Clayton(PJLD)

Jean fine, but Connie out


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 12 Feb 2008 at 08:49

Coach Rassie Erasmus had good news for Vodacom Stormers supporters on Monday evening after training.

Captain Jean de Villiers had been declared fit for the season pipe-opener against the Bulls at Newlands on Saturday. De Villiers sat out training last week due to a hamstring strain, but on Monday he took a full part in training – much to the delight of the coaching staff. The centre will thus be leading out the team against the defending champions.

The bad news, however, was that fullback Conrad Jantjes was ruled out due to the hand injury he picked up in training late last year. “The only guys who are definitely out are Connie and Eddie Andrews. Jean is 100%,” said Erasmus.

He added: “Conrad is actually 100%, but we feel in terms of match fitness it is just one week too soon. He lacks a bit of match fitness, that’s all.”

Erasmus, who joined the Stormers and Western Province close to the end of last season, will be announcing his first Stormers team at a media conference on Wednesday.

He has brought players such as former Bulls lock Adriaan Fondse and Lions Brian Mujati (prop), Enrico Januarie (scrumhalf) and Wylie Human (wing) to Newlands. With a new coach and new faces in the squad combinations and interplay could be a problem.

The coach, however, was not too concerned about that, although he warned that things would not be perfect first time out. “A coach would never come in and get everybody on the same wavelength immediately.

“It is a process, so there will be hiccups. That won’t be because of a lack of commitment or a lack of effort though. People should expect mistakes, but hopefully we can minimize those to the minimum.

“You cannot expect everything to be perfect after being together for only two, three months.”

Asked about the fitness and conditioning of his players a few days before the big kick-off, Erasmus expressed satisfaction with the hard work put in by the squad.

“I think we are on par as far as fitness and conditioning are concerned. It is up to the players now to adapt to the higher intensity of Super 14 rugby. It is completely different to the intensity of a warm-up game.

“It is always a step up and we need to get used to it quickly. They will be fit enough. There are 13 hard games and they would have to press through the physical pain to adapt to that level and I am convinced we will be capable of doing that.”

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12 Comments

  • Bad news for the Stormers. Expecting Con to have a big year

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.08 09:28:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bit nervous if Gio slots in at 15, hes done ripped the Bulls apart before but that brah fades in the S14.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.08 09:32:03 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • Who are the bulls likely to have at 14 and 15?

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.08 09:37:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Scheme Kirchner should get a run at 15 ,give him a taste of S14 action before getting a rude awakening from one of the overseas teams.

    Not saying there is anything wrong with SA teams but do suddenly find yourself waiting for a highball to drop with a few Moaris charging you down could make the highest quality underwear change colour.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.08 09:47:14 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • yeah… just wondering who Gio is likely to have running at him. I guess JP Nel is enough to give even the staunchest of hobbits nightmares.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.08 09:51:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • And I still have to wonder why the Stormers didnt retain Paulse to cover at wing and fullback – he has a great boot and positional sense and is no smaller than any of the other halflings.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.02.08 10:49:49 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Stormers should start with Jantjes, de Villiers and Des Fountain as their back three when possible. Let the hobbits come on after an hour to run amock.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.08 10:55:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • The only problem with Des Fountain is ……. He cant catch a ball to save his life!!!!! :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.08 11:11:23 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • oh shit – really? That’s not good

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.02.08 11:12:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • of course, I am forgetting about the Fijian, am I not?

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.02.08 11:14:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Kali Woeki :smile:
    Thought maybe Dylan sorted his hands out but from what ive heard from the warm ups its still going to be an issue this season.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.02.08 11:31:57 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • ok… so I am still in the dark here.

    Name the best available Stormers backline and I’ll run my beady over it…

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.02.08 11:43:45 by robdylan Reply
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