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Stormers sweat over De Jongh

2013-02-04 12:24

Cape Town - Springbok centre Juan de Jongh is racing against time to be fit for the Stormers’ opening Super Rugby fixture against the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday, February 22.

According to the Supersport.com website, De Jongh’s hamstring injury was the only real concern for the Stormers in their warm-up fixture against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this past weekend, even though they lost the game to a late long range penalty (27-26). No professional rugby player likes to lose, but the results of these preparation games are insignificant, and the Stormers should be heartened that their young, under-strength team dominated the game for long periods even though they were under-strength.

The outside centre’s hamstring was to be assessed on Sunday with the results disclosed on Monday, but coach Allister Coetzee was hoping that the injury would necessitate a 14 day lay-off which would enable him to be available for the Bulls match. However, it seems likely it might be a bit longer, which means he could be in doubt for the derbies against the Bulls and the Sharks the following week.

Depending when Peter Grant returns from Japan, Coetzee could have several options in the event of De Jongh being unavailable – he could select Grant or Damian de Allende in the No 12 jersey and field Jean de Villiers at outside centre, where he played some of his international rugby last season, or he could reunite De Villiers and Jaco Taute as a midfield combination. They played together in the final Rugby Championship fixtures in 2012 as well as in the match against Ireland in Dublin.

So Coetzee is being given an early, welcome reminder of the benefits of the depth that he now has available since the move of a clutch of Lions players to the Cape, as well as the maturation of several players who were newcomers last year. He should certainly have been pleased, for instance, with the performance of flanker Don Armand in Bloemfontein.

Another player who advanced his cause was flyhalf Kurt Coleman, who did enough to show that he could be a viable alternative for Grant or Elton Jantjies should they be injured at any stage of the season. Coleman’s decision making was good, his passing has always been good and his place-kicking wasn’t bad either.

Coleman made his debut for the Stormers in an emergency situation two seasons ago when he was called up as the fifth ranked Stormers flyhalf during the overseas leg of Super Rugby. He was then just 21 and was on the winning side against the Brumbies and Rebels in his first two games but he was clearly nervous. Those nerves are a lot less evident two seasons later.

Taute, playing in his preferred position of fullback, and another Lions recruit, hooker Martin Bezuidenhout, were also impressive in a game that was marked by a positive return to the playing field of star Springbok flanker Juan Smith. Wearing the No 23 jersey, Smith came onto the field in the second half, the first time he has seen action in two years, and he proved inspirational to his teammates as they fought back from a substantial deficit at one stage to win.

The Stormers, although scrappy and clearly needing to shake off early season rust, were the better team though, and forwards coach Matt Proudfoot should be particularly pleased with the strong showing in the lineouts and scrums, while the feared driving maul has lost none of its effectiveness.

The Stormers round off the onfield part of their preparation for Super Rugby with a match against Boland at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday and the game should be marked by the return to the playing field of skipper Schalk Burger, who together with his good mate Jean de Villiers was seen chatting with Bok teammate Smith after the game at Vodacom Park.

SuperSport

Comments
  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-02-04 12:30

    Get well soon!!! JdJ conductor of the Weepee backline orchestra.

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-02-04 13:42

      Must be the same orchestra that did the soundtrack to 'The Silent Movie' !!!

      she.is.here.777 - 2013-02-04 14:14

      NO the one that did their thing in the Curry cup final. lol

      Jimmy NZ - 2013-02-04 14:19

      :)

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-05 06:11

      Currie cup, not curry cup tonsil And any team missing Juan de jongh is better off. He is useless. Can't score tries, just side step into the widow maker or hitman kirchenator

      Cliff - 2013-02-06 06:06

      Jimmy NZ -One Word - PRICK

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2013-02-04 12:33

    100% behind the stormers!!

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-05 06:11

      Yeah in the showers I bet

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-05 07:26

      Simone. You're thinking of the toilet, and you're thinking of Wynand Olivier. Just scroll down if you want your memory refreshed.

      Cliff - 2013-02-06 10:58

      simone.dechandra.7 - Your type does not shower !!!

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-02-04 12:44

    hop hop hop, quota style ...

      Goodstuff - 2013-02-04 12:59

      Wow, you still beating that drum?

      bheki.cele.1650 - 2013-02-04 13:58

      You again Brian.D! Why dont you pm me and we can meet somewhere to talk about racism? Your racism will never win in this country, try say somethin to my or any other person of colours face?

      nissen.eugene - 2013-02-04 15:05

      yeah ask the sharks about those quota players de jongh and aplon coz thet scored against them.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-05 06:13

      You can't be racist to a colour persons face because only whites can be racist

  • danny.cohen.315 - 2013-02-04 13:03

    Hahaaaa "their young, under-strength team" always excuses........YOU LOST !!!

      pieter.thefuture - 2013-02-04 13:27

      yep - lost a warm up game, ooo the shame, forget the super15 final, it is the warm up game that the players and the supporters want to win. You can not really be so uninformed to think that the result of a warm upi game matters more than 1 hour after the match. Can you tell me off the top of your head what warm up matches the Bulls had 2 years ago along with the result? if you can, I am both impressed and slightly sad for you.

      dono - 2013-02-04 14:15

      super rugby final? the one the stormers couldn't reach, after winning the conference AGAIN?

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-05 06:14

      Pieter someone hit a nerve? The bulls don need warm up games, we just win trophies. Three super titles so far.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-05 07:22

      That strategy haven't really worked for you this decade, now has it?

      1amAlan - 2013-02-05 13:26

      Ag Simone, to win trophies you generally have to get into the semis and then the finals. I think both have kind of eluded your boys for a while.

  • haroldcecil - 2013-02-04 13:24

    @Gavin Rich u mst be a Stormers fan thats why u write abt their under strenght team.If they would've won the game what where u gonna say.Dnt make xcuses they lost and thats it dnt come and be a sore looser

      marcus.vermaak - 2013-02-04 15:06

      Can't help it but agree with you. If this was ANY other team it would have been a "misfiring" team. He had to point out from the beginning that the team is young. Gavin, do a better job.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-05 06:14

      Damn I hate these loosers

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-05 07:24

      Simone, just tell me quickly. How does it feel to get whipped by losers both times in the season? As well as then get totally demolished by their Currie Cup team. And how does it feel to see those losers lift the biggest prize in SA Rugby, the Currie Cup? Sounds like you're still a bit suurgat.

  • brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-04 13:25

    What out Lions! Die Stormers kom leen nog spelers....

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-04 23:15

      As die Stormers wil Lions spelers leen, sal hulle 'n trip Moftus toe moet maak om met die Lions spelers daar te gaan praat.

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-05 07:29

      Jis, ek weet nie hoor, miskien moet julle liewers bel, want julle mag dalk uitgelag word.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-05 07:44

      Ja dis dalk 'n goeie idee om te bel, want die Stormers kan nie hulle IK so ver laat daal wanneer hulle agter die mullet gordyn ingaan nie.

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-05 08:45

      Praat jy wat n bek vol tande het,... O eksies.... vergeet joune is missing...

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-05 22:44

      As mens nie tande het nie kan jy vir jou nuwes laat maak. Mooi spierwittes. As jy nie IK het nie is daar niks wat jy kan doen nie. Ek is bly ek het niks tande nie (volgens jou wat my so goed ken).

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-06 13:46

      Sit eeder goues in, dit lyk meer cape flats...

      brilloks.bittergal - 2013-02-06 14:45

      vir ingeval jy weer nie kan slaap vannaand nie... http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-Your-IQ you can thank me later, see?

  • danie.fick.98 - 2013-02-04 14:25

    Dis ook nie asof die Vrystaat hulle beste span gehad het nie.......bygese..... maar nou ja,opwarming game..... sien uit na die eerste naweek van die "regte" games om te begin

  • Riaan Muller - 2013-02-04 22:54

    Ai shame die mens kan net die arme stormers jammer kry. As hulle se dis nie hul beste span nie, alhoewel hulle 6 springbokke in die game gehad het, kan mens maar net dink as die Vrystaat al hulle spelers gehad het watse nederlaag dit sou gewees het. Dis darem maar wonderlik hoe dinge verander, want soos ek kan onthou bly 'n WEN 'n WEN. Swak sportmanskap Stormers en julle ondersteuners.

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2013-02-04 23:06

    Laat hy tog betyds gesond word, dit sal die bulls perfek pas!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-04 23:38

      Ja julle like mos daarvan om te verloor. Het dit altwee kere laasjaar gedoen.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-04 23:13

    This is the best news Wynand Olivier got in the past year. He can now sleep again. Unless he does not make the team..... That might be even better news for him.

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2013-02-05 06:15

      Wynand widow maker scared of a midget ??.hahahaahhahahaahhahahahahaahaha he has fought tougher opponents on the toilet

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-02-05 07:03

      I honestly don't need to know what Wynand does with tough guys on the toilet. Would that have been a public toilet. And how would you know? You also "fought" with Wynand in a public toilet?

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