Coetzee: Williams has X-factor

2014-04-23 10:13

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says new wing Devon Williams adds some much needed X-factor to their backline.

Williams, 22, was on Tuesday named in the Stormers starting team for their Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

He made his debut off the bench in last weekend’s 18-3 win over the Lions, but will start in the No 11 jersey this week in the absence of Sailosi Tagicakibau who has not shaken off a sternum injury.

Williams, a product of Paarl Boys’ High, was part of the cup-winning Western Province Under-21 team last year, whilst he is also the top try-scorer in the 2014 Vodacom Cup with nine tries in just six games.

At 1.74m and 73kg, Williams is a small player, but boasts tremendous pace as well as a prodigious left boot.

In an interview with Wednesday's Cape Times, Coetzee described Williams as a player with "X-factor" who has the awareness to take an opportunity to finish.

The coach said the aim of centres Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh would be to create enough space and gaps for Williams to exploit.

He also compared Williams's left boot to that of Gio Aplon, as another key weapon for the clash at the Free State Stadium.

Kick-off is at 17:05.





15. Jaco Taute, 14. Damian de Allende, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Devon Williams, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Ruan Botha, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris, 19. Jurie van Vuuren, 20. Schalk Burger, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Kobus van Wyk

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)


  • Tyrone Woods - 2014-04-23 10:17

    He definitely adds some extra - less weight and will surely become another rated player by coetzee just to be smacked back to earth by the rigours of super rugby

      Ali Gee - 2014-04-23 10:48

      Stormers have nothing to lose, rather nothing to play for anymore so might as well use this as an opportunity to give young guys some Super rugby experience. Try different combinations/Game plan be a little creative. Why not give the laaitie a go!

      Omgeklits DeMaaifudĂ­ - 2014-04-23 11:19

      AC trying to re-invent WP as a team of steppers. The pass two - hit the deck - turnover ball (P2HDTO) variety. You know the ones that usually shines at under21 - gets selected - blocks up a slot for a normal sized player that could have developed into a real contender for the international game. Fool's gold springs to mind.

  • Lionel Kemm - 2014-04-23 10:25

    Good luck young man.

  • Johan Hattingh - 2014-04-23 11:26

    Stormers: All the talk - but no walk!!

  • Arno Louw - 2014-04-23 11:31

    Colour and lack of size and weight must count as X-factor for AC.

      Arno Louw - 2014-04-23 13:19

      I'm not saying that at all! I don't care what colour they are or what language they speak. If they are good enough, then great! All I'm saying is that AC seems to have a different view. For him, the ideal backline player seems to be coloured and weighs about 75kgs. Williams, Kolbe, de Jongh and Aplon being examples. I don't have a political/cultural agenda, but your friend AC, does!

  • Bruno De Gouveia - 2014-04-23 11:39

    the boy is to small for this rugby! injury waiting to happen. everyone has this Xfactor that AC goes on about, so why doesnt AC have the xfactor?

      Luke Hill - 2014-04-23 23:02

      Give the guy a chance, aplon proved that size never matters.

  • Chumani Ngcokovane - 2014-04-23 12:07

    A lot of people are already summing up the Stormers season. Which is fine and also expected but it is almost impossible for 3 teams in one conference to make the top 6. The South African conference is wide open now and the two teams that were labeled as teams competing with the Sharks are the ones struggling now. The bulls have had a miserable tour, and the lions are going to experience a miserable tour. I was wondering why Adrian Strauss said "we still have not lost our playoff hopes", he was referring to exactly what I mentioned. The team that wins this weekends derby between the Stormers nd cheetahs still has a chance, a slim one but a chance. And the stormers would be in a better position than the cheetahs if they were to win it. So a message to the bulls and lions fans, don't count your chickens yet. Because most of them are still inside egg shells. #Stormers vs Bulls 2 weeks time

      Chumani Ngcokovane - 2014-04-23 12:56

      Damien, the word ''almost'' is key here. If you look at those three teams, you have an inconsistent Waratahs side that still has to play two games in NZ and you have a high riding force side that still has two games in SA(one against Stormers) and two games in NZ. My point is one of them will fall out. Fact

  • Hedzer Stelma - 2014-04-23 14:49

    Williams has X-factor --- how is suppose to use it because he won't get ball from our inside backs

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