Jebb lost seeking Newlands

2012-05-16 16:42

Cape Town - It would be rather more inconvenient if it happened on Saturday, but the Stormers’ Canadian loose forward acquisition Jebb Sinclair had a problem on Wednesday finding Newlands rugby stadium.

His misfortune was understandable, considering that the on-loan player from London Irish has been in the Cape for barely a week and sampled the ground only once previously, but he will certainly need to have his geographical bearings right this weekend - he makes his first start in Super Rugby against the Waratahs (kickoff 19:10) after getting almost an hour off the bench through necessity against the Cheetahs.

“In terms of fitting in with us, he’s really a fantastic bloke,” explained coach Allister Coetzee on Wednesday.

“So it was good fun when he was late for our team meeting this morning ... because he’d got lost en route.

“We’d started at the High Performance Centre (in Bellville) for gym work and then we all headed in cars for Newlands to train; Jebb was following some of the guys and somehow went astray!”

It was tempting to ask Coetzee whether Sinclair had inadvertently headed for Cape Town Stadium, the venue linked with a possible move by WP Rugby down the line and prominent landmark these days when you head towards town on the N1, but he assured that the player was well aware of the gravitas associated with Newlands.

“It says much about his personality that he isn’t overawed by playing in front of 40 000-plus people ... something he probably doesn’t do that often. He’s coping well in our fold.

“He’s still getting used to our structures, obviously. There’s a lot of fine detail that goes into planning and preparation, so it’s unfair to expect Jebb Sinclair to suddenly become Duane Vermeulen or Nick Koster.

“But he’s doing well. He’s a clever rugby player; he’s lineout-intelligent and becomes a good option for us there.”

Considering the Stormers’ problem with scoring prolific amounts of tries per match, was Coetzee rueing, nevertheless, surrendering the pace and flair offered by now-injured No 8 Nizaam Carr?

“Yes, obviously it was a bit of a setback in terms of his (encouraging) development. He’d had a good start against the Force.

“He came into a wet game there, and nevertheless showed up well, so it would have been nice to see the speed he offers in perfect conditions some time, too ... I know you all want to see us score more tries, which is our intention whenever possible, but there was nothing we could do about the rain in Perth, for example.”

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  • hannes.handogg - 2012-05-16 16:46

    He was distracted by the Mountain. Don't worry mate! We all are! :) Welcome to Cape Town!

      BlouJob - 2012-05-17 06:12

      Dis hoekom julle nooit enige cups wen nie, want die berg is mos alles in julle lewens.

      hannes.handogg - 2012-05-17 07:13

      Ha ha ha! Sluk daai suur druiwe heel in manne. Dit gaan makliker af op daai manier.

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-17 07:31

      koos watse lug asem jy in

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-05-16 16:49

    Heard the Erenst Viljoen loan deal has failed....Once again Stormers administrators not up to the task....bloody amateurs .

      Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-05-16 16:55

      Who is Erenst Viljoen??

      Paul Botha - 2012-05-16 17:08

      Joubert ?

      stormers.fanbasefull - 2012-05-16 17:14

      Once again Grants mind has left him. Think before you comment, before you make a complete moron of yourself. So eager to hurl the insults you completely forgot you obviously know sweet blow all about rugby and reading it seems.

      Koos - 2012-05-17 06:46

      alhoewel hy die van verkeerd gehad het, het julle geweet van wie hy praat.

  • anneline.duplessis1 - 2012-05-16 17:08

    Not a good reference for WP Rugby. Why did you not arrange transport for him, and if he had a car why did you not accompany him. Shame on you Poor organizing!

      hannes.handogg - 2012-05-16 17:15

      Tannie relax. Dis Kaapstad. Die res van die span was ook laat. ;) Dis hoe ons rol.

      Anton - 2012-05-16 17:18

      Julle rol lyk my al 11 jaar lank

      hannes.handogg - 2012-05-16 17:27

      Wow. Ek het nog nie daai een gehoor nie. Eina.

      BlouJob - 2012-05-17 06:14

      Anton is reg, julle relax al vir 11 jaar.

  • Anton - 2012-05-16 17:16

    Reading this article it seems it's not only Jebb thats lost Ac lost lost his brain. newlands lost to cape town stadium and the Stormers lost their flair

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-05-16 17:22

      At least the stormers are winning games. losing flair only matters when you are losing games as well.

      Harold - 2012-05-17 06:24

      No flair = no bonus points = 4th instead of 1st.

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-05-16 19:57

    If Ernst is not available what about Minkie...

  • John - 2012-05-17 08:29

    Focussing on the road and the drivers around you is scary enough in CT. It must be terrifying if you are not use to driving on CT and have no idea where you are going.

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-17 17:09

    Why does he even have a car? He should be sharing a house with one of his team mates and be hitching a ride with fellow players

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