Skilful Kolisi 'suited to No 8'

2012-06-27 22:23

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is confident that regular flanker Siya Kolisi will prove just as efficient at No 8 against the Lions.

Coetzee on Wednesday named a vastly inexperienced loose trio in the side to play against the Lions in Saturday's Super Rugby clash at Newlands.

Kolisi, a serious Springbok contender after several superb performances playing as a flank, has been named at eighthman, along with the inexperienced duo of Don Armand and Tyrone Holmes.

"Kolisi has played at No 8 at school level and as a skilful footballer he is suited to the position," said Coetzee.

"With every outing this year, he’s developed as a strong ball-carrying No 7 and has also really done a really good job for us at No 6 when Burger was injured.

"I can't say for sure when our injured loosies like (Schalk) Burger, (Duane) Vermeulen and (Nick) Koster will be back and I'm exposing Kolisi there, should he be required in the future.

"These injured players are still suffering with bone bruising and they are unable to start training because of pain. I expect them to start training in the week of the Rebels match (in two weeks' time) but in the meantime, I want Siya to get used to that position.

"There's also Jebb Sinclair who has returned after playing for Canada, and since he won’t be eligible for the knock-outs, we needed to try out players at the back of the scrum, as well as other players we might need later in the year.

"Don (Armand) has come through the club and Varsity Cup systems and has been part of our campaign as a squad member since the start.

"We know what he offers. He's a big ball carrying No 7 and has played off the bench before, and it will not be a new experience for him.

"Tyrone has been around as a player for WP and played in the Vodacom Cup.

"He's had a spell with Griquas, and we are backing him to do well."

Coetzee added that this loose trio would suit the team in a match against a side like the Lions.

"We're up against a Lions team that plays a fast-paced high-tempo game," said Coetzee.

"In selecting players like Holmes and (hooker) Deon Fourie we feel we have satisfied that consideration.

"The Lions will offer us a big challenge and I think they could be really dangerous.

"The selections (this match) are not because we are taking the Lions lightly. We are in a good position now and we're looking to make this opportunity count."

Other selection changes see Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth rested as a precautionary measure after he was nursing and ankle injury, and wing Bryan Habana will start off from the bench in an effort to give him a deserved rest.

Gerhard van den Heever will take Habana's place.

Lock De Kock Steenkamp gets another run-on XV place and he will partner the returning Andries Bekker in the second row.



15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Siya Kolisi, 7 Don Armand, 6 Tyrone Holmes, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Deon Carstens

Substittues: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Bryan Habana



  • orrinf8 - 2012-06-27 23:15

    all hail KING KOLISI :)

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 06:22

      The only good thing about Stormers rugby, besides Burton Francis, Gerhard van den Heever and Handre Pollard.

  • dawood.timol - 2012-06-27 23:48

    he's definitely better than Spies.. First choice for the bok team

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-06-28 07:11

      Anybody is better than Pierre(I run sideways)Spies

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-06-28 00:23

    Fantastic backline for the Stormers,amazing how they haven't scored more tries this season. Considering the players that are out currently, this is a pretty decent team to say the least. Glad the boss,Alistair Coetzee, is showing his believe in the guys who did well for Western Province and I'm excited to see Kolisi playing at no. 8! Also, moving Gerhard van den Heever to no. 11 where he played when he was at the Bulls might just be what he needs. The subs on the bench are not looking bad either! Hope Stormers will shake off their cobwebs and rustiness quickly and we have a good game with a bonus point win on Saturday! A Bulls lost against the Cheetahs without a bonus point,means we Stormers win the SA conference if I'm right. Would love to have seen youngster Louis Schreuder starting a game, but Dewaldt Duvenhage is not a bad scrumhalf, but Schreuder can get his backline up and away much quicker than Duvenhage.

      legndkilla - 2012-06-28 10:16

      couldnt agree with u more sean, schreuder's service to the backline is superb and always puts them on the front foot,@theunis, those of us that actually know rugby,knows that siya should have been in the springbok setup over spies, based on current form....

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-06-28 14:23

      amazing how they haven't scored more tries...yes totally amazing

  • thembelani.erasmus - 2012-06-28 01:55

    GOooooooooooo Siya kolisi you can show HM that u deserv to b in da bok team

      lean.sadie - 2012-06-28 02:06

      Totally Agree, Go Siya....

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-06-28 05:07

    If Kolosi is truely as good as all the Stormer fans make him to be,I am quite certain HM will definatly consider him.No need to talk their players into the team against the better judgement of the coach.It is up to Kolosi to proove he is the better deserving player,and that the level and quality of his game is a uninterrupted continuity.With that commitment,and in doing so, he will represent SA.Funny,when the wind blow,or if it is overcasted and rainy on the highfeld or elswhere in the country,the capetonians also claim that to be 'regte Kaapse weer'.

      Papa-storm - 2012-06-28 08:25

      are you even watching rugby? did you ever see kolisi play?

      nicnac.nac - 2012-06-28 10:31

      Kolisi is highly overrated. He makes one good break against the Bulls and that's all the Stormer fans remember, predictably. Not convinced yet.

      hugh.olphart - 2012-06-28 14:06

      This boy is fast, strong and breaks the gain line with every run. I like him, only problem is he is way too far from Pretoria. Cuts his chances of being selected.

      Tom - 2012-06-28 15:09

      the bulls only argument again zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-06-28 15:37

      To all those concerned:No,I do not watch rugby.I listen to it on the radio.This is due to the pathetic incompetance and unwillingness of the SABC who prefer to give special preferance to the soccer in which they therewith try to revive this dying flutter by shove'ing it down our throats.For this reason I missed the first test in contrast to the soccer beig broadcasted on the radio as well.I feed on the crumbs of delayed test match broadcasts.Of course I know rugby,better than most of you that popped the question to me-both theoratical and practical.Played it since I was 9 and up to 27.Judging by some of the views and expectations of our friends to the south in general,I doubd if they ever played anything else tan couch rugby.

      Tom - 2012-06-28 15:44

      theunis, between joel stranksy and matthew pearce, u r better off listening on the radio. but seriously why dont u take a trip to a local pub or even a quiet coffee shop? thats what i used to do when power cuts were in action. seriously, im not being facetious,

      Tom - 2012-06-28 20:36

      and now tonight we have matthew pearce and gcobani bobo on boots and all. viva super rugby on 111

  • rory.litchfield - 2012-06-28 06:14

    excellent move. he wont make the bok side on the side of the scrum and 8 is probably his best long term position. Look out Pierre Spies. You btter perform or you out of the side .

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-06-28 07:13

      Spies is already on his way out,Duane Vermeulen returns soon and HM likes his style of play.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 07:58

      Lionel, I also loke his style of play when he plays for the Stormers. Falling over his own feet, while having his natural facial expression just cracks me up.

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-06-28 08:03

      Harry,dont dop so early in the morning,you not making any sense at all,my buddy.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 08:07

      No dop involved, it comes naturally.

      P.J. - 2012-06-28 08:15

      Ja, Harold is a natural d##$!

      Brian Heunis - 2012-06-28 08:18

      Vermeulen will even fall further over the advantage line that what Spies can run......

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 08:20

      You said it, BJ.

      Deon - 2012-06-28 09:02

      Die ding van Spies is hy kan hardloop, net jammer dit is na die kantlyn toe!

      andre.vanderwesthuizen.96 - 2012-06-28 09:03

      harold, dont you mean your crack opens up for him lol

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 09:10

      No Andre, not really. Thanks for asking though.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-06-28 07:07

    Please no verbal abuse towards the lions players they dont like it and take it very personally

      mark.polley.336 - 2012-06-28 07:14

      goooooooooooooooo lions

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 07:56

      So Michael, I suppose you have no problem with me calling you a useless plank then?

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-06-28 13:24

      Harold i am going to get a petition together and hand it over to the powers that be and have you suspended ;)

  • chiepner - 2012-06-28 07:58

    Kolisi deserves that Green & Gold jumper. Maybe he should sign with the Bulls - he will then be assured a foot in?

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 08:09

      Did Heyneke not say that the 20 year old youngster will get his chance, sooner rather than later? Idiot.

      gavin.wrensch - 2012-06-28 08:11

      @Clintleeh, the Bulls would have moved him to wing or hooker to avoid him embarrassing Spies on the training ground.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-28 10:03

      So Clint who would you have removed from the Bok side for Kolisi? Alberts (Sharks player) or Coetzee (also a Sharks player)? Neither of these are Bulls so your comment makes no sense! Before Meyer chose his squad how many times did Kolis play at 8? So why should Meyer choose him there when his own coach doesn't? As a Lions fan I would have hoped that Strauss had a chance at 8 before Kolisi merely because he has started there in Super Rugby! Lastly where does Kolisi fit in at the Stormers when Burger, Vermeulen and Koster return. Probably on the bench. Will you then come on here and say how unlucky he is then? Do people think before they type???

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 10:10

      Stormers supporters don't, Sean.

      Tom - 2012-06-28 15:12

      clint i dont know if you know, but he was part of the extended training squad. and once again sean brady restores order, he deserves a Pulitzer

      Tom - 2012-06-28 15:13

      and as for the bulls thing again. that is getting so tired

  • John - 2012-06-28 08:06

    I have faith in Coetzee. He has got it right so far and if he thinks this loose trio are good enough then they are. Proudfoot has gone on air as saying the guys in the Stormers setup will go to war for Alister.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-28 10:05

      I'm not sure about Kolisi at 8 though. Minnie has had a decent season for the Lions despite the penalties conceded. I would have thought AC would have used his best loose forward available to counter Minnie? Hope the Lions play with the same heart as we did against the Sharks...

  • wilnese - 2012-06-28 08:32

    They don't even miss Schalk Burger in the team because Siya kolisi is filling his boots. He is one of our key players and he deserve to be in the bok team... Go Siya!!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-28 10:09

      Siya has been a brilliant replacement. But the Stormers have definitely missed Schalk this season. There would be an extra bonus point or two if Schalk was available the whole season.

  • Deon - 2012-06-28 09:38

    Go Siya!! Gee dai lions gas!!

  • thembelani.erasmus - 2012-06-28 10:00

    Piere spies am sorry boet but u should b warned Kolisi is after ur position its either u perfom or step down for this impressive ball carrie kolisi...HM wash da springbok No8 jursey kolisi is about to wear it nw

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-06-28 10:11

      This is not primary school rugby. Siya will get a brand new jersey, for every test.

      Tom - 2012-06-28 15:14

      classic from harold. i dont know why they dont have an article with only his quotes on them

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