Stormers unchanged for Lions

2012-03-21 14:45

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has resisted any temptation he may have had to rotate his selections for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby derby match against the Lions in Johannesburg.

With a platform having been created through three wins in three starts, and the Lions set to be severely depleted at Coca-Cola Park, there was a view from outside of the camp that this might be an opportunity to test a few combinations and give fringe players who have yet to get a start this season a chance to get in a sizeable proportion of game time.

However Coetzee believes his team has been making steady progress through the past few weeks and feels that the best way to ensure that the progress continues and the graph continues on its trend is to keep changes to a minimum.

So the team that beat the Blues 27-17 at Newlands last week has been retained en bloc, with Coetzee stressing that the respect he has for his opponents played a big part in his decision not to change anything.

“In our minds we are going up to play against the Currie Cup champions and we remember that they beat us in the semifinal last year,” said Coetzee.

One player who was pressing hard for a recall after an impressive return to rugby after a long injury lay-off through the Vodacom Cup last weekend was Rynhardt Elstadt.

Coetzee said at the start of the week that he was considering bringing Elstadt back into the squad in preparation for next week’s tough home derby against the Bulls, but in the end he decided the lock would gain more from playing a full match this weekend than playing off the bench in Johannesburg.

“Elstadt is ready to go and we want him to get 60 to 80 minutes of action, which as I said earlier in the week is something that can be facilitated better by playing him in the Vodacom Cup,” said the coach.

“The Vodacom Cup provides a better opportunity to get a player fully match fit than just playing him off the bench, where he may get minimal chance to play. We also want to give Andries Bekker the chance to play a full 80 minutes as he continues his comeback from an injury lay-off. With Duane Vermeulen also starting to pick up momentum, the players who suffered long-term injuries are all showing pleasing progress.”

Elstadt was of course one of those long-term injuries, and given the way he played last week against the Sharks XV in Durban, the EP Kings, who Western Province play at City Park on Saturday afternoon, can expect to feel the full wrath of the frustration one of the stars of last year’s Stormers effort must be feeling at being sidelined.

Skipper Jean de Villiers joined Coetzee in scotching any talk of the Lions being underestimated, and he said his recollection of the embarrassment of last year’s loss in the domestic semifinal would be a motivating factor.

“It would be extremely dangerous to underestimate any team in this competition. Even when a team has injury problems, that team is always the best available combination that franchise can put into the field, and the Lions will be hitting us with everything they’ve got at the weekend,” said De Villiers.

“The Lions were deserved winners of the Currie Cup last year and they outplayed us last October, so we have the utmost respect for them and the rugby they can produce.”





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 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever


  • Schaun - 2012-03-21 14:34

    moielike tye vir die lions, maar sal dit nie suprise wees as die lions die stormers pakslae gee nie, dit gaan n awesome game wees on te kyk, hullle se mos, 2 useless spanne teen mekaar speel awesome rugby vir die skare

      Robsschele - 2012-03-21 15:18

      Die Stormers sal moet lig loop teen die Lions. Nie omdat albei 'useless' spanne is nie maar omdat beide die Lions en die Cheetahs hulle beste rugby speel teen die twee kusspanne en hulle gereeld klop. Ongeag of hulle onder aan die logs is, moenie hulle afskryf nie.

      lourens.jordaan - 2012-03-21 20:04

      @robsschle voel jy nou beter. Gaan slaap nou lekker.

  • Nico - 2012-03-21 15:41

    GO LIONS!!! play smart & play hard and you can do it! Pat will have to put in a huge effort in the scrum to neutralize their youngster, and our loosies will have to support the ball carriers more to get through the tackels, but it is possible :)

  • Mark - 2012-03-21 16:08


  • vanrooyenmara - 2012-03-21 16:18

    Met soveel beserings by die Lions sal dit nie n prestasie wees om te wen nie...maar kyk na die game............DIE JAAR IS ONS JAAR CHECK DIE LOG...

  • Siphiwe - 2012-03-21 18:04


      Rene - 2012-03-21 22:02

      @Siphiwe, are you giving us a piece of your mind???

  • Siphiwe - 2012-03-21 18:05

    Lions is crap, go my Stormers!

  • chris.lategan - 2012-03-21 18:10

    Moet Joe Peterson skop of Peter Grant?

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-21 18:15

      @chris- nee nie een van hulle ni. Morras moet skop-weepee op hul gat! BULLE gat julle roer.

      chris.lategan - 2012-03-21 18:58

      Ai shame. Kom maar eers verby die Reds, jong. Die Blues het julle genoeg probleme gegee. Sien julle volgende naweek op Nuweland!

  • Siphiwe - 2012-03-21 18:41

    @Japjapjap - The only thing the Bulle can "roer" is their mothers!

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-21 19:04

      @sepeewe- sies man, sies!!! sies sies sies. skoert nou jou klein knater. jy praat absoluut walglik... duimpie na onder vir jou

      Siphiwe - 2012-03-21 19:20


  • RetiefC - 2012-03-21 19:34

    May all the South African teams have good wins this weekend: Go Bulls, Sharks, Cheetahs and Lions!

      hugo.naude - 2012-03-22 08:57

      Good to see you do NOT include the Stormers as a SA team ... they do after all have the most NZ and OZZIE fans in the their neck of the woods ... most of their fanbase will support an Ozie or NZ team when playing against another SA team ... and they wanted to be "the other" All Black team in the world (why not choose something greener??) ... and they are the ONLY team to EVER threaten to not play a match because of money ... All they need now to really be concidered "another" NZ team is a NZ coach ...

      Jc - 2012-03-22 10:25

      @ Hugo. It was a sponsorship thin, much like the new Pink jerseys of the new Bulls, nothing to do with wanting to be All Blacks. I also think it was really moronic to strike before that semi and defenately cost them the cup that year!

  • stormerbandit - 2012-03-21 22:32

    u all complaining about the stormers are all bulls suporters we showed the sharks and we will show the bulls. Remember u are in a rebulding phase as some key players have left. so please give the stormers some due and remember I am a stormer but I shout for all south african teams in the super 15.

      hugo.naude - 2012-03-22 08:58

      probeer eerder Afrikaans ou grote ... jou engels maak nie eintlik sin nie ...

  • Louis - 2012-03-22 09:13

    Ja nee Alister, moenie die Leeus weer onderskat soos in die CB semi's nie...Ons kan julle dalk net weer verbaas aangesien julle ook nog nie getravel het nie, Leeus bo!!

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