Grant '100% ready to go'

2011-06-14 10:11

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - The familiar theme of much of the Super Rugby season for DHL Stormers fans won’t be repeated this week – Peter Grant won’t be bracketed with anyone when the team is announced and he will definitely face the Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday.

Those who read the newspapers and internet sites, listen to the radio or watch television to get their information will know what is being referred to by familiar theme.

Ever since Grant was injured in the seventh round game against the Reds at Newlands, the build-up to matches involving the Stormers has been dominated by the “will he or won’t he” question.

Of course, the fact that Stormers coach Allister Coetzee up until last week made a habit of giving Grant until Friday to prove his fitness should have told its own story.

Given that for much of that time Grant hadn’t played for a while, the prospect of him suddenly being cleared to play on the basis of one captain’s run was virtually zero.

Fielding a flyhalf who hadn’t been training with the rest of the team all week would have been crazy, and starting with one who hadn’t run with the team for a couple of weeks would have been tantamount to suicide.

But it doesn’t appear there are any games or charades being played by the Stormers coaches in the build-up to Saturday’s crucial match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Coetzee says that Grant is 100% ready to go.

“Peter has gone through all the tests in the latter stages of last week and is 100 percent. He could have played against the Bulls at a push,” said Coetzee.

“He did his kicking out of hand and his kicking to goal without any pain or discomfort. So he has come through that and is ready to go. It is appropriate timing. I haven’t taken short cuts with him. It has been done properly.”

Coetzee is right when he says he has done it properly. Bringing Grant back too quickly could have led to him aggravating his ankle injury, which could have meant him missing the play-off games that lie ahead.

It must have been a massive temptation to bring Grant back against the Bulls, and there can be no doubt that his absence probably cost the Stormers a win.

But then, although the match was important for the Stormers in that it could have secured them automatic qualification for the semi-finals with one match to go, thus reducing the pressure for the Bloemfontein match, their situation was never as desperate as it was for those teams fighting to stay alive in the competition and a play-off place was already assured. So Coetzee was correct to take a long-term view and maybe err on the side of caution.

One of the big positives for the Stormers in Grant returning is that it enables Coetzee to choose Dewaldt Duvenage at scrumhalf as he won’t need to double as flyhalf cover – at least not to the extent that he did when Kurt Coleman was wearing the No 10.

The early indications are that Ricky Januarie will make way for Duvenage for a match that the Stormers need to just win to ensure a top two finish and a bye week in the first round of the Super Rugby Finals Series.

The importance of Grant's presence to the Stormers is also underlined by the fact that he was a constant throughout the six match winning sequence that started the season.

In his last appearance though he started solidly before imploding quite spectacularly against the Chiefs in the first match of the Stormers' overseas tour.


  • sparkies - 2011-06-14 10:17

    Thats going to help us with our home Semi.I wonder if the Bulls will make the Semi's this year.It will be the Biggest joke of the century if they dont.I would hate to be a Bulls Fan.

      sparkies - 2011-06-14 10:32

      Peter, if you lose on Saturday??

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-14 10:36

      Bla bla bla bla bla.... If the Bulls make it to semi great comeback, if the Stormers do, Great, they played excellent Rugby, if the Sharks make it great, they started off great and that means they would have ended off great... You guys are all so one track minded, just because currently the Stormers lose 1 game, where it could have ended so otherwise, BAM now the Bulls are the most successful ever, if Habana got that try, then it would be all against the Bulls, they so pathetic and useless.. If the Sharks win, regardless we always get told we lucky we this we that, not just hey, great game... Some of you are so pathetic, its unbelievable....

      Balsakhater - 2011-06-14 11:04

      And it will be the Biggest joke if the Bulls win the trophy again from comming so far behind. Stormers again the laughing stock chokers LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOsers.

      Raka13 - 2011-06-14 11:05

      Sparkies, although I am a Stormers supporter and wishing, hoping and praying for the Super 15 title, I will not throw the Bulls away. They play very well under pressure and can cause an upset, we don't like them, but it will be foolish to ignore them as contenders.

      Dal68 - 2011-06-14 11:08

      Hoop die gespikkelde katte klap daai bergbokke hard.

      bullincapeto - 2011-06-14 11:10


  • sean - 2011-06-14 10:19

    One week earlier would have been handy.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-14 10:32

      Would've made no difference.

      jontheb - 2011-06-14 10:58

      @ ace - it would've made all the difference in the world. your beloved bulls would be playing for nothing but pride this wknd and the stormers would have been fielding a second string team for the cheetahs as a home semi would be completely secure...

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-14 11:13

      Jontheb, why don't you do something for pride for a change?

      Dal68 - 2011-06-14 11:31

      Average player, he wouldn't have made any difference.

      dante - 2011-06-14 12:37

      as long he is fit now.losing against the bulls is not going to make any difference at the end.i beg to differ Ace and Dal68-you must be a real expert of the game...

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 12:52

      jontheb,and if the Stormers lose without getting a bonus point and the Bulls go on a rampage simmilar to the 2007 Reds game and eradicate the points difference they will be second.anything can happen,suggest you make your calculations

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-14 12:52

      Dante, I wouldn't say experts, we just know more than you. Simple as that.

      Dal68 - 2011-06-14 13:37

      I must agree with Ace, sorry Dante it is obvious we know more than you.....

  • - 2011-06-14 10:24

    At last the Springok Flyhalf returns, Kicks better than Steyn , Runs better than Steyn and Tackles better than Steyn what more do you want. Lambie a close second. James at third. Steyn and Rose can fight it out for fourth, lol. Bulls wont make it to the Playoff's Losers...hahahah.

      Marx - 2011-06-14 10:27

      The "tik" is in abundance, as usual !!! - 2011-06-14 11:07

      Marx, another dutchman with a beer belly , hitting the brandy and coke hard before 12. The only thing you gonna be useing that bull horn's for is to pleasue yourself

      bullincapeto - 2011-06-14 11:11

      Vallemj.go have a ham sanwich and support the cricket,You know nothing about rugby and all.

      Marx - 2011-06-14 11:28

      Nope, don't like beer, don't drink "brandy/coke, don't have no "beer belly" Which all means, your assumptions, like in your comment is pretty far from reality. Sorry...

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 12:54

      For two years in a row Morne Steyn is the leading Super Series points scorer and you suggest Grant to be no 1 Bok,sheez you know your rugby Vallemj or could it be that the dream of being the Super Champs has expanded to your Bok ideals?

  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-14 10:31

    Grant '100% ready to go'. For what it's worth.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 12:55

      Worth nothing,Cheetahs by 12

      gooinat - 2011-06-14 13:39

      Agent ,may i play with you?

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 13:47

      gooinat jy is een moerse siek outjie,voorstel,Town hill vir jou kan wondere verrig

      flat bier - 2011-06-14 17:36

      Lloyd het verander in ace ventura

      Brannas - 2011-06-14 19:10

      Cheetahs by 10

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 10:33

    I think Lionel Cronje will also be close to fit by the end of next week. Which at the very least means we have a little bit of depth back at 10. That said, Dewald Duvenage has been the best 'halfback' combo in the competition. On Saturday he spent 20 minutes playing 9 AND 10 simultaneously while Ricky puffed around. Forget Cooper and Genia, Ellis and Carter, Steyn and du Preez, its Duvenage and Duvenage all the way.

      gooinat - 2011-06-14 10:54

      @Saffa,morning,LMAO re the comments about Duvenage.

      Raka13 - 2011-06-14 11:02

      SAFFA-CAT, well said. Duvenhage can multi task, I haven't seen any other player doing that? He also took over the kicking duties under huge pressure. This boytjie has talent.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 11:06

      Howdy Gooinat :) Damn, Duvenage's value to this team should never be underestimated again. The only good thing to come out of all our injuries, is that Dewald has grabbed the opportunity, and done himself an almighyt favour in the process.

      gooinat - 2011-06-14 11:20

      @Saffa,yes he has,Stormers are gonna have to start looking for a replacement for Januarie a.s.a.p!!!!!!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 11:26

      Stormer friends, watch the Baby Boks playing at 8pm this evening. Watch Eben Etsebeth chaps. For those that haven't seem him play before, behold and enjoy.

      Krugga - 2011-06-14 11:30

      Didnt you say that you agreed with Coetzee's choice - Ricky at 9? Hoe n gat is jy nie nou nie ;-)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 12:19

      Yes Krugga I did agree with starting Ricky as Dewald (after his injury) was not guaranteed 100% match fit. Get it? I also said Rikcy being more physical, might have assisted Coleman a little more for the opening exchanges. Get it? Now go back in time and find me ONE post where I have said Ricky is a better scrummie than Dewald - I'm waiting. Still waiting, still waiting. Now lets talk stats - oh wait, you can't because I BLEW you and your stats out of the water. So what can we talk about? Here's something: Last week Dr Riekie Smit, who chairs the Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Medicine Society of South Africa, said some Blue Bulls players had come through the society’s rooms. “Yes, I have treated some Blue Bull players,” she said, explaining that famous sports people had to look after themselves because they appeared in the media. “There is a lot of pressure on them and they are being criticised a lot.

      Krugga - 2011-06-14 12:29

      Might have schmight have. YOU WERE WRONG, GET IT? I'm not going to go back and look for posts on yesterdays blog, thats just desperate, but again thats your life. Dr Riekie? - clutching straws koekie. Here's something for you: Bulls 19 - Stormers 16 Chew on that for a few days.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 12:41

      @Krugga - So once again you have no point, no valid counter argument, and no leg to stand on, you resort to 5 year old name calling and "my dad is bigger than your dad" stuff? It happens every time I blow you and your attempts to 'trap me' into the water. I suggest you actually refrain from trying to "catch me out" - as the only one ever left throwing "I am wrong and now look doff" tantrums, is you. Hardenthehellup and grow up. **Sticks tongue out**

      dante - 2011-06-14 12:45

      Saffa-cat-tell me about eben he the son of one of the famous etsebeth brothers?i am going to watch the game this evening-pitty kitshoff and taute werent released.

      Krugga - 2011-06-14 13:00

      Saffa, you talk about "my dad is bigger than your dad" and then end your essay with **Sticks tongue out**... Nice one :-))))))) All you've ever done is catch yourself out. Now lets see, comments before Saterday's game: 1) We will score tries, not them 2) Ricky best option at 9 for Bulls (still can stop laughing about that one) 3) we will win because our bench is stronger... you want more??? Now, if its ok with you I will reply to your comment tomorrow? Happy?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 13:08

      @Krugga - oh dear saints, you are obsessed? I have honestly never dealt with this type of "negative attention seeking" in my life. I did say all those things. Ricky I explained (see above), The tries - I seriously didn't expect you chaps to score any, and considering the one you got was from a lineout overthrow (error) and was NOT a Bulls generated created one, my general statement is correct: Bulls are uncreative. Thirdly, did you NOT notice that our bench nearly DID win us the game? (van Zyl, Duvenage, Koster, de Jongh etc made the telling difference) So once more - go and throw another tantrum and just like I say about STATS, I say to you: READ what I write in CONTEXT (and not just as an individual comment) You're like someone taking phrases out of the Bible and then interpreting them in isolation.........Rapture anyone? Now run along, and once more, no need to thank me.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 13:18

      @Dante - yes he is Harry Etsebeths son. One of the brothers in the legendary Etsebeth clan. Bloody talented ball player. Mobile as hell for a lock (with great skill), and really really really enjoys the physical "stuff". I'm glad we didn't release Kitshoff - the Stormers need him. Taute I reckon could have been released now, as the Lions have a bye to end the S15. But I am sure they will fly him over at the 1st injury, if needed, I hope so!

      Raka13 - 2011-06-14 13:40

      Saffa, don't know why you try and explain sensible, valid, well thought through arguments to some of these guys?

      Desert Fox - 2011-06-14 14:03

      Raka, Krugga does have a point there. I remember reading some of those comments and the Stormers arrogance to match it. I know the loss is a bitter pill to swallow but I see no need for the insults.

      Krugga - 2011-06-14 19:20

      Saffa, I DO agree with you on some of the things you say. Ricky, I also thought he was the best option to counter the Bull's game, maar dit was n m@£rse flop. Yes your bench has a lot of impact players but you underestimated our bench - Roussow De Klerk and Flip played really well. I'm happy with them taking over the reigns from the older guys. I didnt think your subs created that last attack of Habana's, Jacques broke the line and offloaded to Habana, dont see the subs there. Stats... yes, if not applied in the right context it means nothing, but I am a strong believer of stats and technical guys like Rassie and Jake rely on it a lot. All the stats I used in my comments I felt were in the right context - Habana v Basson, I still think Basson manages to create and do more with the ball he gets compared to Habana. I also still think the fact that the Stormers dont score a lot of tries might count against you in the end. With good defense and all. You say the Cheetahs have the most creative backline, I think its suppose to be the Stormers, "suppose to be". Ek was nou beskaafd, kom ons kyk of ons dit so kan hou.

  • la Rey - 2011-06-14 10:42

    It will make a big diff who will be on the bench i've heard kurt is also injurred? rose??

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 12:56

      If Rose played the Cheetahs would lose,,Bwahahahahahahah ,nah

  • John - 2011-06-14 10:46

    The misinformation Coetzee has sent out week after week has been frustrating for us Stormers supporters to say the least. How can a player be bracketed to start for 7 consecutive weeks without them knowing the injury is far more serious. Still we have fresh halfbacks going into the play-offs. Interested to see if Coetzee has the balls to can Habana.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-14 10:55

      It's called mind games John.

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 12:33

      Alice speel sulke mind games dat hy self confused is.

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-14 10:53

    Cheetahs will be a tough game. Peter Grant is a much needed and welcome return, hope that Kurt Coleman did not take a mental beating as he's all class, just needs some more big games.

      Frikkie - 2011-06-14 11:13

      Coleman need to be exposed to proper flyhaves... Like Yster Steyn... He dont get that exposure in dieweland...

      Gorilla - 2011-06-14 11:31

      No Frikkie. I said "big games" not "big gnomes"

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 12:57

      Gorilla ,gnome would suggest that he is a nothing?now explain then why does he lead the points tally for two years?

      Frik - 2011-06-14 16:06

      Wat is die verskil Gorilla?

  • bullincapeto - 2011-06-14 11:00

    That means that the Cheetahs will have the territorial advantage.My great gran can kick further out of hand.

  • ARRA - 2011-06-14 11:03

    Is he going back to Japan with Fourie and Danie or what?

  • Frikkie - 2011-06-14 11:10

    Go where? In die stoffer trui gaan jy nowhere...

  • Kevin - 2011-06-14 11:16

    Sharks will surprise

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-14 12:37

      Going in as the proverbial underdogs may well suit the Sharks, the big heads of the bulls players may well prove to be their worst liability.

  • watalife - 2011-06-14 11:17

    rassie has the key and Grant is 100%... lets hope that the key is placed into the lock correctly to give Grant a kick up the ass. Go Stormers...

  • EXBULL - 2011-06-14 11:31

    I honestly dont believe that Peter Grant is the answer at flyhalf for the Stormers. I've said it before and I'll say it again........The Stormers will never win Super Rugby with the flyhalves we have. That being said, I think that Coleman could be shaped to be exactly what the Stormers need. This kid, in a year or two will deliver the goods. He needs to be let loose. During Saturdays game I got the feeling that he was playing under instructions. At times there were gaps in front of him and he just passed the ball. An attempted line-break or two and he could've created something for the guys outside him. Youngsters like Sadie, De Jong and Coleman have loads of flair, and should be allowed to express themselves. You give them specific instructions and you limit their game. The other thing that bothers me is the amount of protection our flyhalfs get. A flyhalf should never be stuck at the bottom of a ruck. He controls the game and needs to be available to do just that. Why has Morne Steyn come through an entire competition without an injury and the Stormers have already used six flyhalves?

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 12:31

      Want die Bulle het nog altyd slim losskakel gehad. Naas was baas. Skoon trui en al.

      Grey B - 2011-06-14 12:40

      You make good points. Agree about our youngsters, Coleman, Sadie, De Jongh. All Great futures ahead of them. However, Peter Grant is definately the answer. If he was managed better two/three years ago, he would have been the 1st choice springbok flyhalf and would have been great. He still is the answer for the stormers. Imagine if he wasnt injured half the season, where the stormers would have been. No lets hope the Warathas lose this weekend. Imagine a all SA home final. Come on boys.

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 12:46

      De Jongh moet Bulle toe kom sodat hy kan voel hoe dit voel om 'n beker te wen.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-14 13:02

      Marcell, ons soek nie hasbeens nie.

      gooinat - 2011-06-14 13:11

      Julle het genoeg hasbeens,Marcell,Alwyn,Ace,Krugga,Brannas(waar is daai dom werfetter),need I say more........

  • Grey B - 2011-06-14 11:36

    Very good management of player. Yes I am concerned about his match practice, but only time will tell. Good to have him back. Stooooooomeeeeers. WP jou leka ding.

  • Marcell - 2011-06-14 12:22

    Granted. Cheetahs by 11!

      gooinat - 2011-06-14 12:25

      Sharks by 9 points and there goes the Bulls out of the S15,bye bye Louis!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 12:36

      Hoeveel keer was jy nou al reg gewees die afgelope paar weke, papsak verslaafde?

      Krugga - 2011-06-14 12:46

      Marcell, you will NEVER get them Stompies to admit when they were wrong or made a gat of themselves. Just be content knowing that after last weekend's game they have egg on their faces. I bet you they know/feel it too.

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 12:51

      Wonder of dit eier is:)

      gooinat - 2011-06-14 12:54

      @Macell,baie keer meer as jy,jy het voorspel die Blues gaan ons klop toe klop ons hulle,jy het voorspel die Brumbies gaan ons klop toe klop ons hulle,jy het voorspel dat jou geliefde Rebels gaan ons klop en toe wat het gebeur,ja ek het ek gese die Stormers gaan die Bulle klop en ja ek was verkeerd.Gaan Shag 'n Shelia jou poephol!!!!!!!!@Krugga,the ones that are going to have eggs on there face is the Bulls if they don't make it to the playoffs been current S14 title holders.

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 13:11

      Gooinat. Ek gaan glad nie eier op my gesig he nie. Vir ons is dit maar net nog 'n beker. Being there done that. Iets wat jy nie sal verstaan nie. Wat sal jou reaksie wees wanneer die Bulle weer wen? Ons weet die Bulle(spelers) speel die wedstryd maar hulle is nie die EEN in beheer nie. Wat sal gebeur sal gebeur. Ons kan net vertrou.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 13:31

      @Marcell - are you seriously bringing the Jaco vd Westhuizen doctrine that "God is a Bulls fan, and makes sure they win, because they are more deserving" onto these forums? Please tell me I interpreted your comment incorrectly?

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 14:04

      Saffa-cat: Dis nie wat ek bedoel nie. Ek haal my hoed af vir Jaco se boldness. Sy redes vir sy optrede is tussen hom en God. Wat ek wel bedoel is dat elke speler net sy beste kan gee. Die res(wen of verloor) is nie van belang nie. Partymaal raak ons as ondersteuners te emosioneel. Veral as ons voel dit of daai was nie die regte besluit gewees nie. Dan se ons dinge wat nie 'n plek het nie.

  • Marcell - 2011-06-14 12:38

    Familiar theme : No cup after top of the log finish for Cape Town Chokers.

      Toetmonster - 2011-06-14 12:50

      Marcell! Gaan suig jou eie b@l!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 12:58

      10 years and counting

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-14 13:03

      Never ending story.

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 13:04

      Ag nee man. Ek is nie 'n Stompie ondersteuner nie.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 12:48

    Sparky if i wake up the morning with a semi it doesnt mean im now Casanova,If the Stormers play in a Semi it doesnt mean they are Super Champs

      Marcell - 2011-06-14 13:02

      Die Stompies het mos klaar die beker gewen na die eerste rondte.

      gooinat - 2011-06-14 14:12

      oh my talking about semi,s has worked me up,please stop it i cant hold myself in anymore

  • Kollekat - 2011-06-14 13:08

    Sias gaan die naweek wys dat Grant nie die antwoord is nie. Alhoewel ek glo dat as die Stormers vir Rose gebruik hulle defnitief gaan verloor wil ek nie die rugby aanskou nie want ek gaan dalkies net 'n kat skiet en dit gaan nie 'n Cheetah wees nie. Saterdag gaan die Stormers soos 'n briesie in 'n teekoppie wees. Cheetahs met 8!!! Hak Vrystaat!

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-14 15:18

    SAFFA disappear Profile poacher appear,smells like snoek

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 15:46

      I am here, and the profile stealer is still here as well tosspot! He stole my name on Friday and spelt it like this: Saffa_Cat. So most people could see it was HIM, from the other side of the ocean. I do not BLOG in the evenings, nor do I blog throughout the night - (when the profile stealer is online) - so DO the math.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 18:04

      Good news about Grant, but i don't think anything is going to be enough to stop the Bulls now. Lets unite behind them as South Africans.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-14 17:52

    That's good news, but i'm afraid that's not enough to stop the Bulls now. But lets be all South african now and stand together, our best team is the Bulls so I'm asking all of you to unite behind them, that's good for our WC campaign

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