More injury woes for Stormers

2011-05-18 10:17

Auckland - Allister Coetzee was today forced to name a side to take on the Blues in Auckland with a number of senior players out to injury.

The centre pairing of Jaque Fourie and Jean De Villiers are both out with a groin strain and chest muscle injury respectively. Whilst Jean De Villiers is consulting a specialist, Jaque Fourie is expected to be fit for next week’s match against the Brumbies. De Villiers and Fourie are replaced this week by Juan De Jongh and Johann Sadie. “Sadie is an out an out 13 and can also cover wing, whilst Juan can play both 12 and 13.” Said Allister Coetzee. “Whilst they do not have much experience together as a combination, Juan is an international and Sadie has that x factor. The players and team are excited about the possibilities.” Added the coach.

In other changes Peter Grant who has not recovered from an ankle strain is replaced by Lionel Cronje. Grant is expected to be available next week again for selection. In a tactical change CJ Van Der Linde replaces Brok Harris who moves to the bench.

A 5/2 bench split has been selected with the possibility of on and off rain on the weekend. Danie Poolman covers wing and Duvenage 9 and 10. Nick Koster also returns from injury in jersey 22.

“The Blues are playing great rugby and top their conference at the moment. It’s going to be a big game and despite the injury concerns we are focussed, motivated and excited as a team.” Said Coetzee.

The game kicks off at 09h35 on Friday.

The team to play is:

15. Conrad Jantjes
14. Gio Aplon
13. Johann Sadie
12. Juan de Jongh
11. Bryan Habana
10. Lionel Cronje
9. Ricky Januarie
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Francois Louw
6. Schalk Burger (Capt)
5. Andries Bekker
4. Rynhardt Elstadt
3. CJ van der Linde
2. Deon Fourie
1. Wicus Blaauw


16. Tiaan Liebenberg
17. Brok Harris
18. Steven Kitshoff
19. Anton Van Zyl
20. Dewaldt Duvenage
21. Danie Poolman
22. Nick Koster


  • BCC - 2011-05-18 10:21

    And all the Stormers supporters were crowing about how tough they were after the Crusaders games. I believe one chump said that NZers are soft. How does the saying go, 'he who laughs last, laughs loudest.'

      BOKLDN - 2011-05-18 10:43

      Are you laughing last right now?

      BOKLDN - 2011-05-18 10:44

      And that doesn't even make sense.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-18 10:58

      I am afraid you have lost me......please explain what you are crowing about!

      KingSmurf - 2011-05-18 17:39

      Tjom, het jy gesien hoeveel van die Crusaders is uit mnet beserings na die game teen die Stormers? 3 van hulle se S15 seisoen is verby en een behoort darem reg te wees vir die laaste game of twee. Die speler wie ons die meeste gaan mis is Jacque Fourie.

  • Muzi - 2011-05-18 10:33

    Johann Sadie will be a better palyer than juan de jong. Sadie is a class act...he is quick..solid and he has an instict for the try line. I remember watching him play for paarl gimnasium at sj jonhs college in 2007 he was a beast. A great talent i must admit.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-18 11:00

      Looking forward to see how this combination doubt that Sadie has the 'X' factor!

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-18 12:44

      This is probably the best centre combo after Fourie/De Villiers. Not sure how they will combine, but have high hopes.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-18 15:19

      @Mike@CapeT What a joke you are, the X-Factor?? HA HA HA Blues by 15

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-18 21:45

      I am realy happy that January is starting again. He had a super game before he was substituted last week.

      GHT - 2011-05-19 08:46

      I'm just worried about January... Also. De Jongh is also a 13 not that good at 12. We have a really tough game tomorrow. Way to many disruptions. Hope we can bag the 4 points... Go Stormers!

  • David Frederick Swan - 2011-05-18 10:46

    i think its time de jongh got a game these old crocks fourie and devilliers are more injured than fit especially fourie

  • Yoni - 2011-05-18 10:51

    Allister is a clever fella. He KNOWS the Stormers stands no chance against the Blues and it's therefore a good idea to rest them if the result is a foregone conclusion.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-18 11:01

      Perhaps you will have some egg on your face come 11.30 on Friday!

      Brannas - 2011-05-18 11:39

      @Yoni, I think you right mate. It is only their stupid supporters that think they can beat the blues, The stormarkies is on their way out of the competition and very fast. Bye Bye palookas, see you next year.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-18 12:21

      @Brannas - I want to thank you for trying to insult me by calling me "cheap/loose/common" etc. At least you didn't call me a Bulls fan, that would have been soul destroying & I doubt my ego would ever have recovered. Dankie. PS: please remain sober until you have cast your vote! (don't be scared....there are trained folk who will assist you with identifying the political parties by means of the pretty pictures) And now to rugby - a new centre combo is a 50/50. Could go either way. That said, I know of a 'few' unions who would KILL to have this combo, as even though it is 'new', it is still far better than what they have running out for them at this stage.

      RobinHood - 2011-05-18 12:33

      Brannas - onthou net: 'n Stormer se ma is 'n stormer, n' bul se ma is 'n koei

      Brannas - 2011-05-18 12:46

      @SAFFA-CAT. As long as you understand that insulting people and call them names is not solely your prerogative. It works both ways. Now back to rugby. I see in another threat they mention that Wynand Olivier made the most tackles from any centre this season and he also tops the log with the most tries by any centre, now do you still dispute that he is the best centre out there ( Off course you will ).

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-18 12:53

      @Brannas - I don't get offended that easily old chap. I am more than happy to take whatever you and your 'crew' dish out. With a smile. What I refuse to take, is your claim the Meisiekind is the finest centre in SA. That just insults my rugby intelligence. I have told you before, he is a good/solid and reliable PROVINCIAL player, and thats about where his 'impact' on the rugby scene should end. Nothing personal - but after 30 plus Bok caps, the oke just can't make the step up.

      Brannas - 2011-05-18 13:08

      @SAFFA-CAT. I do question your rugby intelligence strongly, you rate JDV as a centre and you also punt him for the captaincy, now that is very stupid and a clear sign to me that you don't have the foggiest idea what you talking about. Over and out. ( I must go and work now because I don't have my own company and own LAPTOP and I don't spend 2 hours a day in gym and I don't live a dream. HaHaHa )

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-18 13:11

      @Brannas - I do light candles for you......daily. Sigh. Go and vote please.

      Steyts - 2011-05-18 14:35

      At least this center combo is stille better than the bulls center pair. Die menslike sif en jaco pretorius is seker die uselesste senter paar in die land, loshande!!! Alhoewel, selfs as 'n stormers ondersteuner, twyfel ek oor ons kanse oormore! Die blues is bitter goed en dit gaan baie vat van ons om hulle te wen... KOm ons hoop maar vir die beste! Glo dit of nie, ek hoop die sharks gee die bulls een moerse pakslae sodat hulle net hulle bekker kan toe maak!!!!

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-18 15:21

      @Robinhood Jou flippen mof, daai grappie is seker 10jr oud man, ALMAL het dit al 50 keer gehoor. Jy's net so verbeeldingloos soos jou span se rugby die laaste 11 jaar

  • harold.uberstein - 2011-05-18 11:31

    BCC why dont you just go back to where you come from. I notice all the people that escaped to the CAPE still support there old bastions and old bulls but enjoy the Western Cape. We are still a good team and will still surprise lots of teams including our boring local sides.

  • Brannas - 2011-05-18 11:33

    HKGK ( Hier kom groot kak ) vir die stormakies, hulle lugkasteeltjie tuimel nou behoorlik inmekaar, hulle is in hulle moer in, game set and match, bye bye palookas, try weer volgende jaar HaHaHaHa. Blues by 20.

      RobinHood - 2011-05-18 11:50

      Jy drink vroeg vandag

      Gawie Nieuwoudt - 2011-05-18 11:55

      Lekker vroeg gesuip op die vakansiedag ?

  • Grunk - 2011-05-18 11:49

    These injuries seriously deplete the side but I hope that if Sadie does has another strong game I trust that he's given another chance on the wing instead of Habana. This has to be Habana's last chance of proving that that he's not finished in top class rugby. He's had enough chances already over the past 18 moinths that he's not totally out of it and has maybe played two halves in that time where he has reached anywhere near what a good wing should do - let alone a supposed world class wing.

  • bakkebul - 2011-05-18 12:10

    I must say that as a Bulls supporter I'm bloody envious of the Stormers being able to replace Jacque and Jean with Juan and Johann.

      Steyts - 2011-05-18 14:36

      Haha, ja nee kyk, hulle is darem nogsteeds beter as die bulls eerste keuse senter paar...

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-19 01:35

      Why are you envious?

  • Krugga - 2011-05-18 12:16

    Dis nou goeie nuus! Loss number 4 coming up.

      Marcell - 2011-05-19 03:18

      Blues by 18.

  • JJ - 2011-05-18 12:16

    Not even worried about having cronje, de jongh and sadie as inside backs.i thought Sadie made Guilford look very ordinary for an All Black winger in the Crusaders game. A more concerning issue is the weakness in scrummie and fullback, Januarie and jantjies are unfortunately weak links in the team. it seems the only way Stormers blood youngsters is through injuries.

  • JR - 2011-05-18 12:50


      Oukoos - 2011-05-18 19:15

      @JR, jy is seker 'n Shark ondersteuner.

  • Colin - 2011-05-18 13:05

    @ Brannas... Wynand is a very good centre when on form, there's absolutely no doubt about it. But however, with a poor 8thman like Pierre Spies, the centres are going to show significant numbers when it comes down to the defensive stats. It was the same story foe W.P. when Joe van Niekerk wore the nr 8 jersey. Seriously if i was a Bulls supporter, I would route for Spies to play wing. He could be a S.B. Williams, if used properly! Sadie, you’re a Gim Booitjie, so i believe you’ll make us proud. Good Luck guys

  • Mikey777 - 2011-05-18 13:12

    Fourie and De Villiers are a world class combination, who are both injury prone.It would be a tough ask for Juan and Sadie to step in against a tough Blues side, very tough indeed! However this could be a match where they announce their arrival on the big stage, I certainly hope so!

  • GraemeBB - 2011-05-18 13:36

    This is indeed a huge problem for the Stormers. Those who think that Poolman and DeJong can fill the shoes of JDV and Fourie must think again. I like them, but they havent played together, and not at international level. It is like a whole new backline. Good luck Stormers. I think you guys are in a bit of trouble for this one, but I wont write the Stormers off.

      Oukoos - 2011-05-18 19:16

      Thanks Graham. Dit sal maar tanne kners gaan

  • Thabo - 2011-05-18 13:37

    United we stand - divided we fall

      Oukoos - 2011-05-18 19:17

      If you want to fall united, you must start skydiving

      Marcell - 2011-05-19 03:21

      or join the stompie brigade! Kan nie se 'toothless' brigade nie want hulle is slim genoeg om die Crusaders te ondersteun!

  • Thabo - 2011-05-18 13:38

    United we stand - divided we fall!!!!!!

  • Whoosa - 2011-05-18 14:56

    Lionell to Schalk after missing 3 penaltys infront of goal: "Im so fed up of missing, i want to kick myself in the but". Schalk replying: "turn around let me do it rather than you missing it, again!

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-18 15:18

    Oh, nice excuse the idiots can use for this Saturday, injuries. Last Sat it was the ref, the previous it was the wind, last year the ball bounced funny, the previous there were electricity shorts, the previous the coach weas new the previous the Bulls were lucky, the previous my ouma fell of the roof, the previous... where are we now, 2006, oh shit, another 5 "previous!! JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-18 16:36

    @watalife Where are you? The blog wants to have a skaterlag, throw us with one of your inbred brainless posts! You said Stormers by 8 against the Crusaders, you said Stormers by 18 against the Chiefs, what do you reckon for Stormers vs Blues? Probably Stormers by 25?

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-18 20:53

      Dude, grow up ffs.

  • Rocky - 2011-05-18 17:34


  • Rocky - 2011-05-18 17:35

    I think Allister is really paying the price now for a lack of rotation policy

  • RugbyManiac - 2011-05-18 21:02

    This could be good game to see how the new combination works. If they perform well in this crunch game it could be wonderfull pearing to look out for in the future

  • Jan - 2011-05-18 21:59

    I think if this combo works, the Blues will have a long day defending

  • BardofAvon - 2011-05-19 07:22

    What kak. The Stormers, cleverly, are giving these guys a rest for this tough fixture, then they can concentrate on getting points with a full strength team against the weaker sides.

  • Laserguided - 2011-05-19 08:09

    They won't even reach the semis

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-05-19 11:07

      I think you're on the wrong thread, Bulls won't make the semi's

  • Paul - 2011-05-19 09:01

    It is going to be a test of the Stormers depth and BMT. If they can pull of a win on Friday, I think they can then say they have what it takes to bounce back if all the odds are stacked against you.De Jong and Sadie could be a big factor in that the Blues will not know much about the combination they facing. My heart will be with the Stormers, but if I had a buck to bet......Blues by between 12 and 15. Good luck to the Stormers.

  • Laserguided - 2011-05-19 11:56

    @ Hannes vd Linde: Haha! You've got 3 away games before you play against resurgent Bulls & Cheetahs sides. The Blues one will probably go the Blues' way as the "best injured centre pair in world rugby" (when will these guys actually play three games in a row without injuries) as well as Peter "I can only kick for posts" Grant are out of the mix. The matches against the Brumbies and Rebels will be 50-50, so good luck with that. Even with Fourie, De Villiers and Grant in the team, the Stormers will not beat the Bulls on current form and will probably also go down to the Cheetahs. Is it yet again the age-old SA thing for the Stormbarians of peaking too soon? Seems like it for the Stormbarians as well as the Sharks. We play them twice. The first time after a week off for them, which will improve our chances. The 2nd time in Pretoria, a game they will not win. The rest of our games are in Pretoria (the Tahs are definitely not on form and the Cheetahs can forget about winning) except the one in Slaapstad, which the Stormers, tired from losing to overseas teams, are sure to lose also. The Bulls are experts at making comebacks, unlike the rest of the SA teams, who are usually exhausted at the end of it. 4 Super titles in 5 years is very, very likely ;-)

  • The Goose - 2011-05-19 13:55

    The Stormers never really lacked in the centre dept. They always had great players since the super 12.Andy Marinos, Fleck to name a few. De Jongh and Sadie will play their hearts out and its up to Scalk and the the wings to support that defence line incase something goes wrong.Lionel Cronje plays well and knows what it is to win. All they need is a magic moment like last weeks Aplon try to spark momentum.The backline still has 5 springboks in it though.My prediction is that the game will be tight because if anything goes pearshaped, the stormers will go into defence mode and we all know how good they are at that.If they add the necessarry pressure , they can force penelties and let Lionel do his thing.Scalk better improve on his decision making as captain....

  • crocowild - 2011-05-19 18:46

    I believe that this is probably the most explosive backline that the Stormers fielded this year.The added responsibility of leader of the backline will bring out the best in Bryan Habana.This injuries might turn out to be a blessing in disguise to the Stormers.The Stormers also had a chance to get properly acclimatized.This is going to be a thriller.

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