Grant on song for Stormers

2012-04-20 14:40

Cape Town – Flyhalf Peter Grant is getting better just about every week for the Stormers as he reacclimatises to the rigours of Super Rugby.

GALLERY: Super Rugby - Reds v Stormers

The globetrotting No 10, why plies much of his trade in the less demanding rugby climate of Japan these days, was massively influential in the Stormers’ gratifying 23-13 victory over defending champions the Reds in Brisbane on Friday.

It has become a bit of a tradition for “Bash” to return from Asia a little off the pace and often after missing a couple of early weeks of the southern hemisphere season.

And yet the value of still having him aboard for the lion’s share of the campaign was emphasised once more at Suncorp Stadium, where the direction and purpose he gave to the side proved a big tilting factor against the Reds.

Apart from kicking flawlessly off the tee again, Grant was responsible for the second and final Stormers try four minutes before half-time with a deft, decisive break close to the enemy line – it put the tourists into a commanding 14-point lead going into the shed and with their defensive system again largely disciplined and blanket-like, it seldom seemed likely that the embattled, injury-disrupted Queenslanders could claw back to win.

Grant could boast 18 of the Stormers’ 23 points, and his full-blooded display also included one rib-rattler of a tackle on a flying Mike Harris into touch when a Reds try in their improved second half seemed at least a 50-50 prospect.

Perhaps it will be of further concern to more demanding Stormers fans that again they could not complete a four-try bonus point job, but there’s a strong case for saying that bigger-picture needs were met and that was the crucial thing.

By the third week of your overseas leg, and coming off a defeat, just bagging the four win points is often a satisfying development, especially considering that there was only a six-day turnaround from the brave first-time loss of 2012 to the Crusaders.

The victory propelled the Stormers, unusually but seemingly decently led by Duane Vermeulen, back to the top of both the SA conference and overall tables, even if both the Bulls and Chiefs can overhaul them with respective wins themselves on Saturday.

Their tour target, whatever it quietly is, must be very much on track, as they have now snared nine of a possible 15 points from the three overseas games thus far, and they will be favourites to knock over Aussie bottom-sawyers the Force in Perth next Saturday ahead of a bye weekend, thus swelling their haul to either 13 or 14 from a maximum of 20.

That rest period is becoming reasonably urgent for the Stormers now, as the injury bogey has certainly paid a conspicuous visit to their camp after mostly staying away for the earliest weeks.

As the Australian TV commentators admiringly noted, the Capetonians pulled off the Brisbane win without the combined 248 Super Rugby caps of Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers and Andries Bekker.

There may well be some further casualties now, as impressive young tight-fivers Eben Etzebeth and Steven Kitshoff came off in the second half showing the effects of wear and tear and Gio Aplon also had to be substituted in the 73rd minute; he was seen holding his left hamstring area afterwards.

They probably hope that beanpole lock Bekker, who has stayed with the travelling party, can be considered against the Force because the lineout was one area that functioned anything but smoothly at Suncorp – in one instance it absolutely gifted James Horwill a flop-over try.

But we also saw further evidence of just how close-knit and perfectionism-seeking this Stormers squad is, so they are bound to give this facet comprehensive attention before the big last tour push in Perth ...

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  • Terence - 2012-04-20 14:54

    They don't actually need Burger and de Villiers.

      John - 2012-04-20 15:21

      They do as it will make a huge difference to have Burger JDV and Bekker all available when it gets down to play-offs. They have plenty of good locks so if Etsebeth is rested it is not a problem but it could become a problem if Kitshoff goes missing in action. he has been supberb all season.

  • Schaun - 2012-04-20 14:57

    against a 3rd team reds, i must say stormers just pulled it of, made grant look like a super star for a change and vermeulen all the sudden on his best again...lmfao, hoot ur own horns stormers, score is on the board, just hate it how they upgrade players if they just just won agaist a 3rd team

      Stirrer - 2012-04-20 15:07


      Saffa - 2012-04-20 15:08

      @Schaun Exactly. The Bulls scored 60-something points against that school team

      John - 2012-04-20 15:22

      Suck it up Chump!

      Stephan - 2012-04-20 15:26

      Schaun, you may want to blame the media for that.

      siassmith - 2012-04-20 15:34

      Yes Saffa and the week after that game they lost to the Stormers!

      Pete - 2012-04-20 15:43

      @Saffa, the bulls only just beat the Crusaders at Loftus and the Stormers put them away nicely in NZ, whats your point?

      Lance - 2012-04-20 15:54

      @ Saffa..didn't the Bulls lose the Blues recently ? Forgive me if I'm mistaken..

      Saffa - 2012-04-20 15:59

      Bulls top of SA conference after this weekend Bye bye Stormers, 17yr and counting

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-20 16:12

      @fake saffa - put your money where your mouth is - if the Stormers head the SA conference after after this weekend you humbly apologise and admit you were wrong and sign off all your posts for next week with "Stormers Rule", if the bulls lead the SA Log I will end all my post with "Bulls Rock" for the same time period.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 16:18

      Exactly Schaun! Very true. Especially Isak. That man drives me nuts with his hilarious comments!!! Did not see the game. I suppose the ref was suspect again!

      Schaun - 2012-04-20 16:21

      ok ok, i know its a sck statement, maar nie suurgat nie, just a reminder to most of u replying here onmy post were the ones that said the bulls won the reds 3rd team, whats the differ now. u won them just by 10 points, glad for the win and was good to see they scraped it together to make sure of a win, but the way they talk players now as hero s, where they just shine on weak teams thats a disgrace, there was 4players that stood out that made the difference, not vermeulen and not grant, they were just lucky to catch the ball on the right time, congrats stormers. actually for real now do u dreamers really think they way the stormers perform, even with all their wins, they gonna take the supercup, hell no, i m a bull and if the bulls make it to semi i know they win matches that matters, semi and finals, stormers choke,its a fact, pls prove me wrong. the rate the sa teams actually perform we dont stand a chance, lets hope it chance and we all reach peak form and watch some super rugby and not high school stuff around

      Pietie - 2012-04-20 17:22

      @Pete Come again? The Stormers did not win the game against the Crusaders. What were you watching!?

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-20 17:31

      maaar @Pietie in hul verbeelding het hulle gewen en dis al wat tel- ni wat di telbord of ander mense se ni.... zzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Schaun - 2012-04-20 19:44

      @pierre well tappit i might be but for your information, this biker only rides for justice and disabled kids, i donated more on one bike trip than u donated to your own family in a year...biking and rugby nothing to do with each other, like i say, the comments that make sence i give credit, based on facts, stormers not on par and sa teams not on par, fact sa teams not on par, one more fact bulls got their super cups and plenty other, stormers got conference cup but thats like saying u got laid by the sexy chicks brother, atleast u got laid,.. fcking aszzz

      Bielie - 2012-04-21 02:19

      Schaun, Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you? Bulls won against the Reds at home, after (1) the Blues had stung them at home and (2) they came off a bye. The Stormers won away from home, in Oz where a SA team hadn't won since 2009 against a team who had beaten them in their last two matches AND after having lost their capt, stand-in capt, vice-capt and the S15s premium line-out forward. Not much basis for comparison there, laddie.

      Bielie - 2012-04-21 02:21

      @japjapjapsnoet, die telbord maak saak. Mense se menings maak saak. Jou mening beteken vet mooi nokol.

      Nayrb - 2012-04-21 02:59

      You are clueless.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-21 07:15

      Bielie, dit was die Reds se B span met al daai beserings. Stupid. Bul groete.

      Mathew - 2012-04-24 09:55

      Still the reigning champs, can never take them lightly...

  • morneoosthuizen - 2012-04-20 14:57

    Boys did well without their first 3 captains (Burger, De Villiers, and Bekker(Could be wrong about Bekker though)), Duane made all the right calls. Reds were utter crap when it came to making calls. Stormers defense was rock solid again. Well done Stormers. 2/3.

  • Saffa - 2012-04-20 15:07

    And the gold medal goes to: Mr Ref!

      Stirrer - 2012-04-20 15:35


      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 16:21

      Tokolos was thinking the same Saffa! Who helped them this time? Geeeze this is getting ridiculous now!

      Riaan - 2012-04-21 13:49

      Saffa and Moffolos didnt see the game. They were preparing for their big date where they were going to make each other the luckiest man on earth

  • Japjapjap - 2012-04-20 15:08

    grand only & fav song- "big in Japan"?? okey okey maybe "I'm a barbie girl" too??

      Stirrer - 2012-04-20 15:36

      OK,OK. You're a barbie girl.

      Bielie - 2012-04-21 02:23

      japjapjap, dis eers nadat ek hierdie kommentaar van jou gelees het dat ek besef hoe common d00s jy eintlik is. Sies man.

      Ruan - 2012-04-21 06:45

      Elke week bewys jy dat jy die grootste aap is. Shame

      Riaan - 2012-04-21 13:50

      japgrap hou van ouens.

  • DeonHeunis - 2012-04-20 15:36

    Good win stormers!!!! BUT why don't we chase bonus points? 14 Points lead & we keep kicking goals? That's the difference between us & Bulls I'm afraid! Home-semi and finals are crucial if you want to win this cup.

      Alan - 2012-04-20 16:37

      If we want 4 tries then De Jongh must learn to pAss - simple

  • klsdjfsldhflsdhfoewhfoewfwehfofhohf - 2012-04-20 15:49

    You cannot make a SPRINGBOK!! Someone is born a Springbok and cannot be made one. Sorry Grant. Your not that quality. Maybe in a next life

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-20 16:21

      Actually you are selected by a selection panel to play for the Springboks, those guys make you a Springbok, and after you played a test for the Springboks you are a Springbok for life. O, and by the way, Peter Grant has played for the Springboks and is therefore a Springbok. Unless you actually mean the gazelle, in witch case you are 100% correct, you have to be born as the antelope, and the only way Peter Grant can become one is if he gets reincarnated as one in the next life.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 16:25

      Tokolos like the way you think you "2cool thang"

  • Hanjo - 2012-04-20 15:53

    Grant has looked much better since taking over the goal kicking, I believe as it does with some players, kicking well gives them a boost in confidence which improves their general game...might be the case with Grant.

  • Randell Mannetjie Smith - 2012-04-20 15:54

    Grant had a good game we'll see what the Bulls will do down under

  • Saffa - 2012-04-20 15:57

    And Jason is just getting fatter and fatter

  • David - 2012-04-20 16:11

    He is one of the most under rated fly halves in SA. He spent years playing behind a beaten pack,and now that his forwards are holding their own,he is a different player. Personally I would play Lambie at 10,with Grant on the bench covering 10,12,13 and 15. Goosen is a great prospect but not yet. BTW how would Morne look behind a pack going backwards?

      Terence - 2012-04-20 16:37

      Thanks goodness the future of Springbok rugby isn't in your hands.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-20 16:46

      you do have a point David, I though would not have grant cover so may positions - jack of all trades master of none type thing. he is a great flyhalf, we should not mess with his game and put him in other positions. I would play him at 12 if it reeded to be, but that is it.

  • Johan - 2012-04-20 16:31


  • Clive - 2012-04-20 16:35

    What a future both Eben and Steve have the future of Springbok rugby is ALIVE

  • David - 2012-04-20 16:41

    @Terence--I'm ok with insults.Are you ok with rugby or is it netball? By the way in English we say "thank goodness"

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 17:20

      Ou Wolpert

      Riaan - 2012-04-21 13:53

      Terence is thinking of men in pink. He just cant control it. They are all soooooooo gorgeous.

  • aiazmir - 2012-04-20 17:44

    Why don't they become more expansive when they are ahead. Several scoring opportunities were lost because they took an option to take a "hit" rather than spread the ball. They are becoming stereotyped. A team that can defend, but can't go for the kill. Once you've done the hard work, you have to allow your backs to score.

  • Quintin Rowan - 2012-04-20 18:33

    To all that pink panthers (blue-bulls) supporters, STORMERS are the best team currently in the super 15. Stop eating sour grapes julle lekkerbekke

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-20 18:43

      Ok maar net currently. Wanneer dit saakmaak dan is julle nie meer nie. Bul groete.

      Lance - 2012-04-21 06:59

      I'm an SA Stormers who is going to be supporting the Bulls n Sharks was most unfortunate to how negative some Bulls were yesterday when the Stormers won. There was clearly some jealously re the Stormers win and nervousness regarding todays Brumbies game. Chill out sour Bulls you are playing into the stereotyped roles that journou's love to hype up re comments like \Loftus a dark place to play rubgy\(journo). You will win today, so chin up and support your fellow SA teams..unless you are playing then you don't have to. So play nicely all online commentators and good luck Bulls and Sharks !

  • Brendon - 2012-04-21 02:25

    Planet Rugby wrote that Loftus is still a dark and ugly place to play rugby. As a South African rugby fan I was offended by the comment, but after reading the posts from Bulls fans on this site week after week I have to wonder about the mindset of the average Bulls fan. This article is celebrating the efforts of a Stormer and yet Bulls fans cannot stomach it. You insist on spewing your simple-minded vitriol all over the place. Why can't you lot just be humble and enjoy a South African victory?

      Tertius - 2012-04-21 08:43

      Well said!

  • Pierre - 2012-04-21 09:47

    Schaun, you have no idea what I do or don't do, or give to charity. You through your arrogance and uneducated opinion of rugby have once again proved that if it was not for their supporters and steve hofmeyer most right minded people could probably appreciate the bulls slightly more. I spent 11 years of my life living in Pretoria in the 1990's and it its a wonderful city. Unfortunately I also went to Loftus on numerous occasions and unfortunately you Bulls supporters truly show your colours there. I don't think I have ever, or will ever, see a bigger grouping of drunk, vulgar or arrogant people in my life. I APOLOGISE IF THERE ARE ANY DECENT BULLS SUPPORTERS OUT THERE, unfortunately i saw firsthand that the overwhelming majority of Bulls supporters are just a bunch of drunk arrogant tappits with a bloody ugly stadium. AND you and you fellow supporters prove my point every time you comment on this site

      Chris - 2012-04-21 12:23

      @Pierre: You've got it 100% correct!

  • Ockie - 2012-04-21 14:01

    Well done Stormers. Now for Sharks and Bulls to make it a perfect weekend for SA rugby fans.

  • hoffjw - 2012-04-21 16:28

    All i wanna see is the Brumbies knock the Bulls around.....Stormers groete.Goodluck to the Sharks......

  • Rugbyguru - 2012-04-22 13:07

    Grant is good, but (being a Stormer supporter myself), test rugby is another level - and somehow I don't think he'll make the cut. Does anyone know just exactly how many tackles he missed against the Crusaders? HM should go with Morne Steyn, and Pat Lambie as his understudy. I also prefer Francois Steyn @ fullback, simply because he tend to rather "bash" the ball up at 12 instead of passing it. Lambie will also be able to cover both 10 and 15 from the bench, and together with Aplon and Habanna on the wings, give HM the stability (experience) he would seek from the backs against the Poms. Hopefully JdV will be fit as well, to make up the Stormer centre pairing with JdJ. Francois Hougaardt is the best scrummy in SA by far at the moment, but I am unclear about his understudy. Any ideas? Also, Mvovo or Basson on the bench?

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