Stormers wary of ‘bye slumber’

2012-03-13 15:13

Cape Town – Considering the increasingly punishing schedule that characterises Super Rugby, you would think a bye weekend would bring with it various freshening merits.

Strangely this has not always been the case and the Stormers, in particular, seem concerned about a tendency to come off a week’s rest stale rather than slick.

“In the past we often haven’t played well after a bye – we want to rectify that (against the Blues at Newlands on Friday night),” acting captain Jean de Villiers told a media briefing on Tuesday.

Probed further, the experienced Springbok midfielder said the team could not pinpoint specific reasons for this phenomenon, although it may be no bad thing that it is at least on their minds.

Last year, the best-performing SA conference side and semi-finalists had the rather loathed, essentially useless first-round bye, which meant they only got stuck into the competition at Newlands in the second week and had an almighty battle to subdue the Lions, already up and running in the competition, 19-16 with a stuttering performance.

Perhaps De Villiers is forgetting that when they had their second bye later in the campaign, they signalled their return to duty by producing one of their most compelling games of the season in whipping the Sharks 32-12.

But the previous season, the last under the old round-robin format, the Stormers did falter immediately after a week’s rest, losing their first tour game 16-15 to the limited Western Force, and the same happened the year before when they were beaten by the Crusaders after a bye week.

So there is certainly a bit of a history of problems for them coming out of a break, with some sharpness possibly surrendered inadvertently as a result -- even if a bye must do wonders for bodily “recovery”.

This season’s second Stormers bye will come, fairly handily, in early May after completion of their Antipodean tour engagements against the Highlanders, Crusaders, Reds and Force.

The Stormers predictably named a side for the Blues encounter featuring Peter Grant at flyhalf rather than the relative rookie Gary van Aswegen, although the remainder of their line-up retains a pleasingly settled look for the time being.

All of the rest of the match-day 22 is unchanged from the combination that edged out the Sharks 15-12 at the death, courtesy of then-substitute Grant’s awkward-angled, last-gasp penalty.

Coach Allister Coetzee told the briefing the place-kicking duty for Friday’s game against the New Zealanders would only be finalised after the captain’s practice on Thursday, although it is possible that Grant and Joe Pietersen will again share duties depending on field position.

“The Blues are a powerful side, with lots of All Blacks, and we expect a physical onslaught ... we believe Peter can help us cope with that.”

The Stormers are a bit like the Sharks in being boosted by the knowledge that a few injured players are in gradual comeback mode: lock enforcer Rynhardt Elstadt is ready for Vodacom Cup activity and Deon Carstens, their Bok prop signing from Saracens, will apparently get some 20 minutes at that level in the tighthead position this weekend.

Coetzee also told Sport24 that captain Schalk Burger’s rehabilitation process was on track, meaning that he ought to feature at some stage when the Stormers tour Australasia in early April.

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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




  • Saffa - 2012-03-13 15:24

    Be focused guys! We can take the Blues, we have to take the Blues, it will be very difficult to win against the Reds and Bulls after that.

      Dirk - 2012-03-13 15:32

      29 - 23 for the Stormers :)

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 15:33

      @Dirk I hope you're right, I'm very very nervous about Sat! We need the points, can't see us winning our next two games after that.

      S - 2012-03-13 16:05

      Dr Death, you should be nervous. The Stormers will pull further ahead and the Bulls will make history by becoming the first and only team ever to lose their bye :D

      Jason - 2012-03-13 16:42

      Saffa I hope you are not waiting for Saturday or you will be a day late lmao

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:27

      @Stormer supporters I guess small things amuses small minds. Sorry, Friday. Please never go away Stompies, you're daily brainless totally idiotic posts make me laugh out of my sphincter of Oddi

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 18:08

      @Stirrer Well, if Jonker or Mark Lawrence (contracted by the Stormers) refs the game it is very possible to lose your bye. Or if you're the Stormers, have 8 points given to you on a plate.

  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-13 15:33

    Go Blues!!!

      Deon - 2012-03-13 16:35

      Blues by 1.

      Heiku - 2012-03-13 16:38

      Go live in NZ then you traitor

      Jason - 2012-03-13 16:43

      Heiku, he is not a traitor. He wants the Bulls to progress to knockouts, So he must shout for Blues. I am a Stormer and cant wait for FRIDAY (@ SAFFA) night. Stormers 4 life!

      Sean - 2012-03-13 22:08

      Blues will beat them ! They won`t be lucky 3 x in a row !!!

      Jack - 2012-03-14 04:03

      Jealousy makes you nasty!

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-14 06:15

      Yes jackblack. Jealous of an 11 year cupless team.

      Clive - 2012-03-14 07:44

      @Dozy. You just cannot help yourself, hey?

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-14 08:00

      No Clive, but I try.

  • John - 2012-03-13 15:47

    We will need a huge step up against the Blues. They will convert t./over ball into points given half a chance. I would like to see the backs running straight with more forwards coming into the backline off turnover ball. Bekker has been very effective in the past when he has been allowed to roam more freely. They will be expecting the rolling maul so this may create some opportunities where they might commit more forwards at lineout time as opposed to fanning out in defense. I dont know but they have to create more try scoring opportunities. GO STORMERS!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 15:50

      @John I agree, but do you think our backline can keep up with the dangerous Blues? Jean is slow and 4yr past his best, Grant, well he's never gonna set the place alight, scrummie out of his league. But go Stomes

      S - 2012-03-13 16:08

      @Fake Saffa: I don't understand your question. Your backline already proved last weekend that they couldn't keep up with the dangerous Blues. I just can't understand why you mention Stormers (please note the spelling) players when you are talking about the Bulls. Been doing lines again?

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 16:19

      @Stirrer It is STOMES, you can't say Stomers without a tooth in your mouth. Just go to Newlands and see for yourself, only 5% will be able to say Stormers, and that will be 2h before the game, before the papsakke and booing started

      S - 2012-03-13 16:27

      @Fake Saffa: Sorry to hear that - what happened to your teeth? Oh, let me guess, someone bliksemed them all out.

      John - 2012-03-13 16:29

      @Saffa - You seem a bit misguided. JDV still remains one of the best 12's in the world. As for being slow he was fastest over 25 and 100 metres 2nd only to Habana in the Stormers preseason training camps. Grant is highly underrated and before injury last year he was superb. Just a quick heads up - the Stormers hammered the Blues in Aukland last year. So to answer your question - no I don't JDV is to slow nor do I think Grant or Duvenhage are out of their league. In fact I think if the Stormers do well it will be because of these 3 players not despite them

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 16:39

      @John BWA HA HA HA HA, Now you're hitting your name with a plank fatnose. He will be second to Habana only, Habana is THE slowest back in world rugby, followed by JdV. And of course, only a Stormer (sorry Stome) will tell you JdV is one of the best 12's in world rugby. He is not even top 10 in the competition! The Stormers did not hammer the Blues last year, if you remember correctly they were trailing something like 23-6 and then Jonker had one of the best attempts ever to save a team and the Stormers won by 1 or 2 points because of him. It's one thing to support your team, but seriously, there must be a lot of bone between your ears! I'm an orthopedic surgeon, so I can help you remove some of it

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 16:41

      @Stirrer YAWN, you're extremely boring, so come up with something better and I might respond. Lekker slaap ou grote

      S - 2012-03-13 16:43

      Pieter, you can only call yourself an orthopaedic surgeon if you actually have patients. Last I heard, they all left because of your personality.

      Jason - 2012-03-13 16:48

      @ fake SAFFA i can pretty much guarantee that you are not a surgeon. You are way to combative, you steal someone else's profile and profile pic (too immature for a doctor) you are a sorry sad excuse for a human. And im just glad you support the Bulls. Surgeon my MF ass! BWAHAHAH!

      S - 2012-03-13 17:02

      @Fake Saffa the Immature Kanadoos: Boring? You know what's boring? "No cups 11 years", "Empty trophy cabinet". That's boring. While you know as well as anyone else that the Stormers and Lions are the only two teams with any kind of trophies in their cabinet. Bulls? Boggerol. The S14 trophy is now a useless ornament (much like your brain), belonging to a different competition with different rules. My keyword for you from now on: FOCUS (F... Off 'Coz Ur Stoopid)

      Jason - 2012-03-13 17:06

      @ Stirrer Bwhahahahahaha FOCUS! im gonna use that lots.........................if you dont mind?

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:16

      @Jasoneye Like to ask me a few questions to confirm?

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:18

      @Stirrer Oh no, what am I gonna do now, the mighty Stirrer says I don't have any patients

      Jason - 2012-03-13 17:22

      Ask you some questions???........................................thats a tough one, i dont know anything about Sesame Street or teletubbies! but I could probably google pretty much anything i wanted to know. Fact is you dont strike me as the Doctor type. too immature!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:29

      @Jason Sure, believe what you want, as if I have to proof to you what I do and what my house and cars look like. Totally pointless to try and have intelligent conversation with you.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:32

      @Stirrer The totally boring 11 yr cupless etc etc is just a response to the repetitive Stormers telling everyone why they actually SA's most successful Super rugby franchise. Over and over and over, what response did you expect, thought I was gonna mail you a Christmas card? And tell me about your trophies please, not a medal that was awarded halfway through the competition, I'd like to know about trophies you won in a final. So which competitions have you won?

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:37

      @Stirrer Silence....................................... I know it's sad, it's OK, Doctor is here for you

      Bootman - 2012-03-13 17:49

      OMG not the "house" and "car" thing again Piet. We've all had enough of your rants about mansions, lambos and limos. Please just wake from your dream world. I have a question for jy reg in jou kop?

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:53

      @Bootman No Lambos unfortunately, remember, only Aston Martin and ML63 AMG Sorry for dissapointing you

      Bootman - 2012-03-13 18:06

      I think I'll have to go with Jason on this one. You seem way too stupid to be a doctor. By the comments you make, I would say you're no older than 16 and judging by the fact that you copy peoples profiles, I would guess that you are insecure about your looks, have no friends and you are not quite sure about your sexuality.

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 18:15

      @Bootman Well, coming from a psychiatrist like you I guess I better look into this

      S - 2012-03-14 09:14

      @Fake Saffa: LOL, jy het gaan kyk of ek reply - 17:18, 17:32, 17:37, 18:02. Weet jy wat doen mens met 'n irriterende kind? Jy ignoreer hom. Lekker onder jou vel ingeklim! Mission accomplished. I OWN you, dude.

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 15:27

      @Stirrer Well done boytjie, only about 24h to come up with a comeback! Why don't you call yourself Einstein from now on, you are awesome

  • Pomene - 2012-03-13 16:52

    Die Kanadoos was nog nooit niks meer as n male nurse nie nou rate hy homself as n ortopeet of is dit n pateet . Sy comments bly verbal diarree dag in en dag uit !! Soos hy se lekker slaap ou grote !!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:34

      Hel Pomene, chirp van die jaar!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 17:47

      @Pomene Voor jy jou naam verder g@t maak, jy kannie eers ortopeed spel nie! Kry maar vir jou 'n woordboek jong, die mense lag bietjie vir jou

      Pomene - 2012-03-13 18:17

      Jy bly n male nurse hoender - te stupid vir n dokter !!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 18:21

      @Pomene Jy's reg Pomene, sien jy kan darem "nurse" spel. Woordeboek gekry?

      Pomene - 2012-03-14 06:44

      Het nog altyd gese jy is onnosel met geen rugby kennis nie - jou kennis (of gebrek daaraan) dwing jou noodegdwonge na plan B (soos jou beloved Bulls) - die een wat nie werk nie !!! Of enige iemand op die blog kan spel al dan nie het niks met hulle rugby kennis te doen nie - hulle uiter nie verbal diarree nie, hulle steel nie ander profiles nie, brag nie oor hulle bure se huise en karre in"Vancouver" nie en even beter hulle het nie nodig om ander te beledig net om hulle profile naam op die blog te sien nie - jy is n genuine PATEET (is dit reg gespel ou beesblaas?) Ek weet hoekom jy Kanada toe is - hulle is meer geneig om laer standaarde te anvaar as ons die kant en after all n male nurse in 1Mil kan maklik daar operate as n ortopeed (reg gespel ou beesblaas?) - Enjoy doughnut !!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 15:30

      @Pomene Ek sien jy's bietjie sensitief oor jy jou naam so met 'n plank geslaan het, maar dokter moet vir jou se baie mooi, jou spelling het darem bietjie verbeter nou. En jy's reg, standaarde hier in Kanada is baie laag, nurses opereer op enige iets wat hulle lus is, jy weet mos. Jy het mos al 'n knievervanging gedoen.

  • Johan - 2012-03-13 18:14

    @Fake Saffa - Die snert wat jy hier kwytraak bevestig aan almal dat jy absoluut niks van Rygby af weet nie. Die meeste internasionale afrigters sal vir Jean De Villiers in hul beginspan insluit gebasseer op die feit dat hy vir die spelers om hom baie geleenthede skep. Gaan kyk maar bietjie na al die driee wat hy vir die Sprinkbokke oor die jare gemaak het. Jy sal dit weer sien op Loftus wanneer hy draaie deur Olivier en kie gaan hardloop. Jy kan maar net hoop dat ons ander senter, Johan Sadie daardie dag speel want dan behoort die punte verskil darem nie so groot te wees wanneer julle op Nuweland slae kry nie. Jy rate seker ook nie Danie Gerber en kie nie? Gaan gooi nou maar vir jou 'n glasie Oros, sit jou Jurie Els plaatjie op, staar na jou poster van Wynand Olivier in sy pienk trui en bly die hel van hierdie website af!!!!

  • Johan - 2012-03-13 19:21

    Saffa praat in sy slaap!

      Saffa - 2012-03-13 19:36

      Nee Johan, dis 10:30am hier in Vancouver, die koffie is in

      Johan - 2012-03-14 09:10

      Juis ;-)

  • Andrew - 2012-03-14 14:55

    The game is going to be decided by the ref not the players.......................well it has been for the last few weeks!!!!!!!!

  • Rich - 2012-03-14 15:13

    The Stormers should take this. They're playing at home against a Blues side missing Ranger, Boric, Kaino and Wulf. If the Blues can manage to scrape out a win it won't be due to playing superior rugby or The Stormers under performing. Glen Jackson will get the blame - certainly on this website anyway.

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 15:32

      @Rich Depends on the ref, if Lawrence or Jonker is there, the Stormers can stay home and await their 4 points on a plate. Any other ref and it's Blues by 35

      Rich - 2012-03-14 15:58


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