Reds also jinxed for Stormers

2012-04-18 12:25

Cape Town – If it is any consolation for the slightly beleaguered Stormers, their Super Rugby opponents on Friday have also been forced into some hurried, makeshift plans for their backline.

Hot on the heels of Springbok Jean de Villiers suddenly being ruled out for weeks with a wrist injury, a big blow for the strategic shape of the high-riding South Africans, defending champions the Reds had a setback of their own on Tuesday when outside centre Aidan Toua reportedly pulled a hamstring in training.

So just as the Stormers have had to improvise by asking back-in-form left wing Bryan Habana to do duty at outside centre with Juan de Jongh shifting to No 12, the Reds will shuffle their cards a bit to adapt to the inconvenience.

Promising inside centre Ben Tapuai, who went on the Wallabies’ short end-of-year tour to the UK in 2011, is expected to shift outside, putting him head to head with Habana, with goal-kicker Mike Harris making his own comeback from a month on the sidelines by wearing the No 12 shirt.

Harris had earlier been tipped to play flyhalf, but if he is now asked to patrol the midfield instead it could mean that Bishops-educated Sam Lane, 21, familiar to some of the Stormers players, retains his berth at No 10 after making a decent debut against the Brumbies almost a fortnight back.

The Reds are still awaiting the return to combat of their key flyhalf string-puller Quade Cooper, who has been absent from all rugby since the tail-end of the World Cup but expected to be ready to start again fairly shortly.


  • Terence - 2012-04-18 12:28

    Go Reds! End their misery.

      Lionel - 2012-04-18 12:30

      Don't you get attention at home???

      Terence - 2012-04-18 12:39

      Lionel, I live alone. I suppose that explains it. Isak, you spend more time on here than anybody else.

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 12:45

      Terence (Call me Terry grrrrrrrrrrrr aka The Duke of Boksburg) - Why on earth does player injury bring you pleasure old chap? Injuries are dreadful - although in your world, you probably call pulling a hamstring or tearing a ligament; foreplay.

      Terence - 2012-04-18 12:52

      Where did I say that I take pleasure? Please humour me.

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 12:58

      'Putting them out of their misery' is a pretty strong statement @Terry....Misery would imply that the Stormers have reason to be miserable - and what else do they have to be miserable about, apart from injuries? And when one takes the actual ARTICLE (which focuses on INJURIES) on which we are commenting into account - it's quite simple to see you delight in this.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-18 13:04

      Saffa, don't try to argue with Terence. He's got years of experience of being an idiot, and we don't, so he's got the upper hand here.

      Terence - 2012-04-18 13:05

      I mean't the supporters' misery. Every year the same hopes and dreams right 'till the end, just to be struck by disappointment. You're not as bright as you think, of hoe?

      Eduard - 2012-04-18 13:08

      Yes and ours, please dont ever post anything again...maggot!

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 13:09

      Well Terry grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr - then you should have stated "the supporters misery", as the article you were commenting on refers to the STORMERS (as a team) and their injuries. If the article referred to and focused on the Stormer supporters and their hopes for their team, well then 1 + 1 would equal = 2. But sadly the article makes no mention of this......Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep : FAILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL + 1

      Terence - 2012-04-18 13:21

      Touchy bunch. I suppose that's what supporting a team that hasn't won anything in a kazillion years do to you.

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 13:29

      You calling us touchy old girl? You are the one throwing the 'hissy fit' with a few bitchy 'Desperate Housewife type' insults added in for good measure. Calm down Lynette, throwing your manbag around won't win you any friends round here.

      Terence - 2012-04-18 14:20

      PMS alert!

      Saffa - 2012-04-18 14:25

      Thanks for warning us Lynette (aka Terry) - at least we know why you are so touchy now.......(thanks for sharing)

      Terence - 2012-04-18 14:35

      Only you and your simple (like) minded groupies will find calling me Lynette, remotely funny.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-18 14:55


      Saffa - 2012-04-18 15:18

      I christened you Lynette due to your Desperate Housewife like histrionics........I chose Lynette as she lives alone (now that her hubby has left her) and you, by your own admission live alone........You see old girl, one can't make statements of hatred about the Stormers, and expect no reaction. Surely this is not 'that' tough to understand? Hae a good evening princess.

      Terence - 2012-04-18 15:28


      Lance - 2012-04-19 08:58

      @Nikolai..It was a fair assumption by many that by being the only unbeaten side at one stage and having statistically the best defence in the competition that the Stormers were favourites. Its only natural for all the Stormers(like any supporters) to be elated at the fact of being log leaders and for being rightfully recognised as potential winners. I'd say there is way more negativity towards the Stormers now since losing their first game against what is historically the best team in the competition..No the Stormers are not men of steel as much as some of us would like to believe....They have just had their first train smash. A good win will be awaiting the Stormers tomorrow. Anything is possible..I know a well respected team that recently went down to the that is probably a bitter pill that many are still trying to swalow..

  • Jason - 2012-04-18 12:28

    Going to be an interesting game!

      Lionel - 2012-04-18 12:31

      It actaully evens the playing fields a bit now that there centre is also out!!!!Stormers by 6 points

      Jason - 2012-04-18 13:02

      Lionel i am and always will be overconfident when it gets to Springboks, Stormers or WP. So to stay true to my Biased self.......................I say Stormers by plenty!

      Lionel - 2012-04-18 13:06

      You the man Jason:):):)

      Sportmal - 2012-04-18 13:16

      Interesting indeed, Stormers for me is better on paper, but SA teams tend to struggle in Brisbane (tests and Superrugby), will be ecstatic if the Stormers can pull this one off, especially taking in mind the injuries. Will take a lot of pressure off for the game in Perth, since 2 wins on tour is a must for any SA side wanting to be in the mix come play-off stages.

  • Jc - 2012-04-18 13:03

    Rob, please check your article before you post it. It's the son of Tim Lane, Sam, That might play. I suspect he'll be on the bench though, as Ben Lucas will probably be 10 and Harris 12.

  • Hannes Visser - 2012-04-18 13:14

    Please clarify how losing your captain, and one of the best centers in the competition compare to losing an underperforming center?

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-18 13:50

    Stormers will win it. By 7

  • bfvillet - 2012-04-18 16:05

    This Terence guy sounds like a stormers supporter in denial seems like he wants his hopes dashed as soon as possible, dont worry looks like your team have moved on from those days

      Terence - 2012-04-18 16:59

      I'm speechless.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-19 09:17

      It goes well with you being brainless and clueless.

  • Alfred - 2012-04-18 18:43

    Terrence, Terrence, Terrence what a .............. You are so ................. He is so lonely. Keep him busy for i think he have no understanding of rugby. He is so foolish.

      Terence - 2012-04-18 18:51

      Any specific reason you're not facing the camera?

      Stirrer - 2012-04-19 09:16

      He's watching the rugby. You, on the other hand, like watching yourself.

  • Alfred - 2012-04-19 18:47

    Terence please my face is not on show i am married. I know you live alone you might look for other men, forget it not this one. Here we are talking rugby enough of it. The STORMERS is on the road i think they are doing very well and i love and hope for the best this weekend.

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