Stormers ponder best pivot

2012-02-08 07:44

Cape Town - The flyhalf position is giving Stormers coach Allister Coetzee sleepless nights ahead of the Super Rugby competition.

Coetzee is expected to pick Gary van Aswegen as his flyhalf for the game against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. This could mean that Van Aswegen may be the favourite to start in the No 10 jersey for their first Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes on February 25.

However, Coetzee has thus far probed four flyhalves - Van Aswegen, Burton Francis, Demetri Catrakilis and Kurt Coleman - in their pre-season games and he's not entirely satisfied with their form.

"Their tactical play is not yet up to standard," Coetzee told Die Burger newspaper.

"The ability to play the situation still lacks when we're working on general attacking play.

"If you play in your own half, you also can't just shift the ball to the backline players. It's then when the boot needs to be used.

"It's also not needed to take the ball up in your own half if there are time and space to relieve pressure with a kick. You want to keep possession in your opponents' half and force them to make tackles. That's the level I want our flyhalves to develop into."

Van Aswegen's performance in Port Elizabeth is especially important as Coetzee is still uncertain when Peter Grant will be able to return from the Kobelco Steelers in Japan.

"The worst that could happen is for Peter not to be here for the first two matches. Maybe he will only miss the first match or even join us before the start of the Super Rugby series," said Coetzee.

However, it remains a big possibility that Van Aswegen will get his chance against the Hurricanes at Newlands.


  • hvanderlinde - 2012-02-08 08:41

    I don't really rate Colemen or Francis. Either Van Aswegen or Catrakilis

      Marius - 2012-02-08 08:49

      Doesn't matter who he picks. It will still tell him nothing, because anyone playing against Earl Rose will look like a star.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-08 10:01

      lmga, true

  • Jenny - 2012-02-08 09:08

    11 years and counting

      Paul - 2012-02-08 09:21

      Just thinking... the last time they won anything Harry Viljoen was their coach and Louis Koen was their flyhalf. "I believe I can fly" was top of the pops.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-02-08 09:22

      I think they should rather ponder how they'll end their trophy drought!

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-08 09:26

      1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 ...

      Jenny - 2012-02-08 09:28

      And it was all downhill from there Shistirrer

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-08 10:02

      Jenny, het nie iets om in die kombuis te gaan doen nie?

  • Emile - 2012-02-08 10:10

    Van Aswegen is only 21, he is a great prospect for Stormers/WP Rugby, so is Demitri, they both need to learn from Grant, Grant cant kick for territory & that is a problem, you need a big boot to kick you out of trouble, this is just one of the many problems the Stormers are facing, i am a loyal supporter but its time to realise that these problems (no real strong props, no fetcher, Rassie resigning , Sadie & JJ moving to the bulls ) to mention a few, is all because of problems with management and own agendas, like Rassie said, it felt like people within the union wanted them to loose! lets get rid of these "All Black jersey wearing self centerd back stabbing a holes" who are crippling WP rugby !

      Clive - 2012-02-08 10:57

      Also heard that the issue is with the adminisrators. Very politically motivated! So sad, my heart bleeds for my WeePee!

      Clive - 2012-02-08 11:02

      And therein lies the difference in the Bull camp. They succeed because even if some of the Admin staff are clowns, they have a common goal. Win at all costs!

  • Dwerg - 2012-02-08 10:51

    Allister doesn't know much about flyhalves: he rated Lionel Cronjé as a good player. How wrong can a coach be???

  • PatPion - 2012-02-08 11:26

    Just a week or two ago, Allister said that he is not worrying about the flyhalf berth like he was at this stage last year. He said that they don't need Grant as badly as they did last year, because they have a couple of quality flyhalves. Now, he changes his tune. The development of these players have thus been found wanting. Hopefully this doesn't come back to bite the Stormers before Grant returns.

  • legndkilla - 2012-02-08 12:55

    couldnt agree withu more Emile!!its the old backward folk that are sitting on top and have no clue as to whats happening at the bottom, and we as the faithful supporters suffer, due to their ignorance, yes tobby tobias im referring to u!!

      Emile - 2012-02-08 14:27

      yes my friend, Toby needs to go!!!

      Bootman - 2012-02-08 14:54

      Who is Tobby Tobias????? It's Toby Titus you stupid fool.

  • Dawie - 2012-02-08 20:28

    How do they "ponder" with Schalk, Dom Duane, Tiaan Liebenberg, Brok en ander derglike breinchirurge in die span?

  • Johan - 2012-02-16 13:19

    Catrakilis is the answer. young,talented,strong defender,great kicking!! wasnt too keen when he first came oin coz he came from no where, but after his currie cup,hes a future bok. check his youtube clips out. francis is better than van aswegen and of course grant is back for the experience. i also liked what i saw of adrian kritzinger,great talent there too!!

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