CJ to start for Stormers

2011-02-02 13:26

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Cape Town - Gary van Aswegan so impressed the Stormers management in last week’s opening Neo Africa Tri-Series match that he has forced a change of plans for Saturday’s clash with the Sharks at Newlands.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said when he selected Van Aswegan for the match against the Lions that he would consider Elgar Watts and Lionel Cronje for the last game. However Coetzee said that Van Aswegan had done so well against the Lions that he wanted to give him an opportunity to build on that performance against the Sharks.

“Gary really had a good game and I think it is important for him to be able to build on that,” said Coetzee.

“I decided to make sure he got another outing against the Sharks as everyone has been talking and writing about how good he was last week and we would like to see him build his confidence further. At this stage he does look the likely back-up for Peter Grant, but obviously we do owe it to Lionel and to Elgar to give them a chance too. We have the Boland game after this one for us to do that.”

The Stormers team named on Wednesday excluded two senior Springboks in the form of skipper Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers. Both of them will be going to Durban for Bok team-mate Butch James’s wedding.

“They asked me quite a while ago for permission to go to the wedding and at the time I didn’t know about the Tri-Series schedule,” said Coetzee.

“Anyway it is perhaps a good thing for us that they miss out this game as it gives us an opportunity to spread the net wide and see how younger players go in a big match of this nature. In addition to Schalk two other top loose forwards in Francois Louw and Nick Koster are also out injured, so this is a chance for someone like Wimpie van der Walt to shine.

“We all know what Wimpie can do at Under-21 level and he was very good there, but this will be a new challenge for him. I am looking forward to see how he goes against a good Sharks team.”

Lock Andries Bekker captains the side in Burger’s absence, while Paul Bosch comes in at inside centre. De Kock Steenkamp continues as the second row partner for Bekker as Adriaan Fondse, who has been included on the bench, was struggling with an infection earlier in the week.

Tickets for the match are available at all Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets as well as on the Computicket website and from the Newlands Box Office at the following prices:

All Seating - R40     
Danie Craven Standing - R20       
Scholars' Enclosure - R10    



15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Paul Bosch, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Wimpie van der Walt, 5 Andries Bekker (captain), 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 CJ van der Linde

Substitutes: Siyabonga Ntubeni, Wicus Blaauw, Frans Malherbe, Adriaan Fondse, Pieter Louw, Ruan Kitshoff, Dewaldt Duvenage, Elgar Watts, Johann Sadie, Tim Whitehead, Danie Poolman, Lionel Cronje



  • gerhard.fourie - 2011-02-02 13:39

    Wrong heading for the story, or wrong story for the heading? Good journalism?

      Andy49 - 2011-02-02 15:08

      my thoughts as well, not even a mention of CJ in the article, WTF? This type of mixed up (f*****d up) really poor journalistic standard is becoming more regular from News24.

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-03 05:59

      Lucky there was a photo, but that is News24 for you. Does anyone , while we are on the wrong story know where JJ engelbrecht is ?

  • darrenhoft - 2011-02-02 13:41

    Go Stomers!

  • gravo - 2011-02-02 14:03

    Where is Deon Fourie and who the funk is Siyabonga Ntubeni?????

      Johnny - 2011-02-02 14:59

      ...just anothr quota player.....

      Makutu - 2011-02-03 08:36

      It's actually astonishing that some people actually THINK that every single black player in a team is a quota player. You guys are just too amazing. Jonny, a bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label for you.

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-04 15:27

      Makutu: Now I have told you guys before - Dont mess with the stupid ( Johnny cant help his inbred status)

  • Theuns - 2011-02-02 14:11

    Sa....! vat hom.............!

  • Piet Parow - 2011-02-02 14:14

    Why is Nick Koster constantly injured?

  • Piet Parow - 2011-02-02 14:16

    So the next "wonder Kid" Lionel has now been snubbed by AC. This is ridiculous, why did Rassie bring him to the Cape in the first place?

      Kaapie - 2011-02-02 14:53

      my point exactly!

  • jakes001 - 2011-02-02 14:34

    O, so this is how they do it nowadays. Why do I get the feeling that it was already decided that Elgar are not gonna get this oppertunity. I am dissapointed in Coetzee, but I would like to tell Elgar to rather go back to Boland, hulle vat jou vir..... But the same thing happened to Dollie.

      Makutu - 2011-02-03 08:37

      Considering teh fact that Peter Grant is back in the country, thsi doesn't look very good for Mr Elgar Watts.

  • Kaapie - 2011-02-02 14:53

    Here we ago again, Elgar and Cronje will not get opportunities. Elgar excelled behind losing packs for both Pumas and Boland. i thought warm up games was about looking at options and AC is talking crap here.

  • roboman1 - 2011-02-02 14:57

    well before you know it the Lions may well snap up up some of your young talent if your coach keeps ignoring them.

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-03 06:00

      And then we moan , like with Conrad Hoffman !!

      Piet Parow - 2011-02-03 15:52

      CliffBradley - or Hougaard

  • Rob - 2011-02-02 15:43

    Watts and Cronje need to work on their goal kicking before they can be considered super rugby flyhalves. Van Aswegen deserves the opprtunity if he played well last week and his goal kicking is far better despite kicking poorly last week. Cronje should be moved to fullback as cover for Jantjies. Suspect Cronje will still make the match 22 once the competition starts. Backline should look like this: 15 Jantjies 14 Habana 13 Fourie 12 De Villiers 11 Aplon 10 Grant 9 Duvenhage Reserves: De Jong, Cronje and January Would have been nice to have Francois hougaard starting with hoffman on the bench!!!

      Kaapie - 2011-02-02 17:32

      Bob as far as i know Gary missed all his kicks on fri

      chrisholtshausen - 2011-02-03 18:54

      Rob, I would like to know what Duvenhage is bringing to the party?!!! Try and give me ONE good reason!

  • YoMama - 2011-02-02 20:43

    Go home Lionel. You are not wanted in the Cape. If you are as good as everyone says, the Cheetahs could certainly use more than our two skopping laaities.

  • YoMama - 2011-02-02 20:45

    Who pays for Nick Koster's medical aid?

      chrisholtshausen - 2011-02-03 18:58

      Yes, we are waiting now for three seasons for him to produce! Must be nice to have a fat contract and to sit in the pavilion like all our supporters without the need to pay for your ticket.

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