Plaudits for Grant, Duvenage

2012-07-25 09:07

Johannesburg - Sharks coach John Plumtree says he is “impressed” by the consistency of Stormers halfback pairing Dewaldt Duvenage and Peter Grant, who he believes are amongst the most under-rated players in the country.

The Durbanites are preparing for their biggest game of the season on Saturday when they will play their Cape Town rivals in an all-South African Super Rugby semi-final at Newlands.

Grant and Duvenage have played an integral role for the Stormers this season, helping them top the overall competition standings with 14 wins from their 16 matches.

“Definitely (Grant’s an under-rated player),” Plumtree said on Tuesday. “He is probably the most consistent 10 in the country.

“He’s not looked at by the national selectors, but him and Duvenage are both right up there.

“To get to this stage of the competition, a semi-final, with your number 9 and 10 not involved in the national set-up is probably unlike any country.”

Both have been on the fringes of Springbok selection at certain points during their careers, with Duvenage yet to win a cap.

Grant on the other had has five to his name, although the last of those came way back in 2008.

“If you look at the New Zealand semi-finalists, they have (Aaron) Cruden, Dan Carter, Andy Ellis, all international players,” Plumtree said.

“The Stormers are consistent in their performances with consistent players and that impresses me.”

The Sharks arrived back in their Durban late on Sunday night and did not train on Monday.

They only held light training on Tuesday morning following their round trip to Australia, where they recorded a memorable 30-17 playoff victory over the Reds in Brisbane to seal a spot in the last four.

They were greeted by the bad news that Springbok back Patrick Lambie, who was left behind to recuperate from a recurring ankle injury, might not be available for the Stormers clash.

Another player that faces a fitness race is junior Bok centre Paul Jordaan (hamstring).

“Patrick didn't train today,” Plumtree said. “He's doubtful, which is not good news for us, but Louis (Ludik) has been going really well at fullback.

“We’ll make a late call on Paul. He didn’t train on Tuesday, but there’s definitely a little problem with his hamstring. It’s just a matter of whether we can get him right in time.”

The Sharks mentor conceded that his players were in good spirits ahead of the match, the second of the semi-finals, which will be played on Saturday.

On Friday, an all-New Zealand affair will be played out in Hamilton where the Chiefs are due to host the Crusaders.


  • ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-07-25 09:13

    what is up with all the praise old PLUM

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 09:24

      Mind Games my friend

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 09:30

      Plum knows that Duvenhage is the weak link!

      jason.children - 2012-07-25 09:54

      AC is not going to fall for that! But i do agree with his assessment of Grant! SFL

      bfvillet - 2012-07-25 10:02

      moari we know the abilities of grant duvenage is underated with that i have to agree remember how he read hougard in the last game against the bulls. ps AC was a scrummie he knows who his best scrummie is

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 10:34

      doesnt hit enough rucks though

  • Stormkaap - 2012-07-25 09:24

    Ag this is just playing mind games with the Stormers, two journeymen rugby players.. Keep your focus and go do what is necessary to win the game

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 09:24

    Warning to the Sharks,dont get penalised in our half,its gonna be 3 points.

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-25 09:59

      DUH!!! And visa versa , dumb ass

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-25 10:09

      Lionel, So the Sharks must not get penalised in the Stormers half, Now who in the stormers team can kick it over from their own half. You are very retarded my friend. The stormers must not make any mistakes in their OWN half or it will be points to the Sharks

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-25 10:17

      we all seen Joe p kick the distance so half way is not out of his range. and steyn not playing so stormers need not worry about a 65m drop attempt but it also a downside cause frans gave up a lot of ground last time he tried those long distance drop attempts. - 2012-07-25 10:26

      Brandon seems to be a tough guy. Eats wingnuts for breakfast, washed down with a cup of diesel, followed by 3 'don't tune me griefs' for pudding. I'm scared, don't know about the rest of you.

      cape.maori - 2012-07-25 10:27

      @Lionel Kerm - that was an epic fail Lionel!! hahahhahaha, that is sooooooo funny! In the stormers half? hahahahha,shame mate, stadig met die dop! - 2012-07-25 10:30

      @Brandon, Michalak is your kicker. Lambie is injured so won't be near the team. Meyer B is your back up kicker, and he will be on the bench if Jordaan is fit to play. If Freddie isn't slotting them on Saturday who takes over. Do you yank Jordaan off, put Bosman on to kick thereby guaranteeing us the pleasure of watching Bosman make a telling tackle on himself to save a certain 5 pointer? Tune me the Sharks plan B if Freddy's kicking isn't on song.

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-25 10:31

      Oh No!!! Don’t tell me this Saffa-Cat comedian is back. It was so nice and peaceful while she was trying to make some money on the street corners. It took her a while to make enough money to re-load her 3G.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 10:35

      brandon is pretty hard - from hitting rucks and writing internet memos

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-25 10:41

      Saffa, don't get nasty now just because you're a lousy fat ass loser. - 2012-07-25 10:41

      Answer the question Brandon. Sharks plan B.....

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 10:43

      That was one that came out wrong but most understood what I was talking about judging from the Thumbs up,as for the tossers that don't,you know where to get off. Saffa Cat,Im petrified of Brandon,those goons scare the hell out of me:):):)

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-25 10:52

      The Sharks don't need a plan B. The stormers will fail this weekend, just like they've been failing for the past 11 years. chokers of SA Rugby remember

      jason.children - 2012-07-25 10:52

      Hahahahahaha when it comes to discussing rugby, Stormers supporters 2 Internet Trolls 0

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-25 11:22

      @ Saffa, the Sharks do not need a brilliant kicker like Steyn was. We score tries something that has eluded the Stormers. So your point is invalid when it comes to Michalak as he does kick well just not far. - 2012-07-25 11:33

      @Cavin - this is a semi final, not a beach rugby exhibition game. The first name on your team sheet for finals rugby is your No 1 kicker. Then make sure you have another JUST as reliable available on the bench (or on the field). I am just asking you what happens if it is a penalty shoot out type final with Walsh awarding penalties left and right. If Freddie is off target, what is your plan B? Just because you think it's irrelevant, doesn't mean your coach feels the same. Lambie is out. F Steyn may not play. You have Bosman and Freddy. All I asked is what you will do if Fred is way off radar. You didn't answer me, neither did Brandon Hitman Styles.

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-25 12:33

      Saffa street walker, Wipe the se$#n out of your eyes and you will see I did answer you, No need for plan B, stormers are chokers and will take the walk of shame this weekend.

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-25 12:44

      Saffa by your insistence, the Sharks can defend, proven against the Reds (AKA plan B). Plan A is to break your defence line and score tries which we have done without Frans Steyn. Our forward pack are strong drivers and have excellent ball handling skills, proven against the Reds. Our fringe players is where the match up will be. I have utmost faith in Michalak but Louis Ludik can also kick should Michalak get injured. We have more than enough back ups thank you. Do not stress about the Sharks but rather your own team who has been out of sorts in their last two outings. Good luck for Saturday. SHARKS Forever!!!!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARS!!!!!!!!!!

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-25 12:49

      Sorry meant to say Meyer Bosman. - 2012-07-25 12:55

      Very confident chap aren't you Cavin, commendable. Mind you, it's your sort that will wail about the travel if things don't go down as you so confidently predict. Of that I am certain.

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-25 13:37

      We shall see lol!!!!!

  • chester.tobias.3 - 2012-07-25 09:25

    Grant is A legend in his own lifetime.

      niel.walt - 2012-07-25 10:25

      Dan Carter is a legend. Grant is a rugby player, no where near legend status.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 10:36

      and im a legend in my spare time

      heinrich.niemann.5 - 2012-07-25 13:27

      @tom - And the rest of the time you are a D..s yes?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 14:32

      heinrich - yes

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-25 09:31

    Grant is rated the best this season by looking at his stats!!

      cap.mor.5 - 2012-07-25 15:09

      Tyhe best at missing tackles yeah.

  • bfvillet - 2012-07-25 09:56

    Blah blah blah none of your talking will put any pressure on our players goodness you have been in the news every day now talking up the is played on grass not paper

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 10:36

      i think only the stormers play the game on grass, maybe thats why they are so sleepy

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-07-25 10:17

    The bulls didnt reach the playoffs...mmm.. 13 boks and still didnt make it ?? So u lost a few boks a year ago (your reason why you didnt make the playoffs this year), but gained more and still didnt make the playoffs ??? Huh o_O ?? Something doesn't make sense ?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 10:37

      and the relevance to any of the posts or the article?? something doesnt make sense, and thats you. idiot

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-07-25 10:43

      you are beneath me buddy, go play with your mother.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 13:00

      you wish i was beneath you. your mom was beneath me this morning, tell her i will give her the rest of the money when the stormers win the super trophy, idiot.

      cap.mor.5 - 2012-07-25 15:11

      How can you pay her half at a time. they don't make the 1cent piece anymore. I know she owes me change.

      spear.tackle.7 - 2012-07-25 17:06


  • vernon.annandale.7 - 2012-07-25 10:32

    Can't believe you freaking STORMERS fans! All season long,Grant this and Grant that,best no.10,must be Springbok! Now when Plum talks Grant up and points out the fact that he should be a SB!? Its mind games? Grow up,I'm sure Plum has more than enough on his plate to deal with, getting his boys ready for this clash is of more importance than trying to play mind games with the Stormers

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  • Enrico Capazorio - 2012-07-25 11:39

    Give that man a bells!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 13:01

      seriously? i mean are you serious? give that man a bells? give enrico a clue

  • elandrevanwyk.m - 2012-07-25 11:48

    ek se al di laaste paar jaar, peter grant hoort in di groen en goud. . nou meer waar as oit. . baie beter no.10 as morne steyn en sy skop werk pale toe is net so gud as nie beter nie. . hys ook n baie slimmer speler as morne steyn. . . duvenage hoort tenminste op di bench vi die bokke. . baie goeie speler maar ek dink hy nie consistent genoeg nie. . nogsteeds beter as hougaard opi oomblik. . .

      niel.walt - 2012-07-25 12:19

      Duvenhage is a very average player. No skills, no linebreaks, his backline doesn't score tries

      bootman.bokke - 2012-07-25 12:58

      Niel even though Im a Stormer supporter I have to agree with you. If you've got a 11 - 15 like the Stormers have and you cant score tries then without a doubt your problem is at 9 and 10.

      elandrevanwyk.m - 2012-07-25 13:49

      I am a stormers supporter too. . I kinda agree with u guys about duvenage. . . but grant, to me, remains remains a solid flyhalf. . . and he's a great playmaker when he wants to. . . never misses a tackle. . or no miss tackles come to mind great defender. . goal kicking best in the competition. . strong and reliable runner with ball in hand

      cap.mor.5 - 2012-07-25 15:15

      No mis tackles ... hahahahahahahahahahaha. You're obviously not subscribed to DSTV and don't watch the games or else your memory is shot. No missed tackles ... hahahahahahahaha. Good one.

      theo.greeff.5 - 2012-07-25 15:31

      Dunvenage is a very underrated player. Ironically his style is very similar to that of Fourie du Preez, minus the attacking (something he's been doing more of in recent games). He dictates play with either his boot or with quick cleaning out and passing the players into gaps. It should be noted that he isn't the fastest or biggest of platyers, so he will probably never be a huge threat on attack. But he plays to his strengths, which is a sound tactical game, accurate passing, quick service from the base of the scrum / breakdown and, as mentioned, passing the players around him into space. He also covers pretty well. That said, he hasn't had the greatest of seasons, compared to last year and the year before - But he's still not a player to be underestimated. His calmness and ability to take pressure off the flyhalf is invaluable, and fits in perfectly with the Stormers' current game plan. His quick service ensures that usually, when the forwards generate momentum, it doesn't get wasted because the opposition have too much time to regroup. Once again, though, this isn't his greatest season so far, so there is a lot of room for improvement.

  • Enrico Capazorio - 2012-07-25 14:27

    @Tom . I got the internet memo. Just getting it out of my system. lol. Just winding you up bud. That phrase infuriates me too.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 15:09

      give this man a bells

  • WernerZA - 2012-07-25 17:39

    Grant en Dewald... Goeie spelers, maar die bus is reed vol... Ander is beter. Ek Se weer, grant kan NIE n agterlyn aan die gang kry nie... Miskien omdat sy coach hom terug hou... En hy het n swak skopvoet... Ja, akuraat van 25m af, maar Niks verder nie... Hy try nie eers nie. Lambie, Steyn, selfs Pienaar sit hom ore aan... Mooi Plum, jyt hierdie stormer ondersteuners n Hele naweek Se Viagra gespaar met jou comments...haha

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