41

      ZAPMAN, een van die dae het hulle die Oyster cup ook. Welkom terug.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 08:56

      @KOOS, Vir jou inligting na die naweek het julle 4 keer verloor,5de op die log,en die Bulls 6de op die log met 5 verloorslae,dan gaan die Bulls julle verloor nommer 5 gee en dan die Cheetahs no 6,Dit is hoekom julle al 10 jaar no cups team is ,Choke altyd in die pylvak,Probeer my verkeerd bewys

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 08:57

      @Lloyd,Thanks,Lekker om terug te wees,hulle het my vroeer vrygelaat as wat ek verwag het lol

      sparkster - 2011-05-26 08:58

      I see the two leaders of the DAH club are starting the morning off with outstanding comments.Lloyd and his Boy Friend,come brother/uncle,how ever it works up North.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 09:10

      ZAP, goeie gedrag laat n mens altyd erens kom. Dis net jammer die laergraad zeffer Stormers supporters kan dit nie besef nie.

      sparkster - 2011-05-26 09:17

      Lloyd , why would you say Grant is over rated.Give us some feed back on your opinion.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 09:27

      Enige iemand wat n Stormers of WP trui aantrek is overrated,dit is maar hoe dit is,sommer namens Lloyd geantwoord

      sparkster - 2011-05-26 09:36

      Zapman, those ears, be careful, ill hang you over the Stormers bus!!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 09:49

      Sparky, kry vir jou n tv, dan kyk jy as hy weer speel.

      sparkster - 2011-05-26 10:03

      Lloyd , English Noddy English.Ill hang you by your eight toes and Zapman by his ears when we lift the trophy.You can can be our 2012 mascot.

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 10:07

      Sparky,The DAY that the Stormers win the Super Trophy will be the day that hell freezes over and not in my or your lifetime,so dream on Bud

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 10:15

      En die Stormers se ster(re) het nog nooit geskyn nie.

      daspoort - 2011-05-26 10:21

      Lloyd, jy moes 'n politikus geraak het (as jy nie klaar is nie aangesien jy heeldag sit en f*kol doen en comment op news24). Antwoord Sparkster se vraag: Hoekom is Grant overrated?? Ek het 'n TV en ek sien niks aan hom wat overrated is nie. Sy skopwerk is uitstekend, hy verdedig goed, hy versprei die bal goed.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 10:58

      Daspoort, geen Stormer supporter sien ooit iets vout met n Stormer speler nie.

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-26 05:58

    The STORMERS by 12, NO debate!!!!

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:45

      Yes, no one will debate with you. WPBEFONK, the rugby god.

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 06:59

      What is da defintion of debate? Is it the opposite of destort?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 07:23

      Ek sien die WP speel teen die Eagles vir die Oyster cup. Hulle trofee kas word al hoe voller. Saam met die Choice cup en die Neotel cup, gaan daar nie meer spasie wees vir n regte cup nie.

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:36

      Die polisie het die skuldige opgespoor wat alweer die stofwolk in ysland veroorsaak het. Dit was glo die cleaner wat die Stormers se trofeekas skoongemaak het. Julle weet, dit is mos weer daai tyd....

      sparkster - 2011-05-26 09:02

      I would like to see the EP Kings replace the Blue Goats in next year S15.I think they will be a much more exiting team to watch and at least we will have normal people attending the games and not embarrassing us as S.A rugby supporters

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 09:13

      I would've liked to see you being replaced by your afterbirth rather. The afterbirth would've made smarter comments.

      sparkster - 2011-05-26 09:18

      Lloyd even my afterbirth would run circles around you.LOL

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 06:46

    Die manne van Loftus weet waarvan hulle praat - meeste spelers daar is "overrated" of "besig om hulle beste vorm te herwin" ens ens ens en dit als na een wen oor Sharks !!! Die lig gaan weer aangaan moenie worry nie Lloyd en jou Plesierspier julle sal weer beter voel daarna !!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 06:49

      Ek moet ook se dat die Stormesr nie gemaklik moet wees nie - enige iets kan gebeur en ja hulle kan verloor ook - Jake is daar en hy ken ons manne se patrone en spel !! Wie weet miskien gee die Brumbies die Bulls en Cheetahs genoeg rede om te glo hulle sal bo die Stormers en Sharks play offs toe gaan - Sterkte !!!

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:51

      I am unsure of the point you are trying to make?

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 06:55

      Post 2 - Point is the Stormers must be very wake up and look out for Jake - he knows their way of playing and might surprise them.If Stormers loose then the play off spots are definately within reach of any other SA team and even the Cheetahs can then end up at the top !!

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 06:56

      Enige jan rap op straat ken stormers se spel en patrone. Vat nie 'n rocket scienist om daai een uit te figure nie.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:01

      @Disa2011 - Ja net jammer Ludeke en/of die Bulls het nie die IK gehad om dit met die vorige game uit te sort ne ?? Maar nou-ja daai wen deur die Stormers is net so verlede tyd as die laaste 10 jaar se wenne en trofees. Kom ons sien maar wat gebeur vorentoe - daar is interessante tye wat voorle of hoe ?

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:08

      Is mos altyd lekker om die beker in die semi final of final "nie te kry nie" soos die Stormers kan getuig. Dan huil julle mos die lekkerste. Nie waar nie?

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:12

      @disa2011 - Nee wat as n mens die ding daar verloor verdien jy hom gladnie - Die stormers moes gladnie eers in dieselfde stadion as die Bulls gewees het laas jaar nie - hulle speel beter die jaar maar niks is verseker of gewen voor jy werklik daar is en gewen het nie !!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:14

      O-ja en die ander ding is, n mens moet eers die finaal haal voor jy hom kan wen of hoe ??

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:16

      Ja so hoekom gaan julle aan of julle al die beker in Maart gewen het?

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:21

      Nee wat dis nie waar nie - die Stormers het nog niks bereik nie en "for that matter" ook nie die Cheetahs,Bulls of die Sharks nie. Die Stormers het goed begin en nou geslip waar die Cheetahs en Bulls sleg begin het en nou peak - feite - Ons wag maar en sien wat gebeur en intussen support ons maar so hard ons kan !!!!!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:23

      Nee hulle moenie enige iemand blameer nie - net hulle self !!! Die res van daai comment verdien nie n response nie - verdien dit nie !!!

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:34

      Wel, Die bulle het al iets die jaar bereik. Hulle het tenminste 15 rugbyspelers.

  • EUCHAR ABRAH - 2011-05-26 06:49

    Good policy of bringing the youngsters into this comp,exposes them and will bear fruit in the CC.

      Zip23 - 2011-05-26 06:53

      Not policy, he has to. Big difference.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:04

      Still the only and in other words "their best team available" - there need not be any excuses if they do fail - which I doubt very much. We hope for a win every game until the 90th minute and sometimes it pay's off hence the Blues win

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:14

      "...sometimes it pay's off hence the Blues win..." Ek is seker dit geld vir die Chiefs 'n ook ne? Stormers gaan so aan of hulle die 1ste span is wat dit al reggekry het. 100 jaar terug toe Namibie nog CC gespeel het, het hulle dit teen TVL gedoen. En TVL het toe daai jaar die CC gewen.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:18

      Verskoning het nei lekker geskryf nie " hence the Stormers win over the Blues" Dit geld vir enige span even vir die Bulls in verlede jaar se semi-final op Nuweland toe hulle "B" span verloor het. Daar is nie so n ding soos n "B" span nie. Nee die Stormers is nie die eerste span wat dit reggekry het nie - jy is reg daar was al ander spanne ook !!! Soos ek se - daar le nog baie dinge voor iemand play-offs of final toe gaan - hou vas dit gaan n bumpy ride wees !!!

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:20

      Bumpy? Dalk vir die Stormers

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:25

      Die stormers is in die final. Bal word afgeskop en hulle speel hulle hart uit. Hulle speel rerig soos champions. Halftyd is hulle 28-3 voor. 2de helfte begin. Hulle speel even harder. Hulle ryg die 3'e een vir een in. Hulle gee hul opponente 'n helse pakslae. Eindtelling is 103-3 en dit in de Super Rugby Final. En toe..... ......toe skrik hulle wakker. Was net 'n droom.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:25

      Nee watch mooi - vir almal !!!

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 07:28

      Ek is rerig al moeg "vir watch maar", "volgende jaar", ens. Na 11 jaar raak dit bietjie afgesaag.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:28

      @Disa2011 - Ek soek ook van daai goed wat jy gebruik !!! Om so vroeg al so dik te wees verg sterk goed of hoe ??

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:32

      @Disa2011 - Lees mooi - Die comment se watch maar en nie watch maar volgende jaar nie. Die comment verwys na die jaar - van nou af tot die einde van die S15 - Niemand kan gerus slaap nie en as julle wel gerus is - word wakker dit gaan en ek se weer dit gaan n bumpy ride vorentoe wees !!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-05-26 07:36

      @Disa2011 - Nee wat ons het nie sulke probleme ook nie !!! Sien jou op Nuweland later die jaar !!!!

      daspoort - 2011-05-26 07:55

      @Disa2010. Mens kan sweer die Bulls het die afgelope 11 jaar goeie SuperRugby gespeel soos julle aangaan. Die Bulls het eers in 2007 gewen, en teen die Sharks wat nooit eens 'n wen moes gewees het nie. Van 1998 tot 2005 was die bulle k*k. Die Stormers is nou oppad boontoe nes die Bulls ook maar was. So hou nou maar op met die "Stormers het niks om in 11 jaar te wys nie".

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 08:22

      @Daspoort,jou feite is maar tos,Die Bulle HET ,in die laaste tien jaar 5 Curriebekers,6 Vodacom bekers en 3 Super trofees gewen ,in die selfde tyd het die Stormers NIKS NADA ZIP,gewen behalwe twee onnoemenswaardige trofees Choice en Neo tel so volgende keer dink asb. voor jy iets wil se

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 08:49

      Ek stem saam met jou daspoort. As jy na die stats kyk sal jy sien 1996 : BB 4de 2005 : BB 3de 2006 : BB 4de 2007 : BB 1ste 2009 : BB 1ste 2010 : BB 1ste Bulle 3de suksesvolste in Super Rugby met Morne Steyn as speler van die jaar in 2009 met 263 punte. Die enigste 3 keer wat BB in die finals was, het hulle dit gewen. Bietjie meer as die Stormers. Maar streng gesproke is die sharks eintlik die chokers. Julle bly ons herinner ons 3 bekers is geskiedenis en ons moet nie in die verlede lewe nie maar julle karring nogsteeds met flou nulle agv crusaders se whitewash 27-3 teenoor die bulle. Is dit ook nie maar in die verlede nie. Net so kan ons julle ook Stormer nulle noem met julle 2008: Crusaders 22 - Stormers 0 = whitewash. So vir jou part hoop ek maar die stormers is op pad boontoe.

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 08:52

      *korreksie : 27 - 0

      ZAPMAN - 2011-05-26 09:01

      Net om by Disa aan te sluit Bulls 74 Stormers 10,Dit is ook in die verlede ,hoekom word dit ook op gehaal nie,eerder 27-0 as score hierbo.en as n verlede so lekker soos Bulls sn is hoekom nie?

      daspoort - 2011-05-26 10:18

      Disa2010 en julle blou bul manne: 1997 – BB 8ste (uit 12) Stormers speel nie 1998 – BB laaste uit 12 - Stormers 9de 1999 – BB laaste uit 12 - Stormers 3de 2000 – BB 11de uit 12 - Stormers 5de 2001 – BB laaste uit 12 - Stormers 7de 2002 – BB laaste uit 12 - Stormers 7de 2003 – BB 6de uit 12 - Stormers 9de 2004 – BB 6de uit 12 - Stormers 4de 2005 – BB 3de uit 12 - Stormers 9de 2006 – BB 4de uit 14 - Stormers 11de 2007 – BB 1ste uit 14 - Stormers 10de 2008 – BB 10de uit 14 - Stormers 5de 2009 – BB 1ste uit 14 - Stormers 10de 2010 – BB 1ste uit 14 - Stormers 2de My punt wat ek wil maak is die Bulle was op 'n kol net so k*k (eintlik k*kker as jy hul posisie elke jaar vergelyk) soos wat die Stormers was, en hulle het hulleself opgelig. Ek glo my Stormers is nou besig om hulleself op te lig,

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 11:23

      Mooi daspoort. Atleast some facts. As jy nou rerig wil tegnies raak. Vat die 8ste plek weg vir BB vir die feit dat Stormers nie daai jaar gespeel het nie, net om dit fair te maak. Tel dan die posisies vir elke bymekaar. Albei kom by 91 uit. Well done. Dit is 91 all. Ewe sleg of ewe goed? Dit is nou waar die 3 bekers die verskil maak!!

      rustler - 2011-05-26 11:44

      As 2 spanne teen die einde van die toernooi gelyk is in meeste aspekte tot die punt waar (f ) most tries from all matches; moet bepaal wie die wenner is, gaan die Stormers ook dan skree "daai driee is geskiedenis, moenie in die verlede leef nie" as bv crusaders en stormers gelyk is, maar die crusaders het 2 driee meer as die stormers? Wonder maar net....

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-26 14:51

      @daspoort die breindood nar Bottomline: Dis totaal irrelevant of jy nou 5e of 8e of 14e eindig, jy was nie goed genoeg om die beker te wen nie. Al wat onthou word en op die koppie staan is die kampioene van daai jaar. So op die stadium, HUIDIGLIK, het die Bulle 3 Super rugby's gewen en die Stormers ZERO. HUIDIGLIK!!

  • The_Fox - 2011-05-26 07:45

    Man I hope Grant starts on Saturday. Nice to to see Koster gettting a well deserved start and well done to Allister for showing faith in JDJ. Stormers SHOULD take this one by 8+

  • westy09 - 2011-05-26 08:33

    Why does Grant keep picking up these injuries?? He plays a game then out for three weeks. He is looking very solid this year and it would be nice for him to rewarded with a bok call-up. Happy for Koster, well deserved break for Vermeulen easily best no 8 in the country at the moment.

  • John - 2011-05-26 08:34

    JDV can play back-up to Kurt at flyhalf if Grant does not play. Grantb is crucial to the run in for the Stormers. I agree with Alister he cannot take any risks.

  • James Howlett - 2011-05-26 10:36

    @Lloyd - Is jy seker jy het nie maori in jou nie? As ek so na jou foto kyk, lyk dit of jy defnitief 'n kapenaar was op 'n stadium. Google bietjie : ek is seker Naqelavuki is jou regte Pa.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-26 11:01

      Drie hoorays vir James julle!!! Hy het internet access!!!

      Disa2011 - 2011-05-26 11:20

      hoerray hoerray hoerray

      eben_69 - 2011-05-26 12:09

      Eks ook confused met die comment van James..

      The_Fox - 2011-05-26 13:44

      James, ek verstaan nie wat jy probeer sê nie. Nee, regtig, ek bedoel dit nie snaaks nie maar ek verstaan regtig nie wat jy probeer sê nie.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-26 14:55

      @James Foeitog, nog 'n Stormer met fetale alkohol sindroom. It's not your fault, It's not your fault, It's not your fault

  • eben_69 - 2011-05-26 12:12

    Hulle kon maar vir Sadie op fullback gesit het..Jantjies in juiceless.

  • chrismtb007 - 2011-05-26 13:40

    "On average when the Brumbies play the Stormers they score 25 points and the Stormers score 18 points. In Canberra however the scores favour the Brumbies more as they score 30 points and the Stormers score 17 points on average. " Lets see what happens this time around!!!

  • Hannes - 2011-05-27 09:27

    And Habana only at 30%, don't play him

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