Harris to start for Stormers

2012-04-11 09:58

Cape Town - Springbok Gio Aplon will be limited to at best a bench role in the Stormers’ crunch Vodacom Super Rugby showdown with the Crusaders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.

Aplon sustained a hip pointer injury in the Cape team’s 21-6 win over the Highlanders in the opening tour match last weekend and coach Allister Coetzee has given him time to prove his fitness so he can take his place in the match 22.

However as Aplon won’t be training with the team this week, he has selected Gerhard van den Heever as his right wing for the Crusaders match.

Aplon has been bracketed with centre JP du Plessis on the bench, with a call set to be made on his readiness to be among the reserves on Friday.

Coetzee has said before that he won’t select a player into the 22 if he is not 100% fit, so he will have to prove his fitness.

The selection of the fomer Bulls flyer Van den Heever to the back three is one of only two changes to the team that started in Dunedin.

The only volitional change from the management is a rotational selection at tighthead prop, where Brok Harris’ experience will see him start the game after Frans Malherbe wore the No 3 jersey last week.

There is another change on the bench, with Nick Koster being forced to cry off with the injury that forced him off against the Highlanders. His place is taken by Nizaam Carr, who has been impressive when he has got onto the field for the Stormers this season.

The match will be the third in succession that Rynhardt Elstadt will play on the flank, an indication perhaps that Coetzee is moving away from the line that the lock’s inclusion on the side of the scrum for the derby against the Bulls was a horses for courses selection.

The Stormers have won the last two games so sticking with what works makes sense, and there can be no denying that Elstadt as a flank does add considerably to their depth of options at loose-forward.

When skipper Schalk Burger returns after the tour a call will have to be made as Siya Kolisi is also in outstanding form, but by then maybe the Stormers management will be ready to give one of the locks a rest, thus enabling Elstadt to return to the position where he excelled last year.

The Stormers management have ridiculed the speculation that Andries Bekker should be rested at this stage of the tour, and rightly so – the Crusaders game is a big one for the Stormers as it represents a frontier they were unable to advance through in 2011, when they lost twice in Cape Town to the seven time champions.



15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean De Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gio Aplon/JP du Plessis


  • hannes.handogg - 2012-04-11 10:04

    Druk hulle Brok! Druk hulle mannetjies FLOU!

  • Taetjo - 2012-04-11 10:12

    What happened to Nick Koster? Is he injured now?

  • Bootman - 2012-04-11 10:14

    I would really like to see Burton Francis and Louis Schreuder get more of a run. Hopefully the starting 15 can lay a platform for the reserves to come and put the final nail in the coffin of the Crusaders.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-11 10:21

      My sentiments as well. francis is a dependable kicker and a steady if unspectacular, player.

      Bootman - 2012-04-11 10:36

      I dont think he is any more "unspectacular" than Peter Grant.

      Saffa - 2012-04-11 11:50

      If the Lions fall out of the S15 I would hope we get hold of Jantjies - prime purchase that would be. I'm not wishing ill on the Lions, just saying......

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-11 12:08

      @Saffa, I see you're in the mood for shopping!!! If its not Hougie, then its Jantjies!!! Not happy with your 9/10 combo???

      Saffa - 2012-04-11 12:15

      Nope @Rene - I have said all season (and last year) that our 9/10 combo is our weak link - end of. No secret there at all. I'm not out shopping, but it does seem as though Hougaard is........ If the Lions go bang - I would be happy as hell to have Jantjies down here - simple. That said, can I ask you a question and I trust you will answer me honestly: Fourie du Preez or Hougaard at the Bulls - and NO both is not an option. If you want Fourie du Preez for the Boks (as you all seem to want) that means you would want him for the Bulls as he is your 1st choice. Then take him....and we'll take Hougie - simple :)

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-11 12:26

      @Saffa, Hougie isn't going anywhere - someone starts a rumor and the world runs with it (Just like Mark Andrews and the Bakkies saga!! - It's Andrew's opinion) Anyways, FdP will not be playing for the Bulls, it will only be for the Bokke (short term solution - until HM gets to know all in the Bok camp) and I believe, Hougie will feature in the same Bok team, just MHO

      Saffa - 2012-04-11 12:43

      @Rene - let's see........... :) My personal opinion on the matter is: All these 'stars' of the past era need to fade into the darkness now. There are younger, hungrier, physically and tactically superior kids ready to make the step up. 1/2/3/4 older and experienced players (who are THE BEST in their positions) can be selected and that's it. My other concern: How do you compare du Preez's form (Japanese league) to Hougie's in the S15.......? Anyway, just my 2 cents and 2 cents worth of worries as I hate it when a captain is selected FIRST, and the team around him - i prefer coaches to pick form players, and THEN a captain :)

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-11 13:00

      @Saffa, I think we are ALL in agreement that its time for the young guns to shine - no doubt. However, like I said earlier, HM knows what he has in a lot of the Bulls players and as a temporary measure he might use some of the stars (who seems to have fallen out of favour to alot of fans). HM clearly wants a 'old hand' who he can trust - until further notice. This is not cast in stone but I have attended a few golf days where HM happen to be the guest speaker (very popular man that), anyway the same questions are always asked and the answers from HM appears to be the same. He does not say specifics, but you also don't need to be a brain surgeon to read between the lines.

  • Japjapjap - 2012-04-11 10:16

    ....nou krok harris is di ultimate' stoomers enforcer!!! (partymaal enforce hy my so,..dat ek van di bank afval soos ek lag. weepee jou leke deng

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-11 10:32

      @kaap- gaan jy deelneem?? jo ou wenner! ..wys hulle wat in jo sit,.. of of wat ni in jou sit ni?? ok terug na di rugby-(hou asb persoonlike motiewe weg van di forum, danki)

      Bootman - 2012-04-11 10:40

      Stormkaap waarvan praat jy? Spies het nog nooit probeer tackle nie.

      steyts - 2012-04-11 11:05

      Japjapjap - Kyk ne, ek het nou lekker gelag!!! Ek is self 'n stormer supporter maar kyk ne daai Brok Harris is uiters ^*(&%*%(**&!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! USELESS beskryf dit glad nie!! Word in sy moer in geskrum, verloor 75% van die keer die bal as hy dit opdra en 100% van daai kere staan hy op binne senter met 'n drie man overlap en hy sal nie sy kop 10 grade draai om te pass nie!!! Hy maak my wil kots!!! Malherbe is baie beter!!! As JC Kritzinger maar net nie so baie beseer was nie dan sou hy nerens gefeature het nie!!

  • Haha - 2012-04-11 10:30

    Crusaders will win by 10!

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-11 10:42

      @haha haha saders 10??? jy's nou lekker optimisties vandag?? ..met di saders se vingers in weepee se oge en di weepee se vingers in hulle eie se @, gat dit 'n moeilige wedstryd word??weepee jou leke deng

  • Bootman - 2012-04-11 10:37

    Wait!!!!!!! Don't tell me................this will be the Stormers TRUE test, right. Where have I heard this before?

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-11 10:47

      @no no no @boot- ..the true test for weepee comes after' the game... when weepee have to shower together, without any incident??

  • Justice - 2012-04-11 10:39

    guys... you need to look at the stats... brok had better tackle stats than any other tighthead in south africa... he puts in a helluva lot of work around the park... in 29 minutes against the highlanders... he put in 13 tackles... that's a tackle about every 2:15 minutes... over the season werner kruger and jannie dup put in a tackle every 14 minutes... food for thought...?

      Johan - 2012-04-11 10:55

      to bad he cant scrum, Malherbe should start!!

      Justice - 2012-04-11 11:02

      you obviously using a braille keyboard... harris has only given away a single penalty at scrum time the whole season... werner - 7... wp nel - 11... in the bulls game he forced greyling to stand or scrum up (which is illegal) in virtually every scrum... the only time grayling scrummed straight was when the bulls thought they'd go for a push-over try near the stormers line... and harris shoved greyling's head though his ass... grayling's given away 14 or so penalties... so who can't scrum..?

      steyts - 2012-04-11 11:12

      @Justice - Where is the stat on how many tries he has cost the stormers by being in the backline with a 3 or 4 man overlap???? How many times have our backline been under serious pressure because he can't get a shoulder in the scrum??? Forget about the shoulder, how many times has he been annihilated at scrum time??? Too many times has our backline only been able to take a crash ball to get a better ball because Brok Harris can't do what he is meant to do in the first place!!!

      Justice - 2012-04-11 11:25

      steyts... those are not facts... they are your opinions... to which you are surely entitled... please provide emperical evidence to back up your opinions... as i did...

      steyts - 2012-04-11 11:27

      That will be easy, just watch the match this weekend!!!!

      Johan - 2012-04-11 13:00

      Justice have you ever played in the front row ?

      Justice - 2012-04-11 13:16

      johan... what has that got to do with anything...? this is an open forum for anyone to comment on published articles... nowhere does it say we can only comment on the positions we have played... or IF we have played... to support my opinions i have offered statistics published by reputable companies that do so professionally... why not respond to my comments...? perhaps you could tell us what position you played... and then perhaps you'd only comment on articles which are specific to that position...?

  • Paul - 2012-04-11 10:47

    Stormers gan pakslae kry saterdag ! Crusaders by 15.

      Saffa - 2012-04-11 11:53

      @Paul - maybe....or maybe not. If the Stormers lose a game on tour it won't be the end of the world (as only the great Crusaders team way back managed to go a season undefeated). I truly believe the Stormers can win this game - but a loss would in no way be a 'shock' or a 'disaster' - The Crusaders remain a very good team, and at home: lethal.

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-11 12:00

      @Paula- sien jy dit ook, hoor jy dit ook, voel jy dit ook di arme stromers daar onder??- VREEEES, BEKOMMERNIS, ONSEKERHEID, VERWARDHEID, BANGGGGG....boohoohoohoo

      mvw74 - 2012-04-11 13:12

      Dream on paul!!!!!!

  • Nic - 2012-04-11 11:04

    Van den Heever's defence at the Bulls was very poor, I haven't seen enough of him in a Stormers jersey to say if he has improved. The Crusaders being a cunning side will definitely target him.

  • walkthisway469 - 2012-04-11 11:43

    Strong team that AC is putting out there for a clash that should'nt be a season defining one for the Stormers .Let's hope there is no contraversy with regards to running lines, interpretations of rules or just blatant titt for tat from whoever is blowing this game.Last week's incompetance by that quota" pro" was really embarrasing ,add to that the fact that peyper did not correct him smacks of a lack of understanding of the rules of rugby.I am worried that Bray will see this as biased towards homesides by homeside refs.That said the Stormers don't need any favours from anyone at this stage , they are doing pretty well in adapting to the ref of the day.My fear is yet again the lack of intensity for eighty minutes on attack.One could argue that AC put's to much emphasis on defence ,but it is working thus far ,so if it ain't broke don't try and fix it.Also it's too early for them to peak now,they should keep working so we could hit our straps just two weeks before the playoffs and yet keep winning.Balance, key is balance,a word AC uses allot lately.That will be key to the succes of the Stormers this season.Well done Toettie ,great job thus far from you and your back staff team.Keep going it's not going unnoticed.

  • Robsschele - 2012-04-12 11:45

    Is this a photo of Brok Harris waiting for the ball at centre. He is not even bent forward for a quick sprint. A couple of years back he cost the Stormers/WP some games when he came on as impact player. Gave away some penalties that really mattered.

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