Grant's injury a huge blow

2011-04-14 18:46

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - DHL Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant's withdrawal from the squad to take on the MTN Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday should not sit comfortably with Stormers fans who want to see their team bounce back from defeat with a resounding victory.

The Stormers should still be favoured to win, but it is not nearly as cut and dried now as it was before Grant was forced to pull out with a knee injury sustained in training earlier in the week.

The decision to withdraw Grant from the team for the match was taken on Thursday afternoon after Grant failed to show sufficient recovery from the bump he received on Tuesday.

Grant has been in outstanding form for the Stormers this season, so while his replacement Gary van Aswegen is a capable player, the first choice will be missed.

Grant has played a big part in most of what has gone right for the Stormers since he came onto the field with 20 minutes remaining against the Lions in the opening match of the competition at Newlands.

Van Aswegen was the player that Grant came on for, and although the youngster had not let himself or the team down to that point, there was a dramatic change in the Stormers' fortunes once the regular flyhalf, who played off the bench in that game because he had just returned from Japan, came onto the field.

The one point in the Stormers' favour for this game though, is that at least Van Aswegen has had plenty of opportunity to run with the side in training as he has been a reserve for much of the season and as such he has spent a lot of time running with the team and getting acquainted with the moves.

He has been training as the Stormers flyhalf ever since Grant was injured on Tuesday.

Lionel Cronje, who comes in on the bench, is also no stranger to the Stormers' system and is able to play at flyhalf or fullback.

However, the Stormers have struggled to get their attacking game going this season partly because the backline was just settling again due to Grant's off-season absence, so Grant's withdrawal won't do wonders for the team's synchronisation on attack.

Grant being ruled out means the Stormers have effectively now had six changes made to the side that was selected for the match against the Reds last week.

Jean de Villiers, who was ruled out on the eve of that match with a groin injury, is still out, as are Bryan Habana and Rynhardt Elstadt.



15 Michael Killian, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies La Grange (captain), 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whitely, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Dries van Schalkwyk, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Jaco Taute


15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Johann Sadie


  • Lloyd - 2011-04-14 19:20

    Grant's injury is a huge blow for the Lions.

      Lloyd - 2011-04-15 05:10

      Good morning Explore. Hope you had a good night's rest. To be a Bulls supporter is always awesome, win or lose. While we were shafted by a team who were not so effeminate on the specific day, we are still 3 x Super champs whereas the not so effeminte team has won nothing for 10 years and the rest of the country knows, it will problably become 11 years soon. Enjoy the rest if your day. Go Lions!

      YB Normal - 2011-04-15 07:59

      Lloyd , one should look at the whole history and not just be selective and what you see and mention. Well done in being the 3x Champs, but what about the bulls being the first team in the history of the Super Serious to not won a single game in a season, and was they were either bottom of the log or 2 from bottom from 1998 till 2003

      Lloyd - 2011-04-15 08:38

      YB, I merely replied to Explore, who's comment has been removed, who carried on about the Bulls scoring 0 last week.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-15 08:55

      ....Go Lions..!!!! ....Go Lions..!!!!! ...Go Lions..!!!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-15 08:57

      ...the Bulls scored 0, .......but the Stormertjies have 0 cups since 2001... ......He he he he he..!!

      Jik - 2011-04-15 13:13

      Who was he blowing? bwahahaha..

  • Rudy - 2011-04-14 19:38

    Hope Lionel gets a chance to prove himself in Super Rugby...

  • Brannas - 2011-04-14 20:00

    En daar val die stormakies toe heeltemal uitmekaar, Lions by 15, Go lions

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-15 08:59

      Brannas, ......Peter Grant en skilpad Duanne Vermeulen overrated....

      Spires - 2011-04-15 12:59

      Johnny BlikBrein, jy is 'n underrated aap.

  • Effel - 2011-04-14 20:10

    Why is it a blow?

      Whatever - 2011-04-15 01:59

      Nie gedink n aap soos jy sou verstaan nie.Probeer Moftus so paar weke terug...hehehehehe!Kom nou man ek wag dat jy bel vir ons afspraak.

      Whatever - 2011-04-15 02:03

      Nie gedink jy sou dit vang nie.Probeer Loftus so paar weke gelede...Stormers vs Floubulletjies...Grant baie punte....Steyn ....wie is Steyn.....jy vang barber?

      Lloyd - 2011-04-15 06:20

      Stormers no cups in 10 jaar. Grant baie punte........dit help nie. Grant.....wie is Grant.......jy vang snoek?

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-15 09:00

      Lions 29 - 18 Vrot Viskopvreters

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-15 14:56

      julle se vir ander manse julle lekker dinge............. lol dis gay

  • molefeP - 2011-04-14 20:21

    From Grant to van Aswegen? I dont know..... But I personally think that is a huge step backwards! I think the Lions will fancy their chances now!

  • Raymond - 2011-04-14 20:38


      Selebi - 2011-04-14 21:54

      "Shaun Raymond, hooker for the cowboys, Lets play man"

  • Effel - 2011-04-14 20:52

    Ou Mike en sy hondjie stap die bar binne, Mike koop 'n piering brandewyn vir die hondjie en die hy drink hom binne in sy m@er. Barman vra, wat vang jy aan met die hondjie. Mike, ek bring hom maar in elke Saterdag as die Stormers verloor, koop vir hom 'n piering vol brandewyn tot hy uitpass. Barman, nou wat maak jy met die hondjie as die Stormers wen? Mike, ek weet nie, die hondjie is nou eers 11jr oud.

      darkwing - 2011-04-14 21:27

      Hahahaha!!!! Dankie

      darkwing - 2011-04-14 21:27

      Hahahaha!!!! Dankie

      Whatever - 2011-04-15 02:01

      Ken jy nie nuwe grappe nie?Wanneer bel jy ek wag vir jou PAPPA!

      Effel - 2011-04-15 03:08

      @Whatever Sodra jy jou nommertjie stuur bel ek ou bees. Jy se mos jou ma en pa is broers, so heokom is jy bang? Jy het mos back up

      Robschele - 2011-04-15 08:00

      Wat's die verskil tussen die Bulle en 'n samoesa. 'n Samoesa het drie punte.

      Lloyd - 2011-04-15 08:38

      Jou grappie was snaaks n week terug.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-15 09:03

      Effel, ......good one, ..............Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ..!!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-15 09:05

      @Robchele, ...verkeerd...!! ........die Bulle het 3 Super Bekers.... .......Super Champs X3...!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-15 09:05

      @Robchele, ...verkeerd...!! ........die Bulle het 3 Super Bekers.... .......Super Champs X3...!!

      handogg - 2011-04-15 10:26

      Ha ha ha! Even as a Stormer supporter, that's a funny joke. Thanks for making me laugh dude!

  • Count Olaf - 2011-04-15 00:48

    I'm a loyal Stormers supporter for the last 21 yr, eventhough we cupless as Effel and Lloyd likes to point out, I love my team and everything it stands for. I think we on the right track and are playing positive attractive rugby. STORMERS!!!!!

      BCC - 2011-04-15 02:09

      'Positive, attractive rugby'? WTF are you on about. They kick themselves to wins. How many tries have they scored. Not knocking their winning ability but it is a total yawn-fest to watch.

      BCC - 2011-04-15 07:01

      @Effel, i don't speak monkey so how about English. I imagine i hit a nerve, score some tries and i will listen to you monkey boy.

      Peter Britz - 2011-04-15 08:34

      Olaf.... DON"T you know it's grammaticaly inccorrect to use positive and attacking in the same sentence as Stormers!! Lets see, the Stormpies have scored exactly 9 tries in 7 matches!!! And this with a backline of Grant, Jdv (Bok) Jaque Fourie (bok) Habana (bok) Aplon(bok) Jantjie (bok) ??? Hell no, Stormers haven't toured yet, and the signs are there that will be imploding if they can't start stringing some form of backline play together!!!

      kosie - 2011-04-15 09:18

      @bcc almost like the bulls, only difference is that morne can't kick this year. so bulls = no tries and no penalties= 0

      FactFile - 2011-04-15 09:19

      To get this straight.. Effel are u a Stormers supporter or what?? I don't c who u support? First u make fun of 'em and now backing them up? I suppor them.

      FactFile - 2011-04-15 09:19

      To get this straight.. Effel are u a Stormers supporter or what?? I don't c who u support? First u make fun of 'em and now backing them up? I suppor them.

  • WPStrm 4ever - 2011-04-15 09:07

    I see we have a new generation of BB supporters trying to bring some joy to their lives by making negative comments towards a team and its supporters who are 5 positions higher than them on the log. I do wonder if this is not some of the old BB folk who are to ashamed to comment under their well known "names" and are now filling the comments section with their filth. And for those who don't quite understand the british language: Terug na die rugby, ja ons is almal beindruk met die feit dat die BB tot dusver die Super rugbykroon 3 keer kon dra, maar as jy met jouself werklik eerlik is sal jy besef julle is nie eers 'n skaduwee van die span wat die eerste 2 gewen het nie, en as ek dit nie mis het nie was julle die eerste keer ook maar vrek gelukkig. Meet julleself aan die meesters van superrugby, Crusaders, en julle lyk dan ook maar soos enige ander span in die kompetisie ook nie so goed nie, ne. Die probleem met die BB ondersteueners is dat julle so verwaand is dat julle nie besef julle span is nou nie meer die beste ding na gesnyde brood nie. Ek het dit al verlede jaar gesê, en ek sê dit weer. Die bulle se wiel het gedraai, ja julle mag nog hier en daar 'n wedstryd wen maar julle dommineer nie meer enige span nie en niemand is bang om op "Fortress Loftus" te kom wen nie. En onthou een ding, julle hou/het gehou rekords vir een van die slegste spanne wat in die kompetisie gespeel het, iets wat die Stormers in hulle slegste jare nie eers gedoen het nie. Laastens weet almal van ons julle BB word op die stadium deur vrees gedryf, die vrees dat julle sal moet erken julle is nie so goed soos julle was nie.

  • The_Fox - 2011-04-15 09:11

    Van Aswegen vs Francis. Gonna be interesting!

  • kosie - 2011-04-15 09:14

    for the sake of the sharks: stormers to lose, bulls to win, crusaders to lose, tah's to win. but wishing isn't going to make it happen, i bet it will be other way around.

  • kosie - 2011-04-15 09:15

    for the sake of the sharks: stormers to lose, bulls to win, crusaders to lose, tah's to win. but wishing isn't going to make it happen, i bet it will be other way around.

  • kosie - 2011-04-15 09:17

    the bulls are going to go on and on about 3 cups for the next 5 years, get something new, oh you can't cause you can't win anything ANYMORE.

      Damian@bulls - 2011-04-15 14:52

      en julle gaan aangaan dat julle die meeste currie bekers gewen het en omdat julle ons op loftus eindelik geklop het, waar dit vir ons 'n gewoonte is om julle op nuweland te klop, julle is niks gewoont nie, jy is reg ons is nie gewoont om so erg te verloor nie, wys jou net hoe goed ons eientelik is kosie ]

  • kosie - 2011-04-15 09:18

    the bulls are going to go on and on about 3 cups for the next 5 years, get something new, oh you can't cause you can't win anything ANYMORE.

  • Chip - 2011-04-15 09:20

    Hope Cronje get a 30 minute run!

  • darrenhoft - 2011-04-15 10:32

    Go Stomers!!!!!

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-04-15 14:49

    Ek glo pieter grant is 'n goeie losskakel, sy grootse probleem en dis waarom hulle morne of butch sal kies is dat hy nie die druk kan verlig met sy kantlyn skoppe nie. Verder doen hy niks meers spesiaal in elke geval nie, hy doen niks meer as wat van jou losskakel verwarg word nie. Miskien is hy beter om die voordeel lyn aan te val iets wat morne nie weet om te doen nie. ek glo dat dit die losskakel posisie vir die wereld beker die grootste kopseer vir ons is

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-04-15 15:24

    ek word gatvol vir news24, meeste ander mense op die blog skryf ook vuil goed oor die bulle as ek hulle antwoord word my poost afgehaal hkm??? Mag net ons sleggese word op die sites?

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