Habana back for Stormers

2012-07-04 12:44

Cape Town - The Stormers have been bolstered by the return of Rynhardt Elstadt at flank for Saturday's Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The side's coach, Allister Coetzee, has also opted to forego the usual rotation policy so that hooker Deon Fourie retains a starting berth ahead of Tiaan Liebenberg.

Elstadt, back from suspension, will pack down at blindside flank in place of Don Armand and Siya Kolisi returns to the openside for Tyrone Holmes.

Canadian international Jebb Sinclair has been promoted from the bench to No 8, while Holmes drops out of the match-day squad.

"This is the best loose trio available for this match," Coetzee said on Wednesday.

"We are expecting an interesting clash at the breakdowns between Heinrich Brussouw and Deon Fourie.

"When we go about the breakdown play we must take the ref out of the equation and rather ensure greater accuracy on our part."

Coetzee said Fourie was good in general play while the lineouts went particularly well.

"The scrums were not as accurate as it should have been but we feel we have identified the problem and have worked on it this week," Coetzee said.

He said the flu outbreak in the squad had stabilised itself this week and some of the victims like Joe Pietersen, Bryan Habana and Juan de Jongh were fit to play on Saturday.

"We were able to select our first-choice backline but whatever backline we send out will be the best at the time," he said.

"We just have to work with what's available.

"There will always be injuries, and when it strikes it will look like it's not the best side on paper."

The dreaded No 8 curse was close to striking again in the Stormers camp as it was touch-and-go for Sinclair, who picked up a calf strain against the Lions last week.

Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen and Nock Koster are all on the injured list.

"Jebb didn't train today (Wednesday) because he's nursing a calf strain," Coetzee said.

"But he's fine and will be running flat out by Friday."

Coetzee said he feared the Cheetahs had the ability to disturb his team's cohesion.

"They are a very good side and the opposition must be accurate otherwise they'll disturb your cohesion," he said.

"We have to make sure that we give them nothing, and if we can do that, they won't be in the game."



15 Willie le Roux, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Justin Downey, 7 Lappies Labuschagné, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira/George Earle, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 George Earle/Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman


15  Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Don Armand, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

Referee: Craig Joubert


  • orrinf8 - 2012-07-04 12:49


      orrinf8 - 2012-07-04 13:00

      *AAATCHOOOO ..

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-04 13:09

      Doesnt matter how we win we just need to win!!! i really dont care how, just get the job done! please!!! SFL!!! (Stomers For Life)

      orrinf8 - 2012-07-04 13:15

      we AREN'T losing again this season .. we seem to be learning from our mistakes with every game we play .. THIS TEAM IS GOING ALL THE WAY !!

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-04 13:24

      if it gives us the W we need then i really dont care! win is a win...on the log it doesnt say LW (lucky win) or CL. so i dont mind if we win by the skin of our teeth!

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-04 13:34

      by the skin of our teeth raven will still get us into that home semi! will it for u?

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-04 13:44

      a win is a win. and as long as we keep on winning who cares about getting four tries cause we ain't conceding four every match either.

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-04 15:02

      Even the Cheetahs front rower calls himself WP :)

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-04 12:50

    The reason why some Bulls use a fake profile(a short summary) We participate in the "CIEG " program (Cape town's Importation of Extraordinary Genes) . This is the brainchild of the Western Cape committee "SUFO"(Save Us From Ourselves). The main purpose of the program, is too Super Boost the depleted gene pool in the Western Cape, for obvious reasons, our identities should be kept secret

      cape.maori - 2012-07-04 12:52


      master.payne.73 - 2012-07-04 13:03

      You are an inspiration for birth control.

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-04 13:03

      i assume signing pollard was to boost the depleted talent pool up north?

      johan.fourie.566 - 2012-07-04 13:09

      mmmmm somebody made a p in his gene pool

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-04 13:11

      The second program of “SUFO”, called “ERG” (Exchange Rugby Genes) 1, Send young players to the Bulls and Sharks, so that they can marry women with superior genes 2. Buying Senior Rugby players so they can spread their , exceptional genes in the Cape

      jono.qmann - 2012-07-04 13:13

      if this was funny i would give you a thumbs up but this is just stupid!

      Tommy - 2012-07-04 13:17

      Bwahahahaa...ok, got to give it to you, that was funny.

      matthew.peinke - 2012-07-04 13:17

      you dont know what you are talking about. Francois Hougaard (Western cape), Jeandre Kruger (Western Cape), Morne Steyn (Western cape), Johann Sadie (Western Cape), Zane Kirchner (Western Cape) looks like the secret identity is a good thing on your part that way people will not recognise you as the chop you are.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-04 13:19

      @matthew, "ERG"!

      orrinf8 - 2012-07-04 13:40

      AAAATCHOOOOOO .. bless me :) .. it's this DAMN allergy, not flu (perhaps partly) .. I'm allergic to the BULLs..t flying around here !!!

      orrinf8 - 2012-07-04 13:44


      fef.gericke - 2012-07-04 13:55

      uhm,Burton het vanaf die WP Bulls toe gegaan nadat hy WP o/19 gespeel.Elsadt kom van Montagu in die W-Kaap.

      steyts - 2012-07-04 14:06

      Dit moet, nee jammer, dit is loshande die mees breinlose, stupidste grappe wat ek nog in my hele lewe gelees het!!!!!! Plus daai "too" voor super boost moet "to" wees... Die gene van julle gee julle duidelik nie baie breinselle nie!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 14:12

      this whole where players come from not from the province originally is a load of horse sh1t. u really think in the professional era players sit and play for EP kings in currie cup div 1 when they can make the springbok team playing for the bulls or stormers or sharks? come on, grow up. all the players in the boland, border, ep, griquas will just stay there and earn peanuts and/or never make a bok team. what world are u living in?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 14:17

      did u know joe pietersen is married? thought he was crooked for sure

      jouma.setannie - 2012-07-04 14:30

      no @matthew.peinke, morne steyn is from bloemfontein, get the facts straight!

      steyts - 2012-07-04 14:41

      met maakdiebullealmalvertraagdeidiote.....

      anwar.addinall - 2012-07-04 15:07

      Please provide a remedy for our flu problem as well. I can see a lot of thought has gone into your comment so we really need your help.

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-04 19:26

      @ maakdiebulle: you are 12 years old right? Oh Yes! X-men was on the telly last night! So which superhero did you pretend to be when you wrote this comment? PATHETIC! Is this the IQ of the average Bulls supporter?

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-05 07:09

      Sticks and Stones . . . . . . . . . a artist is not recognized in his lifetime !

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-05 07:12

      @anwar, The stormers should stop the cuddling in the change rooms

  • Courtney Bam - 2012-07-04 12:54

    Cheetahs still have one big game left in them watch this space!!!

      orrinf8 - 2012-07-04 13:05

      for sure .. against the sharks next week !!

      master.payne.73 - 2012-07-04 13:10

      They have a big game every game, with all the fatties in the team.

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-04 19:28

      lol........very funny comment!

      Tom - 2012-07-04 22:11

      U would find that funny mari-hom0

      sameul.groenewald - 2012-07-05 21:36

      I'm a stormers supporter,but one thing fireside,Ashley Johnson is a great impact payer on no.8,especially when he comes off the bench....but we got that covered this weekend

  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-04 12:59

    Bolster? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!

  • lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-07-04 13:18

    Span lyk darem n bietjie beter as vorige week. Met Stormers se Vlam in die skrum terug,Elstadt,Jebb,Habana en Joe het ons weer meer balans in die span. C,mon STORMERS bring dit...Jou lekker ding

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-04 13:33

      En sodra julle verloor teen die cheetahs gaan ons hoor julle het weer met n "c" span gespeel...

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-04 13:39

      o raven you got it wrong we ain't gonna lose to cheatahs . its bonus point time. them we can field a D team against rebels to rest players unlike the bulls which need to take on even the weak teams at full strength otherwise the only final spies will see is when he turns his tv on .

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-04 13:39

      o raven you got it wrong we ain't gonna lose to cheatahs . its bonus point time. them we can field a D team against rebels to rest players unlike the bulls which need to take on even the weak teams at full strength otherwise the only final spies will see is when he turns his tv on .

      pomene.stormer - 2012-07-04 13:40

      Die span wat opdraf is altyd dit wat jy beskikbaar het op die gegewe tyd en gevolglik jou "beste span" - daar bestaan nie so iets soos n "c" span nie - behalwe op Loftus !!!!

      lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-07-04 14:00

      Die span wat op n gegewe dag speel is jou beste ongeag die redes. En rugby is n professionele sport. Die een daai een gekoop en daai een die een gekoop raak oud. En asb \comment\ op die berig nie myne nie. En ek kan nie pa staan vir ander mede Stormers se \comments\ nie.

      lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-07-04 15:23

      Blueraven ek sal probeer,maar daar is nie eintlik medisyne vir \comments\ wat nie goed is nie.

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-04 13:22

    Pity about Brok but Carstens is not starting which is a blessing. Much better side with a full strength backline. Go Stormers!

  • bulla.loftus - 2012-07-04 13:27

    WP Nel gaan ou vlam van die visvoete doodskrum die naweek....

      master.payne.73 - 2012-07-04 13:38

      Al gedeelte van hom wat goed is is die twee letters in sy naam.

      pomene.stormer - 2012-07-04 13:38

      My maat jy moet ophou aaptwak rook in jou lunch tyd - iemand gaan jou vang !!!!!! Maar WP is n great voorry !!!

  • bulla.loftus - 2012-07-04 13:55

    I like Kolisi at 6! What a talent...

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-04 19:30

      true place for Schalk in the team. He can be an impact player, off the bench.

  • Blanco - 2012-07-04 14:07

    Stormers, please win on the field for a change. We are tired of only winning on the scoreboard. hahahahaha

      master.payne.73 - 2012-07-04 15:07

      What's so funny?

  • Jacobus - 2012-07-04 17:37

    gogogoogogo stormerssssssssssssssssssssss,

  • Jacobus - 2012-07-04 17:39

    yes yes yes, stormersssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss gonna go all the way, maaaaaaaaak nie saak hoe nieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. win the cuppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

  • jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-07-04 18:29

    Hahah does this has been still make news in the cape??

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-04 19:31

      say what?

      steyts - 2012-07-05 07:09

      This has been is better than any wings you can find in Tshwane...

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