Fourie to counter Sharks’ pace

2012-07-25 15:21

Cape Town - Had Duane Vermeulen been able to return to the Stormers’ ranks for Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final derby against the Sharks at Newlands here, the battle between the respective loose trios would have thrown up an interesting clash of styles.

Certainly a Stormers combination of Siya Kolisi, Rynhardt Elstadt and a suitably fit-again Vermeulen would have been particularly handsomely equipped for the physical side of the keenly-anticipated showdown.

They might have been tipped to shade that area, especially if the five men immediately in front of them were doing enough to ensure front-foot status.

But with a timely comeback after months on the sidelines finally deemed just too risky and premature for the big unit on Wednesday, the admirably adaptable Deon Fourie instead earns a second start in the key No 8 position, after a convincing “debut” against the Melbourne Rebels less than a fortnight ago.

What the diminutive whippet’s retention undoubtedly does is provide the Stormers with a counter-measure to the expected, notably mobile loose forward combination of captain Keegan Daniel, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski for the opposition.

Their dynamism as a unit in recent weeks has been an essential influencer of the Sharks’ broader vitality: all three boast healthy doses of X-factor in open play but have pitched up in a big way, too, in the collision and tackling departments.

Had Vermeulen - especially given his chronic lack of game-time - been rushed back into combat for the Stormers, it might have been reasonable to expect the visitors to boast a collective edge for back-row pace.

The retention of Fourie, though, handily redresses that a little from a Stormers point of view.

Asked by Sport24 at Wednesday’s press briefing whether Fourie keeping his spot might serve as a bit of a blessing in disguise, coach Allister Coetzee replied: “They are completely different players, of course.

“But what I can say is that Deon is a really energetic player; he’s all over the field. He has a great engine and is a really hard worker ... also very good on the ground.

“Duane brings other (attributes) but we’ve coped up to now in his absence throughout the season. It’s another opportunity for Deon to show his versatility in quite an intense and high-quality game.

“We’re taking it one day at a time with Duane; he’s shown great progress but to play with this intensity, at this time of the season ... it’s perhaps just not the right thing to do, to push any player.

“I’ve said it from the word go, I believe in playing 100 percent fit players, and Deon was man of the match in our last game (against the Rebels); I’m sure he can do the job for us again.”


Stormers: 15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Deon Fourie, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1.  Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Frans Malherbe, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Don Armand, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Odwa Ndungane, 22 Riaan Viljoen

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  • ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-07-25 15:27

    WELL good luck fourie, u can do it.

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-25 15:31

      ...Go Sharks..!! ..Go Sharks...!! can do it..!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:32

      the only thing fourie will do is scare people with that face

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-25 15:37

      and retardis reaches a new low! didnt think it could happen but yet this holborsel has struck again!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:55

      look at the picture seriously man its in the memo

      nicnac.nac - 2012-07-25 16:50

      YAAAWWWN... Fourie who? Think I'll watch that sexiest hurdler video again.

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-25 17:02

      @ jono, die oke weet nie wat 'n horborsol is nie. He just likes rimming

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 17:17

      ja bud, got rims on my bm kompressor

      ralph.gibson.96 - 2012-07-25 19:24

      Great player and always a factor. He will have his hands full to contain Kankowski but gives 100%. TOM RETARDIS, please go to a site where your team is preparing for the minor league already.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-07-25 20:04

      fardytardy... "got rims on my bm kompressor" that would be bmw schnitzer... or mercedes kompressor... you obviously have neither... what a poser...!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 20:58

      the only time i pose is in front of the mirror when i flex my pex

      kevin.gleeson.54 - 2012-07-25 22:11

      @blou.johnny - Are you feeling a little left out dude? What happened to "Die Blou Bul eet nie van die vloer af nie"? You seem to be scraping the barrel big time. I am surprised that you have come out of your shell so soon after that thrashing you received last week.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 00:03

      @blou.johnny. Isn't it just so pathetic that you now have to support another team when your beloved Pink Pansies are nowhere to be found. What a miserable life you have.

      arthur.lilford - 2012-07-27 07:54

      Go Stromers

  • seanb09 - 2012-07-25 15:30


      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:33

      yeh because 6 is a multiple of 3. which is a penalty, the only way the stormers score points. sharks by 5, or 7 or 10 or 14

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-25 15:48

      The coach will tell the stormers to dig deep, but they will dug their own graves.

      pieter.diesnor - 2012-07-25 15:48

      Tom, what do you prefer...your team scores 3 tries but loses, or score no tries and win.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:51

      3 tries but loses

      aidan.w.naude - 2012-07-25 16:39

      Tom, by the sounds of it you a bitter BULL , no instead of wasting not only Stormers and Shark fans time tell me this , to be in a semi final or loose by 20 points in last two game says it all. No go throw stones at Traffic cops. either way one team will be in the final.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 16:47

      no such thing as loose by 20 points. and go sharks!!!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 17:54

      nope tom stormers by six its three tries a piece and grant converts all while French Freddy misses his conversions

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 18:02

      3 tries? for the stormers? against the sharks? paul u had a brain fart

  • jason.children - 2012-07-25 15:40

    Here we go Stormers here we go!

      Ettiene - 2012-07-25 15:44

      were you guys going? not the final that for sure

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 15:45

      Just don't leave 10 minutes before the final whistle when the stormers are trailing in a depressive mood! Stormers dodged a bullet when the Saarks beat the Reds - with the Saders the results would have been known by now against the stormers. In any event, good luck to both teams!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 00:07

      I love these arrogant predictions. They are pretty much along the same line as last week. And we know what happened to those predictions. As long as these plonkers predict a huge Sharks win, I feel confident. The moment they predict a Stormers victory I'll get worried.

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-07-25 15:43

    Watch Boots & All tomorrow evening at 20:30! Nick Mallet will be hitting the rucks in the studio!

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 15:46

      Stupid comment - just as stupid as Deon!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-07-25 15:52

      I think this was a classic "I wannebe an all black but I dunno where NZ is" comment

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:54

      thanks deon for that internet memo. just remember home ground advantage and the data thanks to ross tucker.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:57

      and deon fouche strikes back with some venom. round 1 and 2 go to deon. cape maori trailing by a long shot

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-07-25 15:58

      Tom, Ross who? He is very like the Maori.. Say something, but dont really understand what he is saying... Maori again... talks about NZ rugby but does not know where is NZ on a map

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 16:19

      @Deon - hahahah - very intelligent and logical reasoning!! Well done son!

  • jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-07-25 16:09

    Stormers sal hom vat. Dit gaan harde werk kos maar tuis skare en veld sal ons deurtrek. Al die Bulls supporters wat hier comment. Jul span is uit. Lees maar laas week se comments weer. Go Stormers!

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-25 16:27

      ....and still... ... zero Super-cups... Currie-cups... ...Bulls= Super-cups X3...

      mvw74 - 2012-07-25 16:34

      @ blou.nowhere.this-season. They should let the Sharks be second in the Conference seeing that they already passed the bulls into the semi's. Food for thought don't you think? What have you guys achieved in the past 2 season's answer me that question? Stop watching your old beta max tapes you rubbish!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-25 16:46

      ...and what have the Stormers achieved the past 11 years..?? ..he he he he...!

      jp.duplooy.14 - 2012-07-25 20:49

      Hahahaha. Blou bulle supporters maak my lag. Net jaloers dat hul span nie daar is nie, dan try hul die stormers afkraak want hul WEET stormers KAN die cup die jaar wen! En die bulle? Wel hul beste kaans is currie cup! Wel nie eintlik nie! Haha al julle blou nulle het seker pvr en kyk al jul games oor en oor en dink jul is amazing! Kyk live en kyk waar goeie spanne speel! In semi's en finals!

      jp.duplooy.14 - 2012-07-25 20:51

      O en om te brag oor die bulle se ou super rugby cups is pateties, wys net hoe jul dink, hulle het daai bekers omdat die bulle goed WAS, hul is nie meer nie. Dink bietjie!!!!!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 00:09

      @blou.johnny. So after this season when the Stormers lift the cup we won't be seeing you here anymore. You only have one pathetic comment and that comment will be taken away from you. You will have nothing to say.

  • thethird.wors - 2012-07-25 16:13

    gonna be a cracker!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 16:17


      mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-07-25 18:00

      Now that was hilarious.

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-25 16:18

    Deon Fourie was vir my die speler van die wedsryd teen die Rebels al is hy nie 'n spesialis agsteman nie, sy veelsydigheid gaan hom baie help en Kankowski gaan besig gehou word, dit gaan riller wees Saterdag, kan nie wag nie. Stormers groete

  • craig.tyson.146 - 2012-07-25 16:25

    Who are you supporting here tom.tardis? Can't quite figure it out. But then i can't quite figure out most of your comments on here. You do have a bit of humour though, i must say.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 16:39

      bud anyone but the stormers. i did a list and the stormers would be at the bottom of it below the 3rd division sides in mexico and china. i hate them beyond hatred

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 16:55

      there Craig that's the bit of humour he has! absolutely funny beyond!

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-25 16:26

    Stormers you can do it! Win or lose we are proud and will always back you!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 16:55

      sound like parents of kids that cant make the A team

      johan.arendse.90 - 2012-07-25 17:49

      Tom where is my rent money,u bloody cheapskate,u late again,where did u spend my rent money,i hope not on young boys again!!!!!!!I believe you r driving a kompressor now,is that the car of your late grandmom,the one where u left your underpants in after u fell off me......wink,wink

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 18:03

      bro i told u im not leaving my courtesan for you! it was just one night!!!!!!!!!!!

      johan.arendse.90 - 2012-07-25 18:39

      yeah but the size of your truly was not up to standard that night,maybe your courtesan might be happy with that 3 inches of yours,i was not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 18:46

      3 inches? the lights were out, u overestimate my prowess.

  • donald.ceronio - 2012-07-25 17:21

    ek weet nie raak die ouens al moeg week na week om te se hoe die STORMERS gaan verloor en dan wen hulle nie. Al die snobby se goed en als is funny maar die waarheid is. Gaan die sharks drie kan druk teen die stormers verdediging? Gaan die Sharks vars genoeg wees na al die heen en weer se gevlieg en die Stormers wat vars is? Wat is die wen persentasie op eie bodem. Of weet julle wat? Vat `n ou wat dobbel en vra hom op watse span hy saterdag sy geld sal plaas.

      jp.duplooy.14 - 2012-07-25 20:43

      Jyt die spyker op die kop geslaan! Stormers!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-25 21:29

    Going to be a good game however you stormers boys are missing one valuable have player/s Out of game practice and coming back from injury,missed a full week of rugby-nice to have a rest but at this stage in the tournament it's probably not a good thing considering sharks are on top of their game with momentum and players inform.the only reason everyone is talking up the stormers is because they are hoping....

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 22:16

      hot chick....comment deemed VALID love the brett birthday bash album, what a toned stomach! u did well bud, u punching above ur weight for sure - 2012-07-26 00:05

      Without 2 of their key players - Sharks by 14 or maybe more.

      marcel.jones.73 - 2012-07-26 13:12

      Hey tom, you're quite a funny dude, keep em coming

  • Denése - 2012-07-26 01:22


  • SpringBok - 2012-07-26 09:31

    well thats it the sharks are gonna get pumped because fourie had a good game against the rebels, hahahahahahaahahahaha! sharks forever

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