De Jongh boost for Stormers

2012-02-27 18:00

Cape Town - Juan de Jongh, one of South Africa's finest midfield talents, will be unleashed against the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday evening.

The Stormers' head coach Allister Coetzee announced on Monday that centre De Jongh, who has been out with an injured jaw sustained in pre-season, will be included in the match-day squad of 22 players. But he did not specify if he would be in the run-on XV.

"Juan has been cleared to play and he's excited about returning to the game," said Coetzee. "He will be considered for the starting line-up and since he's a Springbok he has lots to offer.

"Bryan Habana might have wanted another outing or two at outside centre but we'll do what's best for the Stormers."

Habana played in the midfield in De Jongh's absence.

There is still a measure of uncertainty that the Stormers' enforcer Rynhardt Elstadt will play and tests will continue this week before Coetzee makes a call on his availability for the Sharks clash.

"We're just looking to see how he's going in contact situations and in the light sessions he's done okay," said Coetzee. "The important thing is that we manage players properly. It's going to be a tough encounter and we'll see how he goes in training this week."

News on captain Schalk Burger is that the loosie has a torn medial ligament, but the injury will not require an operation. "Schalk won't be operated on and we'll treat him conservatively," said Coetzee. "His knee will be in a brace and we think at this stage it will be six weeks before he has any action again."

Flyhalf Peter Grant left Japan on Monday morning after his stint with the the Kobe Steelers came to an end, and he will report for training on Wednesday.

Coetzee said he was pleased with the performance of the Stormers' rookies against Hurricanes at Newlands over the weekend.

"I asked the young players to swim and I'm pleased to say they coped well," said Coetzee. "They are not there yet but I'm looking for a big improvement with every outing. It won't be easy to play Super Rugby against experienced players and they know they still have a way to go before they're a final product."

Springboks Andries Bekker (lock) and Jean de Villiers (centre) have injury niggles after the weekend's match and were rested from training on Monday.

Both players will be available for selection this week.

Coetzee said the target on Saturday will be to improve on the side's match winning performance against the Hurricanes.

"On Saturday it will be all about showing all-round improvement," said Coetzee. "I wasn't happy with the way we managed to get out of our half because I felt that we should have been more clinical. Our finishing wasn't what it should have been and that cost us a few tries."


  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 18:20

    On a hiding to nothing. Go Sharks!!!

      Jason - 2012-02-27 18:59

      Shame man, the frustration you must feel as a bull. Dont worry maybe you can score a try against the Cheetahs, I believe they are carrying quite a few injuries. This weekend the Stormers will show you how to make shark fin soup with tries.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 19:03

      @TheJay Why would we be frustrated? We sit with 3 Super rugby trophies. Frustration is ZERO cups in 18 years of super rugby

      Alex Heath - 2012-02-27 19:45

      It is so embarrassing reading the childish comments from BOTH Stormers and Bulls fans. As far as I can tell, there is only 1 team that has won the Super 15, the Reds. The competition has changed significantly over the years. Why comments can't be made regarding the rugby of here and now that have any relevance, I don't know? Or maybe I'm missing the point? It is going to be an epic season and hopefully a South African team can hoist the trophy.. And here's to hoping for more informative, knowledgeable comments on the rugby articles!

      Jason - 2012-02-27 19:53

      Alex - Stop being boring dude, everyone is supporting their team. please none of this homo lets all hold hands and unite, it has always been a passionate encounter between stormers, sharks, cheetahs, lions and that other team. Noudieblou - YAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNN still savouring victories from 2010, them trophies getting a little dusty?

      Bootman - 2012-02-27 19:54

      Totally agree Alex. These Bulls fans are disgusting.

      morneoosthuizen - 2012-02-27 19:56

      Wow. Bulls supports are worse than the ANC. Always bringing up the past. ha ha ha. When ever you throw a comment at them, all they can say is : "We've got trophies, you dont". Uhm, Province was unbeaten for 10 years before they went into a slump. Grow up please, and have a decent conversation for once. Bunch of idiots.

      Alex Heath - 2012-02-27 20:03

      @ jason I apologise if you think it is boring to not want see endless pointless bickering, sorry. There is nothing saying that we should not support our own team.. I strongly urge everyone to support their sides, but with some dignity! It is when people try to belittle the other teams, that bothers me..

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 20:38

      @TheJay Maybe the 2010, 2009, 2007 trophies have gathered a bit of dust. But how many do you have that can gather dust in future?

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 20:39

      @Mo Please give me the 10yr time- period that WP was unbeaten for

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 20:41

      I agree Alex, some people can be very childish on these forums.

      Jason - 2012-02-27 21:14

      Alex - Bickering would assume that the truth may be in contest whereas I am merely pointing out cold truths, its those pink loving, drop kicking, up and undering girls that are causing all the fuss. In terms of dignity I have ample amounts, just the other day after I had painted my face blue and white, shaved a lightning bolt in my chest and drunk 6 litres of beer before the game I could of sworn a toothless lady called me a gent before trying to rob me. Look at Noudie and that freaky Bulldaisy, thats where the problem lies. So blind are they to their teams dismal rugby style, that even discerning gentleman like yourself may be so inclined as to leave the fence and start throwing rocks at them.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 21:25

      Thanks Jayded for those kind words.

      Alex Heath - 2012-02-27 21:37

      @ Jason. I hear what you are say, and agree for the most part. It is the few, as you have mentioned, that rub me up the wrong way, along with the people that feel that retaliation will make the other see their point of view! Being on the road for much of my work, I do not get to see all the games, so being able to read constructive viewpoints and analysis on games helps paint a better picture of what really happened. As an example, I was lucky enough to watch the Hurricanes game. 90% of the comments said the ref gave it to the stormers. That however was not the case, as the Hurricanes consistently broke the laws. Had I not seen it, I would have been led to believe wrongly.. Just the way I feel.

      Bootman - 2012-02-27 21:39

      Alex have you seen the Bulls supporters? There is no way they can support their team with dignity.

      Alex Heath - 2012-02-27 22:29

      @ Bulldozer. Have been thinking about the posts I've left, and wondered if I was actually getting my point across, or just whining like so many others. Unfortunately, more of the latter. So, this what I am actually trying to say. There are many ways to same thing. You can say that Gary v A is a joke and shouldn't play Super Rugby again, or Gary is still young, and needs work on his decision making. Pierre Spies is the biggest fairy on the rugby field, or Spies should look to be more involved on defence, committing himself to tackles. Bismark is an idiot and just gives away penalties, or Bismark would be wide to control his temper to avoid giving away unnecessary penalties. It just comes down to the way people say it. If you're a supporter of one of the players in the examples above, which would you prefer hearing? Why spread bitterness and spite? Hope that is better explanation of what's been bothering me!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-28 04:05

      You are right, Alex. The Stormers suck, Bismark is a vuilgat, van Aswegen is clueless and Pierre is a superstar. By the way, lighten up. Nobody forces you to read my comments.

  • Joachim - 2012-02-27 18:38

    Oh yeh baby!!! Hasbeen van Stormers is beseer in Pta en die Mooiste Kaap verwelkom ons Bok senter terug!!! Rook hulle pype pappie. STORMER 4 EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 18:47

      Nee, Habana is nogsteeds in die Kaap en hy is nie beseer nie.

      Joachim - 2012-02-27 18:52

      @Bulldozer...haal jou voorvel uit jou oë uit. Lees weer..."beseer in Pta". Niemand anders nie as hasbeen Sadie. Hy is anyway 'n double agent...julle gaan nog agterkom. Miskien is daar iets wat plaasvind na elke game wat hom die skrik op die lyf gejaag het...miskien showertyd???????

      Joachim - 2012-02-27 19:14

      @Noudieblou Mens raak gewoond daaraan. Dit is in elk geval julle voorland (verloor, geen koppies). Dan sal JY moet aanleer om gewoond te raak daaraan...

      Melt - 2012-02-27 20:22

      Noudieblou, Hoe voel dit om eens n gesogde span te gewees het wat verskeie koppies gewen het en nou met jou hande in die hare sit want kyk julle het nie eens die Vodakombeker gewen nie en in die CB en Super 15 kon julle nie eens die kwarteind haal nie. Verlang terug na die vleispotte, ne? Shame kom boetie of is dit sussie met die pienk kyk of jy bietjie rugby kennis het, gesels rugby nie beledigende strooi nie. Is jy te gevoelig om iets te se dat die seuns jou dalk sal boelie. As jy se Jonker het Sat n swak game gehad kan ek dalk sien of jy iets van rugby weet. Ons luister graag

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 20:42

      @Melt Se hy wat nog NOOIT 'n Vodacom of 'n Super gewen het nie. Nog nooit. Wen iets en iemand mag jou dalk ernstig opvat, in die meantime, reel speelpartytjies met die Kings ondersteuners

      S - 2012-02-28 09:49

      @Noudieblou: As jy in staat is, lees mooi wat Melt vir jou sê. Julle het bekers gewen (verlede tyd). Jare gelede. Die Bulle is nou (die hede) boggerol werd en dit is wat jou frustreer. Selfs die nuwe jongspan is nie in staat om die uitgediende spelpatroon te verander nie. Shame, dit moet hel wees. Gaan kyk liewer sokker of jukskei.

      Melt - 2012-02-28 13:04

      @S, Ek geniet jou kommentaar....gesels rugby maar is nie bang om "boelies" op die forum op hul plek te sit nie. Bulldozer gesels nog so nou en dan nog rugby maar Noudieblou lewer kommentaar op ander. Wens ek kan hom saamvat rugby toe sodat ek die reels en die onleding van n wedstryd kan leer. Hy is onder die indruk as die manne sak vir n skrum, kom hulle bymekaar om van hom te ons het baie werk om die makker rugby te leer maar sien uit na die uitdaging.

      S - 2012-02-28 13:19

      Ag Melt, jy hoef nie eens te probeer nie. Die enigste manier wat jy rugbykennis by daai skedel gaan inkry, is as jy dit binne-aars toedien.

  • Bootman - 2012-02-27 19:02

    AC please get rid of Jean De Villiers. Play Habana and De Jongh in the midfield. Jean will cost us the game against the Sharks.

  • Ashraaf - 2012-02-27 19:49


      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 20:42


      Jason - 2012-02-28 08:04

      How much?

  • James Parker - 2012-02-27 20:05

    these Sharkies are on a hiding to nothing. are u ready to lose your second match of the season?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 20:42

      No, it's still a while before they play the Bulls again.

      Papa-storm - 2012-02-28 07:39

      daai was nie n hiding nie bulldozer

      Jason - 2012-02-28 08:05

      Im almost sure James asked the Sharks supporters a question! Its not always about the Bulls Dozey! lol

  • Koos - 2012-02-28 04:45

    Boost!? HAHAHAHA, funny, oh well, with that team he is probably a boost. Wont make any other team in SA.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-28 05:42

      @Koos I also had a very good laugh, I rolled down the stairs actually. But he might perform next year when they play in the Vodacom cup

      Eduard - 2012-02-28 09:47

      Wie volgens jou is beter op 13 koos? meisiekind olivier? LMGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      S - 2012-02-28 10:27

      @Noudieblou - "I rolled down the stairs actually". That explains a lot. Your comments are typical of someone with severe concussion.

  • Andrew Worrall - 2012-02-28 06:52

    Oh did Habana play on Saturday? Didn't even see him or hear his name. I know the try the Canes scored before half time was in his channel

      Jason - 2012-02-28 08:08

      Fact! Habana had a shocker, and I happen to be a big fan of his. But i also noticed that Jean took the ball into contact every time he had it. It never got out to Habana. This also confuses me because despite what a lot of people say, Jean has a knack of putting his outside center into a gap.

  • Johan - 2012-02-28 07:47

    The big question here is just how far the Bulls want to go back into histrory? 1980's, 1990's.Based on Friday night, I would be concerned being if I were a Bulls fan, The talented ex Stormers must be frustrated with the game plan or lack thereof displayed on Loftus during the game on Friday night...

      Lion - 2012-02-28 08:41

      That is a fact Johan. The Bull's days are numbered. They are going down the same road as the Boks did when Jake was replaced by PdV. He had an abundance of talent which Jake left him with. He did not need to cultivate talent. He inherited it. Heyneke left the Bulls and Franz Ludeke took over. Just to inherit what Heynecke built. Those guys are gone... What now? He had an abundance of young talent at the Lions which he could never develop. He is in that boat now again with the Bulls. I don't see that happen soon at the Bulls. They have so much young talent, but will they be able to mine that talent with Ludeke? We have tried to get rid of Ludeke for many years at Ellispark with no success... Luckily the Bull's signed him.

  • tony.delucchi - 2012-02-28 11:11 is quite nice reading the pre-match comments, and I must admit the Stormers fans are by far the most sensible, we tend to wait for the final whistle before we pass judgement....en Bulldozer lees jy jou “comments” voordat jy dit pos? Weet jou ma dat jy op die computer is?

      Eduard - 2012-02-28 11:17

      Well said Tony! and now they will tell you about your mom and the 3 titles the bulls have won - always the same old story!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-28 11:55

      Tony, my ma weet. Sy kyk oor my uit die hemel uit.

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