Pieter-Steph gives reminder of No 7 ability
Town - At the start of the 2018 Super Rugby season, Stormers forwards coach
Russell Winter made his position on Pieter-Steph
du Toit clear.
Winter believed that the
25-year-old, despite having been used at No 7 by Springbok coach Allister
Coetzee's last year, was a lock.
"I see him as a lock who can
cover loose forward ... predominantly, he will play lock," Winter explained
during this year’s Australasian tour that yielded three straight losses for the
Saturday against the Blues, though, Du Toit played at No 7 and was immense for
the Stormers as they powered their way to a 37-20 win at Newlands.
former Sharks carried the ball eight times in the contest, beating four
defenders along the way, while he also made nine tackles.
most significantly, Du Toit won five lineouts as the Stormers got over the
demons that had plagued them in that department in Australia and New
With Chris van Zyl and Jan de
Klerk putting in solid shifts in the second row and with Eben Etzebeth on the
road to recovery, the possibility of Du Toit starting more matches on the side
of the scrum is a very real one.
"What’s great is that he's
obviously a big ball carrier, but he’s also a great lineout option," Van
Zyl said of Du Toit from the Stormers' Bellville training complex on Monday.
"It gives us really good
jumpers in all three positions. I think strength at lineout time is a massive
"This weekend there was a
real work ethic to the pack and I think that was credit to the fact that we had
three locks on the field. I think that played towards our strength."
The improvement at lineout time,
Van Zyl added, was simply down to hard work.
"We were under a lot of
pressure after the tour … that was definitely not up to our standards," he
"Credit to all the guys and
coach Russell (Winter) … we said we wanted to go back to what we’re good at and
we put in some extra time last week and stuck to what we feel our strengths
are. I think it paid off.
"We just want to keep
improving and what we put in this weekend … I think it was 9 from 10 … that's
the standard we set ourselves."
The Stormers are next in action
on Saturday when they host the Reds. Kick-off is at 17:15.