Coetzee: Grant needs time

2012-02-29 17:15

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says flyhalf Peter Grant needs time to get used to their structures again, hence his inclusion on the bench for Saturday's Super Rugby derby against the Sharks at Newlands.

Grant has just returned from a club rugby stint in Japan and, according to Coetzee, will be eased into action.

"As good as it is to have Peter back he'll need time to get used to a few things," Coetzee said on Wednesday.

"He's in good condition but there's a lot for him to absorb ahead of the match so he'll play off the bench.

"Our systems haven't changed a lot [since he last played for us].

"I've gone with Gary [van Aswegen] again and I'm comfortable with the youngster.

"We have got to back our players, and I know he'll be much improved this week."

Juan de Jongh returns to the Stormers side in place of Bryan Habana at outside centre.

Winger Gerhard van den Heever joins the reserves to accommodate Habana who will play in his preferred position at left wing.

Gio Aplon, who played left wing against the Hurricanes last week, has been moved to the right. He said the switch would not require much change in general play.

"There's not a great deal of adjustment when one moves to the opposite wing because playing in any of the back three positions is really the same," Aplon said.

"Last week we played well up front but this week we'll be looking to strike a balance as the backs try to step up their performance."

Jean de Villiers, the Stormers' stand-in captain (Schalk Burger is out injured), said he was looking forward to lining up alongside De Jongh again because he felt the Sharks, with JP Pietersen's inclusion at centre, posed a "massive midfield" threat.

Coetzee said Springbok prop Deon Carstens was not considered for selection because he was nursing a chest injury.

"Deon is working out in the gym and he'll only be ready to play against the Blues [in two weeks' time]," Coetzee said.

One player who will be in the spotlight this week is flank Siya Kolisi who turned in an impressive performance after replacing the injured Burger early in the first half against the Hurricanes last week.

He's moved off the bench for a run-on slot, and the exciting rookie Nizaam Carr gets a call-up among the reserves.


15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 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 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever


Referee: Mark Lawrence


  • Saffa - 2012-02-29 17:17

    He also needs kicking abilities, speed, ball handling skills and a brain

      Jason - 2012-02-29 17:32

      Saffa Spies or Doc Chop!

      S - 2012-02-29 17:35

      Kanadoos, shut up and go maim more patients. The amount of time you spend on N24 proves how little work you do. You must be a terrible quack.

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 17:57

      @Stirrer I am terrible, nearly like your team

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 19:24

      Pieter, Drs. Jack Kevorkian & Harold Shipman weren't even as bad as the Stormers.

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 19:44

      @Bull You have a point there. I just can't get over 10 years without a single cup. I mean how pathetic is that

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 19:53

      Ja Saffa, it's incomprehensible.

      Jack - 2012-02-29 19:59

      @ dozie & saffa - not nearly as pathetic as losing every single game in a super season...

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 20:22

      @jackblack You know you are a total loser when: You give yourself a thumbs up. You're a sad individual my boy

      Bootman - 2012-02-29 21:54

      Pieter he's got 4 thumbs up now. Could'nt have given it all to himself. Sad is when you're so worthless you have to copy other peoples profiles so you can get some attention.

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 21:56

      @Bootman Irrelevant, he gave the first to himself. Who does that?! Guess the only way Stormers get attention

      Bootman - 2012-02-29 22:09

      Pieter I know one person whos cabable of doing it. You normally only get six thumbs up on a comment. One from yourself, one from each one of the four profiles you've copied and one from Bulldozer.

  • Jason - 2012-02-29 17:31

    So Grant him some time (TIC)..........................its a long season, i think we should give these youngsters some field time so when we really need to rotate the squad we know what we have available in which positions.

      Saffa - 2012-02-29 20:23

      @Jason Won't make a difference, you'll be in your 11th cupless year and 19th Super cupless year soon

      Johannes Goeda - 2012-03-01 10:23

      give the young players time

  • Stormkaap - 2012-02-29 18:39

    So for that reason you leave out of the squad to get used to things! AC I think you need to grow kahunas..

      Bootman - 2012-02-29 19:06

      ........and a backbone to attach them to.

      Stormkaap - 2012-02-29 20:37

      Platbek karretjies have bigger backbones than your keppie

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-01 08:10

    See Saffa is not quite herself this morning. So how many profiles to you have now? If you keep going on like this you'll only be talking to yourself one of these days

  • Dwerg - 2012-03-01 09:40

    @ Saffa, Bulldozer, Stirrer, Bootman and jackblack. Don't you get bored with each other? the comments section is always just a lot of unrelated insults. This is the one place I would expect knowledgable opinions on Rugby, but instead I get a 3rd grade playground along with snot-nosed smack talk. My opinion, Peter Grant will be in the shape of his life and will down the Sharks if the plan is o put him on for the second half

      Bootman - 2012-03-01 13:20

      Dwerg I agree. These Bull supporters are childish and pathetic and what they know about rugby is scary.

      Saffa - 2012-03-01 15:41

      @Dwerg But you entitled to your little opinion? In my opinion the Sharks will win the game and Grant will fail. Go play with your teddy bear now

      Lion - 2012-03-02 02:43

      So Bootman.... You agree with Dwerg that your comments on here are just "always just a lot of unrelated insults" and "snot-nosed smack talk". Maybe you must read stuff before you agree and post. But then again... you are a Stormer... I did not expect anything else. Must have taken out your teeth and finished a papsak before you commented.

      S - 2012-03-02 12:25

      C'mon Dwerg, do you want to spoil our fun? @Lion: Why this unrelated insulting snot-nosed smack talk all of a sudden? But then again... you are a Lion... I did not expect anything else.

      Lion - 2012-03-02 18:49

      @Stirrer You are just as thick as the team you support. READ before you post. Dwerg mentioned his name and said that he post "just a lot of unrelated insults" and "snot-nosed smack talk" like other people here. And he agreed with Dwerg... duhhh!!!! Plank.

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