Stormers prop 'dominates'

2012-04-05 07:42

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee admits he had no other choice than to award 21-year-old prop Frans Malherbe with a spot in the starting XV.

The top-of-the-table Stormers take on the second-placed Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday, with Malherbe's inclusion at tighthead ahead of Brok Harris the only change to their starting line-up.

Malherbe has been instrumental when coming on in the second half of the Stormers' games this season, with his scrum prowess proving vital in key victories over the Sharks and Bulls.

"Frans dominates when we send him on and we had to make the decision (to promote him to the starting team) at some point," Coetzee told Die Burger.

Malherbe is still eligible to play for Western Province's under-21 team this year but the Stormers will be hoping he can continue his dominance against Highlanders skipper Jamie Mackintosh.

Coetzee did, however, state that he wasn't disappointed with Harris's efforts, but Malherbe is a potential future Springbok and thus a bigger weapon.

"We'll get the answers this weekend," said Coetzee.

The Stormers have flown halfway around the world, through 10 different time zones to get to their destination, but Coetzee is confident the players are fully focused.

"It was a long flight, but there will be no excuses."

The clash at the enclosed Forsyth Barr Stadium kicks off at 09:35 (SA time) on Saturday.





15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Brok Harris, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever


  • Lionel - 2012-04-05 07:53

    Morning All..........two front rowers that still qualify to play u21 and that are giving the "Big"boys a run,is that not wonderful????? Anyway thats my two cents for today,everybody have a safe Easter weekend,good luck to all SA teams,I am off to Hermanus for the weekend!!!!!!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-05 08:01

      Enjoy Hermanus and 'gooi a lyntjie'.. he desreves his spot and it is noty that brok has been playing badly. The tight five seems to have come good. Thank goodness

      steyts - 2012-04-05 08:27

      @stormkaap Brok is pathetic... How many more times will he take the ball at inside center with an overlap and just crash into the opposition, alone, and lose the ball??? He does not scrum nearly as well as Malherbe and malherbe does his job in the tight stuff, not in the backline!! Anyway, since everybody is sharing where they will be this easter,I wisdh I could be in Hermanus!! But Swakopmund isn't bad, not bad at all!!!! Safe travels!!

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 08:28

      I have been impressed by the young lad when he has come on as a sub. Good on Coetzee for giving him a start. Having said that playing the no.2 team to get your first start will be a serious test of his metal but I am sure he can pull it through. Good luck Frans...give em hell!!!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-05 08:57

      Agree with you. Nice, make us jealous. I will have to stay in Cape Town. Visitors. Will see how Blouberg and Melkbos is. Seams it is going to be rainy the next couple of days.

      Jason - 2012-04-05 09:17

      Morning Lionel you lucky SOB, Onrus is my best place in the world. Have a safe trip! Im so amped for the next few years with these youngsters. First Game today at 11h40............................Super Rugby Addict!

      hannes.handogg - 2012-04-05 10:08

      Happy Easter Egg sê.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-05 10:34

      @ Steyts,, look at his scrummaging and compare to last season, look at his tackle count and compare to Miss Piggy Spies, so his partneship with JDV isnt the best but something one can work on. En vat 'n ry Henties toe en slaan 'n kabbie of twee los

  • Terence - 2012-04-05 08:04

    I can't wait for a neutral ref to show us how 'awesome' this Stormers team actually is.

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 08:24

      Bulls supporters are the most sour bunch of conspiracy theorists I have ever seen. Why blame the ref just because your team is not doing well. You should perhaps look a bit closer at your team for their lack of awesomeness as you call it. I am truly sorry for you Terence for being so blinded by ignorance. Hopefully tour team does a bit better this weekend just to get you and your cohorts to be able to move on. God save us all if the Bulls lose again this weekend! The forum is being spoiled by this continued lady like crying from the Bulls supporters. I am convinced even the majority of informed, educated Bulls supporters (which I know exist) is getting tired of the ridiculous statements made by Terence, saffa and the rest.

      MIffkebuis - 2012-04-05 08:27

      all I 'll say is this, he still needs to play against Beast... then we'll talk

      Terence - 2012-04-05 08:37

      Ok Crapdetector, I'm sorry I forgot that you guys never complained when Marius Jonker blew you off the park against the Cheetahs about 2 years ago, I also forgot that you didn't complain after the 2010 final. Sorry, my mistake.

      Terence - 2012-04-05 08:54

      Is that the best you could do, Paul?

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-05 08:55

      @Crap, our team is doing very well - thank you very much! We are only 4 points behind the front runners, with 11 games to go! I don't see how that in anyone's terms are; NOT DOING WELL????? Anyway, ALL rugby lovers at some point blame the ref, being it the AUS, NZ, ENG and so forth. Remember Bryce Lawrence???

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 09:02

      @ Terence. Now you are bringing up events from 2 YEARS ago. Move on and stop crying over spilt milk. You insinuated in your comment that the Stormers have not had a fair ref yet this season? You are seriously diluted my friend. 50\50 Decisions are exactly that. You might complain about the scrum penalty at the end of the game and I might complain about the forward pass for Oliviers try. The knife cuts both ways. You need some perspective.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-05 09:14

      @Crap, thanks for the laugh, is Terence diluted???

      Erik - 2012-04-05 09:25

      I remember the bulls getting lots off penalty's against the stormers in the past and my ref friends used to say it is because they are dominating contact and rucks etc!! STormers improved a lot and are themselves starting to dominate for parts of the game. And so is decisions also starting to go for them.

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 09:26

      @ Rene. I agree with you that all supporters at some stage blame a ref for some perceived mistake. What I dont agree with is the insinuations made that the Stormers have not had a fair ref all season. And yes his argument is extremely diluted.

      Terence - 2012-04-05 09:27

      Rene, I stopped reading his comment after I read that. No use in entertaining the oke any further.

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 10:17

      @ Terence. Don't worry buddy. I was worried it might be too much for you to comprehend.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-05 10:27

      @René: Not all of Terence is diluted, only his brain and general rugby knowledge. His brannas is seriously undiluted this early in the morning.

      Nic - 2012-04-05 11:21

      Terence, ignore them. Very predictably bunch, only vocal when they win. They quickly change their tune when they start losing.

      Terence - 2012-04-05 11:49

      I know Nic. It's good entertainment to read their waffling though.

      Stirrer - 2012-04-05 13:23

      @Nic: "only vocal when they win" - that's pretty much all the time, if I'm not mistaken :D

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 14:13

      @ Terence and Rene. Do yourselves a favour and go read the article by Franscois Hougaard about the Bulls indiscipline. He identified the shortcomings you have missed and he also stated that some times it goes your way and other times it does not. Accountability is crucial. Rather say we made mistakes and we need to fix it than playing the blame game. It gets very old very quickly.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-05 15:53

      @Crap, if you have read the other threads you would have noted that I mentioned on various occasions that ill-discipline cost us the game (other than the ref)... Have a good week-end!!

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 16:05

      @ Rene. You too. Good luck on Saturday.

  • dawiej - 2012-04-05 08:18

    Watch the stormers dominate the scrum selection when the new springbok coach make his selection. abundance of talent must be a nice prospect, i just know he will do a better job than Pdv . Stormers props and locks with bismark as hooker. Awesome combo. Scary for the opposition. A force that will dominate for years to come

      steyts - 2012-04-05 08:30

      I am a stormers fan, but I hope Meyer does not pick them!!! Greyling and the 2 du Plessis brothers should be there imo... Greyling is playing very well and we all know what the du Plessis brothers can do.

      steyts - 2012-04-05 08:31

      And they are too young, give them another 2 or 3 seasons and then they should be good to go without picking up heaps of injuries because they were introduced to test rugby at a too young age!!

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-04-05 08:51

      Not only the Stormers I think there is some good youngsters in the Super15. The way the Super15 is structure you need to put in these youngster it's exciting time in the southern hemisphere.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-05 09:00

      @dawiej, I can understand the Stormers being super hyped about their scrum, because it was never one of the Stormers 'strong points'. And good on the Stormers for being competitive in the scrums. However having said that, you hardly dominated any of the SA teams so far. In general, the SA teams are doing well, and are more/less on par.

      Pieter - 2012-04-05 09:09

      Moenie vergeet van Andrian Strauss nie! Daai mannetjie speel goeie rugby deesdae.

      Erik - 2012-04-05 09:13

      @ Steyts, it is true that they are very young and should maybe not be there just yet. Problem for me is that dean greyling was clearly destroyed by frans and kitshoff clearly detroyed jannie a few weeks ago. Even so, I will have them in the squad but maybe not start just yet. Only other prop in my opinion that could be there or there about is coenie oosthuizen and maybe, just maybe, Pat Cilliers. What do you think?

      Stirrer - 2012-04-05 10:31

      @René: "you hardly dominated any of the SA teams so far" - if you are talking about the front row, you surely can't be serious. The other teams' front rows are still at the proctologist, trying to get their heads unstuck from their @sses.

  • Abri - 2012-04-05 08:30

    It was Craig Joubert who dominated that last scrum, not Malherbe. Since when is a tighthead prop who goes up dominating?

      steyts - 2012-04-05 08:36

      Since when he shoves the loosehead out his way, who then pushes back into the scrum which causes him to push the tighthead into his own hooker and then there is only one way and that is up... Or he can go down, but they won't because then he puts himself in danger of injury and obviously a penalty against him. Anyway, I must agree that the last penalty he awarded to the stormers could have easily gone either way... Too many penalisable offenses in one srcum!!

      Erik - 2012-04-05 09:03

      @Abri, if you know nothing rather keep your opinion to yourself!! Frans was clearly destroying dean greyling in every scrum after he came on. (The only truth is that often those penalty's go against the tightheads) In this case Dean Greyling was clearly under a lot of pressure. Frans is a great guy and very good prop and deserve's his chance. All the best to him!

      Saffa - 2012-04-05 15:12

      @Erik Moenie vir jou kom diknek hou hier nie, asof jy nou die rugbykenner is. AL die kenners het na die tyd gese diy moes 'n Bulls strafskop gewees het. Gaan speel met jou maatjies voor jy 'n warm oor kry

      Saffa - 2012-04-05 18:42

      Asb kom gee my 'n warm oor

  • Pieter - 2012-04-05 09:04

    Stormers se grootste problem is wanneer Tiaan afkom en Brannas opgaan! Brannas is moerse woeilig in die los, maar sy skrumwerk is power, met gevolg dat die twee voorrye soveel harder moet werk!!

  • Kevin - 2012-04-05 09:10

    As a die-hard WP man, I'm over the moon with my team's performance so far. Some luck has gone our way, but overall we seem to be besting everyone. Including the Bulls. However, I am concerned with Joe Pietersen's kicking, and Tiaan Liebenberg's discipline. Allister (you don't mind if I call you Allister, do you?), can you please ask Peter Grant to kick, and demand of Tiaan to remain calm in the face of adversity. We cannot win without getting the 3-pointers, and we'll be in trouble when Tiaan is yellow-carded.

      René - 2012-04-05 09:17

      @kev47, I'm sure you can call him 'Toetie', his friends do! (LoL)

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-05 10:14

      I am also puzzled why Peter Grant is not the default kicker in the team - he has a great success rate and as much as I am a huge fan of Joe Pietersen, he does not seem to be that accurate - I have heard the argument that Joe has a longer range - but then keep him for the long distance kicks and have Grant take the rest. As for Tiaan - great oke - and I would say I would most likely react the same way if constantly goaded by the opposition. the problem is the opponents know he has a short temper and they try to get penalties by pi$$ing him off. The best reaction from him would be is to make a joke of it and that should frustrate the opposition to no end.

  • walkthisway469 - 2012-04-05 09:12


      Terence - 2012-04-05 09:50

      You left out the 'crouch' part. That explains a lot.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-05 10:18

      @Terence - you seemed to pick that up very quickly - very focused on that area when watching rugby are you? - That explains a lot.

      Terence - 2012-04-05 10:40

      I like to focus on the rules while watching, you obviously don't.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-05 10:46

      with so many penalties against them - neither do the bulls it seems.

      Terence - 2012-04-05 11:16

      Nor Craig Joubert.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-04-05 11:25

      Terence - I do believe we have finally found something we can both agree on.

      Terence - 2012-04-05 12:01

      I'm not sure how to take that. Ha ha

  • Saffa - 2012-04-05 15:00

    Ek sien ons Stormer ystertjies reken hulle is die beste verdedigende span in die kompetisie, ek het my weer laf gelag vir die klomp se totale wanpersepsies. Points against: Bulls: 89 Stormers: 91 Tries against: Bulls: 6 Stormers 7 En dan sommer vir die lekker, die Stormers se mos hulle score tries en die Bulls skop net: Tries for: Bulls 19 Stormers 8 Maar anyway, hulle reken ook hulle is SA se mees suksesvolle Superrugby franchise met hulle ZERO koppies.

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 15:13

      @ Saffa. WTF? Seriously? BORING!!! How are things at the homeless shelter? I see they still have free internet. I will drop off a donation over the weekend and say hi. I assume you will be there, actually what am I saying? Of course you will be there. Good luck with your treatment.

      Saffa - 2012-04-05 15:21

      @crapdetector Thanks, can you drop off a pink jersey, I want to wear it when we win our 4th trophy.

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 15:49

      @ Saffa. Dont worry. There will be many Bulls supporters wanting to get rid of their pink jersey's at the end of the season so I am sure you will be in luck. Stormers played 5 won 5. Bulls played 5 won 3.

      Saffa - 2012-04-05 16:27

      @crapdetector Week 6 is just done, 11 to go. Bulls 4 points off the top, be careful that they don't lead the SA conference come Sun. 16 years and counting!

  • Gerhardus - 2012-04-05 16:19

    Erm: "The Stormers have flown halfway around the world, through 10 different time zones to get to their destination, but Coetzee is confident the players are fully focused." all the super 15 teams do that. Only difference is that the WP team has the most dust in their trophy cabinet than any other super 15 team.

      Saffa - 2012-04-05 16:28

      @Gerhardus 16 years of dust that is

      Riaan - 2012-04-05 16:48

      Good luck on Saturday

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