Stormers bank on Grant

2011-05-12 11:32

Gavin Rich -  SuperSport

Johannesburg - The return of Peter Grant’s experience has boosted the Stormers’ confidence ahead of their opening Vodacom Super Rugby tour match against the Chiefs.

Gary van Aswegen, for the 12 minutes before he was injured in the match against the Lions, and Lionel Cronje both played well in Grant’s absence due to a knee injury over the four weeks since he sustained the setback against the Reds.

Cronje, in particular, did better than expected, and it could even be argued that his passing game added something to the Stormers’ attacking potential.

However, the steadiness of the regular pivot, which comes about through his years of experience, brings composure to those around him when he is present – not least for his abilities as a reliable goal-kicker and his outstanding defensive game.

Talking to reporters from Auckland, where the Stormers are based until they go through to Hamilton on Friday, coach Allister Coetzee said that his team was confident even though they had lost to the Crusaders at home last week, and Grant’s return only added to that confidence ahead of the opening tour game.

“It is a very strong team now and of course I am very happy to have Peter Grant back in the side,” said Coetzee.

“We are a confident team and that hasn’t changed despite our loss to the Crusaders. We have been playing well, and that was also the case last week (even in defeat), so Peter is returning to a confident side. It’s not that just one man in Peter Grant gives the team confidence, but is a senior player and the way he is able to calm the guys down is great for us.”

But Coetzee would also be the first to acknowledge that maybe this would not be a time to expect too much of Grant, who should be a little rusty after four weeks on the sidelines.

“We mustn’t put pressure on him as he hasn’t played for a while,” said Coetzee.

While what Coetzee says is true, however, he must be secretly hoping that Grant can do a similar thing to what centre Jean de Villiers did when he came back from a recent lay-off, which was also coincidentally four weeks.

De Villiers admitted before the recent match against the Sharks, which was his comeback game, that he was more nervous than usual as he expected to be a bit rusty after four weeks on the sidelines. Before the Sharks match he said that he would just be concentrating on the basics, limiting the flash parts of his game focusing on just being solid.

Yet, admitted with the help of some poor Sharks defence, De Villiers celebrated his return in fine style, scoring a try, creating another and generally turning in one of his most commanding performances in a long time.

Can Grant do the same? He is not in unchartered territory, for there were concerns when he returned from Japan earlier this year that he would take a while to re-adjust to the pace and intensity of Super Rugby, as others before him had.

He only played off the bench in the Stormers’ opening Super Rugby match of 2011 against the Lions, but made a significant impact when he came onto the field and did not put a foot wrong as he helped the Stormers come from behind to win that game in the last minutes. He went on from there to play some fine rugby over the next few weeks before his injury.

He will be looking to make a similar easy transition in a match which Coetzee says he expects to be a “dog-fight”.


15 Mils Muliaina (captain), 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Dwayne Sweeney, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard: 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Romana Graham, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith

Substitutes: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Isaac Ross, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21 Tim Nanai-Williams, 22 Jackson Willison

15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Jean De Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Ricky Januarie, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Wicus Blaauw
Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Anton Van Zyl, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Juan De Jongh


  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-12 11:50

    The STORMERS by 12!!!!

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-12 11:54

    Springbok Team for first test in 2011: 15. Aplon 14 Basson 13 Fourie 12 Jean 11 Habana 10 Grant 9 Ruaan Pienaar 8 Vermeulen 7 Alberts 6 Burger 5 Bekker 4 Danie 3 CJ 2 Bismarck 1 Tendai 16 John Smith 17 Victor 18 F Louw 19 Lambie 20 Fourie Du Preez 21 De Jongh 22 Frans Steyn. Comments are awaited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-05-12 12:01

      Dit sal werk teen Tonga!

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-12 12:13

      Elke persoon het sy eie span....

      Hybrid - 2011-05-12 12:20

      My Springbok Team for first test in 2011 15. F. Steyn (If in form haven't seen him play this year) 14. Basson 13. Fourie 12. De Villiers 11. Aplon 10. Grant 9. Hougaard (If the Bulls can give him more game time at 9) 8. Burger 7. Alberts 6. Brussow 5. Bekker 4. Danie 3. Jannie 2. Bismarck 1. Beast

      thumper - 2011-05-12 12:23

      I can think of worse combinations so it can't be bad.

      Marcell - 2011-05-12 12:30

      Ek sal daarvan hou om Doppies 'n kans te gee .

      The_Fox - 2011-05-12 12:55

      Quite a number of options, from the top of my head I'd go for: 15. Aplon/Steyn 14. Basson 13. Fourie/de Jongh 12. De Villiers/Doppies 11. Habana/Aplon 10. Grant/Lambie/Steyn 9. Spietkop/Mullet 8. Alberts/Vermeulen/Danie 7. Burger/Juan Smith 6. Flo/Heinrich if fully fit 5. Bekker/Victor 4. Bakkies/Elstadt? 3. Jannie/CJ 2. Bismarck/Tiaan/Deon 1. Beast

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-12 12:58

      Frans Stein is favoured by a lot of people. Is he some sort of quota player? He was poor in the last four or five tests he played in. He has gone after the money (I have no problem with that), and we don't know how good or bad he is. Does he even want to play for the Boks? At one stage he indicated that he was above that? Like any other player, he should prove that he can deliver. How he does this, is up to him.

  • Hybrid - 2011-05-12 11:54

    Grant in my opinion is the best flyhalf in SA on current form. Unfortunately his influence on the game will probably be nullified with the inclusion on Januarie. Where's Sadie? is he injured I don't remember reading about it because I would've liked if he had another opportunity he had a pretty good game. Well we can just hope Habana regains his form for SA's sake

      Raka13 - 2011-05-12 13:51

      Januarie = Slow borring game - wings won't see the ball and Peter Grant will look bad.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-12 11:55

    Grant is one of those low return investments with porkie Mac as the broker. Chiefs by 9.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-12 11:58


      Marcell - 2011-05-12 12:03

      Slaapstad is vol van dit.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-12 12:05

      Marcell = POEMPEL

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-12 12:09

      Marcell was deported from CT back in the day.......bitter somewhat my ou crunchie?

      Kok - 2011-05-12 14:07

      What is so special about Grant?

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-12 12:12

    Good luck Stormers!!! Go in it for S A. Bulls forever.

      Bulls Suck - 2011-05-12 12:18

      Sien Carl, as die bulls meer supporters soos jy gehad et sou ek heeltemal anders teen oor die bulls gevoel het. Dankie. En sterkte vir jou span ook!!!

      thumper - 2011-05-12 12:25

      What a good weekend it would be if Stormers, Bulls, Cheetahs and Lions win their games! Unlikely but not impossible this weekend.

      Marcell - 2011-05-12 12:32

      Bulls Sucks: dankie dat jy die Bulle ondersteun.

      Hybrid - 2011-05-12 12:34

      The Stormers and Bulls should win their games. The Cheetahs will have one hell of a hard game but don't write them off and the Lions will probably have their best chance this weekend as the Brumbies are useless.

      The_Fox - 2011-05-12 12:45

      I will be supporting ALL SA teams as always (but with extra emphasis on my beloved Stormers!)

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-12 13:04

      A Bulls win will most likely be worth 4 points. A Rebels win will be priceless.

  • Stormersfan - 2011-05-12 12:32

    STORMERS! by 20

  • The_Fox - 2011-05-12 12:43

    This backline is LOADED with pace and strength:15 Mils Muliaina (captain), 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Dwayne Sweeney, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu.. the Stormers backline will have their work cut out for them. Anyway, wellcome back Grant, we definitely missed you!

  • Northlander - 2011-05-12 13:02

    Come on chiefs!! Stormers got decent backs to go up against. But if the chiefs 9-15 fire. These Saffas will get blitzed!!! Chiefs by 20

  • MBSS (Meeste bulls supporters Suck) - 2011-05-12 13:32


  • JR - 2011-05-12 14:41

    Die BANK gaan nie uitbetaal nie!

  • Niekie - 2011-05-12 14:45

    Wonder hoekom is die klomp wp supporters wat die bulls so uitgelag het na hul verloor teen die crusaders nou so stil! wp het 'n goeie span maar het zero bmt(big match temperament). Dit sal kom in die volgende paar jare, maar tot dit gebeur, praat sin of hou jou bek!

      Oukoos - 2011-05-12 15:44

      As dit waar is dat die WP nie BGT het nie, beteken dit dat beide die Bulls en Sharks useless is - BGT is onnodig om die Bulls en Sharks te wen. As dit onwaar is (m.a.w. die Bulls en Sharks is wel top SA spanne), hou jou drogredenasie geen water nie. My gevolgtrekking: Jy's so dom soos 'n brood PS. My persoonlike mening, vir wat dit werd is, is dat beide die Bulls en Sharks WEL uitstekende spanne is.

  • Coenza - 2011-05-12 15:39

    15. Aplon/Riaan 14. Basson 13. Fourie 12. De Villiers 11. Habana 10. Grant 9. Sarel 8. Alberts/Vermeulen 7. Burger/Juan 6. Flo/Heinrich 5. Bekker 4. Elstadt 3. Jannie/CJ 2. Bismarck/Deon/Adriaan 1. Beast/Coenie

      gooinat - 2011-05-12 15:44

      @Wpbefonk,this is what a real Springbok team should look like,nice one Coenza....

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-12 18:25

      Wat rook jy jou simpel m@erskont!! Kies sommer die hele Stormer span dan kan die bokke ok vir 11 jaar nooit iets wen nie.

      Coenza - 2011-05-12 23:26

      Hey Fluff bly jy eerder stil want jy weet niks nie, gaan speel op die treinspoor!!!

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-13 18:35

      Ou Coenza, jou PK is baie naby. Kyk as ek jou IK gehad het so ek definitief ver weg gebly het van internet blogs, almal gaan 'n bespotting maak van jou. Shame, die inteling het jou geen favours gedoen nie.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-12 17:18

    Who's Grant?

  • al_bundy - 2011-05-12 17:20

    In present Super 15 company (Cooper, Carter, Lambie, James) Peter Grant is just another average flyhalf. SA rugby supporters have this habit of easily overrating players until they are put to the test and then only performs around average. He has yet to prove himself at the highest level as an above average flyhalf.

  • Tana - 2011-05-13 07:15

    Hoeveel van julle het die herrie gesien wat op die Stormers se website losgebars het tussen die ondersteuners? Daar is blykbaar Stormer ondersteuners wat oorloop om die Bulls te ondersteun, en dit alles oor ongelukkigheid oor Bryan Habana se insluiting vir more se game

      StaalBurgher - 2011-05-13 13:26

      Well, Habana has lost the plot. It has reached the stage where everyone is happy if he gives a "solid" performance. It is a real shame, but changing team because of it is maybe a bit of an over reaction.

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