Stormers wary of Catrakilis

    2013-07-04 12:22
    Demetri Catrakilis (Gallo Images)
    Cape Town - The Stormers are wary of the threat former Capetonian Demetri Catrakilis could pose in their Super Rugby encounter in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

    Catrakilis kicked Western Province to Currie Cup glory last season when they stunned the Sharks in the final at Kings Park, before moving to PE to join Super Rugby's newest franchise.

    Therefore, coach Allister Coetzee has warned his charges that their discipline will be "very important" at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this weekend.

    Coetzee, speaking to the Cape Times, said they will be out to prevent a "long day at the office" - and preventing Catrakilis from punishing them with his prodigious boot is high on their priority list.

    "It's a massive game for us, and one should not look at how the Kings performed against the Bulls," said Coetzee, referring to the Kings' 48-18 defeat in Pretoria last weekend.

    "It's their last home game, it will be a packed stadium, they will put all their eggs in this weekend's basket to beat a South African franchise.

    "You've seen it in this competition - there is no walk in the park. You can probably do that on a Sunday. This is a quality Kings side. They are the best mauling side in the country at the moment as they have scored the most tries from that.

    "They've got an accurate kicker in Demetri Catrakilis, so discipline is very important. We are under no illusion - this is going to be one massive game, and that's how we've mentally prepared for this one.

    "That is why we respect them by knowing our detail, getting that right. Otherwise it will be a long day at the office," concluded Coetzee.

    Saturday's clash kicks off at 17:05.



    15. SP Marais, 14. Marcello Sampson, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss (captain), 11. Michael Killian, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. David Bulbring, 5. Darron Nell, 4. Cornell du Preez, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira.

    Substitutes: 16. Grant Kemp, 17. Hannes Franklin, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Shane Gates.


    15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Don Armand, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rynhardt Elstadt, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Gerhard van den Heever

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