Stormers bank on rookie pivot

2011-02-23 13:31

Cape Town - Rookie Stormers flyhalf Gary van Aswegen will start at No 10 against the Lions, while the more experienced Peter Grant has been selected on the bench for the Cape side's opening Vodacom Super Rugby match on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 19:10.

VIDEO: Peter Grant returns from Japan

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said he felt Van Aswegen was the "logical" choice to start ahead of first-choice flyhalf Peter Grant, especially as the rookie had played in the warm-up matches.

Grant started training with the team in Cape Town this week after returning from a stint in Japan.

"Gary knows the (playing) systems and he's given a good account of himself in the pre-season matches," said Coetzee.

"He's in the right place in terms of development at this moment."

Coetzee said Grant would start on the bench, along with Springbok midfielder Juan de Jongh.

The Stormers boast three word-class centres in De Jongh, Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie.

"I'd rather have Fourie starting out than coming off the bench," Coetzee said.

"He's back from an injury lay-off and his conditioning has gone well. If something goes wrong, we'd rather find out sooner than later.

"I'm sure that when De Jongh comes off the bench he'll make a big impact."

Coetzee said it was important for the Stormers, who had a bye in the first round of the competition last week, to start well in the new Super Rugby series.

"You cannot afford to lag behind (on the log) and since it's a home game, it's one that we are expected to win," said Coetzee.

"This team is highly motivated to win home games."



15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 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 CJ van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Juan de Jongh




  • mysticBoer - 2011-02-23 13:38

    Great team. Go go Stormers!

      Rob - 2011-02-23 14:51

      January at 9 and Gary at 10 does not constitute a great team LOL! Worst pairing in the super 15.

      KlaarGepraat - 2011-02-23 16:59

      The Lions losing streak will continue to sixteen games this weekend. A record. They were completely outplayed by the Waratahs in their last 2009 match, lost every single game in 2010 and has already lost their first game in 2011. Watch Elton Jantjies sht his pants this weekend when Incredible Schalk runs at him.

  • modderotter - 2011-02-23 13:44

    Net jammer die Putco Mechanic is nog steeds daar!!!

      mysticBoer - 2011-02-23 13:55

      hahaha, hy sal wel uitval iewers langs die pad.....

      MACKAROONEY - 2011-02-23 13:59

      wie ????hahahahahaha !

      Johnny - 2011-02-23 14:00

      ....en jammer Alister Coetzee is nog daar....

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-23 15:51

      @ ....JackRussel.... (....Johnny....) I find it interesting that you, as a Bulls supporter, want AC removed as Stormers coach. It's the biggest compliment the man can get!!! He must have you shaking in your little blue gumboots. It's just like your idol, Pappa Smurf, who acknowledged yesterday that the mere sight of Schalk Burger loosens his bowels (i.e. he craps himself). I love it :-)

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-23 16:24

      Smurfie, please read what JohnnyJackRusseltjie wrote. He must be very confused then, because he wants Coetzee REMOVED as Stormers coach. If Coetzee was not a threat to the Bulls, he would not have said that. So give your tjommie a few klaps to tumble his two brain cells into the correct order. Unfortunately there's no denying your admission about Schalla yesterday. It's there for all to see. Documented. For ever.

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-24 06:55

      Shistirrer: At last someone who knows rugby !!

      Johnny - 2011-02-24 08:30

      @Shitstirrer, ........Fortunately, ...Allister coetzee is the Stormers weakest link... ...he and Fatty Ricky Januarie.... ...but.... .........Go Bulls..!! ...Go Champion Bulls...!!.

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-02-23 13:53

    The Lions are going to eat you alive unfortunately for you........ They have already played 80mins or Super rugby plus the likes of Jantjies and Taute won't make the same mistakes twice.

      CrisCross - 2011-02-23 14:13


      Oukoos - 2011-02-23 14:22

      Those two idiots (Jantjies & Taute) are innovative enough to invent brand new mistakes.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-23 14:38

      Seeps, whilst I applaud the improvement the Lions have shown, their record (at this stage of the party) still reads : LOST THEIR LAST 14 SUPER RUGBY GAMES.....If they beat my boys on Saturday, I will congratulate the team and fans, but until then - you lot are STILL the bunch with the longest Superrugby losing streak in history. So ZIP it - and listen to what your coach has been saying, about actually winning a game before believing the hype.

      dushaas - 2011-02-23 14:54

      I am sorry seeps but I am going to have to disagree with you... we are starting with a mind numbing Springbok Centre combination including another two springboks on wing and fullback respectively. Taute or Conrad Jantjies? I'd go with Jantjies. My only concern is fatcat January that does not seem to want to dissapear and gary. But I think they'll manage. Poolman is a great talent and I would like to see how he measures up on Super rugby level, but I am quite confident he is cabable. It is going to be a close one, but I think we will pull this one off. The Lions haven't been able to score a single point against us in the last two outings to Newlands. GO STORMERS!!! you leka deng!

      Jik - 2011-02-24 07:03

      lol @ SAFFA-CAT - "So ZIP it - and listen to what your coach has been saying, about actually winning a game before believing the hype"... From a Stormers fan.. lol... The irony..

      GeheimeJames - 2011-02-24 10:09

      I heard that they re-planted all the grass on Newlands, but this time they used paper grass…… Because the Stormers are absolutely brilliant!!!!.....But only on paper…

  • Sandile - 2011-02-23 14:11

    That 9 and 10 combination is the only real weakness I see in the Stormers. Can the Lions take advantage? I hope so!

      Rob - 2011-02-23 17:02

      Worst combination in the whole competition!! Can't agree more

  • Wilhelm - 2011-02-23 14:14

    It's a shame Dewaldt Duvenhage has to be benched for that 2nd hand...

      Johnny - 2011-02-23 14:23

      ...Dewaldt is just another affirmative action victim....

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-24 06:56

      Johnny: Why you so worried that Januarie is there - SCARED SHITLESS ARE YOU ?

  • charlmeyer - 2011-02-23 14:17

    Got to get my umbrella ready because a Storm will be hitting Newlands on Saturday evening. Province!!!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-23 14:34

    At least we won't die wondering :) Go the youngsters!!!! GO THE STORMERS!!!!!

  • Wehan - 2011-02-23 14:36

    Wish Joe could just come back,why is Januarie in the starting line-up????Just hope we win since iam flying down from JHB to watch the game...Go Stooooormers!!!

  • David - 2011-02-23 14:50

    Van Aswegen will do a good job - I have confidence in the young lad...

  • Rob - 2011-02-23 14:50

    Stormers clutching at straws and it's not even 2 game sinto the season. ha ha ha, crash and burn... watch this space. But as in every season they'll claim they title contenders after a bye.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-23 15:21

      Well Roberta, we did do rather well last season, or what say thee old girl?

      Rob - 2011-02-23 17:05

      Yes you did ok last year, i agree. But still fell well short of the Bulls. Your team is worse than last year though.. And let's be fair, January is kuk, and your flyhalf is untested and wet behind the ear. Habana is over the hill totally... You have a few injuries and WP is toast mate. Better hope your guys ALL stay fit.

  • doscpt - 2011-02-23 14:55

    Januarie is unfortuantely a has-been. The last warm-up match drastically improved when he got replaced. I seriously do not understand how AC cannot see this??? J is far too slow and got caught with ball in hand numerous times! To me thats the worst thing that can happen to a scrumhalf. I have to add - Januarie used to be fantastic and he should quit Super Rugby before he throws his name away too much. He would be extremely valuable helping youngsters grow in their game with his experience, but playing Super Rugby is not for him anymore.

      BlackSwan - 2011-02-23 15:33

      What name? He is a non-convicted drunk driver

  • Weepee - 2011-02-23 15:18

    I have watched van Asvegen at U21 level. He is brilliant! Can he up a level? Who knows but do not read too much into what you have seen in the warm up games. It's a chaotic situation with different things being tried and players being shuffled around. If Coetzee is playing him you better believe that the managment are happy he has what it takes.

      BlackSwan - 2011-02-23 15:38

      I have nno faith in AC - but I think Van Aswegen will do well

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-02-23 16:10

    Also think the Stormers has to much experience to slip this one. Jees the Lions has a tough start to the competition. I think it will be a Bulls, Stormers and hopefully my beloved Sharks that are victorious from a SA perspective this weekend. Oh yes. Rookie Pivot is alright as he is also playing an inexperienced Janjies. If it was Dan Carter, Cooper he played against I would worry. Anyone seen how good O'"connor was this weekend at fly half. Wish SA had the depth at Fly Half that Nzl and Aus have.

  • jakes001 - 2011-02-23 16:16

    Good luck to the Stormers, but I have no faith in Gary va Aswegen. Then I would rather have gone for Lionel Cronje. At least he have played with the guys before and knows the system. If he opted to play Grant from the bench, the let him rest this week. put Elgar on the bench.

      dushaas - 2011-02-24 08:03

      I agree, if he really didn't want to play Grant, rather start with Elgar Watts. He made a massive difference when he came on in the Neo Africa Series when we played the Sharks. But we might be proven wrong as there must be a reason Coetzee opted for Gary... I guess

  • StBad - 2011-02-23 22:55

    I'm flummoxed at how Januarie is even a SupaRugby player these days? And Duvenhage is a gem at scrumhalf. I'm confused???

  • StefJo - 2011-02-24 07:20

    Come on you Capie bastards, on one hand Allister Coetzee is the best coach...And in the same breath Ricky January the worst scrumhalf available...? So either your coach is a dumbass, or you don't know the value of Ricky at 9! Can't go both ways!

      dushaas - 2011-02-24 08:05

      Or ricky is married into the Coetzee family? Or he's got some dirt on Coetzee? Or he's married into the Erasmus family? Or he's got some dirt on Erasmus?

      Johnny - 2011-02-24 10:51

      ....Fat Boy Januarie and Allister Coetzee are drinking buddies....

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-24 16:25

      The only "BASTARDS" I know come from north of the Vaal River ( Lions or Bulls) There are no Capie bastards

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