Stormers forced to shift Aplon

2012-05-23 14:48

Cape Town - Coach Allister Coetzee on Wednesday named his Stormers team to take on the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. Kick-off is at 19:10.

There is one injury enforced change and one positional change to the starting XV that beat the Waratahs last week, with Gerhard van den Heever moving up from the bench to right wing, in for the injured Joe Pietersen (back strain), who falls out of the match 22.

Gio Aplon shifts from right wing to fullback, to accommodate the change. Captain of the victorious WP Vodacom Cup team, Nick Fenton-Wells, is the only change to the bench, with the coach going with a 5/2 split.

This week will see Deon Fourie get his 50th cap for the Stormers, should he take to the field.

The Stormers have won 10 from 11 starts this season and are currently first in the SA Conference and first on the overall log.



15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Susbsitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Don Armand, 20 Nick Fenton-Wells, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Burton Francis


  • ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-05-23 14:54

    well now, that's interesting,

      johan.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-23 15:46


  • Neutedop - 2012-05-23 15:01

    I think with no clear winner at full back for the Boks, maybe Aplon can be free to run. Hope he is the answer at 15 for the Boks.

      Sean - 2012-05-23 16:10

      Bok #15 will be Lambie Steyn will be the flyhalf.

      Grant - 2012-05-23 16:47

      Frans Steyn, Patrick Lambie... you're right, there's no clear winner, but one thing's for sure... Aplon doesnt come close to either, so will have to hope they slot into no 12 and 10 jerseys respectively... It seems Lambie's kicking success rate has been better than Morne Steyn's so far this year... :)

      joneethling - 2012-05-23 16:55

      lambie and steyn are ok, but aplon is much more of a threat on attack than the two of them put together, and more feared by opposition sides.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-23 21:22

      wat vra di 1 verwarde stoomer vir di ander deurmekaar stoomer?? nee, wat te dinges- ek weet ni, maar vra vir grant en jo hierbo...kan maar net lag??

  • David - 2012-05-23 15:04

    The loose trio is not good enough--injuries I know-but the number eight is not up to this level. The Stormers will get beaten by the Sharks loosies and Lambie (I am a Stormer supporter).

      Pieter - 2012-05-23 15:15

      Can't agree with you on this one David. Jebb was the outstanding Canadian player during there 2011 WC campaign. He wasn't bad these last to games either, better than any of the VC team loosies. What I don't understand is why not 2 frontrows on the bench?

      Pieter - 2012-05-23 15:17

      Got to agree with you that i also think the Sharks will beat us this weekend. But we MUST win next week if we wanna stay on top of the SA conference!

      Bryan - 2012-05-23 15:42

      I also think the Sharks are gonna give it to the Stormers this weekend.. Sharks running into good form and I think Stormers are a tired side right now.... I just dont understand why they cant score tries??

      johan.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-23 15:47

      Pieter, you must win next week to save face!

      Sean - 2012-05-23 16:13

      @Pieter, you need one win from the next two weeks. Yet AC is playing these guys into the ground. Bismark will do exactly what he did last week against the Cheetahs, there will be some tired sore Stormer bodies come Monday morning. Maybe more on the injury list? Rotation is the name of the game, but AC doesn't seem to understand

  • PienkMasjien - 2012-05-23 15:13

    Going to miss the little midget

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-23 15:25

      Have niknaks then..

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-05-23 16:03

    Put Aplon in as the the number 9 and the Stormers will score tries by the dozen.

      Wynand - 2012-05-23 16:32

      And now we all know why you didn't choose coaching as profession...

  • WernerZA - 2012-05-23 17:35

    So, wie is die skopper? Pale toe? As die penalty buite die kwartgebied is en nader as 15m van die kantlyn is? Grant het nie die range nie, en sukkel ook as dit te skuins is... Ai. Dewald moet maar strek...

      Johan - 2012-05-23 18:02

      @Werner - Dankie vir jou stukkie insigewende kommentaar! - Wat het jy te sĂȘ gehad toe jou pienk bulletjies vasgeval het teen die Highlanders? Grant skop waarskynlik die bal verder as wat jy daai drywer van jou slaan @Fake Johan is jy uit op parool? Stormers Groete

      Bossie - 2012-05-23 20:28

      @Johan- ek stel ernstig voor jy verandeer of jou profile naam of profile pic. Hierdie ander knaap is n disgrace vir die menslike spesie en ek dink nie jy wil he mense moet jou verwar met hom nie..

      Johan - 2012-05-23 20:31

      @Johan Hulle het my 2 weke gegee ja. Tot die ouens in die tronk wil hulle vrek lag vir die domonnosel Stormers. Foeitog

      Crapdetector - 2012-05-24 10:39

      @ dewalt. Nog n pseudo kenner. Grant het die hoogste slaag syfer met skoppe die seisoen.

      WernerZA - 2012-05-24 13:55

      Ek Sien my groupie \bossie\ volg my steeds...bossie is my bitch...

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-05-24 02:23

    Go Bulls! Go Sharks!

  • Ian - 2012-05-24 06:45

    Bryan The answer is quite simple. Every team that plays the No.1 side (Stormers) brings their number 1 game and plays above their normal level.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-24 12:06

    The Stormers are going to have their awesome defence tested to the limit on Saturday. The Sharks are going to run at them, and they're looking good at the moment. I fancy the Sharks to actually take this one, and maybe by a margin as high as around 10. For the sake of South Africa's hopes to win the competition, I actually hope the Stormers can pull through, but I think this will only happen if they can adopt an "attack is the best form of defence" approach.

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