'Massive Saturday' at Newlands

2012-02-29 07:43

Cape Town - Stormers forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot predicts a massive Saturday night for his charges against the Sharks at Newlands.

The Stormers started their campaign with a 39-26 win over the Hurricanes at home, while the Sharks came off second best against a determined Bulls team in Pretoria, losing 18-13.

However, despite them being outplayed and outwitted against the Bulls, Proudfoot believes the Sharks showed enough to give any opposing coaches sleepless nights.

"The Bulls played a clever game against the Sharks. They made sure they (the Sharks) couldn't build up phase movements.

"They managed it for about an hour to 65 minutes and only in the last quarter did it become visible just how uncomfortable the Sharks can make your life," Proudfoot told Die Burger.

Meanwhile, the Stormers will be impressed with the performance of several of their young players. Props Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, lock Eben Etzebeth and flank Siya Kolisi all had storming games against the Hurricanes.

And Proudfoot is understandably happy with the way the youngsters at the union are developing.

"They understand the finer nuances of the game and aren't afraid to climb in physically. Add to that young talents like Nizaam Carr (flank), Quinn Roux (lock) and Scarra Ntubeni (hooker).

"That gives you seven forwards that can still play Under-21 rugby. You can think how happy that makes a coach. So much young talent."

The loss of flank Schalk Burger is a big blow to the Stormers as it leaves them without a real specialist fetcher but Proudfoot said that responsibility does not only lie with the openside flank.

"Look, even though it might not be that big a necessity during this part of the season, you've got to have players that can compete for the ball.

"But it doesn't necessarily have to be an openside flank. Flo (Francois Louw) did it well last year from the blindside position, with Schalk (Burger) and Duane's (Vermeulen) tackling giving him the opportunity," said Proudfoot.

When asked whether they might try replicate what the Bulls did, Proudfoot responded with: "Who knows? We also have a couple of surprises..."


  • Lionel - 2012-02-29 08:02

    Really hoping our forwards can dominate and give our backs good ball to score some great tries!!!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-29 08:29

      Your forwards can only dominate your backs..... ha ha ha ha ha

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-29 08:14

    Stormers and so-called prop problems talked about a couple of weeks ago. What prop problems? We have heaps of young talent and guys just waiting to fill a void left by an injury. Saturday's game should be a cracker. Stormers by a small margin I think.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-29 08:33

      No Sharks by plenty

  • Bootman - 2012-02-29 08:18

    I don't care what anybody says about too much derbys. The truth is we only see the Sharks play the Stormers once at Newlands, so it's going to be massive. I predict a sellout crowd.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-29 08:33

      Yes because of the Papsak vereninging's meeting

  • legndkilla - 2012-02-29 08:25

    aubrey why dont u ask jj to help u put on that sign on your head that says"space for rent" cos u clearly have no brains makin a dumb ass comment like that, put on ur pink top and ur pink brookie and jogg on mate!!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-29 08:29

      Thank you kindly. Can I actually rent that space out....Peanut Head

  • Johan - 2012-02-29 08:27

    @ aubrey - As ek jou kommentaar so lees is dit baie duidelik dat jy absoluut niks van rugby af weet nie..Miskien voorstel dat jy na Nataniel gaan kyk oor die naweek dan is daar mos ook 'n ou hoogtepuntjie in jou naweek want Saterdagaand se rugby gaan maar vir jou teleurstellend wees. Lewer eerder kommentaar oor die rugby (wat moeilik is in jou geval as jy niks daarvan af weet nie)..Die Sharks lyk in elk geval soos 'n klomp ouens wat eerder die surf moet vang as op die rugbyveld moet wees.

      Dewald - 2012-02-29 08:41

      Ons sal sien of julle voor kan domineer teen 'n ware "forward pack" wat nie vlug vlou is na 'n lang vlug van NZ af nie. Julle bubble gaan verseker die naweek bars. Al wat julle gatte miskien kan red is Aplon!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-29 08:42

      Johan, nice profiel foto van jou. Pla die vlooie nie ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 10:55

      Aubrey, gaan so aan en jy gaan my overtake as die mees gehate man op hierdie forum. Ek kan dit nie toelaat nie.

      S - 2012-02-29 12:01

      Dozey, moet jouself asseblief nie oorskat nie. Jy sê ten minste twee keer per seisoen iets intelligent. Die mees gehate man is die Kanadoos Pieter met watter skuilnaam hy ookal "fake". Daai ou het probleme. Hy moet liewers weggehou word van kinders en honde.

  • Keith - 2012-02-29 08:34

    Gaan 'n lekka game wees tussen die Stormers en die Sharks. Hoop net albei spanne wil rugby speel.Suid-Afrikaanse derbies is soms so stampkarretjierig.Vergewe my nuutskepping.Die spelers is da om die game exciting te maak.

      Lionel - 2012-02-29 08:38

      Hoop net nie die skeidsregter blaas die game dood nie!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 11:04

      Lionel, solank Plonker Jonker nie weer daar is om julle opposisie te befonk nie, behoort dit n goeie game te wees.

      Jc - 2012-02-29 16:28

      Nee, ongelukkig is dit Mark Lawrence! Verwag maar baaaaaiiiiiee strofskoppe!

  • Johan - 2012-02-29 10:28

    hahaha think he's talking about the borrie rolls outside the stadium !!

  • Johan - 2012-02-29 11:33

    Hoop hulle spel gelykop!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-29 11:39

      Dis n rugby wedstryd, nie n spelling bee nie.

      S - 2012-02-29 12:02

      Nou daar's hy, Dozey, ek sê mos jy raak partykeer iets intelligent kwyt :D

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