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Grant at flyhalf for Blues

2012-03-13 14:10

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has issued an endorsement to the combination that won the first two games in Vodacom Super Rugby by naming a largely unchanged team for Friday night’s crucial match against the Blues at Newlands.

Kick-off is at 19:10.

The only change to the starting team that beat the Sharks two weeks ago is an anticipated one, with Peter Grant returning to the No 10 jersey for the first time since last year’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Crusaders at Newlands. Grant came on as a replacement in the coastal derby and won the game for the Stormers with a kick, but this will be his first start of 2012.

“We all know what Peter can bring and he is an experienced player who is strong on both defence and attack so it wasn’t a difficult decision to bring him back now that he is available,” said Coetzee.

“At the moment we don’t know who will take the goalkicking responsibility, Peter or Joe Pietersen. We will wait until Thursday’s captain’s practice. Once we see who is kicking well there we will have a better idea and the decision will be taken between the players and the kicking coach, Greg Hechter. It’s about whoever is feeling confident near the time. We know they can both do the job.”

Gary van Aswegen is the player who makes way for Grant, but he will continue his rugby education and his introduction to Super Rugby by playing off the bench against a team that Coetzee rates highly.

“The Blues are extremely dangerous and from the outset they were tipped to be one of the top sides in the competition this year,” said the coach.

“We saw last week against a very good Bulls team what the Blues are capable of. They came to South Africa with two defeats on their record, but they lost narrowly to the Crusaders in their opening match, a game which the Blues could have won in the last minute. The match against the Chiefs was really their only off-night. We know we are going to have to pitch on Friday night.”

Skipper Jean de Villiers stressed the importance of the backline hitting the straps in this game after some iffish performances in the previous games.

“We relied on the forwards to get us through in the last two games and we can’t afford to let that continue. We know it’s time that we as the backs also start producing on the field,” said De Villiers.

The good news for the Stormers is that prop Deon Carstens and lock Rynhardt Elstadt, both of whom have been out injured since the start of the season, will be making their comebacks to rugby for the Western Province Vodacom Cup team this weekend. 

Teams:

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 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

Blues:

TBA

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Comments
  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 14:16

    For what it's worth.

      Lionel - 2012-03-13 14:22

      Come now my buddy,we all know come Friday night dan skreeu jy saam Stooormmmers:):)

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 14:24

      Ek kou eerder glas, dankie.

      Lionel - 2012-03-13 14:28

      Shamepies!!!!

      Hanno - 2012-03-13 14:37

      Can we supply the glass ??

      Eduard - 2012-03-13 15:24

      Vir wat "post" jy dan hier, gaan kou dan glas.

  • Lionel - 2012-03-13 14:18

    The way that Grant kicked that pressure penalty makes him the frontrunnewr for Friday!!!! Stormers by 6 points

  • legndkilla - 2012-03-13 14:20

    good move alistair, what about burton francis?that boy is a winner take van aswegen out of the match 22....

      Hanjo - 2012-03-13 14:51

      I agree with you, Burton has shown the Maturity(in his one performance from the bench) that Gary lacks.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-13 14:24

    Gerhard should be ahead Habana

  • Chris - 2012-03-13 14:53

    Also a good move to move Etsebeth to the bench. Will take the opposition focus a bit away from him. Can't wait to see him as an impact player. Still not convinced with Koster at no 8.

  • Anele - 2012-03-13 14:58

    why was Etzebeth benched?

      Jason - 2012-03-13 15:01

      He missed some training this week with a niggle, nothing serious but its a long long season and coaches need to give other players game time. They have to rotate players or we end up with inexperienced players at the business end because the main guys are tired and injured. Good move by AC

      Hanjo - 2012-03-13 15:02

      They have him starting on the Superxv website, not sure if it's a mistake on their or Sport24's side. - http://superxv.com/news/super15_rugby_news.asp?id=34269

      Hanjo - 2012-03-13 15:08

      he's also starting on the stormers website, sure it's just a mistake by Sport24? - http://www.thestormers.co.za/article.asp?id=1286561

  • Saffa - 2012-03-13 14:59

    Well, then it's Blues by 25. GO BLUES GO

      Johan - 2012-03-13 15:15

      @Saffa - You have got the fixures wrong - The Blues aren't playing the Bulls this weekend!! They are playing the Stormers!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 15:26

      @Johan Oh, sorry man Johan. Then Blues by 45! GO BLUES GO

      Eduard - 2012-03-13 15:27

      Konnie dit beter gestel het nie Johan, maar jy vergeet sy reply gaan 3 bekers en na verlede saterdagaand 1 water bottel wees.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 16:21

      @Stormsaam Klipdrift bottel

      Johan - 2012-03-13 16:25

      @Stormsaam - He now seems to go the wrong years fixures but the right teams. I remember the Stormers giving the Blues a big hiding in Aucland when Carlos Spencer was still playing. Saffa would not remember as their focus in those years was on the cricket and tennis.....

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 18:36

      @Johan Foeitog, dat een mens sy naam so oor-en-oor kan g@t maak. Blues vs Stormers: 20 Mei 2011, Stormers 28- Blues 26, halftyd Blues 19-3 voor. Gaan lees artikel oor uiters omstrede drie van dom Schalk in die 79e minuut. Groete vir Dorette

  • John - 2012-03-13 15:37

    We will need a huge step up against the Blues. They will convert t./over ball into points given half a chance. I would like to see the backs running straight with more forwards coming into the backline off turnover ball. Bekker has been very effective in the past when he has been allowed to roam more freely. They will be expecting the rolling maul so this may create some opportunities where they might commit more forwards at lineout time as opposed to fanning out in defense. I dont know but they have to create more try scoring opportunities. GO STORMERS!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 20:22

      GO BLUES

      S - 2012-03-14 11:53

      @Fake Saffa: FOCUS

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