Not a rugby call by Stormers

2014-05-15 14:30

Cape Town - The Stormers’ decision to drop flyhalf Kurt Coleman for the under-performing Peter Grant should be of concern to their fans.

Grant was on Wednesday named to start in the No 10 jersey for Saturday’s clash against a high-riding Western Force outfit at Newlands (kick-off at 17:05).

He will play his 100th Super Rugby match for the franchise, joining Andries Bekker (105) and Jean de Villiers (104) as the only men to have played a century of Super Rugby games for the Stormers.

Coleman though should count himself unlucky not to retain his place in the starting team, as he’s brought new impetus to the Stormers attack in recent weeks.

With Coleman at No 10, the Cape side scored four tries against the Highlanders a fortnight ago - a feat last achieved by the Stormers back in 2011. They also outscored the Bulls in Pretoria last week, despite going down 28-12.

Grant, on the other hand, is struggling for confidence and his goal-kicking has been way off par this year. He is a shadow of the player that converted 93% of his goal-kicks in the 2012 season when the Stormers topped the Overall log.

Coach Allister Coetzee told Thursday’s Die Burger that it "was the right thing to do" to pick Grant in the starting line-up for his 100th game.

He said Grant has been a stalwart to the union for many years and picking him to start was a "matter of respect" and that it "depicts their team culture".

In the same interview, Coetzee insisted that the decision to start with Grant was NOT based on sentiment.

“Peter’s experience and virtue will be very important to us. It has nothing to do with sentiment,” said Coetzee.

Sport24 though questions the coach’s views. If that's not sentiment, then what is?

Since his return from Japan, Grant has been tried and tested in three different positions - flyhalf, fullback and inside centre - and looked out of sorts each time.

It is therefore clear he was not picked for rugby reasons alone for Saturday's clash. A player out of form should not be picked purely because he is set to reach a milestone.

Grant would get as big a cheer from the Newlands faithful if he “appears” for his 100th later in the game, than he would leading the team out.

The Stormers had in recent weeks shown promising glimpses of the attacking mentality new Director of Rugby Gert Smal wants them to display.

They may revert back into their shells a bit on Saturday though…

At present, who would you pick at flyhalf for the Stormers? Send your thoughts to Sport24.


  • Anton Anton - 2014-05-15 14:27

    AC at his best

      Ali Gee - 2014-05-15 14:52

      This is the dumbest crap ever, granted Kurts kicking is also a bit suspect but his attacking ability far outweighs Peters! Maybe they are looking to add experience to the starting line up but we can only hope they don't go back to their defensive default. Stormers Rugby is in serious trouble!

      Johan Hattingh - 2014-05-15 17:08

      I am not a Grant fan, also remembering that the Stormer supporters boosted him for Bok no 10. But please - "Since his return from Japan, Grant has been tried an (sic) tested in three different positions - flyhalf, fullback and inside centre - and looked out of sorts each time." That says it all for the poor man, and for AC! How do you expect him to improve and make the no 10 jersey his own if you keep on f****ing him around!

      Izzi Max - 2014-05-15 18:11

      He said Grant has been a stalwart to the union for many years and picking him to start was a "matter of respect" and that it "depicts their team culture". In the same interview, Coetzee insisted that the decision to start with Grant was NOT based on sentiment... I don't even need to rant on this, I don't need a punchline or an insult, that already sums it up right there.

      Tyrone Woods - 2014-05-15 19:27

      Ali Gee pipe down please you're embarrassing yourself

      Grootrot van Zyl - 2014-05-17 08:16

      It is only for AC to say that he did not always choose vel over merit.

  • Lionel Kemm - 2014-05-15 14:30

    Im not backing AC at all but like I said earlier,if we were still in the running for a playoff spot he would have played Coleman and not Grant.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 14:59

      You were never running for a playoff.

      Lionel Kemm - 2014-05-15 15:09

      We actually trying to copy the Bulls, played 11, lost 11

      Barney Barnato - 2014-05-15 15:12

      Neither were you

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 15:13

      The Bulls managed it with grace. That happens if you have a rich rugby culture.

      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-15 16:39

      Ou KUKsak en Brommer is sKaapstad se nuutste paartjie ... Kuksak is die dom stink P0EPH0L ... en Brommer lek die briekmerke skoon...

  • Ryan Brewster - 2014-05-15 14:32

    I am a fan. Not concerned at all. If we were still playing for a playoff spot, then yes, but since we are not, why not show Grant some respect. Well done AC.

      Lionel Kemm - 2014-05-15 14:34

      Agreed Ryan.

      Lionel Kemm - 2014-05-15 14:48

      So where are the Cheetahs Skrap?We will end above them on the log.

      Ali Gee - 2014-05-15 14:56

      Bull Crap! Rather give Kurt more game time, build more experience. These guys are professionals, there should be no place for sentiment. Get yourself in form or sit on the bench.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 14:58

      Lionel it is priceless to see you battle for the wooden spoon. Hahahaha

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 14:59

      How do you know that bald head Lionel?

      Lionel Kemm - 2014-05-15 15:03

      GLute,was pricelees to see Dewaldt go for the kantlyn last year. hahahah

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 15:07

      While the Stormers were mowing the lawn right kaalkop Lionel?

      Lionel Kemm - 2014-05-15 15:12

      Bit dark that time of year in Cape Town,freako

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 15:21

      Everything about Stormer rugby is dark my friend.

  • Ashley Philander - 2014-05-15 14:39

    "the right thing to do" mr. Coetzee, is to resign!

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 14:56

      Nooooo, we like the Stompies where they are.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 15:32

      Never at the top yes.

      William Le Hanie - 2014-05-15 15:51

      Bulls = 3 Super Cups, Stormers = 0 Super Cups tells all, every year Stormers win the competition in the beginning of the series and want to fire their coach half way through the series and blame the Bulls for their predicament!

  • Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 14:41

    Ban this joker province out of any form of rugby.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 14:43

      Jannee, hulle maak SA rugby en rugby in die algemeen se naam gat.

      Lionel Kemm - 2014-05-15 14:47

      Sick freako copying profiles again,one sad individual you are.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 14:56

      Ahead of the pack Lionel, ahead of the pack.

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 15:00

      Lionel, may doctor give you some advice on dealing with your hair loss? You look like an egg.

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 15:55

      Donnie boy, you will never get mistaken for Brad Pitt my friend. You can believe that.

  • Ofentse Sarel Jones - 2014-05-15 14:44

    The Stormers..... do they still play rugby?

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 14:54

      They play something but its not rugby, looks more like synchronized swimming.

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 15:55

      Or last on the log and 20yr cupless.

      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-15 16:32

      Nee man ... Gaylands is die nuwe Teasers in sKaapstad ... en die Stormpoppies poledans vir die kroesaders en al die g@tgabbas --- soos Kuksak, Donovan, Jimmy, ens

  • Leon Pieterse - 2014-05-15 14:44

    So, let him run on in his 100th game, then take him off after 5 minutes.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 14:53

      By then the Stompies will trail by 17 points.

  • Jimmy Stormer - 2014-05-15 14:45

    Pierre Spies is the type of person to get injured in a pillow fight

      JimmyStormer - 2014-05-15 14:59

      Says the guy who's team have adopted the boring old kick chase game plan in recent times. So boring, I might as well watch grass grow. Jannie couldn't scrum properly even if they made it uncontested scrums.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 15:07

      Se hulle Jimmy. Mooi so oubaas se keffertjie. Sa, vat hom.

  • JimmyStormer - 2014-05-15 14:48

    Frans Ludeke is the type of person to buy all the pies

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 14:52

      And Gaycee.

      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-15 16:45

      so nice to see the Prawns and Anchovies throwing their handbags at each other ... bwahahaha

  • Rafiq Gaffoor - 2014-05-15 14:48

    Pathetic •how can a coach go on sentiment •no wonder this team is failing •Coleman is doing much better as grant •so plse coach get your act together please

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 15:02

      Shut up

  • Xavier Flemmert - 2014-05-15 15:07

    Selecting experience ahead of talent. Like other headlines read : Stormers are takin Coleman for Granted

  • Charles James Wolfaardt - 2014-05-15 15:10

    It is typical of the Stormers coaching staff The do not have a clue what they are doing. Sentiment does not work in Profesional sport. Mr A C should do the right thing RESIGN

  • Christopher Booise - 2014-05-15 15:17

    I stupid call if you ask me.

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 15:46


      Platberg MoffSkaap - 2014-05-15 16:36

      Yes ... you is very stupid ... if you ask the rest of SA. Like Trenampie!!

  • Gluteus Maximus - 2014-05-15 15:19

    Net op die forum alleen is daar n paar manne wat beter sal kan afrig, onder andere ek en n paar ander Bul ondersteuners. Masr ek wil nie Slaapstad toe nie, te veel poofters.

  • Alan Robertson - 2014-05-15 15:26

    The stormers season has gone anyway and Grant was a great player once...maybe this respectful treatment will help him find form

      Simon Templer - 2014-05-15 17:47

      I beg to differ. Grant was never a great player. At one stage he was a good goal kicker and that's as far as it goes. He has always been an average flyhalf................and I only say 'average' out of respect for his 100th cap.

  • Phillip du Plessis - 2014-05-15 15:27

    Now we know why the Stormers are bottom of the log..AC playing players that are not on form and out of position...PLEASE WAKEDIELD DO SOMETHING!!!!

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 15:34

      Saamgevat: Die Stormers is te kuk om in die Super-kompetisie te speel.

  • Michael Mooney - 2014-05-15 15:38

    Who is peter grant ???

      Simon Templer - 2014-05-15 17:48

      Good question.

  • Gerald Snr Ray - 2014-05-15 15:43

    That encapsulates the season that has been , Peter Grant has been crap and even he knows that , next we will hear Coleman is heading off somewhere and I don't blame him. One week we are blooding new players and the next we are not ? AC what message are you sending out to your supporters ? Why do we tolerate poor performance as much as we do , we should take a leaf out of EPL.

  • Waheeb Slarmie - 2014-05-15 15:51

    clearly the team don't come first. SETIMENTAL selection should be left for club or amateur rugby matches. at this level you must earn your spot 1st game or 100th game. look what happened when a whole woohaa was made abour percy getting 100 games for the bokke, they lost 27-0 vs AB at newlands. go stormers

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 16:36

      *doesn't *sentimental

  • Tyrone Woods - 2014-05-15 15:55

    I disagree I think its a good rugby call by stormers. I mean, he had a 93% goal kicking success back in what's that year. And he played 99 matches. And he's the only flyhalf in the stormers camp that has so far grown a beard

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      Tyrone Woods - 2014-05-15 16:20


      Lionel Kemm - 2014-05-15 16:21

      Lift up your right hand,bring it down as fast as you can towards your face,give yourself the biggest PK you can.Go on champ,you deserve it.

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-15 16:25

      Lionel, I can help with the baldness. Tyrone... BOGGOM BOGGOM BOGGOM!

  • Garth Snyman - 2014-05-15 16:32

    the stormers are so jut this season, they could start with both coleman and grant and still lose

      Simon Templer - 2014-05-15 17:51

      You mean like last week.......

  • Jurie Ludwig - 2014-05-15 17:54

    Where is Gert Smal's face? why are you still putting AC's Face?

  • Chris Nossek - 2014-05-15 19:19

    AC is just being diplomatic because he is dropping a player of colour for a white player. What about Katrakiles who is fit again? WP spent a lot of money getting him back from EP

  • Keith Ronald Wildschut - 2014-05-15 20:03

    Toetie and kie other players that played their hundred came up as substitutes. We cannot afford to lose more games. As a Stormers supporter it is my humble submission that this decision will not benefit the team. Peter was a loyal servant but he is off form and must be treated as such. I would even consider Gary before him.

  • Michael Clifford Georgopoulos - 2014-05-15 22:22


  • Rob Nelster - 2014-05-15 22:29

    typical SA rugby, keep changing the starting line are u ever going to grow a player...look at Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie.....every other game they play out of position and then the poor bugger must do it different for the Boks. When will the franchises ever work towards a common goal for Bok rugby..?? Specialist flyhalf, scrumhalf or fullback....thats why dimwit Pienaar & Kirschner always gets a chance by Heineke....

  • Rob Nelster - 2014-05-15 22:31

    ...I`m a Stormer fan but we shouldnt complain about flyhalves when WP Rugby union lets go of a player like Pollard to the Bulls... WTF??

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-16 02:59

      Rob, go pomp a rob.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-05-16 08:13

    AC cant be fired...he is an AA appointment....

  • Liam Terblanche - 2014-05-16 09:08

    Hoe vinniger hulle van AC ontslae raak, hoe vinniger sal stormer rugby verbeter en groei!!!!

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-16 17:26

      Nie rerig nie.

  • Jesse Arries - 2014-05-16 09:11

    I hope WPRU can open their eyes....which coach would pick an out of form player as a 'matter of respect' instead of an in-form player in such a pivotal position? this is exactly why we need a new coach now, dammit!

  • Charl Charl - 2014-05-16 10:42

    Coleman not in the class of Grant stormer must start playing and win games hope they can do it on saterday I think the stormers are bad luck this year we got the best players .Coleman cost us a trie against the bulls kicking the ball down field for the bulls to score a trie.

      Shaun Dav - 2014-05-16 17:27

      "We've got the best players" BWA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAA Are u severely mentally retarded or do you drink too much?

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