Stormers stick with Jantjies

2013-04-03 12:27

Cape Town - Coach Allister Coetzee has made five changes to the Stormers team to take on the Cheetahs at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

Of the five changes, one is positional, and two are injury-enforced after last weekend's 19-14 defeat to the Crusaders; with Steven Kitshoff, Michael Rhodes, Nic Groom and Jaco Taute all coming into the starting XV.

Kitshoff is back from his one-game suspension, whilst Rhodes and Taute replace Rynhardt Elstadt (shoulder) and Gerhard van den Heever (knee), respectively. Taute will line up at fullback, with Joe Pietersen shifting to the right-wing.

Rhodes will make his Stormers debut in the No 7 jersey, having played for the Western Province Vodacom Cup team in recent weeks.

Two other members of the WP Vodacom Cup team have also been elevated to the Stormers squad ahead of Saturday, with lock Gerbrandt Grobler (on debut) and flyhalf Gary van Aswegen starting from the bench.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Stormers boss Coetzee said: "We've seen how well the Crusaders did their homework and we know that we can expect the same from the Cheetahs.

"This week we'll have to show improvement in all facets of the game if we want to do well against the Cheetahs. It's never easy in Bloemfontein, it's going to be a tough (South African) derby... but we need to focus on our game."

Lock Andries Bekker will play in his 100th match for the Stormers, making him the first Stormers player to reach this landmark for the franchise.



15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 Johan Sadie, 2 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Coenie Oosthuisen, 18 Rynhard Landman, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Ryno Benjamin


15. Jaco Taute, 14. Joe Pietersen, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Gio Aplon, 10. Elton Jantjies 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Damian de Allende


  • Jaco Groenewald - 2013-04-03 12:32

    A few weeks ago this bloke was the second coming for stormers rugby, now the same numbnuts people are calling for his head??

      Yagyah Rabin - 2013-04-03 12:36

      I still believe in him, he needs his confidence back

      Sean Brady - 2013-04-03 12:42

      Nic Mallett made the point that if you want a flyhalf then use him as a flyhalf! Peter Grant is an adequate passer of the ball from the scrummie to the backline / Bekker. Jantjies was used by the Lions as the decision-maker, now AC wants him to fill the PG role! Why pay a player R2m a year and then change everything in his game that made you sign him in the first place?

      Johan Botha - 2013-04-03 13:02

      @ Sean. I agree with you. For some reason all coaches have that mentality. Someone will shine for his province only to be bought by another team and then try to change him. HM even does it with the Boks.

      Pierre Rear Spear - 2013-04-03 13:03

      Peter Grant is not just a passer of the ball. He gets his backs away fast, yes, but he also a physical presence. Like Jantjies, he is not great at defense. I like Jantjies, though - he's got flair. I just hope he doesn't get his confidence back before or during this game, cause I'd like the Cheetahs to win.

      Jaco Groenewald - 2013-04-03 13:21

      Isak Visser - Stadig op die papsak mater!!!!!!!

      John Comyn - 2013-04-03 16:44

      I don't think anyone can say Jantjies has not been given a fair chance. The opposing teams have identified him as weakness and have made his life difficult. It was the same when he played for the Lions. He came here on the basis that he could could bring an attacking dimension to the Stormers backline. The Stormers have not had an easy game thus far so Jantjies has not had a lot of front foot ball. Against lesser opposition eg. Cheetahs he will shine.

      Grootrot van Zyl - 2013-04-03 16:57

      Jaco, Jantjies definitely has talent and it is probably a case of him getting his confidence. He is not going to get that against the Crusaders with a new SH and a new IC and it does not help that Pietersen is there to do the kicking duties ito of confidence - Pietersen is doing great for the Stormers ito the scoreboard. The fact is that AC did not plan for this and let Catrakilis go in the hope that Jantjies will fit into the Stormers team like the Boolanders into a Crusaders jersey and for the some or other reason Grant is the long time prospect. Jantjies does not select himself and he does not select the team. I think that AC must get the Maties flyhalf and play him on the bench and the moment Jantjies is struggling get him off the field and let him gain confidence in the Vodacom cup and it may just be a good thing to get Mitchell rather than Flekkie to coach the bacbkline - then at least there is one coach at the Stormers apart from Andries Bekker.

  • René Muller - 2013-04-03 12:34

    I doubt he will be poor 2 weeks in a row! But keeping Fourie at Hooker, eish makes no sense! Tough luck Stormers! Go Cheetahs!

      Altus Du Toit - 2013-04-03 12:42

      Who do you propose he pick in Fourie's place? Liebenberg and Scarra is injured.

      vallemj - 2013-04-03 12:55

      Agreed 100% Rene, Fourie makes a better flank than hooker. Dont like to see a player get hurt, but Kirshner did you lads a favour.

      René Muller - 2013-04-03 12:55

      @Altus, I don't know. I'm not familiar with all the guys playing for the WP/Stormers etc franchise. Go and borrow one from the Vodacom Cup team if need be. The Cheetahs are going to have a field day come line-out time - again.

      Fly Mercedes - 2013-04-03 12:56

      Fourie said he wants to play n concentrate at no2

      René Muller - 2013-04-03 13:07

      @fly, so be it then! Did not know that, but surely he is costing you guys at this point more than what he is contributing in the line-outs. Well at least you guys know what to expect @vallemj, never good to be 'happy' when a player gets injured, but this one is a 'little blessing in disguise'.

      René Muller - 2013-04-03 13:32

      @twakkie a bit angry with AC?

      Johan Botha - 2013-04-03 14:01

      @ Rene. And with my luck - if my history at the casino is anything to go by - I know EJ is probably going to have a great game - Just to annoy the Cheetahs and myself! haha

      René Muller - 2013-04-03 14:04

      @Johan, probably - LoL! But hey, if I was a gambling person, I'll still put money on the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs are doing gooooood lately!

      Breindood Vermeulen - 2013-04-03 15:28

      @jed von alleman Did you check if any of the injured players might have had an MI?

  • Johan Botha - 2013-04-03 12:39

    Let's start with I am a Cheetah supporter. Okay. On front row the Cheetahs have the upper hand. On locks the Storrtmers. Loosies Cheetahs. 9 and 10 we are even. Centres will be interesting. At 12 the Chaatahs take it. at 13 the Stormers. Wings and fullback I would say about 66% in Cheetahs favour. So in the end it may come to kicks and there the Cheertahs may fall short a bit but Frances has not been bad last game. But I think the Cheetahs could edge this one with 3 - 5 points

      Pierre Rear Spear - 2013-04-03 13:04

      How many line-outs have the Cheetahs lost this season?

      Johan Botha - 2013-04-03 13:20

      @Pierre - you can debate different facets of the game and in each there is going to a situation where this one is up and that one is up in another. Talking about this weeks game. Not all the previous games.

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-04-03 13:46

      Wat bedoel jy 9 en 10 is ons even? Sarel is baas!

      Johan Botha - 2013-04-03 13:53

      @ Niel. Jip Ek sal Sarel nou kies vir die bokke. en HM moet dard daaraan dink. Maar ek dink Jantjies is op die staduim bietjie beter as Frances. So 9 is ons beter, op 10 hulle.

      Pierre Rear Spear - 2013-04-03 13:54

      Point is, Johan, the Cheetahs, despite not having big-name lineout men, have done exceptionally well at lineout time for two seasons now and there is nothing to suggest that the Stormers will best them. But, no matter what, I think this will be a great game to watch, as is usual between these two teams.

      Johan Botha - 2013-04-03 13:57

      @ Pierre I couldn't agree with you more!

      John Comyn - 2013-04-03 16:53

      Spoken like a true Cheetah. Man for man the Cheetahs have 2 player who are comfortably ahead of their counterpart. Straus & Brussouw. It could have been 3 but Coenie is on the bench. Saying that Eberson is better that DeVilliers is laughable

  • - 2013-04-03 12:59

    Another loss on the cards EJ not good at all this year you have to feel for the bloke with the loss of his dad et all. But hey it's a pro game and fans pay to watch if it's too hot get out simple as that...

  • Wayne Smith - 2013-04-03 13:00

    The coach is loosing the plot Jantjies is going to kick all our ball away aimlessly AGAIN. There goes our campaign.

  • Fly Mercedes - 2013-04-03 13:01

    Jaco, Joe, Juan, Jean, Gio, Jantjies... soundz like a makin of a gud backline... Hopefully they fire

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-04-03 13:12

      You forgot bekker at outside center

      Fly Mercedes - 2013-04-03 13:22


      Fly Mercedes - 2013-04-03 13:24

      Mybe Bash playz outside centre in ur bedroom u coke

      Johnny Better - 2013-04-03 13:26

      and from the team above, I see Ebersohn is on at hooker for us. Cheetah groete

  • Michael Kazantjis - 2013-04-03 13:04

    Jantjies is over rated and the down fall of the Stormers

      Clifford Smith - 2013-04-03 14:54

      @ Raven Blue ........ true words .... but the other 14 don't kick the ball away every time they get hold of it. If Jantjies passed the ball more often than kicked it the Stormers would have a better game and more possesion.

  • BrandonF - 2013-04-03 13:08

    eish... gonna be close, not sure how to call this one. Come all ye armchair masters, share some superbru tips.

      Johnny Better - 2013-04-03 13:23

      Tough call. Cheetahs by 5! Cheetah groete !!!

      Johan Botha - 2013-04-03 13:28

      Brendon. Cheetahs by 20! haha. It all depends how the Cheetahs are going to play. The Cheetahs must jump like crazy with the first few line outs and unsettle Deon Fourie. Then it is like last week. But JdJ or Aplon can break a defence line very quickly and this is where the Cheetahs have a weak point. I think the Cheetahs by 3 - 5 points.

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-04-03 13:59

      Cheetahs by 4

      John Comyn - 2013-04-03 16:57

      Let me ask you a question Brandon - who have the Cheetahs beaten so far? They have played 2 quality sides and lost both. Think about it then make your prediction.

  • Elsen Lucas - 2013-04-03 13:11

    This move will certainly pocket the game for the Cheetahs! (Cheetahs) will be VERY VERY DIFFICULT TO BEAT!! It's GAME ON! This will also be the game of the SEASON

      trev2 - 2013-04-03 14:42

      Ja, Raven. The Cheetahs line-out jumpers must keep their feet on the ground! That's the only way the Stormers will win a line-out.

  • Charmaine Wolmarans - 2013-04-03 13:17

    What is allisters story with ej. This guy is causing us to loose games. Don't pity him because of the loss of his father. This is professional rugby. Let him go. Every week we play with 14 guys playing hard and 1 guy messing up

      1amAlan - 2013-04-03 13:29

      Yes he dropped a few but the service to him was not the greatest either. Pinning this on him is unfair. Come now, 6 lineouts lost on own throw? I suppose Jantjies threw in or received some of those balls in the lineout?

      1amAlan - 2013-04-03 13:41

      I personally have never been a Bekker fan - he has his moments of greatness, but overall . . . Fourie, not at hooker . . .

  • Chumani Ngcokovane - 2013-04-03 13:30

    Jantjies knocked the ball 2 times, cost us a penalty(which was not converted) nd you wanna point at him for loosing us the game? BS. We went into half trailing by 2points only. 3 penalties lost us the game, 1. From Duane Vermualen(tip tackle: yellow card) 2. Brok harris( hinging at scrumtime) 3. Deon fourie(hands in the ruck) all those mentioned are experienced bloakes but lost us the game in three blows. Nun of this BS about line outs, rugby is a 2 team sport and different facets of the game one will be better than the other. Unnecessary penalties lost us the game NOT E.J

      Johan Botha - 2013-04-03 13:41

      Chumani - it is not about what he did do - it is about what he didn't do. And it seems he can't reach the same level as he did with the Lions. It can be confidence, coaching, too much sea air. What ever the reason. . And he was bought for the things he did do at the Lions which he doesn't do now and that is what the Sormers fans are miffed about.

      Chumani Ngcokovane - 2013-04-03 13:51

      @Raven haha well you have got a point, ddnt think of that.

  • Gordon Kotze - 2013-04-03 13:32

    Jantjies has done nothing for the stormers except put them under pressure. He has failed to get the line going, missed crucial touch and penalty kicks, and shouldve stayed with the lions. As long as he, as a die hard province supporter of 40+ years, i will not be supporting them.

      1amAlan - 2013-04-03 13:36

      Do you only support them when they are winning? Some supporter you are.

  • Gordon Kotze - 2013-04-03 13:35

    I dont believe jantjies has done anything to warrant any further selection. He has not managed to get the backline movin, and put us under pressure with mis kicks for touch and when called to the posts. We have better players playing vodacom cup, and i loathe to support the team while he is there.

  • Derek Chapman - 2013-04-03 13:35

    Haak VRYSTAAT, wys vir Elton waar Allister die wortel begrawe het

  • Gordon Kotze - 2013-04-03 13:37

    I never believed in him and never will, and loathe supporting my beloved STORMERS while he wears the jersey!!

      Johan Lensley - 2013-04-03 15:07

      Ur a knob Gordon! When he starts winning games for you guys, you'll be the first one to stop b1itch like a girl!

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-04-03 13:46

    A tougher test for a Cheetahs team that has shown good form and a test of character for the Stormers following their loss to the Crusaders. Hope it delivers a fantastic derby with good quality rugby.

  • Pierre Rear Spear - 2013-04-03 14:05

    To the person(s) continuously trying to block me: I’m as real as any of you. YOU get real/grow up. "Although I may disapprove of what you say, I will still defend your right to say it", like Voltaire said – as we all should say.

  • Riana AndPeter Caine - 2013-04-03 15:03

    Oh NO! Poor backline will never touch the ball again.

  • Shamila Alawie - 2013-04-03 15:06

    thumbs down Allister...this guy is useless!!!

  • Gerrit Cramer - 2013-04-03 15:08

    Oh No!!!

  • Breindood Vermeulen - 2013-04-03 15:26

    Wel hulle het niks beter nie. We all know and agree old 20m Peter is an average club player at best.

      Lodie Greeff - 2013-04-03 15:45

      Helemal breindood as jy my vra... 20m peter is al lankal verby club rugby ou seen... Op let in die klas hoor maaitjie

  • Craven Luyt - 2013-04-03 15:53

    Settled, confidant Cheetahs team vs the Mix and Match fifteen. Should be interesting.

  • Duncan Andrew Dressels - 2013-04-03 15:59

    i think peter grant could make the difference in bloemfontein

      Breindood Vermeulen - 2013-04-03 16:33

      The difference being; Cheetahs by 22

  • Stein Dewet - 2013-04-03 16:01

    Is Alistair Coetzee retarded? This snot already cost us 3 GAMES this season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have no respect for Alistair anymore.

  • Jaco Dauth - 2013-04-03 16:29

    @Duncan,peter grant is out of rugby for w0 weeks bro

  • Jaco Dauth - 2013-04-03 16:30

    sorry thats 10 weeks

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-04-03 16:58

    i thought the article was about Jantjies,this is a very bad example of journalism,attracting readers with fancy,sensational and false titles,sies N24

  • Rezaan Petersen - 2013-04-05 08:48

    i agree that jantjies and taute is lacking confidence...however...this is not club rugby or currie cup...this is called super rugby for a reason...a guy playing 1st class rugby for the 1st time needs to get confidence, jantjies and tuate are springboks....??? initially they were never 1st class quality to begin with.

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