Stormers 'to have the lungs'

2013-02-18 22:27

Cape Town - Playing a full-blooded derby against the Bulls on the Highveld is daunting at the best of times, so doing it in the potentially lung-busting first real-deal game of the season could present special challenges to the Stormers.

After all, a relatively curtailed pre-season programme - Cheetahs away and a humble Boland side at Cape Town Stadium - will only have gone some way to readying last season’s SA conference winners for the Super Rugby clash in hostile territory on Friday (19:10 kick-off).

The Stormers will also be filtering back to top-flight combat several players who saw their 2012 seasons end notably prematurely by injury ... the likes of Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker and substitutes Nizaam Carr and Dewaldt Duvenage quickly come to mind.

Most of them saw little or no Currie Cup activity as a result of such setbacks, so it may take a bit of time for them to reach optimum levels of stamina in Super Rugby 2013 after many months of inactivity.

But Springbok captain Jean de Villiers - quickly re-assuming the Stormers’ reins, in the ongoing absence of intended skipper Schalk Burger - is upbeat, dismissing a suggestion by Sport24 at Monday’s media briefing that sufficient “gas in the tank” may be a problem for the visitors at Loftus.

“I think we will (have enough); we did a lot of running in pre-season. It is different playing up there, of course, but playing at night will probably help a bit.

“Once the adrenaline starts going, you don’t even think about (tiredness). In saying that, I think we have a quality bench for the game, and hopefully they will make a massive impact as well.

“A lot was said about a long season last year, and here we are, back into another one. But every time you get to this stage of the season (the start of competition-proper) everyone gets excited about what lies ahead.

“It’s a tough start for us, but you could see the change in mood (this week), the training, everybody just upbeat and really looking forward to the game on Friday.”

De Villiers was asked how much the attitude in the team had changed about trips to Loftus, considering successive wins there since the advent of conference system in 2011.

“I think our overall attitude to playing away from home has improved a helluva lot. If you look at our track record over the last four to five years, it’s been really good away.

“If anything, we’ve probably been disappointing at home, in crucial games. Loftus will always be a challenge for any team going there ... the altitude, they’ll get a good crowd in, and they’re a quality side.

“It’s very early to talk about winning this competition, but you have to beat the best (to do so), and it doesn’t come much tougher than winning at Loftus.”

The veteran centre conceded that Burger - now only possibly expected back for round four of the Stormers’ programme, after a bye - would be missed for a game like this one.

“Schalk is missed whenever he’s not playing; his strength as a leader, a player, just his brutality he brings to a pack.”

But with his more regular midfield partner Juan de Jongh also on the early 2013 injury list, De Villiers (who will play at outside centre) is looking forward to nursing Super Rugby debutant Damian de Allende through the Loftus clash.

“Damian is a great player; you wouldn’t think he is playing in his first Super Rugby game. He enjoys being in this environment and he’s flipping good at what he does. That’s a fine quality to have, and I am quite excited about playing alongside him.

“He’s got a really good pass, and the same with Elton (Jantjies) at ten. It opens up opportunities out wide, and with our back three of Jaco Taute, Gio Aplon and Bryan Habana there ought to be plenty of (scope) for that.

“I’ve played ‘outside’ before for the Stormers and also for the Boks last year, and it’s something I am comfortable with. Looking at the players we have, it’s the best mix for this weekend.”

What does De Villiers make of the 2013 Bulls?

“They’ll be just as psyched as we are, and like every single team in the competition will say they’ve had a good pre-season before they even get going in Super Rugby!

“They have a lot to play for as well.  It makes for a great match.”





15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Gerhard van den Heever, 22. Joe Pietersen

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  • daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-18 22:43

    18 years cupless= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 02:29

      daan, ons moet seker maar die paramedic jammer kry. Hy wil tog so graag 'n Stormer supporter wees. Ongelukkig diskwalifiseer sy lae IK hom, so nou is hy stuck met die Pink Koeie.

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 03:03

      yawn Next please

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 03:27

      O ja en hy is altyd vaak. Gaap te veel vir 'n Stormer supporter. Dis hoekom hy by die Bulls is.

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 03:50

      Brilliant Chris

      wynhandt.merwe - 2013-02-19 07:45

      Um ouens die wp het die currie bekker gewen laas jaar? Of het ek gedroom?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 08:07

      Wynhandt. Shhhhhh. Jy gaan al die Bulls uit hulle droomwereld wakker maak en as hulle die werklikheid besef gaan jy 'n klomp nat, huilende baba's he om doek om te ruil.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2013-02-19 09:37

      @wynand,Jy slaan jou naam met n plank, ons praat nou van Super Rugby

      eden.vanderwiel - 2013-02-19 10:54

      Daan leroux jy moet vir die FAKE daan verskoon! Hy is 'n flou Bul hou van die groot horings wat regop staan gereed vir hom! Jy weet sy brein is net groot genoeg om een sin te leer so verskoon maar tog vir hom

      eden.vanderwiel - 2013-02-19 10:55

      Blou masjien ons praat nou van rugby, nie van klomp pienk ballerinas wat op steriods is nie. Gaan praat eerder saam die netbal of vroue krieket

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-18 22:46

    What a way to put on a headline!

      louis.bensch.31 - 2013-02-19 12:01

      Hey Sicelo, I agree, thought we were going to see some female cleavage but instead only a pic of a hasbeen....What a stupid headline, but that's Stormers for you

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-18 22:48

    That looks like a very strong team. They should beat the Bulls. If I were Allister (and I'm glad I'm not), I would have picked Taute at centre in the place of de Villiers with Joe Pietersen at fullback. Deon Fourie as captain. It is also a pity Etzebeth is injured. The Bulls are sleeping a bit more at night now, since he got injured.

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-19 02:37

      ...Ya, one has to say that Spies, and his forwards must be thanking the Rugby Gods that Etzebeth is injured. But with Schalk & De Jong out, it may be quite a close result. I only say that, because its at Loftus. If it were Newlands, Stormers would win, as the Bulls don't perform well, away from home. Bulls will prove this theory to be true, when they lose every game in Australasia. If they don't lose all four of their Auz/Nz games, then they'll perhaps win just one.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 02:59

      So true Wade, but the Stormers have also shown that somehow Newlands has become a bogey ground for them, while places like Moftus and Kingspark has become a happy hunting ground. But the Stormers generally travel well.

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 03:04

      Shame, Wade and Chris, Nostradamus?

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-19 03:15

      ...Moftus. Lol. Ya, I agree. Stormers tour well, and are fairly good at home. The Bulls are probaly the toughest team to play, when they're on home soil. But, again, the Bulls are pretty rubbish, when touring Australasia. Stormers are far more consistent, though they are gonna miss Etzebeth big time. Stormers have the toughest opening games, of the SA teams. In their first 5 fixture games, they play 4 teams who ended within the top 6, on last year's Super15 Log.

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 03:32

      That's right Wade, I'm predicting the Stormers will be 1/5. So competition gone for them within 5 weeks or so. And is your name really Wade?

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-19 03:42

      @Chrisin.oz: Ya, by then, the Bulls will probaly be trying their utmost to end 6th, but by all likelihood, they'll be completely out of the running.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 03:54

      wade, It's a tough first few weeks, yes, but the Stormers generally start off fairly OK and start fading towards the end. It will help to have a few easier games towards the end. And in doesn't come easier than against the Bulls in the final round at Newlands.

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 08:11

      the stormers will not have enough preparation seeing as saru only included them in the competition on 6 months notice. many say they dont deserve to be there since they have no credentials to support their inclusion. but i say let them come and offer 5 pointers to the other teams,

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 08:43

      the only preparation they need is preparation h

  • - 2013-02-18 22:50

    Weepee jou leke deng!

  • sean - 2013-02-18 23:13

    Allister should reconsider why he's keeping Gerhard van der Heever in the Stormers squad.Also I would rather have Joe Pietersen start at 15 than Jaco Taute,as it just looks to be a safer and wiser option.I do like the look of Nic Groom at 9 as he is a creative player and attacking in going forward.He does however face a difficult task coming up against Hougaard,who is seriously coming back into very decent form for the Bulls. Good looking team overall and balanced too with Don Armand covering lock and Duvenage covering scrumhalf.Deon Fourie should try and steal as many balls for us at the breakdown as he possibly can.The Bulls were looking very good in pre-season and have a settled side,so the Stormers will have to bring their A-game and keep their wits about themselves.It's not all cut and dry come Friday. - 2013-02-18 23:25

      Re your 1st sentence stuur daai ou terug Bulle toe useless in die Kaap.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-18 23:26

      I'm not too worried about the Groom, Hougaard battle. That's an easy one for Groom. I think by the end of this season, Groom might just be the regular starting 9 for the Boks. The one thing I'm wondering about is how many tries Hougaard will gift the Stormers. Or does he only gift tries when it's an Australian team? - 2013-02-18 23:27

      Hope he takes his time before kicking possession away hehe!!! Gaan jou hard tackle pappa!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-18 23:41

      She, hy is useless in die Kaap, ja, maar hy weet nou ten minste iets meer van rugby na sy tyd in die Kaap, so hy gaan die Bulle net kan versterk.

      boereroo.jackman - 2013-02-19 02:31

      We don't need gifts Chris. We're very capable of winning on our own.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 03:00

      boerewombat. Wallaby Hougaard gifted you a try in last year's Rugby Championship game, and even with his help the Wallabies lost. So go talk nonsense somewhere else. Or support the Boks, like I know you want to.

      boereroo.jackman - 2013-02-19 03:30

      Yes you did win. How many was it, 2 out of 10? Actually I've lost count. Stay off the Boags mate, it will just eat up your whole dole. Actually I do support the Boks after Australia of course. With a backline of Beale, Folau, Ioane, Ashley-Cooper, O'connor, Cooper and Genia on the cards who wouldn't want to support them. More heartache coming your way. Probably should switch allegiance now Chris before it all becomes too much for you to bare.

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 03:44

      Booreroe, don't make too much fun of Chrissie boy, 18 years of scarring going on there

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 03:59

      boerewombat. Please tell us what a Kurtley is? Not the player, but what happens on the field when you refer to it as "a kurtley" (I can help you with this one if you struggle). And also tell us all what Quade Afraid managed to do against the Brumbies. Folau: just another NRL and AFL reject that would not make it in rugby ala Matt Rogers, Money Bill and Tahu. You do support the Boks after Australia? You're not allowed to support the Boks at all. Isn't that a sin in your books?

      boereroo.jackman - 2013-02-19 04:15

      Chris wordplay is not going to help you much. Folau might take some time to adapt but by the end of the season you will be hoping he stayed in league. Really SBW a failure? JdV still doesn't know what ran over him. Rogers, Tiquiri and Sailor were all phenomenal players. To answer your next question: No it's not a sin. Everyone is allowed a 2nd team they support. The only sin I see is getting everything you could ever want from a country and then throw it right back in their faces by supporting another country. Tell me honestly how do do feel about the South Africans supporting the All Blacks and booing the Boks at Newlands?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 04:33

      You still haven't answered my first two questions. Money Bill couldn't even make the starting team for the AB's and the Crusaders didn't want him at all after just one season. He's back in league because he's a failure in union. To compare him against an over the hill de Villiers is stupid. Rogers, Sailor and Tuqiri were all failures, who had to go back to league. Folau will be back in league next season. And to answer your last question. Anyone is free to support any country or team they wish. I'm a huge fan of the All Blacks too, except when they play against the Boks of course. But if someone in SA decides to support the All Blacks there's nothing stopping them to do so. And there is nothing morally wrong with it. I give back what Australia give me by paying taxes, not by supporting the Wallabies. Do you suggest George Smith support Japan from now on or should Matt Giteau support the French? Even when they play the Wallabies? They live there..... Your argument is fatally flawed and probably the worst argument I have ever heard in my life.

      boereroo.jackman - 2013-02-19 05:03

      Giteau and Smith are not citizens of those countries more of a working holiday. I haven't answered some of your "questions" because they were childish and stupid. SBW moved to the chiefs because of more money as pro rugga players do. Did Izzy tell you he's going back to NRL or are you hoping and praying already. And lastly it's probably my bloody tax money paying for your dole!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 05:23

      It's a prediction. Like the one I made with Money Bill, where I said he's only in it for some money and the World Cup and he will be back in league last year already. I made that prediction in 2010 and was out by only one year. I must say isn't it a bit of a coincidence that the League World Cup is this year. Just in time, don't you reckon? What is childish about my questions? You mentioned Quade Afraid And Kurtley Beale in your "fearsome" backline. All I'm asking you is to tell us something about them. In particular the term "a kurtley" and what Quade did against the Brumbies. It will go along way in debating the point that both are useless or not. Unfortunately you do not want to answer those questions so we all just have to assume I'm right. So, if you're not a citizen of a particular country you don't have to support that country? That IS what you're saying right? Well, then I'm OK, I don't need to support the Wallabies. How do you call it, a "working holiday". Looks like you're struggling with the taxes. No more money left for Boags?

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 05:35

      wha ha ha Chris, hitting your name with a stick. Shamepies

      boereroo.jackman - 2013-02-19 05:45

      Predicting SBW will move between codes is like predicting the sun will rise in the east. Quade and Kurtley have proven several times what they can do. Remember Kurtley's penalty in Bloemfontein? What he's name mean is irrelevant - it's about what he does on the field. If you want to go down that path - what does Bakkies mean? Remember how Quade made Wynand Olivier buy a dummy and sending ACooper over for a try? The reason you hate them so much is because they are so good and hurting your cause. I'm more at ease now knowing you're not a citizen, that means your visa will hopefully expire soon. According to you there is nothing wrong with supporting another country. I'd like to hear the views of other saffas. We're not talking migrants here. We're talking born and bred South Africans sitting in the stadium with All Black jumpers on booing the boks. According to Chris there is nothing morally wrong with that.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 05:57

      Just got my visa extended, thanks. Will be here for a little while longer. You honestly had to mention Wynand Olivier as the yardstick to measure the two Coopers? The worst centre SA has ever produced. Ever! You're not helping your cause here. In relation to my questions: let's help you out there, because you are trying to tip-toe around the questions: A Kurtley is when the ball gets passed from the back of the maul and hits the person standing at flyhalf right on the nose without him laying a hand on the ball. It happens so often with Kurtley, it has subsequently become known as the kurtley. And Quade Afraid against the Brumbies. Well the scoreline tells that story.

      boereroo.jackman - 2013-02-19 06:12

      You can call Kurtley poopoo pants if you want it doesn't matter. He can still score tries and kick penalties to win test matches. I know it hurts but you are conveniently trying to forget his penalty in Bloem. "Kurtley" that. If a player dons the Bok jersey you have to assume they are the best in that position. We are not your selectors. As far as Quade and Reds go - it is a team sport. Reds lost to a very impressive Brumbie side. On the night Quade was not too bad but not exceptional either. You can't expect one player to win a match for you every time. Guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 08:11

      Kurtley kicked a penalty. Whoo-hoo!! That is possibly the only real great thing I've ever seen him do in a Wallaby jersey. And when has Quade Afraid ever been more than "not too bad but not exceptional either"? And you really should not proclaim your own player's greatness by comparing them to the worst player an opposition has ever selected in a certain position. It is as if I would compare the SA props to someone like Ben Robinson. It is actually an insult to the player you are trying to portray in a good light.

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 08:17

      chrisinoz just got beaten severely the fact that more people thumbs up this childish chris and thumbs down someone who doesnt call people money bill and quade afraid and boerewombat shows the lack of intelligence on this site

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 22:43

      Thanks for joining us then. You must feel right at home.

  • daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 03:34

    I'll be referring to the Stormers as the Barbarians from now on. 4 Lions, 3 Bulls, 2 Cheetahs etc etc in the squad. I mean are there any players originally from the Western Cape?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 04:00

      Copy, paste. the paramedic ran out of things to say. When are you going to claim again that the Bullbarians will win on Friday?

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 08:18

      bulls by 15

      Paul Sdoow - 2013-02-19 08:24

      yes bulls to lose by 15 . hey Chris great list on the paramedics other half of the copy paste . . but don't assume he Googles everything . he only Google the medical stuff and the on off switch in his ass-tin Martin xr6

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 08:44

      ass tin...what a chirp...not

      Sheldon Matthys - 2013-02-19 15:27

      15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Mornè Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Mornè Mellett Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouchè, 22 Francois Vent(can you point out the players originally from pretoria)

      daan.leroux.9 - 2013-02-19 16:43

      @paulie At least my google gives me accurate facts about the DNR protocol ha ha ha

  • riaan.crouse1 - 2013-02-19 07:42

    what a monster team the cows must be shaking in there pink panties cos there a big storm on its way to moftus go STORMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 08:18

      no one is shaking. just dont bring jaco peyper

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-19 22:45

      And the excuses are starting. Blaming the ref already, paramedic?

  • rezaan.petersen - 2013-02-19 08:07

    Not a bad team...however...Taute over Pietersen??? This is not the springboks where it is assumed the bigger man is better...Pietersen jou lekker ding!!!!

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 08:45

      pietersen is better than taute? hahahahahahahahahaha you capetonians really are obsessed with midgets

      wade.johnson.58726 - 2013-02-19 16:22

      Meisiekind; Kirchner; Stegmann ? Damn, you Bulls guys are really obsessed with Homos.

  • vallemj - 2013-02-19 08:24

    What's everyone making a fuss about? It a mid-table side (the Bulls) vs top of the table side the (Stormers). Stormers by 20 or more.

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 08:45

      that would mean the stormers need 7 more penalties because they cannot score tries

      vallemj - 2013-02-19 08:55

      win is a win nyiko. ANd for the Bull's supporter when a your team scores 5 try's and the other team scores 6 try's you lose.

      tertius.devereaux.1 - 2013-02-19 09:24

      Vallemjyismal is nie verkeerd om te droom ni my maat

      nyiko.ralapelle - 2013-02-19 09:46

      vallemj first, the stormers are incapable of scoring 1 try let alone 6 second, please clarify how a team loses if they score 5 tries and the other team scores 6. 5 converted tries is 35 points, 6 unconverted tries is 30. see what i mean? or is that rocket science for you?

      vallemj - 2013-02-19 10:37

      I can't remember where did you lad's end last season?

      craven.luyt - 2013-02-19 11:44

      The Stormers primary goal is to win a Super trophy, this they have not achieved. It would then be correct to call them Losers! Beating the Bulls matters more than winning the whole competition. Delusional coach and desperate supporters. Sad really.

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