Stormers trio runaway picks

2011-04-18 15:19

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Three Stormers players – Jaque Fourie, Schalk Burger and Andries Bekker – have earned positional nods by massive margins in the South African Super Rugby Dream Team for Week 10 of the competition.

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Sport24 readers were particularly adamant, as this was written, about Fourie’s right to wear the No 13 jersey (91 percent of votes), Burger the No 6 shirt (89 percent) and Bekker the No 5 lock jersey (88 percent).

Hardly surprisingly, considering that the conference-leading Cape side beat the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday, the next-placed Sharks had a bye and the rest of the South African teams in action only encountered grief, the latest XV is dominated by Stormers representatives – 10 of them, in total.

Joining the stalwart three in the line-up are Conrad Jantjes at fullback, Danie Poolman at right wing, Juan de Jongh as Fourie’s midfield partner, Burger’s loose forward colleagues Francois Louw and Duane Vermeulen, and front-row men CJ van der Linde and Deon Fourie.

The Lions’ gutsy showing, despite the 33-19 scoreline, isn’t enough to earn that franchise a single representative, although the Cheetahs’ loosehead prop Coenie Oosthuizen and in-form scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius (he won’t often score a hat-trick of tries and still be on the losing side) crack the nod after the 50-47 nerve-jangler against the Hurricanes in Bloemfontein.

Similarly the bumbling champions, the Bulls, have the consolation of Morne Steyn and Bjorn Basson doing enough to earn backline berths despite the defeat to the Reds in Brisbane.

Incredibly, Bakkies Botha earns approval for the No 4 jersey (42 percent of votes) despite his wretched form: were there really no worthier South African second-rowers at the weekend, readers?

One imagines Botha sneaked in more on “sentimental” grounds, because he was again lethargic at Suncorp Stadium and came off for an immediately more lively Danie Rossouw in the 50th minute.

The overall SA Dream Team keeps a slightly more balanced look, given that Sharks players obviously come back into the mix there: they keep four pack members, for instance, plus Lwazi Mvovo at left wing, even if his own form has been less convincing than last year’s thus far.

The Stormers nevertheless still boss seven berths, with Bulls players Botha, Fourie du Preez and Gerhard van den Heever completing the side.

It is Sharks men, though, who boast the two best percentages of support in their respective positions: hooker Bismarck du Plessis hogs 77 percent of backing there, and barnstorming blindside flank Willem Alberts has 58 percent for the No 7 jersey.



  • Outpost - 2011-04-18 15:27

    This is pathetic!!! Who picks these teams?????? A bunch of supporters with provincial biase. Some of them don't even watch the games.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-18 16:00

      ....Stormers overrated... .....will fade eventually.. .....again... always....

      gooinat - 2011-04-18 16:02

      @Johnny Blue Balls,speaking of fading,I hear you faded again last night on the job with Alwyn.

      Colin Klinkert - 2011-04-18 16:03

      Maybe we should just leave it to you to pick the team OutPost? This is the digital, social age... we are all having a say via interactivity, get used to it or unplug your internet connection

      David - 2011-04-18 16:10

      Twit. Of course, ALL the players must come from the Last Outpost. Fooitog.

      mummford - 2011-04-18 16:13


      Bob/Dale Sportztrad - 2011-04-18 16:26


      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-18 16:28

      @Gooinat - and now Alwyn (Zollipap) has gone MIA again in any event....(where are Pappa smurf aka Lloyd, Effel, Brannas etc etc)

      gooinat - 2011-04-18 16:33

      @Saffa,maybe they all gone to that Mighty Men meeting you suggested to them a couple of weeks ago:)

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-18 16:43

      @ it! @ Saffa.....I am really impressed at the way you are able to sniff out and identify all these pieces of weasel!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-18 16:59

      @Mike@CT - weasel p*ss - ROTFL. @Gooinat - Well I hope Oom Angus keeps them with him, long after the conference is over. Now THAT would be a most welcome miracle.

      Oukoos - 2011-04-18 17:42

      GOOINAT, skerp soos altyd

      Brannas - 2011-04-18 20:36

      Ek is terug, dankie dat julle my geraporteer het en news24 my profiel block, SAFFA, When in ROME, hahaha, FOCUS

      Brannas - 2011-04-18 21:28


      pietpompies2 - 2011-04-19 21:03

      Careful Brannas, you're flirting with another ban, keep it up!

  • Gilgamesh - 2011-04-18 16:03

    I would go into battle with that side any day. Bakkies and Gerhard a bit questionable. Would put JP before Gerhard and Rossouw before Bakkies.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-18 16:07

    For starters, the Sharks didn't play which limits the pickings somewhat for the weekly team .....As for the OVERALL TEAM, apart from Hekkies vd Heever (WTF?) & Bakkies, the rest of the selections aren't that bad.

      gooinat - 2011-04-18 16:18

      Saffa,that overall team is close to my Bok side I picked,only concerns is Schalk,maybe Brussouw in he's place and thats a big maybe,Van Den Heever is a definite NO NO.I hate to say it but I would probably play JP Pietersen(not a fan)as for Bakkies,thats a difficult choice(can't replace him with Flip)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-18 16:30

      @Gooinat - if I were going purely on form throughout the S14 thus far and NOTHING else, I would pencil Elstadt in at 4. He owned Bakkies and The Sharks offerings.

      gooinat - 2011-04-18 16:41

      Saffa,I agree with your choice of Elstadt

      Oukoos - 2011-04-18 17:44

      EK hou nogal van die Van den Heever seun. Hy het baie potensiaal en met die regte afrigting kan hy og ver kom

      Wagga - 2011-04-18 20:56

      My team for the world cup, and I only select these players because of their superb form of late. 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Riaan Smit, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp (c), 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen. Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Corné Uys.

      Benny66 - 2011-04-19 08:57

      @Brannas. Die man maak n grap ou maat - waar is jou sien vir humor? En sulke vieslike taal! Geen wonder jy is aan News 24 geraporteer nie.

  • Bob/Dale Sportztrad - 2011-04-18 16:27

    Agree with Outpost

  • RobinHood - 2011-04-18 16:33

    Bakkies in any team at this stage must be an emotional choice - he SUCKS (besides being a thug) I will also never pick pouting v/d Heever - he is not up to standard

  • scud - 2011-04-18 16:34

    Bakkies Botha-you must be joking???On what form?

  • Ivan - 2011-04-18 17:07

    How can we all look at STORMERS when they have not travelled yet. Lets wait and see because clearly this team is picked by STORMERS supporters .

      Oukoos - 2011-04-18 17:45

      Ivan Davey?

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-18 18:38

      The team is picked in response to how the various franchises performed during the week in question. Quite clearly, the Stormers team were the best performing team of the week - if one is guage the team on results - therefore it is logical that more Stormers players are going to be voted in. As it happens, to date, they are the best performing SA franchise for the 8 weeks, irrespective of whether they have travelled or not.

  • Jacques - 2011-04-18 17:44

    Making comments about the stormers are we?..................... Let me guess...............Bulls fan........

  • Wagga - 2011-04-18 20:49

    If I had to pick my team for the world cup, my players will be as follows, and I purely pick these players because of their superb form of late. 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Riaan Smit, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Ashley Johnson, 6 Kabamba Floors, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp (c), 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen. Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Naas Olivier, 22 Corné Uys.

      Andy49 - 2011-04-18 22:08

      @Wagga-bitjie - try looking at the S15 log the right way up. Your team is 2nd last, almost on the bottom. What a wining team!

      Wagga - 2011-04-19 06:41

      @Andy49.- Thank you so much for this valuable information, I never knew that 2nd last is almost at the bottom LOL .

  • hunterdog - 2011-04-18 21:17

    Our Rugby is very KAK at the moment!!!

  • Glennm - 2011-04-19 05:39

    Deon Fourie...a player with a future

  • charl.cornelissen - 2011-04-19 06:12

    Wagga knows his rugby!!

      Wagga - 2011-04-19 06:42

      Thanks mate

  • Whoosa - 2011-04-19 06:34

    15. Aplon,14. Pietersen, 13 Fourie, 12. de Villiers, 11. Mvovo 10. Grant/Lambie 9. Pretorius. 8. Alberts. 7. Louw 6. Burger 5. Bekker. 4. Russouw 3. Oosthuizen 2. Fourie 1. Beast. I have taken Kwota into account.

      Igenatius - 2011-04-19 09:27

      This is a very realistic approach. However I think we can put Brussow at no. 7 rather. And I still think personally that Steven Trblch should rather be no.15 and if not him I would rather have France Steyn.

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-04-19 08:50

    MY WC TEAM CONSIDERING SOME OVERSEAS PLAYERS 15 Fransie steyn 14.basson 13.Jaque Fourie 12.Jean De Villiers/Juan de jongh 11.GIO APLON ( FOR HISLEFT BOOT THEN WE CAN PLAY GRANT AT 10 habana on for him second half) 10 Peter Grant 9. Fourie du preez 8. Pierrie spies( numerous reason why,give you extra line out jumper) 7 Willem alberts/Juan smith to rotate if fit) 6. Schalkie 5 Bekker 4 Bakkies 3.jannie du plessis 2. bismark 1. Beast and gutro steenkamp to rotate Bench:

      CliffBradley - 2011-04-19 10:23

      Damian@bulls: I knew you know something !!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 11:45

      @Damian - agreed. Where is your bench?

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-04-19 14:25

      GraemeBB- Watch the sarcasm Please

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-19 15:13

      @Rugby Rocks - I wasnt being sarcastic, I am actualy interested whom he would like to see comming off the bench. This is just as important part of the planning as whom starts, wouldnt you say? Or dont you talk rugby, just here trying to be smart?

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-04-19 16:31

      GraemeBB: Sorry , did not see that one coming , think I had my Blue & white Sunglasses on , so used to the Bulls supporters going on about Bekkers tiny , small , miniscule indiscretion - Apologies

  • Neyven - 2011-04-19 10:27

    In my opinion Warren Whitely of the Lions is by far the best-performing eightman in the South African conference thus far in the Super 15.

  • Hannes van der Linde - 2011-04-19 12:01

    1. Beast / 2. Bismarck / 3. Jannie / 4. Andries / 5. Danie / 6. Schalk / 7. Willem / 8. Duanne / 9. Sarel / 10. Peter / 11. Gio / 12. Jean / 13. Jacques / 14. Lwazi / 15. Partick - 16. Deon / 17. Coenie / 18. Juan / 19. Rynhardt / 20. Fourie / 21. Francois / 22. Heinrich

  • TylerDurton - 2011-04-19 13:26

    Notice how no one is even thinking of picking Victor Matfield or John Smit, yet they will probably be picked as our captain and vice-captain. They were great in their day, but please Divvy, don't do it!

  • luciouslolla - 2011-04-19 15:39


      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-04-20 12:30

      WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING! Springboks are.... chopper, Springboks are!

  • Deon - 2011-04-19 22:52

    1. Henning van Aswegen 2. Gys Kopslaan Ystervuis Pitzer 3. Hempies du Toit. 4. Frik du Preez 5. Kobus broekoptrek Wiese 6. Rob Louw 7. Hennie Windhond Muller 8. Andrew Aitken 9. Divan Serfontein 10. Naas Botha 11. Carl du Plessis 12. Michael du Plessis 13. Jacques Fourie/Goggie van Heerden 14. Rae Mordt 15. Johan Heunis,Calla Scholtz

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