Notshe's Blitzboks stint to aid Stormers
Town - Sikhumbuzo
Notshe is back in the Stormers mix after his stint with
the Blitzboks, and he is in the running to feature against the Waratahs in
Sydney on Saturday.
A member of the Sevens Academy
side that did duty in Dubai towards the end of 2017, Notshe broke into the
Blitzboks squad on the Australasian leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in
Sydney and Hamilton this year.
Notshe did not feature in this
past Saturday's 28-20 win over the Jaguares at Newlands, and with Nizaam Carr,
Siya Kolisi and Cobus Wiese all going well in that game, it is hard to see the
24-year-old breaking into the starting line-up for the Waratahs clash.
Stormers forwards coach Russell
Winter spoke on Tuesday about the healthy state of the squad's loose forwards
department, focusing on the fact that there were specialist players in each
Wiese, for example, gives the
Capetonians a more traditional, ball-carrying option at No 7 while Kolisi at No
6 is playing towards the ball and looking to enforce turnovers.
Notshe, though, offers something
He has always been known for his
impressive ball skills, but Winter is expecting his conditioning to also be a
major attribute after his time playing Sevens.
"One thing we can be
guaranteed of is that he'll be fit," Winter said.
"We're eager to see what he
can bring to the table now that he's back with the team.
"We all know that Notshe
brings a different element to his game."
Winter hinted that there could be
some rotation in the loose forwards in the coming weeks as the Stormers seek to
find their best combinations, but Notshe's versatility across the back row makes
him an attractive bench option.
"He's become a lot quicker
and I would like to see how he can add that speed to the game," Winter
"Then, at the same time,
he'll be super conditioned. Sevens is a game where you can't miss a tackle and
you can't not be fit.
"He's a skilful player with
some good feet and we know that's needed in the 15 man game as well."
The one concern is that Notshe
has missed the bulk of pre-season and has not played a 15-man game in some
"We have to give him a
chance and see what he can bring," Winter said.
Coach Robbie Fleck will announce
his side for Sydney on Thursday, while the match will kick off at 10:30 (SA