Jean: Stormers in better space

2012-07-25 22:30

Cape Town - The Stormers are better prepared for this year’s Super Rugby home semi-final against domestic rivals the Sharks than they were for the 2011 one, where they crashed 29-10 to the Crusaders.

So says captain Jean de Villiers, speaking at a media briefing at Newlands on Wednesday.

“The preparation has been totally different from last year’s semi: in 2011 we took the bye week ahead of it totally off, and only got together on the Monday to prepare for the Crusaders. This year we didn’t do that, and hopefully this makes a difference.

“I believe we are in a much better space this time. We lost Schalk (Burger) very early in that game as well and it’s never nice when you lose your captain at that stage.

“Hopefully we can get a good start this time around and learn from the mistakes we’ve made in the past. We know how to play finals rugby now and hopefully that will be (shown) come 7pm on Saturday evening.”

Asked if this year represented their best chance yet to claim the title, given that they will boast home advantage again if they make it through to the showpiece a week later, De Villiers drew comparisons with events at golf’s British Open on Sunday, where Ernie Els pipped a seemingly cruising Adam Scott to steal a fourth major from under the Australian’s nose.  

“Yes, I think you can take (Scott) as an example ... he had an opportunity and couldn’t pull it through. We’ve had opportunities in the past and couldn’t take them; it’s just the way sport goes.

“We realise it’s a massive chance for us but it still comes down to a massive 80 minutes and who wants it more on the day. The Sharks want it just as badly as us ... they haven’t yet won this competition either.”

One of only two ordinary-season losses for the Stormers came in the Durban fixture against the Sharks, and De Villiers said that reverse had come during a tough time in the programme for them.

“We had the Sharks and knew we were playing the Bulls, also away, the next week, before going straight into the international season ... so looking forward (each time) there was probably just a tendency to think ‘are we able to do this week in and week out?’

“In this instance we’ve had a week off playing - even though we did train - and psychologically, physically the guys are ready.

When you get to this stage of the competition you kind of overcome anything that might make you not play well.

“In terms of the Sharks, even though they’ve just come off travels, the motivation will be there too. This is the business end, simple ... you are playing to win the trophy. Both teams will be highly motivated.

“The Sharks are on a high from that win (30-17 against the Reds) in Australia, which (offsets) any travel factor - maybe that flying drawback only adds to your motivation in some respects.

“Let me put it this way: if they should go on to beat us on Saturday, and then travel again to New Zealand and beat the Crusaders or Chiefs over there, that would probably be the best effort by a Super Rugby team in the history of the competition.

“The unfortunate thing is that they are capable of doing that! It’s a lot to play for; there’s a lot on the line and it makes for a great game this Saturday. There’ll be a lot of feeling in the game and don’t forget guys are playing for Springbok spots too.”


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

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  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 22:54

    and after saturday will be in outerspace, smashed by the sharks

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 22:58

      jean de villiers has heard of hair dye but not anti ageing wrinkle cream. he looks terrible. must be that every game makes him age 5 years because it is so slowwwwww and booooorrring

      seanb09 - 2012-07-25 23:24

      TOM, you clearly love the stormers so much , u the 1st one to read every article on them , u their biggest fan :) its quite cute. u clearly have no life as all you do is spend your life on sport24 commenting about such crap that no one wants to read, the bulls are out of superrugby, why do u even care what happens from now on . ur the biggest loser on this entire website.

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-25 23:32

      .....11 year chokers..... ...and counting....

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 00:11

      It's superugby btw not superrugby. Get with the program. What an idiot. Chick still quite hot though. Wouldn't mind a roll in the hay with that little stuk vleis hey. She deserves better, someone in shape, someone with some abs not a pencil neck like u.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 00:31

      Just jesting Sean but like let's do a chick swap sometime, I'm sure ur chick will be more keen than mine

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-26 01:37

      Tardis, your obsession with male looks, spray tan and pumping iron is touching. A clear cry for help, while using chicks as a cover. When you leave the closet, you will be in a better space. Just like the Stormers. Sterkte met die besluit ou maat. Jy skuld dit aan jouself. Hehehehehe...

  • ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-25 23:47

    My day just got so much better. I see they dropped Malherbe to the bench. Just don't bring him on untill the game is out of reach for the Sharks, please Allister. Earl Rose scrums better than him.

  • thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-26 00:03

    Being a Bulls fan I know we let ourselves down and SA rugby, but facts are facts we weren't good enough!! True Bulls supporters are behind the Sharks and the Stormers no matter who wins this epic battle on Saturday!!! The Sharks showed they can defend and score tries, the Stormers are fresh or stale depends which way you want to look at it!! On another topic!! "Lawrence out of test rugby" Now he can join his Daddy and Paddy O Stupid on the "Three Stooges" list, seeing he was their puppet in this whole WC "Fiasco" He refused to ref any SA teams in the S15, what does that tell you??? Guilty!! The English ref Barnes who NZ hated so much after his mistake didn't refuse to ref any NZ games!!

      smellarat.smith - 2012-07-26 01:40

      And adult contributor, and from the Bulls no less. Good on you sir.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-26 02:08

      Ag man.It sucks to be an adult.The best years of my life was when my parents were still looking after me.G*tkruiper.

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-26 07:20

      @thomas, You're missing the bigger picture, although it is noble to be patriotic,it would do irreparable damage to the game I love so much , If the stormers is going to win the Super 15, with their lackluster, mundane game plan.Rugby will become like croquet, only played by a few senile old farts with no friends.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-26 07:42

      maakdiebulle - I tend to disagree. Whilst it may be exciting to watch a highscoring free flowing game, I don't watch basketball for exactly that reason. It's boring. every 5 seconds someone scores. Same as in sevens - if you want to see a try a minute, watch sevens. For me rugby is about the grunt, holding out a team for 15 minutes on your tryline, defending as if your life depends on it, not an easy capitulation... The best games I ever watched were the tight 18-15 type of games, where it could go either way and only the team that had more passion and heart won it. Go watch Aussie rules. They score 100 points a game. it's mind-numbingly boring...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 15:55

      yes the feeling i get when someone breaks the line and scores a try far is EXACTLY the same as the feeling i get when someone gets a penalty from holding on in the ruck after 15 minutes of 186 phases and my father is that oil sheik with a different car for every day of the year and another thing, thomas cannon you are not a bulls supporter because no true bulls supporter will support the stormers even if they were the last team on earth. true bulls supporters wish ill fate on the stormers. you brown noser

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-26 19:07

      Hey TARDARSE!! This is the only time I'm going to reply to you! I have been reading the crap you spew out and it just shows your IQ and integrity, it reminds me of a dried up dog turd!!! You are not a Bulls supporter or even a SA rugby supporter, you would fit in well in the "Jerry Springer Show" That is all the time I am going to spend on you!!!!!

  • andrew.cooks.5 - 2012-07-26 01:38

    Coming from a BIG Sharks supporter - I hope the Sharks do the business on Saturday, but from an SA perspective I know that it's not going to be easy to win at Newlands and travel to NZ and take a win over the Crusaders or Chiefs with the travel factor in mind. So, I know the Sharks can win anyone in this competition on current form, but the Stormers have a better chance to take the cup. Good luck both teams and keep the SA flag flying high.

      smellarat.smith - 2012-07-26 01:54

      Another adult, this time from the Sharks!

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-26 02:32

      No fence sitting or sleeping with the enemy allowed.What makes you think the Stormers have a better chance to take the cup?The Sharks is highly bedonnerd at the moment and will fly all the way back to Nz to face and wrap up either the Crusaders or the Chiefs,whoever comes first.

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-26 06:13

      There is no way the Sharks will throw away the game just to let the Stormers play in the final. So be prepared for the fight of your life!!!! Sharks forever!!!!!

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-26 07:44

      Thanks Drewka - I agree. I think the Sharks are playing great rugby, and it will take a supreme effort from the Stormers to win. I think we can win - we have won a lot of tight games this season. But win or lose, I will support the SA side that goes through to the final.

  • - 2012-07-26 06:29

    Does any else still read tom RETARDis comments - what a waste of time

      steyts - 2012-07-26 06:58

      No when I see his name I just skip it... Especially after the internet memo's of yesterday!

      mvw74 - 2012-07-26 08:10

      same here just ignore the prick!!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-26 09:52

      well seems as you all ignoring him its up to me to be the windmerchant and wind him up a bit again?

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-26 13:01

      @paul.sdoow if you don't feed it, it will soon die.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 15:56

      the problem is there are new feeders in new sports everywhere. portfolio expanded to cricket, olympics, golf, soccer even tennis

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 15:57

      wow a whole lot of posts all dedicated to me. i am awesome

      benjamin.thomas.37604 - 2012-07-26 17:43

      Tardis, does your portfolio for new Sports Include Wanking as well? Surely must be since you are a Big Wanker!!!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-26 18:40

      Ek lees al tom se posts want dit laat my LAG!!!! Tom jou drol!

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-26 07:02

    If it does happen and the stormers do choke I wonder who is going to get the blame that they lost will it be that the sharks were better in all aspects or that the sharks played more the man than the game or that the ref was one eyed or the tmo aloud a try that wasn't a try can't wait to find out comes saturday but then again the stormers know they gona win even before the kickoff would love to see them choke again

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-26 07:47

      Heinrich - just two comments. Firstly, true rugby and stormer supporters are all saying the same thing - it is going to be tough because the Sharks are playing awesome rugby, but we CAN win if we defend well and keep our discipline. No person in his right mind is saying we have allready won. Secondly - ever heard of punctuation?

      andrew.cooks.5 - 2012-07-26 09:07

      @heinrich, Saturday is not as much about stormer or sharks rugby as it is about SA rugby. Both teams have a good chance to win and i say whichever team goes to the final round would deserve to go through. Your comment sounds like you are a sour grape blue bulls supporter.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-26 09:57

      even if we do lose we still won too. as the bulls didn't make semi again this year so we already one step ahead of arch enemy bulls. jokes aside i agree we can't say we won it or lost it yet both teams have their strengths and weak points. who ever wants it more will get it come Saturday 7 o clock

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-26 10:14

      Firstly I'm not a blue bull suporter never was never will be secondly then u haven't read a lot of stormers comments they say they already won third did u read last years comments how many blamed the ref blamed the saders for playing the man not one said they lost to the better side stormers and bulls always has the same excuses if they lost either its the ref or the players never there own game plan 4rd I said I would loved to see them choke again I didn't say they will choke the sharks have the domminant pack and a deadly backline stormers are good at devence but they lack the attacking game where the sharks have both in good order it if u can't get over the defence line of the shark the likes of coetzee bismarck rian daniel will give them hell on the ground ball how many times haved u seen the sharks steal balls on the ground and how many does the stormers and check also where most of stormers pack is playing bekker is always on the wing no wonder they can't get tries what's a frontline player doing at wing all the time

      chester.tobias.3 - 2012-07-26 10:44

      Have you ever heard of punctuation marks?What about capital letters?It's there for a reason you know,so use it ,so that we can understand your drivel.Maybe it's a Free state thing,"laid back country folk'

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 10:45

      im with the hein on this

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 10:46

      and paul woods with the inane bulls comment. do u think u idiots will ever read valid comments by people not even associated to the bulls without bringing up the bulls? your whole life is based on how the bulls do. why dont u just admit u r all closet fans

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-26 11:22

      closet fans yes we close the closet when the bulls play. and don't try play the sheep in the story we all know you the wolf in sheep skin agree with any anti stormer comment and drivel the rest to make bulls look good! and should you read my original comment i said jokes aside! yes banter and humour is something you can't seem to separate from rugby topics cause all you know is go whateverteamsplayingagainstthestormerstoday go! and your troll expertise is more like a trill expertise cause you always brag about cumming first! you go boy!

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-26 13:29

      This isn't a school paper I'm don't have to use it I'm writing the way I wana write if u need that go to school again ur comments don't bother me at all just let me know when you pass matric again thanks for playing dude

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-26 16:45

      @ Chester. "Juffrou,Jannie vat my boek"

  • robbieyvonne.hutchison - 2012-07-26 11:19

    Stormers go Make us Proud on Saturday!

  • johan.mynhardt.54 - 2012-07-26 12:06

    This is rugby, not a beauty pageant. The Sharks must remember to bring their hairdryers and ant-dandruff shampoo. Its going to be a clean swipe by the Stormers!!!!

  • johan.mynhardt.54 - 2012-07-26 12:08

    This is rugby, not a beauty pageant. Saarks must remember to bring their hairdryers and Anti-dandruff Shampoo (Lambie Ad). It is going to be a clean sweep by the STORMERS!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 15:59

      um that shampoo is called CLEAR............................awkward pause.........................FOR MEN

  • shuabe.slamdien.7 - 2012-07-26 13:46

    The facts are the Sharks are one of the most inconsistent teams in superugby and they are due to implode by the sight of the MIGHTY STORMERS

  • Kevin - 2012-07-29 07:37

    WP = Weer Probeer

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