Rebels’ feats make Jean wary

2012-07-11 15:08

Cape Town - Two stirring Super Rugby weekends by the Melbourne Rebels in early May have the Stormers on their guard for a possible “banana peel” occasion against those foes at Newlands on Saturday.

The SA conference winners’ captain, Jean de Villiers, pointedly referred at a media briefing on Wednesday to the still-rookie Australian franchise’s performance over successive weeks then - against the Bulls and Crusaders respectively - in effectively urging his men to bring their A-game to the final match of the ordinary season programme (15:00 kick-off).

In what probably amounted to the high point of an otherwise embattled season, the Rebels first ran the 2010 champions from Loftus desperately close in Melbourne before losing 41-35 on May 4 and then produced unquestionably the finest moment of their short history by knocking over the Crusaders 28-19 only a week later.

They have rather receded again subsequently, although are still set to end considerably better-placed (the Rebels currently lie 12th) on the overall table than they did in the maiden season last year, when they were rock bottom.

“Any team can beat any team on the day; (those score-lines) show the quality of this competition,” De Villiers said.

“The Rebels team has improved so much this year, even when you consider that we had a tough game there last year before managing to (win with) a bonus point - there are quality players in their side.

“Especially if you look at the names in their backline ... Gerrard, Huxley, Mortlock, Vuna and also Phipps at scrumhalf, international players, you have to pitch up on the day otherwise you will get surprised and beaten.”

De Villiers said that even in their narrow defeat (37-32) to the Lions in Johannesburg last Saturday, the Rebels had posed a threat.

“They were sort of out of it at one point, around 20 points behind, and managed to grab the lead going into the last 10 minutes ... it just bears out what I said.”

Asked whether the Stormers’ decision-making during the match might be dictated by the knowledge that four tries could see them end atop the overall table and be in line for a home final, De Villiers replied: “Yes, I think so, but probably only towards the end of the match.

“I’ve learnt before that your priority must be to get in front first ... if that’s by three, six nine, or by five points at a time, it doesn’t really matter.

“There’s the psychological issue of just getting your nose in front. If you can have a 12- or 15-point buffer by scoring penalties, then you are in a position to take more chances and go for the tries.

“It’s all about building an innings and making the right calls at the right times. There may come a time in the game when, in one of those 50-50 moments of (decision-making) you opt for the lineout and maul rather than the shot at posts.”

Weather prospects suddenly look a lot better for the Stormers if they are, indeed, involved in a four-try chase on Saturday: from a strong rain prospect 48 hours ago, Saturday now looks partly cloudy and dry according to some forecasts.


15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Deon Fourie, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5  Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Brok Harris, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gerhard van den Heever


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  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 15:14

    Wise words Jean,never underestimate any team...........Stormers by 15 points

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 15:21

      He is such a class act all BS aside! Im glad HM has named him Capt for the rest of the year!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 15:23

      @Isak,I really hope so Jason,me to,leads by example.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 15:24

      why are they scared of the rebels feet?

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 15:32

      @Tom back to English class for you chap!

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-11 15:54

      I say, Rebels with a good cause?? ...and we as the public, must always strive to support a good cause?? a. very. good. cause?? Go rebels go go go... @sakkieee- "...walk in the park??" daarom geniet ons jo sak..., as weepee net begin hardloop het in di park, sou hulle miskien gewen het??

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 15:57

      So Jap,what has Weeeepeeee(Stormers) been doing this year,losing???

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-11 16:09

      baie mense hierbo @lionel- wou nog altyd geweet het ...hoe ondersteun stoomer supporters nou regtig hulle spannetjie?? vat julle almal saam hande en gee een GROOOT p03p- dan noem ons dit, 'n stormer jo leke deng?? of is di eerder 'n snap, crackel en 'n pop deng- 'undercover' ondersteuning?? as ek julle was, dan sit ek sommer 'n ou 'wind-pompie' bo-op elke stoomer hoender borsie- ja op di hele weepee p03pilasie se truitjies daaronder??

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 16:11

      I wish i understood what the hell he was saying

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 16:13

      Jap,we support our team with our heart and soul,not like you guys when you win then all of you lot come out your holes but when you lose the hole gets deeper,does that answer your question:):):)

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-11 16:13

      Jason, don't think anyone can. I Don't even think he is a South African. And if he is, I feel sorry for his family. It is just a bunch of drivel he writes,

      Jahendel - 2012-07-11 16:14

      @Lionel Can't believe it bru u beat the Pink fans. Congrats ur the first one to comment on our beloved Stormers article lol

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 16:14

      I assume it's gonna be another SNOOZE fest... I will give the Stompies this one i say Stompies by 7... Good Luck..

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 16:17

      Thanks Jahendel,most of them are still in hiding after they were squashed by the Sharks on Friday. You see Charlie its not so bad to support us Stormers:):)

      Jahendel - 2012-07-11 16:21

      @jap vervang die j met 'n a en sit 'n t voor die w dit pas jou en jou kommints beter

      bootman.bokke - 2012-07-11 16:25

      I seriously cant believe there are people who still reads and comments on Jap's posts. Believe me I have tried but to no avail. I swear he shuts his eyes and beats on the keyboard with his fists................then opens his eyes and clicks on "post comment"

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:25

      u feel sorry for his family if he is south african? weird statement he writes in afrikaans, wonder where he learnt that. not the most widely spoken language worldwide. lean u prove dimmer every time you write something

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 16:26

      Lionel you right it's not so bad but so very hard :-)

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 16:40

      I love it when we all get along ;) it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-11 16:41

      Wise words Lionel. The Bulls are the exception because they are our BUNNIES!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 16:51

      John sorry i meant comyn..Bunnies??? Jy wens pappie..

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 17:07

      Lionel ,your snooze fest of a team also lost against the sharks .. I understand that you can't remeber that because who can really remeber what happened in any stormers game . As for hiding certainly not me , as long as my team produced some entertaining rugby I'm happy ... I WOULD be hiding though if they "win" like the stomers did against the cheethas or the lions or the Bulls or the ... [ I don't expect you to understand this] . Here's the thing Lionel you bunch have the SR / cupless m0nkey on your back not us we don't have to do all the mental "we'll take the win" acrobatics ... go ask your nearest local saders fan

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 17:20

      unfortunately i would love to post delicious responses along the lines of randomdude but i know from posting in my real profile the ideas go nowhere on the one eyed stormers supporters. so i resort to antagonising them. randomdude will be thumbed down and the bulls will be bashed and the same old responses will come up ad nauseam

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-11 17:24

      @RandomDude as usual you are spot on with your comment. Yes The Stormers did lose their away game to the Sharks, this was one of their only 2 loses so fat this season, your team has lost both home & away to both the Stormers & Sharks, now who has the memory loss?

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-11 17:34

      @Random, you can explain till you blue in the face, they will NOT (don't want to) understand that. Good comment though.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 17:40

      @shoosh .. You don't understand I DON"T CARE how many they lost I CARE if they entertained me . I don't expect the BB to win every single SR match and championship from here till the end of time ? There will be ups and downs but when there are down I go mphe .. they lost against the better team but I still LOVED watching the game.. it was exciting . Now had they turtled up and tried to defend their way to a win at any stange in the competition that gets me mad and I stop watching and supporting them .. really better sh_t I can do with my time than watch that crap .. So I guess for me our lose against the sharks is more a win than your win agains the cheethas , it comes down to why do you watch rugby and support a team

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 17:47

      random succinct as always. couldnt have put it better. post of the week.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 17:55

      by the way Smooth we won our first one against the sharks ?.. not as convincinvg as they managed against us but still fairly comfortable.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 17:57

      and on that note. i would love to support the stormers if they are in the final against whatever overseas team. but the problem is, as a neutral, whether its a south african, aus, nz or british team i wont watch boring rugby. i gave up on the aviva where the number of phases in one movement is more important than entertainment value. i would rather watch the blue play the lions than watch the stormers eek out another toothpaste in the bottom of the tube win. i watch crusaders vs chiefs games with far more interest than stormers cheetahs games. even stormers complain about ugly rugby but a win is a win. how does anyone expect a neutral to tune in and endure 80 minutes of bore. as random says and i agree whole heartedly i would rather watch the bulls get thrashed by the sharks than stormers toothpaste their way to a couple point win when a bonus point win would ensure the top of the table and a home final. as stormers supporters u have all become accustomed to this way of playing but as neutrals the games are just not worth watching

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 18:04

      I have said this time and time again, If you watch rugby because you like tries being scored then you need to watch 7's and league! Rugby Union is a war of attrition, the battle between the forwards to get the upper hand! A team bravely, to the man, defending their try line for multiple phases.................this my friends is true Rugby! Its the kind of rugby SA have played for years...............The Bulls played this exact kind of rugby when winning the Cups they won, and then I enjoyed watching the Bulls grind out hard fought battles! The Stormers are now playing that kind of rugby and its working and I love watching the Province i grew up supporting grinding out tough victories and leaving it all out on the field! That is the sign of a true rugby guys had it in the past and we have it now.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 18:05

      random we are one eyed unlike smooch who tells you we lost both games to the sharks phew its a long and a dusty road to get through to anyone of what relevance is your comment smooch? no one that side of the mountain will ever be able to understand what it is to get excited about rugby

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 18:18

      O jason that's just because your beloved team plays that way .. I think most rugby fans want to see a game like the bulls v sharks or Saders v Chiefs that has it all rather than the Stomers v Cheethas that just has the grind

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-11 18:28

      @jason, even in the era when the Bulls played stampkar rugby, they still managed to score tries - it was never a snore fest. After admitting you Stormers copying the Bulls style of rugby and sort off managed some kind of success, one thing you cannot steal or replicate from the Bulls, is BMT - you will once again fall short somewhere in the play-offs. Even though your 'sweaty little paws' are clawing in total desperation toward the Cup, sadly you will fall short. Tough luck, but try again NEXT year.

      mario.borchards - 2012-07-11 20:16

      @ Isak.visser:" My hart, My siel, My lewe, My alles, My Stormers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I am a staunch Stormers supporter, but bro you need to keep it together. Rugby is only a game/sport for entertainment. It seems like you need some love in your life bro! Please dont jump infront of an express train at Newlands station if the Stormers lose. There is much more to life than being a rugby supporter.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 00:55

      @japjapjap. Ten minste ondersteun ons nie ons span soos julle julle groepie pink pansies ondersteun nie: mans wat mekaar omhels en "Liefling" sing by 'n rugby game wanneer hulle pink span punte kry is net nie reg nie.

      bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-12 09:37

      tom.tardis - Steroids and BM stuffed what little brain you had up , FEAT Not Feet !!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 10:41

      bud, WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?!?!?!?!!? feat feet potato potahto

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-12 21:58

      o bushpig I point and lol at you

  • Edward - 2012-07-11 15:19

    Captain fantastic spoke, Go boys, you can and should do the job!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 15:25

      captain porcelain will be injured before the rugby championship

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 15:27

      Tom you mustnt talk about Spies like that

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-11 15:31

      Tom doing his normal Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah routine again.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-11 15:35

      Isak,so n bek kort brandewyn:):):)

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:51

      duane vermeulen has been promoted into the police force as a polisie perd

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 17:32

      need a smoke isak ? .. Doh .. I forgot, no drink or smoke

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 23:18

      when he gets the ball have you noticed how he looks like a tarantula trying to walk in 8 different directions? i laugh every single time. and pace is not one of his strong points thats for sure

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 00:58

      @tom.turdis. He also looks like he is running in 8 different directions. No-one knows which way he's going to pass them. And Pierre Spiertjies always falls for the wrong direction when Duane actually chooses to go straight over him.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 02:55

      @Greame, why do I need to waste time collecting stats to prove to you Duane is the best nr. 8 in SA? We all watch rugby. We all can see with our own two eyes he's the best at the moment. Injury prone, yes. And that is unfortunate. If that was not the case, Spiertjies would have been watching Bok games on his TV for a long time already.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 08:01

      Yeh he is the best right now for sure. How thick, the guy is injured. How is he the bestvright now???? Okes been out all season but he is the best no 8 we have right now. Classic one eyed poephol

  • francel.vaneeden - 2012-07-11 15:37

    Once again tom.tardis. I wish this guy grows up. It is an article about Stormers being wary. When did the definition of wary change to scared. You just dont get it do you.

      jason.children - 2012-07-11 15:45

      Dude i use Tom as a cautionary tale to friends about what happens when you blindly support the Bulls!

      bootman.bokke - 2012-07-11 16:29

      I use Tom as a cautionary tale to friends about what happens when Blue Bull supporters mate out of season.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:47

      what dont i get? stormers are scared of the other players says so in the headline i use fat pigs as a cautionary tale not to eat donuts and pies

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 05:28

      @dim.turdis. Everyone got your poor attempt at a joke. It's not funny.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 08:03

      And according to u, Duane vermeulen who is not able to take the field is the best number 8 in the country at the moment, that s funny though

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-11 15:51

    The Bulls and Rebels scored 4 tries each in the first 40 so it could be an entertaining match should the Stormers try running more with the back line. Too many forwards in the line might be a reason why they can't score more tries. Stormers by 10.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:49

      dont live in the past, the bulls scared 4 tries then. last week they got drilled by the sharks, oh thats in the past too, shouldnt live in the past, 3 super titles, oops i did it again

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-07-11 16:02

    Pray for sunshine Capetonians!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:57

      pray for penalties in the opponents 22!!

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 01:01

      @turdis. Pray for defence. Pray for a kicker who can kick. Pray for a weak team. Pray for centres who can take more than two steps before falling over their feet. Pray for a number 8 who wakes up before the game starts. Maybe then the Bulls might also win a game.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 09:21

      this is an article about the stormers chris in oz bud not the bulls stop living in the past chaan

  • pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-11 16:08

    Stormtroopers will crush the rebel alliance - the force was strong with them, until James 'O Conner got injured.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:57

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  • luke.sportify - 2012-07-11 16:22

    Stormers to win but wont be as easy as you think Stprmers by 2 ;-)

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:55

      unless they get more penalties in the 22, then it could be by 3 or 4

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 23:24

      stormers dont know what a bonus point is, and their supporters dont understand how they work

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-11 23:58

      Tommie... I think we know how the bonus points work, mate. I think it's you guys who do not understand how rugby works. The aim is to win... I personally would rather watch a tough rugby contest between two sides who play their hearts out and manage a 18-15 scoreline, than a high scoring game where nobody cares about defence. Who wants to watch a game where both sides score 9 tries and defence is nonexistant? maybe you... not me. real rugby is about grinding out a win against the odds... and taking the opportunities and the points. just remnd me again how the bonus points are going to work in the play-offs?

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 01:03

      We might not know how a bonus point helps you sneaking into the play-offs on New Zealand soil. But at least we know how the win-points guarantee us a home semi final.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 08:05

      Frans that is how u see rugby because that's how u team plays don't tell everyone what real rugby is, u r not the almighty rugby authority. Some people like to be bored and some people enjoy being entertained

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-12 13:22

      Tom, then you should really consider watching basketball. They score every few seconds there...some of the best tries are scored against great defensive sides, manufacturing something out of nothing. Not kick and hope...

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 04:13

      O frans this is just you trying to deal with the mental angst that the knowledge that you're supporting a kuk rugby team is causing you . a. My team can't score a try if their lives depend on it b. My long and deeply held belief is that my team is the best thing ever! c. a & b are conflicting and they make me feel all kuk inside . I CAN'T give up b so... d. mental fix , convince myself that a is not really that important , aaah I feel all calm inside again and I'm ready to troll ! Basketball ? strawman argument

  • john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-11 16:35

    Does anyone know where the PinkRaven is. I hope nothing happened to him but he has gone missing since last Saturday.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 16:55

      ur surname is not correct. the real spelling of common is C O M M O N

      john.comyn.18 - 2012-07-11 17:15

      tom.turdis - you can't spell "your"!!!!!

  • Jahendel - 2012-07-11 17:00

    I think Tom,Aap,charlie and the rest of the pinkies have a News24 app Always the first to kommint on Stormers articles Warning warning warning a Stormers article is coming up!!!!!

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-11 22:21

      Dear Jahendel, I know I shouldn't judge you on the few lines you have spewed forth, but I have anyway. Your intellect gravitates you towards being a Stormers supporter. I do believe you surpass Isak as dumbest on sport24. No further commint. Craven

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 01:11

      @Craven. And you took the liberty of answering Jahendel. That shows you, your own intellect is pretty much on par with his if you are drawn to his comments and feel obliged to argue with him.

      jahendel.daniels - 2012-07-12 10:28

      Dear Kryvin Ynather Kommint from y stewpit Bloo Buul

  • robbieyvonne.hutchison - 2012-07-11 17:28

    Jean has the correct mindset. Win the game 1st then worry about Bonus Points! A Home Semi Final means we will win and go to the Final! A Good Team can constantly win Tight Matches

      niel.walt - 2012-07-12 08:55

      Really? Does it mean u will win? Like last year?

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-11 17:28

    the question is why always comment on the Stormers articles?, read your own BlueBulls articles, but jaaa.... they probably afraid of lossing their main phrase " we have 3 super titles, the Stormers none", Be afraid be very afraid, Stormers!!!! gaan wen met 33 punte en almal surprise die naweek

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 17:39

      what about the stormers commenting on the bulls articles? exactly. go back to sleep

      aidan.w.naude - 2012-07-11 18:14

      They dont comment on the games they loose - quite a few of them i think

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-11 22:14

      Dear Eddie, you must be so relieved your parents didn't call you Labia. Regards Craven.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 23:22

      craven tonight you are out doing yourself

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 01:18

      @craven. "fine achievements"? Like the Pink Pansies almost loosing to the same Rebels that should not be feared? I bet the Rebels made you sweat and loose a few centimeters off your toenails in the early morning of 4 May.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 08:06

      Criticize someone's intellect but spell losing loosing classic

      bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-12 09:43

      tom.tardis - We dont comment on crap OK

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 10:43

      well u took the time out to respond to the crap that i write. which shows, u in fact, do resopnd to crap

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-12 23:55

      @dim.turdis. Who cares how you spell loooosing? No matter how you spell it, the Bulls do it, the Stormers don't.

  • stephan.theunissen.9 - 2012-07-11 18:17

    I very rarely post on these threads but every time I finish reading an article I scroll down to read some of the comments. I find it really interesting to see how everybody reacts to one another and keep on falling for the same stupidity. They want you to react and that is why they will keep on posting that which they know would entice you to react. A good friend of mine told me the one day “You win some, but then you lose me, I…I never lose”. Do yourself a favour and go and read through all your reactions and all your comments and analyse it for what it really is. Then go think about what you could have done rather than posting comments in reply to either the article or one another.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 18:46

      yes dad sorry dad

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 19:01

      captain kill joy completely missing the concept of trash-talk ..

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-11 19:24

      Stephan it must be very hard for you to hold a conversation... as you say "you never lose"...

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-11 22:10

      Dear Stephan I think it would be better for all concerned if you just stuck to reading and not commenting. Thanks Craven

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-12 07:29

    Should have found this comments page long ago like the trash talking. Jean should be wary and scared cause if they play as they did against the cheetahs theyl get there @rses whip

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 09:23

      that would make me squirm with delight dont see it happening though, seriously, rebels at newlands will probably be high scoring for the stormers stormers 12 - 7 rebels stormes will apply for an honorary bonus point with SANZAR for kicking 4 penalties

      bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-12 09:44

      tom.tardis - Something that IDIOT fly half of yours cant do !!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 10:46

      perhaps bud but how do u explain him and aaron crude fighting it out for top point scorer bud? exaclty chaan, go to sleep mate bud

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