Vermeulen to lead Stormers

2012-04-17 14:18

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee on Tuesday made three changes for his side's clash against the Reds in Brisbane, in the team's third tour match.

Coetzee made two positional changes in the backline with Bryan Habana shifting to outside centre, partnering Juan de Jongh, while Gio Aplon returns from injury at wing for the match on Friday.

Coetzee made only one change to the pack with De Kock Steenkamp replacing the injured Andries Bekker.

In the only change to the bench, loose forward Nick Koster returns from injury in jersey No 18.

Meanwhile, captain and centre Jean De Villiers is on his way back to Cape Town after sustaining an injury to his left wrist against the Crusaders.

De Villiers will not be available for the next two weeks and will undergo further assessment in Cape Town.

With De Villiers out, eighthman Duan Vermeulen will captain the side against the men from Queensland, with regular captain Schalk Burger still out with a knee injury.

Andries Bekker remains with the Stormers squad, while Western Province winger, Danie Poolman, has been called up to join the squad in Australia.

"Injuries are part of Super Rugby and it's the teams that are best able to cope with them, that will do well in this competition." said Coetzee.

"Losing Jean is a setback but we have a lot of leadership options and I am confident in the depth we have available and as to the temperament and ability of this squad."


15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Bryan Habana, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Peter Grant (vice-captain), 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Nick Koster, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 JP du Plessis


  • Terence - 2012-04-17 14:29

    C'mon Reds!

      Jonathan - 2012-04-17 14:35


      Lionel - 2012-04-17 14:46

      I see you are proudly South African,hey Terence!!!!!!!

      Terence - 2012-04-17 14:47

      Yes Lionel, anti-Stomers as well.

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 14:57


      Terence - 2012-04-17 15:00

      Thanks buddy.

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 15:02

      @Lionel, Terence (aka: 'call me Terry grrrrrr) is not only anti Stormer, but anti Cape Town, so forgive him (he knows not what he does nor what he is missing.hehehehehehehe)

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 15:12

      I forgive everybody Saffa:):)Takes all kinds to make the world to go round!!! Probably jealous of the mountain,sea etc,afterall the mountain there is the mine dumps or the koppie by the Voortrekker monument and as for the sea,valley of the waves is the closest he will get to it!! Don't worry Terence,one day when you big you can make the trip down to the Cape and see how wonderful it is really here:):)

      Deon - 2012-04-17 15:18

      Can't take these Lions supporters anywhere.

      Terence - 2012-04-17 15:20

      I love Cape Town, chaps. I holiday there about once a year (parents live in Melkbos). I might retire there in about 30 years.

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 15:26

      So in other words Terence you are one of those "kyk daar Ma":):):)

      Terence - 2012-04-17 15:33

      Nee Lionel, dis 'kyk daar seun'.

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 15:44

      Whatever makes you happy!!!!

      Jason - 2012-04-17 15:47

      Melkbos?????? God help us.........................They glow green at night that lot!

      George - 2012-04-17 15:52

      No pllleeaassseee!!!! Retire somewhere else, like anywhere else...

      Terence - 2012-04-17 16:07

      And I thought they lied when they said Capetonians were better than everybody else. (In their own minds anyway).

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 16:08

      Don't worry chaps - Terence (call me Terry Grrrrrrrrrr) won't get asylum here (don't think he'll pass the entrance exams)

      Riaan - 2012-04-17 16:16

      Terence looks like a gay Hanibal Lecter. Go Stoooooormers!!!

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 16:18

      @Terry grrrrrrrrr - nothing to do with your teeth old chap - the problem for you might come in when they show you a knife and fork and ask you what 'these are used for'. Not sure you would manage that sort of question?

      Terence - 2012-04-17 16:23

      Blue moenie worry nie, ek vat dit van wie dit kom.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-17 20:59

      Stormers will win this game, but only because the Reds are so severely depleted through injuries with 7 of their starting 15 affected. Stormers have lost 3. Anyways, when the biccardi breezers are relegated next year, the MIGHTY SUPER KINGS will pick up the left overs to build a strong Kings team for 2013

      Franklyn - 2012-04-18 14:08

      Hell Dumbwin,that P/E wind has blown through your ears too many times,,,soon your rugby refugees will be coming to Cape Town to earn some money.

  • Saffa - 2012-04-17 14:29

    Go Captain Duaneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee - so deserved!!!!!! On a more tragic note.....please read Dewald Potgieters little supersport blog article from last week.....he mentions Matfield and du preez doing training and fitness with the Bulls - and now on another site I have read Matfield has signed a 1 year contrac to play? Does one weep, laugh, or howl at the stars? If I feel this way, imagine how folk like Hougaard, Bekker, Juandre Kruger and co must be feeling.

      Jonathan - 2012-04-17 14:36


      Lionel - 2012-04-17 14:37

      I am over the moon for Duane,Springbok captain in the making hehehehehehe If that is true about Matfield then I am disgusted,if I was a up and coming player I would seek a contract overseas!!!!

      Priester - 2012-04-17 14:40

      Saffa I seriously think HM is making a huge mistake and agree with you.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-17 14:49

      I will support any coach and the Bokke, but what freaks me is brain farts by the coaches..Playing Matfield, who arguably was the best lineout forward in green and gold, but emphasisis on WAS..on present form Kruger(he does have dicipline issues onfield) and Etsebeth are clearly the form locks in the SA conference. Doesnt mean they must start as a combo though.. but Matfield... nee man

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 14:51

      I too hope this is false reporting, but the dude who said it on Keo (a blogger) said he saw it on Twitter. I wish someone would find out for us???????????

      Byron - 2012-04-17 15:04

      as a stormers support I think u guys need to show alot more repect to heyneke meyer........ he is without a doubt the greatest rugby brain South Africa alogside Jake White...... have faith... having an experienced side for the England game makes sense.... plus our players might be dead by the time the england game comes up and Bekker should be cotton wooled this year so that it doesnt destroy his career in the long term.... Balance people

      Lance - 2012-04-17 15:31

      Matfield is going to be the official "Mat-scott" for the Boks...Here comes another John Smit Saga..

      Tokolos - 2012-04-17 16:57

      Tokolos heard John Smit was also negotiated with to make a comeback!

  • Priester - 2012-04-17 14:30

    Papsakke ons hou vir julle duim vas. Hou SA naam hoog! Hoop nie julle het NOG beserings nie, julle moet kom uithelp met Bok spelers ons wil nie regtig allie Bulle Bokke maak nie! Blou Bul Groete!

      Jonathan - 2012-04-17 14:36

      Dankie Priester

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 14:38

      Dream on Priester but then again if it is a true story about Matfield then HM needs his head read!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 14:44

      @Priester - at this stage I would actually just love to sit back and watch the 'life and times' of the geriatric Bullboks. I'm contacting the Discovery channel to do a doccie. The doccie will close with a shot of Hougie, Bekker, Elstadt, Kruger, Etzebeth, Alberts, Goosen, the Ebersohns, Vermeulen etc throwing a zap sign as they board a plane for Europe.......

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 14:55

      Spot on Raven.........we all know that Smittie did not bow out on the high that he should have!!!

      Priester - 2012-04-17 15:01

      Saffa it would not surprise me one bit if they do decide to go and if it was me I probably would have gone as well. Refer my previous comments, my feeling is that once they retire or ship out, let them be. Don't bring them back and ruin the chances of those who played their heart out to achieve something. Matfield retired a hero and that’s they way it should end.

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 15:11

      @Priester, Lionel and Raven - I realise Meyer has limited time (I get that I really do) - BUT BUT BUT: I'm really just not sure what type of message this sends out. Leave the retired legends BE in peace (wherever they are) - and have a little faith in these dynamic, fearless, uber talented youngsters!!! England did that.....and it is with their YOUNG, DYNAMIC team they will be arriving here. (Would any of you chaps have an issue if the Boks lost a game or 2 while the youngsters found their feet, only to see them starting to settle in time for the 'tri-series oooops rugby championship?)

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 16:21

      Saffa,thats what I said yesterday about Clive Woodward,when he took over they lost almost evrything but he built them up to win the 2003 WC,the say must go for HM,build to the 2015 WC,not persist with pensioners and wannbee pensioners!!!!

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 16:22

      typo:::should read "the same as HM":):):)

  • Byron - 2012-04-17 14:39

    theres one thing that that backline wont be missing............. speed!!! holy $%^ thats a fast backline

      Byron - 2012-04-17 14:58

      haha i know what u saying... but if our players finally read the game and dont always play the structures even when theres an overlap then we can score some insane tries..... Really hate it when we set up the pod when there is a blatant overlap on the otherside of the field and then look for contact....... we we realise we have sucked in enough players and can spread the ball we will hurt teams... at the moment we are just exerting our energy more than what we need to...

      Deon - 2012-04-17 15:22

      They might start to score more tries, but leak more too.

      Byron - 2012-04-17 15:43

      Deon fair point...... i like our overall gameplan, but there is obvious cases where an overlap is on and we should push for it.... rugby is a momentum game and at the moment we are not utilizing the momentum that we gain in the game.... i love our D but I fear its gona hurt us is in the long run....defending is tiring and it will catch up... all im saying is that we do alot of work and look very good for very minimal output, just a couple of tweeks

  • Nickwill - 2012-04-17 14:42

    We lost a great leader and player in Jean but I see this as the perfect oppertunity for Gerhard to come through and give Allister selection headaches and for the opposition. Stormers jou leke ding!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-17 14:50

    I think it os time to give Kolisis a break. He wasnt his bustling self against the Saders..

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 14:56

      @Stormkaap - I reckon they should have flown Schalk out for the 2 Aussie games - he is fit I gather (as they mentioned he could have gone on tour in the 1st place at a push). Could have rotated the loosies nicely by now.....Carr also needs a start IMHO - the Force game might be IDEAL for such a skilled 'play to the ball' type of chap (GIFTED GIFTED GIFTED)

      Byron - 2012-04-17 14:59

      i agree, give kolisi a break... put fourie there who actually gave us alot of mobility and threat at the breakdown...

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-17 15:43

      Saffa, why play a hooker as a loosie when you have a very skillful loosie in Carr on the bench. AC/Proudfoot need to asses what they do..Just as they gave Kolisi the time, so they have to give Carr the opportunity.

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 16:07

      EXACTLY @Stormkaap! Nizaam has to get a start - (not a 10 minute cameo). Those that question his skill will soon see what the fuss is about.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-17 17:36

      One thing is certain.. he has better handling skills than most loosies i have seen. In fact I rate him a better prospect than Koster and certainly better than the Bulls incumbent No 8

  • Saffa - 2012-04-17 15:23

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Now that is funny, Dom Duane captain?! BWA HA HA It will be the first captain in the history of world sport with a negative IQ! GO Reds GO GO GO

      Terence - 2012-04-17 15:34


      Stormkaap - 2012-04-17 15:46

      @ Fake Saffa.. I was waiting for the 'Dom Duane'' Comment. Hell at least he will LEAD BY EXAMPLE,unlike the Pink Piggie who just inspects , the market, home and then cries home...f2kkin slimmer as Piggy Spies and speel ook heelwat beter as daai pink nar

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 15:46

      Wow wee,the three stooges,Huey Duey and Bluey,afternoon chaps,in Fake Saffa's case,morning!!!

      Byron - 2012-04-17 15:52

      dude y do u hijack someones account??

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 16:00

      Yip got my day pass extended for a few more hours!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 16:04

      @Dr van Zyl - a captain needs brains and some captains cases they have either one or the other, or both. I know a captain in the north who has neither (Jane Fonda - retro headband Spies)

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 16:35

      @fake Saffa Don't make me laugh with the "beat boy" thing again, I'm trying to be serious. LOL

      Lance - 2012-04-17 16:39

      On a positive note...CEO of a leading beauty brand Hardley just made a public statement.."We are wholeheartedly excited to announce that we have extended Pierre Spies' make-up contract. His ability to avoid the breakdowns and disappear whenever things get messy is remarkable. How he keeps his make-up fresh both on and off the field is something every woman aspires too..his contract has been extended"

      Stirrer - 2012-04-17 16:47

      Raven, to get injured you need to take contact. 'Nuff said.

      Saffa - 2012-04-17 16:56

      @Lance - I heard VANISH (at the breakdowns, when things get messy) sponsored him? (Hence the new regalia and bright Barbie pink colours = to symbolise their bottle) @Dr van Zyl - Hit that perfect beat boy indeed....that headband HAS to go for Spies to regain ANY street cred. He honestly symbolises all that most want to forget about the 80's - Jane Fonda, Olivia Newton John - let's get physical.......hehehehehehehe)

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-17 17:40

      Ja slim lionel... at least Dom Duane doenst cry like Ms Piggy when the cant find the rucks.. or does he just stay away from them intentionally. And I think you got fairy tales wrong.. Huey & co were dwarfs not stooges..

      Lance - 2012-04-17 17:41

      ..There's more..Brand manager of Homo a popular washing powder said earlier \Pierre leaves the field cleaner than the state in which he starts each game. Its just not right ! There's nothing to wash\. Holgate toothpaste has their eye on him and is willing to work a deal due to his outstanding freshness..

      Lionel - 2012-04-17 17:51

      @Stormkaap,I was actually talking about Fake Saffa,Terence and Blue Raven as the three stooges and by the way I am a Stormers supporter and also over the moon that Duane has been made Captain!!!

      Papa-storm - 2012-04-18 09:24

      Dom duane is slimmer as pierre spies

  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-04-17 17:13

    Terence is a blue bull fan for sure... retire to your pink attire and we will take it as a compliment that you are so worried by the stormers that you have to go support the reds.... I truly hope only for you that the reds make the playoffs because of this game and knock you out. You are pathetic Aussie wannabe

      Terence - 2012-04-17 17:33

      Thanks Aiden.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-17 20:58

    Stormers will win this game, but only because the Reds are so severely depleted through injuries with 7 of their starting 15 affected. Stormers have lost 3. Anyways, when the biccardi breezers are relegated next year, the MIGHTY SUPER KINGS will pick up the left overs to build a strong Kings team for 2013

      Arthur - 2012-04-17 21:14


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