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JP a huge threat - Jean

2012-03-02 07:34

Cape Town - The Stormers are wary of Springbok JP Pietersen's abilities ahead of their Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday night.

Pietersen will again be at outside centre for the visitors and De Villiers believes being more involved in the game could make him dangerous.

"JP is one of the most underrated players in South Africa. It's always sad to see him get written off when he plays for South Africa. His abilities are often questioned," De Villiers told Die Burger.

"Even at centre, a position he's not used to, he is looking good. He is a huge threat."

Pietersen will play alongside Meyer Bosman in midfield, which means that four Springboks will take each other on in midfield.

The Stormers look like they might have the edge there, with De Villiers and Juan de Jongh both being centres at last year's World Cup. Pietersen was good at wing during that tournament, while Bosman played the last of his three Tests in July 2006 against Australia.

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday.

Teams:

Stormers:
15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

Sharks:
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Frederic Michalak, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Paul Jordaan

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Comments
  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-02 09:01

    Papa-storm alweer toilet toe omdat die Stormers hom siek maak ha ha ha ha ha

      S - 2012-03-02 09:44

      Jy's al lankal vervelig. Selfs jou pelle sĂȘ so. Gaan speel onder 'n bus.

  • Jenny - 2012-03-02 09:24

    Stormers to be out-muscled and lose by 8 and pick up some more injuries.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-02 11:29

      Haha, funny peson

  • Sportmal - 2012-03-02 11:33

    "JP is one of the most underrated players in South Africa. It's always sad to see him get written off when he plays for South Africa. His abilities are often questioned," Underrated by whom exactly? He's absolute class and that's why he's always in the springbok side when available. He's an unbelievable player and was by a country mile the best back in the Sharks' backline last week. So you're right in being wary of him Jean! By the way Jean, you have been so overrated for the last 3 or 4 years it's not even funny anymore!

      Stephan Theunissen - 2012-03-02 15:17

      Shame sportmal. who are you really. I look at the comment here and it is so stupid how people dont want to give their true identity. I am the person commenting here, not some excuse for trying to get attention fake identity. Sportmal Im not saying this only to you but every person so quick to diss another but too affraid to show who they are.

  • Johannes Goeda - 2012-03-02 12:57

    i dont think jp is n huge threat for the stormers we are yous to it go go dhl 2012 is our cup

  • Tino - 2012-03-02 14:20

    ja de villiers, jy is nou so oud en stadig daai JP gaan kringe om jou hardloop

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