Jean targets 'mini-victories'

2012-07-26 20:08

Cape Town - Stormers captain Jean De Villiers has warned his team not to look too far ahead of themselves as they prepare to face the Sharks in the Super Rugby semi-finals at Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers finished top of the overall log for the first time in their history and will host the final should they beat the Sharks.

But De Villiers said they're not thinking of that just yet, as they have a massive task at hand against a class outfit.

"The key is not to think about the next step," he told the Stormers website. "The key is to concentrate on what we need to do this weekend, the process of getting a good result and focusing on the mini-victories within the big battle.

"I think you will make a massive mistake if you start thinking about next week already because obviously if you don't pitch up this week then there is no next week."

The Sharks had to travel back from Australia where they beat the Reds in Brisbane, while the Stormers had a bye courtesy of their top log position, but De Villiers was quick to shun any thoughts of their opponents being too tired for the big clash.

"When you get to this stage of the competition you overcome anything that might make you not play well. Even though they have had to travel the motivation is there, you are at the business-end of the competition and you are playing to win the trophy.

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


Stormers: 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. Deon Fourie, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1.  Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Frans Malherbe, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Don Armand, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Odwa Ndungane, 22 Riaan Viljoen


  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 20:12

    FIRST! the only mini victory will be u got the conference cup thats all this year again

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 20:15

      jean really looks old, not tan enough and not buff enough. nick mallet is in the studio tonight! hitting rucks and i heard ross tucker will be giving data to support HGA. im not talking to my father because he told me he is supporting the stormers. i think he was joking on the phone but i didnt wait to find out. i just slammed the phone down. stupid ba.stard. internet memo....served

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 20:32

      no mallet :(

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-27 07:24

      I'm having many mini victories on a regular basis. Nothing gives me more pleasure to see a chick getting rid of her mini.

  • johan.u.bergh - 2012-07-26 20:20

    @Dom Tom It will be considered a mini victory the one time you get it right not to write a stupid idiotic comment on this news blog! Go figure it out!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 20:44

      all we really want in life is love and appreciation, will u add me on Facebook and be my first real friend? I guess everyone kind of appreciates me that's why they respond. I know they only call me names cos they playing like when u tease a girl u like, u know? I mean, I get it! Like Tom your are a Retardis like haha pun with ur name, u cool we can have a laugh together. I actually can imagine having a beer with these guys, and I do imagine it and we're all bantering and wearing blue jeans and like button up shirts after work just chillin bantering the banter, talking rugby and girls and tanning secrets. I can see it yeh. They will all wanna check my cool trick I invented where I put my bm kompressor immobilizer key fob against my head and check the lights flicker when I push the unlock button and the boot open even though we like 500m from the car. U know like my head makes all the diffy. Oh we would have such fun! Lionel, steyts, travie, Jacques, jason, backstabber u know all these legends. I mean we might even end up at a disco and just dance the night away. I'll put on my Brut by faberge and I mean i'll be hungry like the wolf but end up tending cattle like always. Those guys! Just a special time, I will be like get that man a bells! Might hit a ruck and release some Internet memos for the lulz

      johan.u.bergh - 2012-07-26 20:51

      Are you gay?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 21:01

      just looking for a wolf pack

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-26 21:38

      All the talk is done!! It's now time to put it on the field!! There is one of two Super teams wanting a piece of whoever wins here on Saturday!! Good luck both teams either one can win in the final!!!

      albert.myburgh.142 - 2012-07-26 22:28

      tom retard sounds better

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-27 01:39

      ..easy game for the Sharks... ..Stormertjies will choke, ..again.....

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-27 03:08

      funny stuff

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-26 20:32

    go stormerssssssssssssssssssssssss,tom tradis jy moet saterdag met jou poppe gaan speel, go stormerssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-26 20:52

      Jacobus Wynand Rautenbach... Julle Sompies gaan kort kom Saturdag... Hoor my Woorde...

      eugene.duplessis.7 - 2012-07-26 22:37

      Chappie - jou pienk bulle is uit. Jy kan comment volgende jaar. Bly stil.

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-27 01:30

      ....11 year chokers... ..11 year losers.... ...but maybe next year.... ...He he he ..!

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-26 20:41

    Sharks get a nice practice match this weekend sharks by 13

      johan.u.bergh - 2012-07-26 20:50

      Its maybe a good time to wake up now as this dream of yours will soon turn into a nightmare!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 23:47

      @heinrich. A bit optimistic if you think the Sharks will get 13 points.

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-27 06:29

      And do u really think the stormers are going to win this one don't think so they world famous for choking in big matches

  • fef.gericke - 2012-07-26 20:45

    WHAT!?...Tom actually knows who his father is..

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 21:01

      no, my mom isnt sure so i have 3 or 4 guys i call my dad :(

  • TravieGrif - 2012-07-26 21:26

    I am a Sharkie through and through, but I have to give credit to JdV. He has put his body on the line for province and country, and I really respect him for that. Half decent player too!!!!! Good luck for the weekend to both teams. Sharks forever!

      mike.barmby - 2012-07-26 22:13

      As a Stormers supporter and big rugby watcher I really respect Jean De Villiers for what he has done for Stormers rugby and Springbok rugby. I think he is the leading flyhalf in the world right now. It;s good to have him back from Racing Metro. It's a real pity he can't play in the playoffs, but when the Rugby Championships come around I am sure he will make a big impact with his prodigious boot. Can't wait to see him kicking those long kicks from inside his own half! Watch out All Blacks!

      Jae - 2012-07-26 22:42

      @ mike you need to read what you just wrote

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-26 23:49

      @mike.barmby. Are you trying to be funny or sarcastic? Or did you smoke something?

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-27 06:16

      Whahahahaha!!!!! Now that was funny stuff Mike LMFAO!!!!!!

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 06:25

    Yea mini victory the conference cup

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-27 06:52

      And what victory has the Bulls got Dave??/Couple of weekends off.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-28 09:03

      True, jys so jaloers op die bulls dat jy geen gesprek oor die game SHARKS TEEN STOMERS kan he sonder om die bulls in te sleep nie.

  • saipretorius - 2012-07-28 01:00

    Ek hoop die Swart truie laat rooi ligte flikker!!! Môre sal julle +-80 minute balbesit moet behou, daai Haaie kook nou.... en hulle is honger. Asseblief chaps, moet my nie drop nie! 98% van die mense saam wie ek gaan rugby kyk is Sharks!!!

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