Fast Carr powers Stormers

2012-04-28 16:29

Cape Town – Even as various senior soldiers stumble and fall, the Stormers’ amazing, current penchant for seamlessly introducing youngsters -- some not very long out of their teens -- goes on.

Saturday saw just another customer of this kind successfully spat out of their Super Rugby talent factory as full debutant No 8 Nizaam Carr played a prominent role in the comfortable but hard-earned 17-3 triumph over the Western Force in Perth.

He only turned 21 a few days into their overseas tour, which has ended up sporting an impressive harvest of three wins and 13 log points from a possible 20.

And after a few promising little cameos off the bench, the former SA under-20 star, educated at Bishops and UCT, confirmed his huge potential as he finally got a full game in rain-lashed Perth.

Notably quickly into his stride at nib Stadium, Carr was skilful, purposeful and energetic throughout: with apologies over the motoring link to his surname, he must have a marvellous engine too, because to keep going so impressively in his first extended exposure at this level on a heavy field with some areas of unabsorbed water, was a further feather to his cap.

He could hardly have been blamed for requiring some attention to apparent cramp six minutes from the finish, as his tackle count had been especially high in another of those games where the collective Stormers’ defensive blanket suffocated the life and soul from the opposition.

How often did the Force seriously threaten their visitors’ tryline? There are probably more recorded instances of a nun cheekily winking at the milkman at the convent door.

In addition, I had suggested in the lead-up to this fourth tour match for the Capetonians that Carr’s presence might infuse them with a new dimension on attack, given his known mobility, deft footwork and sure hands.

And it was duly demonstrated when both he and loose forward ally Siya Kolisi were prominent figures in the thrilling breakout that eventually led to Peter Grant’s try about half an hour from the end – that was the “daylight” point in scoreboard terms from which you always sensed there would be no return for the Force.

One of the Australian commentators rightly branded Carr as “sensational ... a real asset on full debut”, whilst former Springbok coach Nick Mallett in the SuperSport studio doubtless had Carr near front of mind when he lauded the Stormers for fielding “an inexperienced team, but one in which all understood their roles”.

Carr’s smooth baptism to the 80-minute hurly-burly of Super Rugby came as a fine tonic to a team reeling to a good degree from a sequence of injuries to core personnel -- including infinitely more seasoned loosies like Schalk Burger and much more recently Duane Vermeulen.

But with last season’s rugged, successful No 4 lock Rynhardt Elstadt presently operating at blindside flank in the reshuffled pack, the injection of Carr’s pace and athleticism actually provided a decent degree of balance to the loose trio.

Whether the “crocked” list reduces itself over the next fortnight (the Stormers have a desperately welcome, post-travels bye before contemplating the Cheetahs at Newlands) or not, at least they know that in the greenhorn No 8 lies yet another quality asset for them in the vital run-in period to the playoffs.

On a slightly less assuring note, many Stormers fans would have winced at seeing emerging, flame-haired loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff – almost a year younger than Carr, remarkably – limping off assisted in the 62nd minute.

Whether he is also going to require any significant time on the sidelines remains to be seen; remember that he is intended to be a particularly treasured ace in the Springbok under-20 pack for the Junior World Cup to be held in his neck of the woods during June.

But at least in that area the Stormers are blessed with some rather more street-wise alternatives if necessary, with names like Deon Carstens and Wicus Blaauw coming to mind.

Mind you, the way things have been going from a talent-production point of view in the Western Cape, a process in which the now-departed Rassie Erasmus clearly played a tireless role, they will probably just keep churning out further confident specimens who have only just discovered the primary use of shaving foam ...

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  • Zaahid - 2012-04-28 16:48

    great article Rob but woulda been great mentioning the WP clubs who groomed him before he switched to Bishops - Collegians and Primroses should get the credit as well......

  • colin85 - 2012-04-28 16:57

    Carr is a real prospect for the future, along with Kolisi (and Stander and Coetzee) - That is 4 super awesome, 20-21 yo loosies to fit in well with some of the older guys. Awesome for SA!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-28 17:44

      Carr will be with the Bulls next year... Stompies will not be able to keep the youngsters. The don't know better when they start the first senior season. After their 1st senior season they get brains and move to the Republic of Pretoria where rugby is played by professionals!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-28 18:01

      Tokkie the Bulls cant recognise proper skill, thats why they insist on Spies.. Stander, Van velze all better than spies and yet your coaching staff insist..... ostrich syndrome I say

      Tokolos - 2012-04-28 18:22

      The Bulls will make him a Springbok. He will fade if he stays at the Stompies. No proper team, no proper coach, no proper supporters, NO CUPS, etc. 2 June... Stormers lose by 25+!!!

      Mthunzi - 2012-04-29 06:01

      Tokolos u r a loser of note. U gt dis dumb provincialism dat will gt the boks nowhere. Give credit where it is due. I for one am hppy at the aabundance of yung talent. We got back ups for back ups now

      Mthunzi - 2012-04-29 06:01

      Tokolos u r a loser of note. U gt dis dumb provincialism dat will gt the boks nowhere. Give credit where it is due. I for one am hppy at the aabundance of yung talent. We got back ups for back ups now

      Tokolos - 2012-04-29 07:07

      Mthunzi... Comrade!!! Backups for backups never worked. Backups fade because they get tired of being backups. This is why we are loosing great talent like Ashley Johnson, Ruan Pienaar, Pedrie Wannenburg, etc. The list goes on. I can name you a ton of examples from the past. Great players or shall I say talent get sidelined most the times an they only get used as impact players. This is not why they started to play rugby. They want game time and feel part of a team. Not come on the field for 10 minutes every game and then get a pat on the back afterwards just to be sidelined next week again. Sorry my cousin but you were just looking for conversation. Next time that you want to talk to The Tokolos... please come up with something that makes sense. Greetings from PRETORIA!!! (Da Kingdom of Da BULL)

      Mthunzi - 2012-04-29 09:18

      Tokolos the great thing abt back ups is when u give them game time against lesser rugby nations. Our mistake has been to play the one team for four yrs nd nt gv thm a chance, we agree on dis. The kiwis hv always given thier back ups game time.

      Mthunzi - 2012-04-29 09:24

      I would presume RE nd HM r gud enuff coaches to realise that back ups need international game time to. Nd yes tokolos i also lament the abundance of talent lost bcoz we dnt rrust dm. Y dnt we hv a more formidable bk up team like eg. Nz moaris? Js a que.

  • Robin - 2012-04-28 16:59

    I really felt entertained after reading this article. Great writing Rob.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-28 17:46

      Wahahahaha... entertained! You guys don't have much going on in KZN do you?

  • Johan - 2012-04-28 17:39

    Is jy op WP se payroll?

  • Saffa - 2012-04-28 19:13 the usual suspects are once more doing their 'hating'......sigh. I'm really starting to enjoy this...and I reckon the prophets of doom form the north should ask for a refund from the 'tannie in the karavaan who sold them the Idiots guide to being Nostradamus.....'. Your prophecies and predictions are about as effective as Spies's tackling....nuff said. I will also splutter a giggle or 2 if I hear ONE more Bulls 'kenner' talk of their 'young and inexperienced' team.....hehehehehehehehehe. Compared to the Stormers, the Bulls are senior citizens with doctorates from the University of Life........I am looking forward to the next few years of rugby folk. These youngsters (and not only those in the Stormers squad, but those around the country) have revived rugby in SA - which if I must be honest, was becoming decidedly stale with all the fossils clinging onto their contracts......................I hope Mr Meyer sees this 2!

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-04-28 20:00

      SAFFA, there are some brilliant prospects in the Stormers team. Etsebeth, Elstad, Kirstoff, Kalisi and Carr to name but a few. And personally, I love watching those youngsters play. These youngsters are the future of rugby. Let me tell you something though, watch your teams performance drop once Burger comes back. He will make the team ahead of some of these youngsters, so the old timers problem exists down there in the land of sour wine as well.

      Saffa - 2012-04-28 20:24

      @Maarten - Depending on the injury status of a few of our players, the loose trio moving forward will probably change a few times yet......Thing is, with all our injuries to our 'captains' and our loose forwards in particular, I reckon there will be a starting place for everyone at some stage during the 2nd half of the round robin stage. Schalk might possibly only be back wayyyyyyyyyyyy into the 2nd half - or sooner - who knows? What I do know though, is that Siya Kolisi needs a rest at some stage - the man is a machine.....What the youngsters HAVE shown though, is that all this talk of needing 'lots of experienced players to assist them' is b@llocks.

      Franklyn - 2012-04-28 21:28

      Stormers are going to stay with their aggressive defensive play,this is something White and Coetzee were familiar with,aggressive defence....this is their credo at the moment.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-29 03:50

      Saffa Cat... What do you know? You always come after the Stormpies games with these "clever" posts of yours. It is clear that you troll here because you always comment on what other say for example old stupid Jan from Danville in the Free State. He was the one that came up with the caravan park thing (lame). SA Rugby became stale due to flossings clinging to their contracts?... wahahahahaha Habana... Schalk... De Villiers... ? Please keep quiet and go study your recipe books in the kitchen. If you don't have any I am sure we can get some mailed to you. I will personally sponsor a recipe book to you... oh and I will throw in a rugby manual absolutely free. Go play with Sakkie, Lionel and Jason.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-29 03:53

      Franklina... "Aggressive defense" ... hiehiehiehie. IDIOT!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-29 18:09

      Tokkie.. you can mention Stromers with aggressive defense in the same breath..but you cant mention Spies and defense in the same breath at all

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-29 23:49

      @fake Stormkaap Spies will be and should be Springbok captain

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-30 10:55

      I see their is some idiot that has stolen my identity.. dingbat

  • Melt - 2012-04-28 22:38

    Manne die Stormers en WP het die jaar nog niks gewen nie en ja daar gaan seker n paar wees wat se "die afgelope paar jaar ook nie" Om egter te weet dat die Stormers 8 uit 9 wedstryde gewen het en die WP 7 uit 7 is verblywend. Ek wens vir WP/ Griekwas en Stormers / Bulls eindstryde. Ai Cheetas julle kon die Bulle en Stormers vandag n groot guns bewys het....Is julle regtig fiks genoeg vir 80 min se rugby, of waar le die probleem? Bulle julle moet goed toer , sterkte ons weet julle kan en gaan goed doen.

  • Johan - 2012-04-29 07:43

    @Tokolos - Dankie weereens vir jou voorspelling vir die game op 2 Junie! Ek dink jy was dalk bietjie konserwatief met jou punte...Enigste ding wat ek voorspel is dat jy nie op news 24 sal wees na die game nie want dit gaan nie vir jou lekker wees om te lees hoe die Stormers daai ou Bulletjies van Pta op Loftus in die grond in gespeel het nie.....Stormers Groete - Net so terloops vir die ouens wat nie gereeld hier lees nie, wil jy nie net jou voorspellings vir die vorige 7 Stormers games ook gou weer vir ons hier op sit nie...

      Johan - 2012-04-29 09:17

      @Tokolos = Op jou eerste punt - As dit nie vir korrupte refs was nie was die punteverskil vir die Stormers soveel groter, Tweedens - Sien uit na 2 Junie - Laat weet ons net vroegtydig onder watter naam jy gaan kommentaar lewer en Derdens - Wat beinvloed hierdie verkeerde stelling van jou van "Counch potato" en "loser" dat jy al weer verkeerd is? Gebrek aan Insig, babbelas...

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-29 23:42

      @Johan Foeitog, wanneer laas het jy bietjie vir die wereld vertel van hoe jy piepie en poefies en en jou vetg@tjie heeldag op die bank park. What a tosser

  • Jco - 2012-04-29 09:26

    Baie geluk aan die Stormers om Nizaan te laat speel. Baie goeie wedstryd. Goed om te sien dat verskeie spanne jong spelers deur bring. Suid Afrika rugby kan net voorentoe kyk met hoop, solank die unies hierdie jong spelers deur bring. Stormers, jul speel regtig goeie rugby en as 'n bloubul noem ek dat jul gaan moeilik gestop word. Sterkte vir die laaste paar games! Blou bul groete!

      Melt - 2012-04-29 10:10

      @Jco, Goeie kommentaar dankie. Dit is Sondag en die week is verby Tokolos was die wenner met die meeste af duimpies......geluk Tokolos, kom ons kyk of jy vl week minder af duimpies kan kry maw kom ons kyk of jy meer objuktiewe kommentaar kan lewer. Wat die skeidsregters betref.......jy is darem baie onregverdig, foute was daar beslis bv J Pypers het n waarskuwing gegee dat sou daar weer onsporttiewe spel plaasvind hy n geelkaart aan die oortreder gaan gee. Skaars 9 min later het n WF speler weer oortree en hy het slegs n strafskop toegeken??? Fout...ja....maar oneerlik....nee!!! As jy egter van MJ praat kan ek met jou saamstem. In 4 jaar het hy nog nooit n wedstryd hanteer wat die Bulls of Bulle verloor het nie???? Toegegee die spanne was goed maar na elke wedstryd was daar ongelukkigheid met sy hantering van wedstryde. Ja selfs stoere Bulls ondst bevraagteken sy integriteit. Gte

      Tokolos - 2012-04-29 12:48

      Thank you Melt Coming from you I will accept it as a compliment. Tokolos aim to please ou Einstein!!! BULLE ALTYD BO!!!

      Melt - 2012-04-29 13:10

      @Tokolos, Plesier ou maat. Jy se die Bulle is BO????? Onthou.....die skuim is bo......die bier wat saakmaak is net 1 mm onder dit!!!!!!!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-29 13:35

      Melt... Met daai bierpens sal ek jou glo!

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-29 11:20

    For once an eyecatching headline that lead to an equally entertaining article. Well done to Carr and the author of the article. Bet poor Carr has already become accustomed to plays of this nature on his name. He sounds like a Porsche Carr to me.

  • Skwertno1 - 2012-04-29 13:03

    Rob, geez you should stick to the play, my man, what other use for shaving cream would you be alluding to may I ask ?

  • Byron - 2012-04-29 15:23

    Wow Im a stormers fan and u cannot honestly make a write up like this after 1 super 15 game... come on.... keep some credability for god sake, I mean one good game against the force does not justify such a write up... talk about blowing smoke up your own arse....great debut but thats it...its morons like you that try and create unbelievable pressure on our young players... some can handle that pressure and others cant.. U might think that u are doing him a favour by giving him such outrageous praise but u really arent...

  • Jacobus - 2012-04-29 22:38

    mooi stormers, hou so aan. stormerssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-29 23:44

    We all know and agree that the Stormers got their 4th game handed to them on a plate by the ref. What a joke!

  • Daniel - 2012-04-30 09:29

    Pierre Spies sleeps with a poster of Nizaam Carr next to his bed...coz it makes him feel safe at night They found a new metal, 50 times stronger tan titanium, they are calling it CARRtanium!

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