Jean wary of hungry Cheetahs

2012-05-11 15:56

Cape Town - The high-flying Stormers will be wary of a hungry Cheetahs outfit, according to captain Jean de Villiers, when they square off at Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers were second in the SA Super Rugby conference ahead of the weekend fixtures, but De Villiers believed the Cheetahs, lying 15 points behind their hosts, would offer a stiff challenge.

"They obviously play a very entertaining brand of rugby and they have been really successful with it," De Villiers said.

"They'll come to Newlands with a lot of confidence."

De Villiers, a front-runner for the Springbok captaincy this year, returns after recovering from a hand injury, and while he confirmed it had healed, he would be wearing a brace as a protective measure during the match.

"My hand has recovered nicely and it has been good," De Villiers said.

"I will still be playing with a brace and will strap it as well.

"I had two good sessions last week when we were with the Boks, but there was no contact and then obviously with contact this week, it really has responded well so I am confident."

Fresh off a bye week, the Stormers will go in search of their third straight win in their first game at home since their tour of Australasia.

The Cheetahs, meanwhile, have won three of their last five matches, while picking up bonus points in two close defeats.

Given the customary playing styles of the two sides, turn-over ball should be a decisive element in the clash.

The Stormers' gameplan is based on a soundly structured defence, which has far and away the best record in Super Rugby this season.

After nine games, they average less than two tries per match, but by the same token they have conceded only one try per outing.

In stark contrast, the Cheetahs' match average is just over two tries.

In Heinrich Brussow, however, the visitors have a master poacher, whereas the Stormers rely on whichever players are at the breakdown to perform the fetcher role.

Brssow, who should play a key role in the contest, will play his 50th Super Rugby match for the Cheetahs.


  • BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 15:59

    "The high-flying Stormers"... Wahahahahaha After tomorrow it will be the Wingless Stompies!!! The Cheetahs is going to MURDER you! Cheetahs by 12 points!

      Lionel - 2012-05-11 16:03

      In your wildest dreams Tokkie..

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 16:12

      Lionel old chap... Not a dream... Reality! You guys have SERIOUS problems from hereon out. Out of the next 4 games for you guys, you cannot honestly pick one and say this is a definite win for you. 4 Tough matches and no guarantees!

      Lionel - 2012-05-11 16:20

      Ag ou tokkie old chap,can you honestly say that the next three weeks you guys are for certain gonna beat the Landers,Chiefs and Stormers,I doubt it!!! I can pick three definite wins out of our 4 games!!Cheeths,Tahs and Bulls

      Lionel - 2012-05-11 16:23

      Tokkie,ek sien jou BB Vodacom cup span is besig om pak te kry!!!!!!!Go Griquas:):)

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 16:25

      Lionel... We all know the Bulls are going to wipe any opposition off the planet in the next three weeks but any way, I wish you good luck and all the best for the Stormers for what it's worth!!! May the best team win!

      Lionel - 2012-05-11 16:28

      You bring a tear to my eye Tokkie

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 16:32

      Tokolossie, the Bulls may try to wipe any opposition off the planet, but it's the opposition ON the planet that will prove too much for them :D

      Lionel - 2012-05-11 16:35

      Slowly Stirrer, you gonna confuse the cr@p out of Tokkie:):)

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 16:53

      Stirrer... Tokolos weet regtig nie wie die domste is tussen jou en Trurio nie. Jy skop nie baie watts uit nie ou perd. Jy het die IK van 'n swanger springkaan!

      Jack - 2012-05-11 19:36

      Manne - ons praat weer more - wanneer die bulle weer onder ons op die log sit - waar hulle hoort!!!

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 21:55

      Ou Jack Black... En hoe dink jy nogal gaan julle dit regkry? Jy het seker graad 1 wiskunde gedruip. Die enigste manier hoe julle dit DALK sal regkry is om 5 driee teen die cheetahs te druk en dan eindig julle nog steeds gelyk met die Bulle met punte op die log. Soooooory ne!!! Iets wat die Stormpies NIE kan doen nie is 5 driee druk. Cheetahs gaan julle MORS!!!

      derrick.fortuin - 2012-05-12 09:55

      Tokolossie neem kennis,as stormers 5 kry vandag,le hulle top,hoekom?hulle het meer games gewen as die \pinkladies\

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-05-11 16:17

    Ek gaan my heup dislocate as die Strompies verloor!

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 16:20

      En ek my lagspiere Jean!!!

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 16:36

      O f*k. jean.rossouwsa is 'n fan van George Bush en Sarah Palin. Hy weet niks van niks en van boggerol die meeste.

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-05-11 16:43

      Se weer hoeveel Super Rugby bekertjies het jou spannetjie gewen? hahhaha

      LaBlue - 2012-05-11 16:50

      En nou kom maak hy asof hy iets weet van NHL.

  • Johan - 2012-05-11 16:19

    Who is Jean?

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 16:33

      NOT the jean pant you is wearing.

      Johan - 2012-05-11 16:43

      We are not dense we are

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-11 16:54

      F#k Stirrer jy is dom!

  • RetiefC - 2012-05-11 16:26

    Go Cheetahs!!!

      Stirrer - 2012-05-11 16:34

      Yes go, Cheetahs! Run and hide while you still have the chance!

  • James - 2012-05-11 16:56

    Hahaha @FlouBulle. Look who's talking about 'serious problems'. You guys almost lost to the rebels, then just barely made it against the Tahs! Looking a bit unstable there. Maybe they just nervous cos the Stormers are breathing down their neck? Anyway, this doesn't look like a team that can go on to win the title. Maybe not even for a few more years.

      Ken - 2012-05-11 21:29

      Look alot more like winning than your ref-assisted side

  • RetiefC - 2012-05-11 17:28

    The Iconoclasts must be wary of the White Tornado's

      Berne Groenewald - 2012-05-11 18:51


  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-05-11 18:19

    Thanks Tokolos - Wp by 12 ... you have been a rock for us Stormers fans.Just do the opposite

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