Fleck believes in youngsters

2011-05-19 22:00

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - Beware of a wounded Springbok, or so the cliché goes. What then about a crippled Stormer?

The Cape side have not just been wounded in the wake of their losses to the Crusaders and Chiefs, but key Springboks such as Peter Grant, Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie have been mowed down ahead of Friday's Super Rugby match against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland.

Elsewhere in the country there will be little sympathy for the Cape side because the Sharks are in hot pursuit and a Stormers defeat in New Zealand could potentially open the door for the Bulls in the South African conference.

Some people may think that the Stormers could just as well write this one off and should rather pin their hopes on getting back on the winning track when they play the Brumbies in Australia next week.

However, Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck does not consider Friday's match a lost cause. Fleck was the outside centre when the Stormers beat the Blues 39-18 in their back yard in 2000 and part of the coaching staff when they won 33-21 in Auckland last year.

Don't write the Stormers off in Auckland. The problem with their backline this weekend has nothing to do with ability, but is rather a lack of experience.

"It's a challenge for the young guys, but an opportunity at the same time," Fleck said of the youngsters - Lionel Cronjé, Juan de Jongh and Johann Sadie -  who will be holding the fort against the Blues.

"They bring a fresh energy and enthusiasm. It's an opportunity they will want to grab with both hands. We were all young at some point in our lives and there's no reason why they can't do it for us.

"We were very disappointed with the performance in the second half against the Chiefs and would like to make amends. We have the side to do it.

"Johann Sadie is stoked that he will be getting the opportunity to play in his favoured position. Whenever he has played for us, he has brought a work-rate. I'm looking forward to seeing the centre combination (De Jongh and Sadie) and how they take it to the Blues."

Fleck revealed that it had been a "painful experience" on Monday for players and team management to review footage of the disastrous second half against the Chiefs.

The Stormers lost 23-30 after leading 20-3 at half-time.

The most important lesson learned was to keep the ball for longer periods and not to kick it down Kiwi throats. If they make that mistake, they will be chasing shadows all over Eden Park.

While the Stormers do not lack strike power at the back, it is anticipated that they will look to keep the ball with their forwards. However, that is what the Blues are anticipating and they have prepared this week to stop the Stormers' rolling mauls.

But it's one thing to talk and quite another to do something. That is why the key word for the Stormers on Friday will be execution - if that is accurate, there is a chance of what will go down as a famous victory given the circumstances.


15 Lachie Munro, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Sherwin Stowers, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Anthony Boric, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tom McCartney

Substitutess: 16 Pauliasi Manu, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Chris Lowrey, 19 Sean Polwart, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Winston Stanley, 22 Rene Ranger

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 (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Steven Kitshoff, 19 Anton van Zyl, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Danie Poolman, 22 Nick Koster


  • Kleinboet - 2011-05-19 22:30

    A nice game to win, I would say. I've said it before: rugby is a game for youngsters. And now the youngsters are getting a chance to prove themselves. Even if we should lose, these young men will get excellent experience which will stand them n good stead in future. The confirmed injuries go a long way to explain why the Stormers packed up against the Chiefs after half time. Still, we should have won that one and did not …

  • loverugby - 2011-05-19 22:37

    Please - what can we believe of this coach. His backline scored the least tries in the competition with just no 9 not a Springbok. Sadie is a great plaer but his game will also nosedive with this coaching guru.

      Marcell - 2011-05-20 06:33

      Die stompies het die minste driee gedruk. Selfs minder as die huidige kampioene, die BLOU BULLE!

      NommerEen - 2011-05-20 07:53

      Fluck knows feckall........

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-20 08:55

      The Stormers is a DEFENSIVE outfit . . . idiot. But yeah, they did fall apart last week. Lets hope it doesn't happen again.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-19 23:28

    He also believe in the tooth fairy. Blues by 11

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-20 05:50

      The Sharks by 12!!!!!!!!!!!!

      The_Fox - 2011-05-20 07:51

      Blues should take this one but unfortunately for you your Bulls team will lose their "do or die" game against the Sharks.

      watalife - 2011-05-20 08:50

      @Marcell, Ja like you beleived in Ludeke then dumped him when the bulls lost three and now that they win against weaker opposition you back him? The Mighty Stormers will take this one and i dont care if its with one point. bulls...suck

      wgibsonsa - 2011-05-20 14:46

      What do you say now numnuts?

  • Whoosa - 2011-05-20 05:34

    Blues by 10, this backline not up to it!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-20 05:50

      I don't which team you support, but please back off. You don't know rugby- FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      wgibsonsa - 2011-05-20 14:47

      And now whoosie?

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-20 05:49

    I don't understand the reasong of some bloggers, here we have a Blues team with 8 UNKNOWN players and they write off the stormers. The Stormers have a WELL established pack and 5 springboks in the backline, add schalk, cj and francois louw and you have 8 springboks in the staring line up. Why the fuss? It might be a TOUGH game, but I believe BOTH teams have an equal chance of winning this game. My FINAL prediction : The Stormers by 7....

      Marcell - 2011-05-20 06:30

      Nadat jy dit so mooi uitgele het kan ek met vertroue se: Blues by 11.

      Marcell - 2011-05-20 06:31

      O, die ander rede hoekom die Blues gaan wen: Hulle speel VIR mekaar.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-20 06:33

      I don't think our youngsters are going to let us down either. I am not writing off this team....great experience mixed with young enthusiasm! Also think Stormers by 7 or more.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-20 07:34

      @Marcell, ons praat weer so 11h30 vanoggend!!!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-20 07:36

      @Mike@CapeT- I FULLY agree with you. In Lionel and Johan Sadie we have 2 Future Springboks..

      Peter Britz - 2011-05-20 09:00

      All that is true my friend, the problem lies in what the team with all it's Boks achieve? And sadly, for the past 10 years it's been ZIPPO! I can understand your pain, and your irritation, but fact is, the only player that really plays his heart out week in and week out is Shalla! It is a travesty that a team with Habana, Jean dV, Jaque Fourie, Aplon, and Juan de Jongh, couldn't score tries, even though their 1st few matches at the bastion of expansive rugby, Newlands. Remember how the WP faithfull used to ridicule the Bulls for their boring rugby, well the Stormers have perfected that! Sadly the people that are questioning the Stormers playoff credentials have every reason to do so, after the capitulation of the Stormers the past 3 weeks

      Marx - 2011-05-20 09:00

      Mike@CT, the problem with youngsters playing in NZ is the pressure, but hey, maybe they suprise us all. I remember the Stormers playing a lot of younger players a couple of years ago, resting the top players and they got hammered !!

      gooinat - 2011-05-20 09:14

      @Marxie,I remember a couple of weeks ago a certain Bulls side thought the game was a 5 pointer for them against the Highlanders and they also got hammered.

  • MBSS (Meeste bulls supporters Suck) - 2011-05-20 07:07

    Ja nee, kyk my span "Die Stormers" gaan n baie harde game he, en ek glo en hoop regtig dat hulle dit gaan kan doen. Ons sal wel oor so 4 ure almal weer lekker gesels hier. @Marcell en al jou retard "Flou Nulle" supporters, ek kan nie wag vir more dat "Die Sharks" julle op@$% nie!!! Dit gaan great wees! Al mag dit dalk wees dat hulle my span van die 1ste plek ontneem, solank hulle julle klomp retards net n ding wys en die selfde met julle doen as wat "Die Stormers" met julle klomp retard "Flou Nulle" hier op loftus gedoen het! Of onthou jy dit nie? Jou ma het seker vergeet om dit vir jou opteneem ne... Want ek hoor in "The School for Retards" waar jy elke dag is, is daar nie TV's nie...

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-20 07:33

      Die SHARKS gaan die Blou Fulle AFRANSEL/VERNEDER. My voorspelling die Sharks wen met 12 of meer..

  • Theuns - 2011-05-20 07:10

    A good challange for the youngsters, they will give it their all, win or lose...!

  • gooinat - 2011-05-20 07:29

    Really excited for these 3 youngsters although I worry about Cronje's goal kicking,I still think they can handle themselves and will make us all proud,good luck there boys!!!!!!!!

      Grunk - 2011-05-20 07:38

      I've said it before and I say it again - another convincing performance by Sadie MUST force the selectors to give him the nod over Habana in future. Habana not only is a passenger at this time but a dangerous passenger as he is so easy to attack against.

      gooinat - 2011-05-20 07:49

      Sadie did no wrong against the Saders on the wing but he's preferred position is centre,but Ja I agree with you about Habana,just hope the Stormers don't renew he's contract.

  • The_Fox - 2011-05-20 07:37

    All three players are good, I don't dispute that. My concerns are two fold; JDJ is not a natural inside centre and hasn't played the best of rugby this year and has had very little if any game time with Sadie on his outside. HOWEVER, it's a great opportunity to test this combo and perhaps it is happening at the right time (against a good Blues outfit) but starting a new centre pairing for the first time while on tour is obviously not what the coaching team wanted.

  • Kok - 2011-05-20 07:55

    Blues by 40

      gooinat - 2011-05-20 08:00

      Wake up from that dream and go wipe yourself please!!!!!!!

      watalife - 2011-05-20 08:55

      You had some bad dreams oke, stop the aap twak its hurting your brain cells.bulls...suck

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-20 08:58

      @Watalife - Morning! Delivery is today.

      watalife - 2011-05-20 09:09

      @SAFFA-CAT Just received the tickets thanks, Its going to be fun.I will call you after the game?

      JustinD - 2011-05-20 11:29

      yes you are a cock

  • Hybrid - 2011-05-20 08:10

    These guys are more than capable and are future stars but the problem is they have never played together as a combination at this level and will take a few games for the communication to come right. Maybe they just click on the night but I don't really see that happening

  • Raka13 - 2011-05-20 08:28

    We have enough playmakers in this team to actualy run at them. It is true that the combinations have not played together, which means the biggest slip-ups might be the communication on defence, definitely not on attack.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-20 08:41

      @Raka13 - Jaque Fourie is the defensive kingpin - the man in charge of organisation, so yeah, anytime he isn't on the field, the defence usually lapses a touch. I am still pretty confident our boys will give a good showing.

  • Met Uysh! - 2011-05-20 08:34

    Looking forward to De Jongh and Sadie facing up to the challenge. Both are very talented! Go Stormers!!

      Hannes - 2011-05-20 11:27

      And they did not fail to produce! Well done STORMERS!! STORM VOORT!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-20 08:39

    Go the Stormers! The youngsters might surprise a few.......All I know, is that they every single of them has what it takes to shine at this level. Win or lose my boys - make your MARK. Proudly Capetonian, Proudly Stormer (those that don't like it, talk to the hand.......) @Gooinat - Die Kaap is Hollands - win or lose this morning :) A win against all odds for the boys, would certainly be the cherry on the cake on this fine morning.

      gooinat - 2011-05-20 08:45

      Morning to you,yes indeed Die Kaap is weer Hollands:):):)Fine victory for the DA rounded off later by a fine victory by the Stormers,win or lose my team is my team,make us proud,enjoy the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      watalife - 2011-05-20 08:59

      Its a crunch match for the Mighty Stormers with all the young talent they certainly can do it.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-05-20 11:24

      Saffa Cat, you my lady, are the Stormers good luck charm!!! ;)

  • jvscooter - 2011-05-20 08:39

    Come on guys let us start talking sence the Stormers are slipping again and that is what is pissing me off, they don`t have BMT and I am getting fedup with them playing this defence type of game that is why we (yes I am a Stormers supporter) are not getting anywhere.the blues are playing such a attacking game and play of their loose forwards to the middle of the backline and the two center`s we have is up to the task to tackle but do they have the expierence to do that little bit extra that Jean and Jaques brings to the game, and Lionel is going to be a good thing in the future but we surely are going to miss the three guys that are out.Go Stormers Go, proof me wrong PLEASE

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-20 09:05

      Dude, horrible . . .

  • Oukoos - 2011-05-20 08:49

    @WPBEFOK, ek hoop saam met jou ons span gaan vanoggend wen. Maar ons moet ook erken dat die Stromers probleme het. Een groot probleem is balbesit. Januarie (en ook Duvenage) het geen respek tot dusver getoon vir balbesit nie - doellose skoppe om besit af te staan. Dalk verander dit vanoggend; wie weet? 'n Ander groot probleem is duie onvermoë om drieë te druk 'n Derde probleem is leierskap as dinge verkeerd begin loop - soos laas Saterdag Maar laat ons hoop en vertrou

  • bullincapeto - 2011-05-20 09:55

    Shame, the stormers getting it handed to them big time, the bulls have timed their campaign to perfection, started the season cold, but now few injuries, hitting their straps.All other 14 teams be afraid, be very afraid!!!

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-20 10:18

      Stormers suck at the moment . . . no denying that man. But to say the Bulls timed their campaign is far fetched to say the least.

      MonsterHOND - 2011-05-20 11:36 reckon..... Bulls still have to win all games to remotely qualify..... hittting the straps against the bottom of the loggers at home was a real great win for the Bulls - awesome - Stormers did the opposite today!

      MrMojoRising - 2011-05-20 12:04

      Did I say suck . . . I meant they rule! I'll never doubt the Stormers again.

  • Whoosa - 2011-05-20 10:27

    0 out of 4 on tour, mark my words....

      Met Uysh! - 2011-05-20 11:23

      Whoooohoooooo!!! In your face!!

      Hannes - 2011-05-20 11:25

      Whoosa palooka now chop

      MonsterHOND - 2011-05-20 11:34

      Marked your words - it was a waste of my time!

      watalife - 2011-05-20 11:51

      Talking about the flo nulle i see. bulls...suck

      Whoosa - 2011-05-20 11:53

      well done boys, good come back!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-05-20 11:37

    As I said yesterday: A nice game to win! The youngsters made their mark and will continue to do so in future. We had everything against us, but we pulled it through. I would say that shows BMT. We did not play well at times, but we pulled it trough. I would say that shows determination and character.

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