Groom: We must be fearless

2014-05-09 13:00

Cape Town - Scrumhalf Nic Groom feels the Stormers' young and inexperienced team could pose a threat to the Bulls in their Super Rugby clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Coach Allister Coetzee was earlier this week forced into making six enforced changes to his starting line-up, with three players on debut in the match-day 23 - lock Jean Kleyn in the starting line-up and prop Alistair Vermaak and Dylon Frylinck on the bench.

There are also six new faces on the bench, with Steven Kitshoff (knee), Frans Malherbe (concussion), Oli Kebble (concussion), Jurie van Vuuren (shoulder), Michael Rhodes (assortment of knocks), Louis Schreuder (broken thumb), Jean de Villiers (AC joint) and Kobus van Wyk (wrist) all dropping out with an assortment of injuries after last weekend’s 29-28 win over the Highlanders at Newlands.

The new players in the selection mix, either on the bench or in the starting XV, are Kleyn, Pat Cilliers, Vermaak, Martin Dreyer, Stephan Coetzee, Frylinck, Michael van der Spuy and Devon Williams, with Peter Grant, Cheslin Kolbe and Brok Harris promoted from the bench to starting roles.

This is no doubt an inexperienced team rocking up to play the Bulls at Loftus, but Groom feels they could make it count in their favour.

In an interview with Die Burger's website, Groom said it's an exciting challenge for their young team.

"We're with our backs to the wall. However, it's a wonderful opportunity for the guys. Here are guys who would never have dreamt to be in the Stormers 23-man squad by now. We'll have to be fearless."

Groom said the "unpredictability and instinct of the young player" could be very dangerous and perhaps count in their favour.

Kick-off for Saturday's game is scheduled for 19:10.



15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Grant Hattingh, 7. Jacques du Plessis, 6. Jono Ross, 5. Victor Matfield (captain), 4. Paul Willemse, 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Callie Visagie, 1. Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Werner Kruger, 18. Morné Mellett, 19. Jacques Engelbrecht, 20. Wimpie van der Walt, 21. Rudy Paige, 22. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23. William Small-Smith


15. Jaco Taute, 14. Damian de Allende, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Peter Grant,11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger (captain), 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Brok Harris

Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Alistair Vermaak, 18. Martin Dreyer, 19. Siya Kolisi, 20. Deon Fourie, 21. Dylon Frylinck, 22. Michael van der Spuy, 23. Devon Williams


  • Smurwe - 2014-05-09 12:37

    I just wonder why the media keep on referring to the young and inexperienced Team of the Stormers. As if the Bulls have this old and experienced team. From JJ, Serfontein, Jurgen, Jono, Pollard, William Small Smith etc etc are all very young. So are some of the other players fairly young and inexperienced. The Bulls are just as young and inexperienced but have not once used it as an excuse

      Ali Gee - 2014-05-09 12:59

      Very young yes but more experienced. Alot of the Stormers players have little to no super Rugby experience besides the last couple of weeks. The only people talking about inexperience and age is Sports24. Don't miss interpret the article.

      Andre Van Der Merwe - 2014-05-09 13:03

      Smurwe, the young Bulls have played on a higher platform in the past (Junior World Cup) BMT win matches. No excuses, the Stormers will take it on the chin.

      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-09 13:04

      n Papsak, en n bietjie Tik voor die game en die Poofters is so "fearless" soos Vissak en al die Prawnmoffs om al hulle dwaasheid hier to uitstal

      Smurwe - 2014-05-09 13:05

      Ali / Andre Still think its going to be tough and close. .... Though I do consider Fort Loftus as the deciding factor.

      Smurwe - 2014-05-09 13:07

      Really Fabricante, grow up or go play on the train tracks

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-09 13:09

      Smurwe, baie waar. Maar moenie huil nie, die Bulls is n hoe boom en vang baie wind. Die res staan nog in die kwekery.

      Smurwe - 2014-05-09 13:36

      Fabricante Be my guest. Just make sure its a very busy one.

  • Theo Pretorius - 2014-05-09 14:07

    STORMERS mindset are changed,nothing too lose,they will be running the ball like the past 3games,each game got better,nulle still in with a shout,if they are behind like the highlanders they don't have the flair to bounce back!!!they need to play conservatively and the STORMERS don't,sorry nulle STORMERS to end your season for GOOD!!!

  • Shaun Davidson - 2014-05-09 15:30

    "Brainless" comes to mind when you think about the Stormers.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-10 06:38

      Die stemme in my kop se talentloos ook.

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