Coetzee happy with Jurie at 4

    2015-02-19 14:42

    Herman Gibbs - SAPA

    Cape Town - Jurie van Vuuren will don the No 4 jersey for the Stormers against the touring Blues in Saturday's Super Rugby match at Newlands.

    The 21-year-old lock was a late inclusion in the Stormers' starting line-up following Jean Kleyn's failed fitness test on Thursday. Kleyn has a troublesome hamstring which usually requires about 14 days to mend.

    Initially, Van Vuuren, who played well off the bench last week at Loftus Versfeld, found himself out of Saturday's 23-man match-day squad because it was decided that flank Siya Kolisi, back from injury, would be on the bench.

    "We were very happy with the way Jurie played last week but with Siya returning from injury he would have been out of the squad for Saturday. When Jean pulled out we thought about set-piece accuracy and Jurie is also a fine jumper at the front of the lineout. He's actually a flanker but he's really grown (in the lock position)," said coach Allister Coetzee, speaking at Thursday's team announcement at Newlands.

    Kolisi is joined on the bench by fellow loose forward Nizaam Carr who is still trying to attain peak condition after he sat out during all the pre-season matches.

    The Stormers have no cover for the lock position on the bench but loose forwards Michael Rhodes or Rynhardt Elstadt will move into the second row if the need arises.

    "We (the management) don't know for how long Jean (Kleyn) will be out but he has not suffered a tear so he could be in the running to play next week," Coetzee. "Jean will be tested again on Monday and then we'll have an idea of where he stands (in terms of selection). Carr is not yet at his best so it is the right thing to keep him on the bench for at least another week."

    Tighthead prop Frans Malherbe and wing/centre Kobus van Wyk have been given more time to regain match fitness and Coetzee feels their selection claims will be stronger next week, which is also likely to mark the return of star Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth.

    "We have decided to reward last week's team for the splendid performance against the Bulls. It's important to reward good form," said Coetzee. "Selection continuity is vital and since Frans and Kobus are not quite there yet (in terms of fitness) we decided to let them continue working on their recovery."

    The pre-match spotlight at Newlands will fall on Stormers captain Duane Vermleulen who runs out for his 100th Super Rugby cap. Vermeulen arrived in Cape Town in the 2009 season, by which time he already had 20 Super Rugby caps for the Cheetahs.

    The media reminded Vermeulen that players like him always ended up on the losing side on days when they were celebrating career milestones.

    "That may be so but it (my 100th cap) has not even been a focus this week at all," said Vermeulen. "Our focus is the match and that's the only thing in our (the team's) sights. Our focus is to win the game."

    Saturday's clash kicks off at 17:05.



    15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Johnny Kotze, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jurie van Vuuren, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Wilco Louw, 19. Siya Kolisi, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Huw Jones


    15 Charles Piutau, 14 Ben Lam, 13 Hamish Northcott, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Tevita Li/Lolagi Visinia, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Jerome Kaino (captain), 7 Brendon O'Connor/Luke Braid/Akira Ioane, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Hayden Triggs/Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Josh Bekhuis/Tuipulotu, 3 Angus Ta'avao/Charles Piutau, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock

    Substitutes (from): Matt Moulds, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Sam Prattley, Charlie Faumuina, Angus Ta'avao, Patrick Tuipulotu/Triggs/Bekhuis, Braid/Iaone/O'Connor, Jamison Gibson-Park, Dan Bowden, Visinia/Li

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