Grant set for starting role

2012-03-08 07:25

Cape Town - Peter Grant looks set to wear the Stormers' No 10 jersey ahead of Gary van Aswegen for their match against the Blues at Newlands next weekend.

Die Burger reports that Grant should start against the New Zealanders. The Capetonians have a bye this week after winning their opening two matches at home against the Hurricanes and the Sharks.

Grant was instrumental in their victory over the Sharks last week and also kicked a last-gasp touchline penalty to claim a 15-12 victory.

"The Blues have unbelievable rush-defence which will put a lot of pressure on an inexperienced flyhalf. We will study their defence and playing style and make a decision accordingly," said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

"Bash (Grant) is a hardened player. With that I also want to mention that Gary (van Aswegen) showed improvement against the Sharks. It’s good to know that we've got him, Bash and Burton Francis."

Meanwhile, the Stormers are also under a bit of pressure on the attacking front after lacklustre efforts there against the Hurricanes and the Sharks.

"We're not running straight enough when attacking. It's something we'll look at. Hopefully we can from now on pick the same backline every week which will help with continuity," said Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck.

However, Coetzee said defence will remain the cornerstone of their game.

"We'll still be better off if we score fewer tries, but in the process not concede any," he said.


  • Jock - 2012-03-08 08:22

    About time. Grant and Francis the top choices. Francis shows immense natural ability, his skills are beautiful to watch. If WP carry on like this they will end up losing him at the end of the year - another talent slipping through the nets...if a guy like Francis can't get a run over van Aswegen then no wonder transformation is so slow in SA.

      Jason - 2012-03-08 08:28

      Grant is a very underrated player in my view. Last year there was talk of him joining the boks until he got injured, if im not mistaken. The only fault i find in his play is his tactical kicking! If he can get that right, and is working behind a go-forward pack then he can get the back line going nicely!..........................Im just saying!

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 09:42

      @Japjapjap - I speak for myself: I have never deleted, reported or whinged about any comments or cr@p talk from Bulls fans. The rules are the same for everyone here - you dish out - you must be able to take as well. There is however a MASSIVE difference between trolling and dishing out flack. The 'Canadian docto/profile stealing orc' is a troll.....end of. You are not a troll - you are just a chap who can't spell to save his @ss trash talking on a public forum. See the difference?

      Christo - 2012-03-08 09:54

      Jock, the best player must be played, and the hell with the rest otherwise you may forget of winning anything. Stormers must started to win something and only playing the best players can do it and nothing else end of story.

      Warrick - 2012-03-08 10:08

      Really BlueRaven? Everytime I read an article about WP, all I see negative comments from Saffa & Bulldozer. I am a full out WP supporter - as I am for my country, if the Cheetah/Sharks/Lions/Bulls are playing an Aus/NZ team, I will root for them as the bottom line is I support my country and want to see success for the boks!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 10:10

      @Warrick - that would be the Canadian doctor who fakes my profile.........and his sidekicks.

      Jason - 2012-03-08 10:15

      LOL @ real SAFFA!!!! fake saffa is giving you a bad rep!

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 10:15

      @Blueraven - so you reckon 'faking' other users profiles is good for the forum?

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 10:32

      @jason - LOL - I would hope by now regular forum users could tell the difference :) In fact: ANY post made praising Spies should be a dead giveaway - fake :)

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-08 11:34

      I also cant understand why Francis has not been handed a start. Me thinks Fleckie is brow beating Coetzee! Of all the flyhalves Francis looked the more accomplished and should get an extended opportunity to play. AC be a man!

      Saffa - 2012-03-08 12:35

      @japjapjap - Tik or brandy?

      Jason - 2012-03-08 13:41

      @JAPJAPTRAP what tantrum did i throw. I called you an idiot and I stand by my comment! Your comment was deleted by Sport24 because it was just a hateful insult to Peter Grant and the Stormers, and was not backed up by any intelligent rugby chat! Do us all a favor, pull your bottom lip over your head and swallow, then take your country ass home somewhere! (now that was a little tantrum)

      Jason - 2012-03-08 13:44

      @BlueRaven, nah i dont actually heard it somewhere. Some of my Afrikaans mates use it to describe themselves. It was all said in Jest! god i can see myself getting dragged over the coals for being too tongue in Cheek!

      Jason - 2012-03-08 13:56

      @BlueRaven, if its seriously derogatory then accept my apologies. My GF in Afrikaans and has never questioned my use of it, neither have any of my Afrikaans friends...............except the usual Afrikaans verbal abuse i get LOL. I have been called every name under the sun, but things like that make me laugh as apposed to getting angry! And to be honest with you dude, I have seen some Afrikaans guys tell people to climb off their sisters on this sight, so im sure Clutchy isnt that bad...............but im a Soetie what do i know?

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-08 16:05

      @24- "nothing grant about peter, but in a team full of jokers he is a legend." This comment were reported and offensive and deleted?????????????????????????????????????????????? Jason-"Your comment was deleted by Sport24 because it was just a hateful???? insult to Peter Grant and the Stormers" Jason your one sad f@d joke really, you and..243567753245677.

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-08 08:22

    It was always going to happen. The bye came at a perfect time. Can't wait for the next match. But for this weekend, I'm going for a Bulls and Sharks win. Sorry Lions and Cheetahs, who knows you might even surprise us

  • Johan - 2012-03-08 09:27

    Not sure but I would include Jean de Villiers in any position in the backline....The problem is that he is being watch closely by the opposition...Would be interesting to see Katrakalis/Francis on Fly Half with Pieter Grant incide Centre and Jean/Juan outside - Combine that with Joe Pietersen and Aplon/Van den Heever and you would have a killer backline...I remember Grant playing incide centre a few years ago for WP and the backline was potent...

  • Morne - 2012-03-08 09:28

    Yes it is great to have Peter back, he is an exceptional player – one of the highest individual point scores in the competition over the last two / three years, with the highest (or close to it) kicking accuracy rate as well if I’m not mistaken. His level headedness and game sense will be a great advantage against the Blues, and for the rest of the season. He has an excellent playing record in Japan where he is highly rated, and also matured as a player. The Stormers / WP also have great depth in the no.10 position for the next few years, as mentioned by Isak, and Peter will be a great mentor to these youngsters. What is also encouraging to hear is that they a realizing their shortcomings and are doing something about it, let’s see how well this gets executed over the rest of the competition. Sure there will be some Flou Nulle supporters who will have some useless comments on this article (even tough it is about the Stormers and not the Nulle) and Peter’s abilities, but nobody gives a flying hoot what they have to spew out anyway. Go Stormers!!!

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-03-08 09:53

      I agree that Peter is an exceptional player - I am just worried that all this time playing in Japan is changing his playing style - you have to admit that what is needed to be successful in Japan is completely different that what is needed in super rugby. The pace is higher in Japan, but it is not nearly as physical. and one other thing - when does he have a chance to rest - after the super15 he goes straight to japan to play, when they are done he comes back to play super15 - burnout could become an issue

      Morne - 2012-03-08 10:17

      @pieter - Yes the Super 15 is the toughest rugby format, no doubt about that, but Peter has always been a physical player on both attack and defence, and he seems to be in good physical form. I am hoping that the higher pace of Japan rugby would have served only to improve his ‘on the spot’ decision making time. This combination and including his exceptional kicking skills could make him one of the, if not the, best no.10s this season again. But yes, he will have to be managed correctly to avoid the dreaded ‘burnout’, especially at the crucial end of the season, but this is where Allister Coetzee and his great couching staff comes in. They seem to be able to manage the players well in this respect.

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-08 15:56

    nothing grant about peter, but in a team full of jokers he is a legend.

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-08 15:58

      This comment were reported and deleted??????????????????????????????????????????????

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