Stormers name new-look squad

2012-04-25 13:41

Cape Town - The return to South Africa of injured players has prompted a number of changes to the Stormers team that will face the Western Force in their final Vodacom Super Rugby tour match in Perth on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 11:40 SA time.

In all there are five changes to the starting team, one of them positional, from the one that beat the Reds 23-13 in Brisbane last week. The positional change is effectively just a switch of numbers as Andries Bekker returns in place of the injured Eben Etzebeth, who wasn’t able to prove his fitness in sufficient time to be considered for the game.

To cover for Etzebeth, De Kock Steenkamp moves from the No 5 lock position to No 4, with Bekker now taking over the captaincy from Duane Vermeulen, who has returned home to South Africa to have a knee ligament injury assessed. In the only unforced change to the side, and the only other change to the tight five, Brok Harris drops out to give Frans Malherbe an opportunity to start at tighthead.

Injured Springbok wing Gio Aplon makes way for Danie Poolman in what is a straight swap. This will be Poolman’s first Super Rugby start of the season, but he did play all eight of the games in the first half of last year’s competition and is a solid all-round player who should not let the team down. Poolman’s selection into the No 11 jersey is the only change to the backline.

Nizaam Carr takes over at No 8 from the injured Vermeulen. Perhaps the most significant changes are those that have taken place on the bench. Nick Koster, who would have played off the back of the scrum, has returned home to Cape Town to have a troublesome knee looked at by specialists. With Carr moving to the starting team, WP Vodacom Cup loose forward Don Armand gets his first chance on the bench.

Deon Fourie, normally a hooker, is the other loose forward back-up, with Scarra Ntubeni coming back into the match 22 as the back-up hooker to Tiaan Liebenberg. There is no back-up lock on the bench as Rynhardt Elstadt will cover that position. He played most of his first year of Super Rugby as a lock and excelled in the position.

The team differs quite substantially now from the one that started the tour against the Highlanders on Easter Saturday, but coach Allister Coetzee’s message from Perth was a positive one.

“Despite the injuries and some enforced changes, the touring group is in high spirits and is very motivated,” said Coetzee.

“Our motto for the week is: Nothing special has ever been achieved in ideal conditions. A win this week will be the difference between a good tour and a great one and this group knows that. We have picked a strong side, our training sessions this week have been excellent and we will be going all out for victory.”




15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Bryan Habana, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Danie Poolman, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker (captain), 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Don Armand, 19. Deon Fourie, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. JP du Plessis


  • pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-25 13:46

    I hope JP get a run. This team might be a bit lacking in experience, but I still back them to take this game. Would have felt alot better if Etzebeth was playing though

      Papa-storm - 2012-04-25 15:28

      would feel beter if ysterbeth was playing but these guys got some talent and with guys from the vodacom cup that plays a more attacking game we covered all the aspects the guys must just get use to each other in a short amount of time

      Lance - 2012-04-25 15:53

      What this team may lack in experience..they make up by offering a \surprise factor\. The Force won't be able to predict their opposition due to the new faces.. Go Stormers !

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 23:39

      SAKKIE... Pocock is going to murder the Stompies. I read that Bryce is the ref for this game!!! Go the Mighty Force!!!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 23:41

      Papa Storm... Wahahahaha - "Ysterbeth"... more like Tinfoil yes!!! Very fragile under contact.

      mvw74 - 2012-04-26 08:26

      Tokolos you're a idiot, with a name like that I'd shoot myself!! Muppet!!

      Papa-storm - 2012-04-26 09:09

      ysterbeth no1 on the "to buy list" of the bulls tokolosh

      Jimmy - 2012-04-26 13:33

      @Papa-stormpie - "ysterbeth no1 on the "to buy list" of the bulls tokolosh". We gave you Habana and Van Den Heever, so we will gladly accept Ysterbeth! I would love to see him in the Bok team! Just a petty such a great player has to be in such a tosser team as the stormpies

  • walkthisway469 - 2012-04-25 13:48

    Super team, for lets hope a super game.It's man against man, not name against name.Lets end this tour off with a good win.Go Stormers

  • danie.kroezen - 2012-04-25 13:51

    Looking good taking all the injuries into consideration! Go Stormers ps. To all the BULLS supporters ,this is a Stormers article - Go comment somewhere else please!!!!

      Stirrer - 2012-04-25 14:01

      Danie, Raven is moeg vir kommin, so hy kom kuier bietjie op die forums met class.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-25 14:13

      @bloedisblou - Dit help nie ek probeer dit aan jou verduidelik nie. Dis 'n abstrakte konsep, so as jy dit nog nie ervaar het nie, sal jy dit nie verstaan nie. Stormer groete.

      Saffa - 2012-04-25 14:19

      Only one this to say to this 'bloedisblou' - Stormer groete.

      Acta - 2012-04-25 14:30


      Stirrer - 2012-04-25 14:36

      @bloedisblou - As jy regtig wil weet wat klas is: Gaan kyk op, en lees ook al jou eie posts. Klas is die teenoorgestelde daarvan. Eish, hoekom moet sommige van julle dit so MAKLIK maak vir ons? Wees asseblief bietjie meer van 'n challenge!

      Saffa - 2012-04-25 14:36

      Hoekom is jy dan hier Princess Ra-punzul? (Jy se dan die internet ding is kommin......) In my experience, the internet is only 'common' to those who haven't quite mastered it yet......and by what I witness before most certainly fall into that category. Which is why I again suggest you visit a site which specifically caters to the needs of your sort....(i.e. on your special site, they even record the number of comments for each article.....and if there are no comments, it is stated 'f#kkol comments' - I kid you not....) - Stormers groete.

      Stille - 2012-04-25 14:49

      @bloedispink - jy's maar lekker commin ne? Waar bly jy presies, wespoort of tuine? Miskien dalk nog laudium, waar al julle "manne" se pa's gaan kuier het in die 80's. Lol. Pateet.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-25 14:57

      Steeds beter klas as Blou Bul brannas-en-Coke-en-horings-op-die-kop kultuur.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 18:24

      Go Force!!!!!! Jou LEKA LEKA DENG!!!!

      Johan - 2012-04-25 20:31

      Was by n skole wedstryd, Paarl Gim/Sacs. N standerd 6 Schalk Burger is van veld gestuur omdat hy iemand gebyt het! Trash?

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 23:50

      Ou Daantjie Kat... Ons Bulle moet bietjie hier kom sense praat met julle anders val die torre van die proppe af. Julle redeneer nes julle backline... baie een dimensioneel!!! Jy hoef nie eers ver te soek nie. Lees maar net Stormkaap, Isak, Lionel, Jason, Crapdetector ens. se comments dan sal jy verstaan. Ek praat nie eers van die gemors wat fake Saffa Cat hier kwytraak elke keer nie. Sy is die BAAS van spek skiet!!! Inbox my jou email adres dan stuur ek vir jou 'n aansoekvorm om 'n Blou Bul supporter te word. Ek moet jou waarsku. Ons is baie streng met die keuring en ek kan niks belowe nie. Blou Bul Groete!!! GO THE MIGHTY FORCE!!!

  • Grant - 2012-04-25 14:03

    Really looking forward to watching Nizaam Carr this match....dig deep boys....we win this we well set!!

  • Tumisang - 2012-04-25 14:08

    The Stormers are most definitely a team to support,since the departure of Rasie the stormers are finally playing entertaining rugby...Go Stormers Go...

      Johan - 2012-04-25 15:04

      Entertaining? Since when is defence entertaining? You became a kicking team when Rassie left

      Saffa - 2012-04-25 15:27

      @Johan - defence might not be that entertaining, but WINNING sure as hell is......Stormer groete.

      Deon - 2012-04-25 15:35

      Winning rugby is always entertaining, but the lack of bonus points might be a problem later on.

      Jason - 2012-04-25 18:08

      Actually the Stormers are now starting to benefit from systems Rassie put into place at the lower age groups! So thanks Rassie!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 18:27

      Ou Tuinslang... Entertaining.... wahahahahahaha!!! Maybe to 18 year cupless supporters yah!. To people that are used to good professional rugby... Booooooring!!!

      Johan - 2012-04-25 20:23

      Saffa I don't understand now. When the Bulls won everything in sight we were called boring,we called it winning. How come you are changing your tune when the kicking boot is now on Grants foot?

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 23:30

      Johan... It was the Fake Saffa giving her usual worthless 1 cent of bulldust. Check comments... Saffa Cat is the fake one... the profile hijacker. Saffa Olivier is the intelligent one!

  • Acta - 2012-04-25 14:22

    Go boys! Time to step up and shine!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-25 23:31

      Go The Mighty Force!!! Force by at least 10+!

      mvw74 - 2012-04-26 08:29

      Go play on the high-way with your toys Tokolos!

  • Frans - 2012-04-25 14:38

    Roll on my beloved stormers!

  • Nickwill - 2012-04-25 14:39

    A team as good as the one playing their first super15 at Newlands. You hardly notice the difference of the exclusion of the more senior injury hit players, they'll be missed surely, but this squad is good enough to come out tops in Perth. Stormers jou leke ding!!

  • Jean - 2012-04-25 14:43

    Baie bly Carr kry n kans, sou miskien vir JP du Plessis wou sien op binnesenter saam met De Jongh, met Habana terug op die Wing! Poolman is darem solid!

  • pieterduplessis - 2012-04-25 14:45

    Bloubul ondersteuners met brannas en internetkonneksie is 'n gevaarlike ding!

  • Frans - 2012-04-25 14:48

    Nogal snaaks om te hoor die bloubulle reageer weer op hul tipiese bloubul arrogante wyse, veral nadat die brumbies so byna die vloer met hulle gevryf het.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-25 15:23

      Toe vryf Plonker Jonker die vloer met die Brumbies...

  • Skhona - 2012-04-25 14:54

    GO STORMERS jou lekke ding!!!!!!!!!!

  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-04-25 15:19

    Very happy our youngsters will prove how good they really are.

  • John - 2012-04-25 15:25

    De Kock was very good last time out so not too worried. Nizaam is up against arguably the best fetcher in the world. Great opportunity to make a name for himself. GO STORMERS!

  • thamifraser - 2012-04-25 18:38

    Goodluck guys

  • Franklyn - 2012-04-25 22:23

    Holding thumbs man....

  • johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-04-26 09:46

    Stormers, julle kan!!! Ek weet dit!!!!

  • vdwjasper - 2012-04-26 11:58

    Jeez, its the U21 side.

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