Stormers wheel out big guns

2012-02-22 13:02

Cape Town - Rynhardt Elstadt has failed a late fitness test and will be replaced by Eben Etzebeth for the Stormers’ first Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

This leaves the Stormers without an established enforcer option, and coach Allister Coetzee has decided to hand Etzebeth the responsibility in his very first Super Rugby match.

Juan de Jongh will not feature because of a jaw injury. Bryan Habana will partner Jean de Villiers in midfield, and this move opens up a space for Gerhard van den Heever on the wing.

Gary van Aswegen will start at flyhalf in the absence of Peter Grant, who is still playing rugby in Japan, and will be joined by Dewaldt Duvenage at scrumhalf.

Nick Koster will start at No 8 despite the return of regular eighthman Duane Vermeulen. Vermeulen will play blindside flank.



15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Bryan Habana, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Marcel Brache




  • Sarge - 2012-02-22 13:15

    Hurricanes by 20

      Randy - 2012-02-22 13:27

      Sarge, you such a FART!!

      Eduard - 2012-02-22 13:29

      Sarge in the YMCA army!

      Dick - 2012-02-22 13:30

      What big guns are they talking about????, I just see has been palookas in the stormer team. - 2012-02-22 13:38

      Dick. You have to remember this was either written by Tank Lanning or Rob Houwing, so don't expect any objectivety

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-22 13:38

      @Dick dont be such a big 1! @Sarge, ja rite jackass, up urs with 20" LOL

      The-third - 2012-02-22 13:40

      Always someone. When any other SA teams plays any other international opposition, I support the SA team. You sir, are stuck in a tribal mindset.

      Dick - 2012-02-22 13:48

      I support all the teams playing against the stormers, does not matter where they come from.

      Nick - 2012-02-22 13:50

      dick like your name says

      Koos - 2012-02-22 13:51

      Big guns????

      Lionel - 2012-02-22 13:51

      Hey Dick,proudly South African you are!!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 13:53

      Oh dear. And once more, the tribe from the north have so much to say.....Honestly, they are the reason the Nat govt introduced Lower and standard grade subjects back in their "heyday".......(In order to ensure that your run of the mill Nat follower DID receive a matric, and could be deployed on a railway somewhere....) Great to see so many young names in this team. Kick @ss Eben - your family must be incredibly proud.

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:02

      Only if you join me @Dick.........I would be doing society a massive service by dragging you into a little coma with me......Me, I am a servant of the people.

      Nic - 2012-02-22 14:39

      No Saffa, you are a child and an annoyance. You obviously dont have matric, hence the fear for standard grade...?

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:44

      @Nic - I am only childish when dealing with other children.......

      hugo.naude - 2012-02-22 16:29

      The Stormers will have to play REAAAALY wel to lose by just 20 Points Sarge ... I hope they can do it!! Go Stormers!!! hehe

  • David - 2012-02-22 13:17

    Good side but surely Harris is past it?

      Dick - 2012-02-22 13:53

      the whole team is past it !!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:21

      @Dozey - is it you and the family applying for asylum in the USA? lol.

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:38

      Hahahaha, I thought of you the minute I read that 'tragic plea' from some poor family....

  • - 2012-02-22 13:19

    Apparently there is a clause in Bekker's contract that he either has to be in the Starting XV of every game or not play at all. Something about getting into some major trouble the last time he was seen on the bench

      Paul - 2012-02-22 13:55

      No, you've got him mixed up with Carlos Tevez.

      Herman Steytler - 2012-02-22 13:59

      Hahahahaha! Nice one!

      Taetjo - 2012-02-23 02:17

      LOL! Paul...

      Micah - 2012-02-23 10:35

      I am sure Habana come up with that clause. Must say looking at this bench where is the depth in the cape ?

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-02-22 13:20

    HERE WE GO STROMERS HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sarge - 2012-02-22 13:22

      Straight down to vodacom cup next year!!!

      Melt - 2012-02-22 13:26

      Hi Sarge, To do what???? join the Bulls???

      Dick - 2012-02-22 13:35

      Melt, So that the stormers can be competitive again, at the moment they are out of their league

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-02-22 13:42


      Saffa - 2012-02-22 13:57

      We have Sarge, we have dick, now all we need is Harry......... That said old Sarge: How are the Bulls kicking their season off? Tonight is the Stormers kickoff party - in style, as only we Capetonians can.......Will the Bulls also be having a festive bash, or are they currently locked in capsules listening to pre-recorded material of Wynie Strydom reading them stories out of the Kinder bybel?

      Sarge - 2012-02-22 14:22

      @Saffa I don't know how the Bulls are kicking off their season, hopefully with a loss against the Sharks. I just know that the Stormers are on a downward slope to nowhere. Think about it a bit, Lose in two finals in 2010, cant even make it past the semi's in 2011. If you guys think that that's progression there's clearly something wrong in the way you look at things going forward.

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:32

      Well @Sarge, if you reckon those results (especially with regard to Super rugby) are "sliding to nowhere" - where does that leave the Sharks, Lions and Cheetahs? - already on the Highway to hell?

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-02-22 16:32


      Sarge - 2012-02-22 17:16

      Thanks Paul, i'll keep you to that.

  • Jay - 2012-02-22 13:29

    The front row looks weak (where is Deon Carstens!?) and Kolisi should've been there instead of Koster (with Duane at 8)... So expecting the forwards to be a bit disjointed. But that backline has some serious pace! With the speed of Habana and Van den Heever lining up next to each other - and Aplon and Pietersen popping up everywhere - there will be tries! Can't wait for the games to start this weekend!

      morneoosthuizen - 2012-02-22 13:32

      Carstens is injured as far as I know. Going to be a good game.

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:51

      Carstens is playing Vodacom Cup.

  • Glen - 2012-02-22 13:32


  • CombiChrist - 2012-02-22 13:33

    When will there be 8 players on the bench? I think it's already happening in the north

  • Lionel - 2012-02-22 13:42

    Good looking team,hope we can get quick ball to our exciting backs!!!......stormers by 12 points!!!

      Dick - 2012-02-22 13:50

      In your dreams. Canes by 20.

      Koos - 2012-02-22 13:56

      Don't know about V/D Heever glad the Bulls got rid of him, he has pace that is it. He is going to get tested on defence, but hey nothing we can do let the games begin

      Lionel - 2012-02-22 13:57

      Hope you will be back on Monday so that we can laugh at you when your team loses,who ever it is!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:00

      A few weaknesses IMHO Lionel.....the most obvious - no TRUE fetcher. This HAS to be Koster's breakout season....... Duane will be potent as hell at 7. We are carrying a lot of inexperience as well...but frikkin amazing to see all these 20/21/22 year olds in the mix.

      Dick - 2012-02-22 14:04

      Only one team to win it this year, BULLS.

      Lionel - 2012-02-22 14:07

      @Saffa,a fetcher is Jake Whites son who fetches him beer out the fridge hahahah!!Yeah,I understand what you are saying and it is a concern,you think they might employ Schalk to have ago at that role???I would!!!! So glad Eben Etsebeth gets a chance!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:09

      @Dicky - don't you think you should wait to see how all your new combinations work out over a few weeks before making a statement like that? Then again........knowledge of the game does not seem to be one of your areas of expertise. Now if you commented on lets say, drunk and disorderly behaviour, klapping your hou vrou, kicking the dog or Amroe Vittones greatest hits - then my friend I would listen to you......and acknowledge you as a scholar in those subjects.

      Koos - 2012-02-22 14:09

      D!ck have some respect for other teams as well especially other SA teams, guys like you makes us other Bulls supporters look like d.0.s.e

      Koos - 2012-02-22 14:12

      @Lionel i rate Eben Estebeth very high actually Elstadt as well . Maybe the Bulls Management should read this comment and buy him ;)

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:14

      @Lionel, I tell you one thing....if I see Brok Harris in the scrumhalf position ONCE on Saturday, I will chew through my own wrists.....

      Dick - 2012-02-22 14:15

      GTR2, I've got plenty of respect for the SA teams, except for the stormers, They suck

      Lionel - 2012-02-22 14:15

      @GTR,There is talk that the Bulls are after both Elstadt and Etsebeth!!! Steven Sykes and Franco van der Merwe are looking for new provinces,buy them:):)

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 14:17

      @GTR2 - if the rumours are to be believed the Bulls ARE trying....and have been for a while. The good folk in Pta from a previous era will certainly remember being bollocksed by Eben's uncles...

      Koos - 2012-02-22 14:21

      @ D!ck not even worth making a comment @Lionel Sykes is ok, But the two E's are better

  • trevor.jooste - 2012-02-22 13:58

    what ever win something !!

  • trevor.jooste - 2012-02-22 13:58

    What ever win something !!

  • trevor.jooste - 2012-02-22 14:03

    what ever win something !!

  • Koos - 2012-02-22 14:06

    I hope this D!ck guy isn't a Bulls supporter.

  • steven.chiaberta - 2012-02-22 15:29

    When will South Africans realise that provincialism, racism, tribalism, etc, etc is COUNTER PRODUCTIVE and stops us achieving our potential??? Please, for once and for all, pick any SA team over any overseas team!!! Provincialism isn't even good in the Currie Cup because it just perpetuates that bigoted, dinosaur mindset that STILL keeps us down.

      Jack - 2012-02-22 20:37

      gonna laugh so hard this wknd when the Sharks put 50 and a bunch of injuries on the useless vlou nulle!!!

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 15:35

    @Lionel, do you think eben is up for it?I havent seen much of him.He looks pretty awesome and scary.Hopefully he can smash their faces?Stormers by at least 15

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 15:42

      Eben is up for it - guaranteed. I don't expect him to hit his straps and get it all "spot on" in his 1st few games - but he is going to be a world class lock - end of. The kid is going to THRIVE in this pressure cooker superrugby environment.

      Lionel - 2012-02-22 15:54

      I have not seen much of him either but from what I have heard he will not stand back!!!! Cant wait for Saturday!!!

      Saffa - 2012-02-22 15:58

      @Lionel - you can youtube some footage of him against the Cheetahs in the warmup game.

      Lionel - 2012-02-22 16:02

      Thanks Saffa!!!!Whats your opinion on Habana at centre????

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 15:41

    Oh the big guns are back baby!!! I love my Stormers!!!I really think gerhard( shadow) is up for it...He is the real deal

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 15:42

    Andries Bekker is the biggest man in the world his the real deal!!!

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 17:25

      @Lelike Jannie Do you love Andries?

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 15:42

    Al wat jy sien is die stormers masjien!!!

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 16:14

      @Jannie Moet asseblief nooit ophou post nie, ek lag my in 'n koma in vir jou domonnosel posts. En jy is bitterlik lelik, klein weerwolfie

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 16:37

      @Bull Jannie kry nie meisies nie, dan sak hy maar vir 'n man of twee. Ek sien hy't 'n crush op Andries Bekker, hulle moet dalk reel vir 'n parkiebank erens in Parow

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 17:25

      @Bull Sonder 'n mes

  • Jody - 2012-02-22 15:45

    Bench is a problem. Hope Stormers win.

      Eduard - 2012-02-22 16:01

      Have to agree - always the case because of the amount of players they've lost.

  • Charl - 2012-02-22 16:08

    this is funny to see all the stupid bull supporters going on and on about the stormers team. As far as i remember the poor bulls was below the stormers last year. so if the stormers hav no "big guns" what does the bulls have then? CRUSADERS all the way! best team there is.

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 16:11

    Habana on center is a good idea brings him alot closer to the game.He always tried to be part of the game to much from wing and that caused him to make mistakes now he will see alot more ball and now we can actually see how good he really is.I just read on in the Stormers magazine that habana is the fastes over 40 meters, so if he can beat Gio Aplon on 40 m he must stil be prettt fast

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 16:38

      @Jannie too much, not to much pretty not prettt Jy's so dom soos 'n boks hare

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 16:14

    @bullsfaries jeez dude jys dom laas jaar op loftus het elstadt hom verniel.Domkop bakkies was die een wat soos n baba gehuil het.Bakkies se gesig was af geruk,nes ek joune wil af ruk maar jys mos te bang.Dis tyd dat jou ma jou ophou bors voed sodat j dalk n man kan word meisiekind

      Sarel Brits - 2012-02-22 16:19

      Lol lyk my bullsfaries het n ou senewe puntjie raak getrap, is dit gevoelig grootman

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 16:29

      @Lelike Jannie Soos ek nou al 4 keer gese het, my offer staan, ek betaal jou oneway vliegtuigkaartjie Kanada toe, kom wys my asseblief. Maar jy bly dit ignoreer. Het jy al ooit 'n meisie gehad?

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 17:23

      @Jannie Kan ek jou maar "weerwolfie" noem van nou af? Maar is dit nie jy wat die rol van "Alf" gespeel het nie?

  • Mark - 2012-02-22 17:01

    I remember, they also wheeled out thier big guns for the cc final.

  • Christo - 2012-02-22 17:12

    @Dick.Your name says alot.The only thing the Pink Bulls will do good is,ballet.

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 17:21

      @Christo Or win their 4th Super trophy. Remind me, how many Super trophies for the Stormers?

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 18:06

    @bullsfaries haha canada?haha jou loser geniet maar jo patetiese land.En j kan my noem wat jy wil jou k0nt dit doen niks aan my nie jys te oppervlakkig om dit te verstaan jou aap

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 18:30

      @Jannie Ons kan help, ek weet jy's as kind vresslik geboelie en dan help dit nou ook nie dat jy lyk soos 'n weerwolf wat deur 'n stroper is nie, maar ons kan help. Belangrik om eerlik oor dinge te wees. So vraag een: Is jy gay?

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 18:35

    @bullsfairies haha jys gay?Se my het jy al jou pienk hempie?haha joh jy lyk soos n aap..maar rerig dude jy is kinderagtig en pateties j was seke nog nooit eers op loftus.ek sal jou gevreet afruk vettie

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 18:39

      @Lelike Jannie Vir die 5e keer, wanneer kan ek jou oneway kaartjie boek dan kom wys jy my. Asseblief asseblief kom, jy sal wens jou gesig kon soos 'n weerwolf lyk as ek met jou klaar is.

  • Jannie Pieters - 2012-02-22 18:37

    Bulldozer en bullsfaries is gay hulle het n kind aan geneem wat vir hulle kan sorg!!!Julle is patetiese losers staan net in n ry ek wili elkeen 2 keer d00s nie

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 19:09

      @Jannie Weereens bietjie hulp: aangeneem is een woordjie, nie tweetjies nie. Your intellect is rivaled by garden tools only my boy. Nog 'n vragie: Is jou naam rerig "Jannie" So jy loop in die openbaar rond en se: Hi almal, my naam is Jannie. Die chicks val seker oor hul voete vir daai naampie.

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-22 19:46

      @Bull Ek dink hy en Andries is op die foon. Burger opskrif: Bekker pomp vir Pieters dat hy bars op 'n Goodwood bankie. (En Schalk gooi die tafels rond in die agtergrond)

  • Reidunn - 2012-02-23 11:10

    Sarge are you retarded or just a bulls fan

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-02-23 19:28

    yes Newlands is the most supported and popular stadium of all... Newlands, home of Province and Stormers Rugby, has become world renowned for being the most supported teams in the modern game, regardless of log position – with its spectators now commonly known as “The Newlands Faithful”. In 2002, Newlands welcomed its millionth spectator, to watch a Stormers match, through the gates, with more than 2 million fans having come out to support the popular Super Rugby franchise over the past 12 years. In both 2008 and 2009, Newlands recorded a total annual attendance of more than 500 000 spectators, with an average of 17 rugby fixtures a year. 2010 saw 666177 of the Faithful through the gates, with the Stormers attracting an average crowd in excess of 43000 per game. (capacity 48000)

  • rieta.pietersen - 2012-02-23 21:11

    OKAY Stormers, this is a big start!!! You better play your hearts out, because most people will love seeing you go down?! Coaches I hope you did your work really well? With a lot of our talent up North you really need to get this one going if you want Newlandsto befilled with us, your supporters? GO STORMERS!!

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