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Stormers feel at home

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Stormers, Super 14 on 15 May 2008 at 08:23

There will be a distinct homeboy feeling for several Stormers players when they run out at Ellis Park against the Lions on Saturday.

News 24 reports that Ellis Park was once the happy hunting ground for at least six players in the Stormers side for Saturday’s Super 14 clash.

And on the opposite side there will be at least seven players in the Lions ranks that have had equally strong ties in the past with rugby in the Stormers region.

This should add plenty of needle to the fiery passion that usually goes with South African Super 14 derbies. It should make for a refreshing throw back to the good old-fashioned North versus South rivalry.

Of the Lions old boys fullback Conrad Jantjes is probably the most feared.

He is presently on top of his game at the Stormers and has regained the form that won him Springbok colours as a Cats (now the Lions) player in 2001.

He was born and bred in Johannesburg but followed his heart to Cape Town at end of the 2006 season.

Centre of a wrangle

One player who will be out to prove a thing or two to the Lions hierarchy is Zimbabwean-born prop Brian Mujati who was recruited to Lions territory in 2003. He did not enjoy much game time there.

He has been at the centre of a wrangle between the Stormers and the Lions over his services earlier this year.

The Lions have lost out after a Saru ruling on the matter but it appears that the Ellis Park bosses may mount a fresh challenge any day now.

Mujati has come on in leaps and bounds since moving south and is a strong contender for Springbok colours when the in-coming tours get under way next month.

Former Bolander Ricky Januarie has spent the past five seasons at the Lions where he became a Springbok. Given the surplus of good scrumhalves at Newlands, he was a surprise item on the Stormers’ off-season shopping list but he has been in outstanding form.

On current form, he is generally regarded as a first-choice for the Boks, even ahead of the world-class Fourie du Preez who is no where near his best form at the Bulls.

Shark tank

The Lions made a great buy a few years ago when they bagged hooker Schalk Brits, a former Matie. During the 2004 and 2005 seasons there and he established himself as one of the finest hookers in the country. However, he returned to Cape Town at the start of 2006, and since then has been a strong contender for Bok colours.

Centre Gcobani Bobo, the former Rondebosch Boys High player, left for the Golden Lions in 1999 and remained in Joburg until 2004. After that he swopped Ellis Park for the shark tank at Kings Park, and he too was a surprise off-season buy for the Stormers.

However, he’s formed a lethal midfield combination with Jean de Villiers and on Saturday Ellis Park fans will get a look-in at a likely future Bok midfield pairing.

And then there’s veteran campaigner Wylie Human who has come into the Stormers frame after the injury to speedster Tonderai Chavhanga.

Human last played at Ellis Park in 2007, after he joined the Cats in 2005. He too raised eyebrows when the Stormers recruited him at the end of last year.

In the Lions line-up, loosie Joe van Niekerk and wing Rayno Benjamin have previously played for the Stormers.

Lions fullback Earl Rose, a former WP Currie Cup player, could not land a Stormers contract and was snapped up by the Ellis Park outfit and he made his Super rugby debut there in 2006.

Stormers territory

Lately Rose has produced a few sparkling displays and he may just use Saturday’s outing to show the Stormers that they lost out by not recruiting him.

There are three other Lions players in Saturday’s match who were born in Stormers territory but could crack the big time there.

They are prop Ross Geldenhuys (a WP under 20 cap in 2003), the Stellenbosch-born wing Dusty Noble and the Paarl-born lock Franco van der Merwe.

The teams
Stormers: Conrad Jantjes, Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (captain), Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie, Luke Watson, Francois Louw, Pieter Myburgh, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, Schalk Ferreira.
Substitutes: Deon Fourie, Brok Harris, Ross Skeate, Robbie Diack, Bolla Conradie, Tony Brown, Dylan des Fountain.

Lions: Earl Rose, Louis Ludik, Jaque Fourie, Walter Venter, Rayno Benjamin, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Jano Vermaak, Willem Alberts, Joe van Niekerk, Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), Gerhard Mostert, Dewald Senekal, JC Janse van Rensburg, Willie Wepener, Heinke van der Merwe.
Substitutes: Ethienne Reynecke, Ross Geldenhuys, Franco van der Merwe, Wilhelm Koch, Chris Jonck, Jannie Boshoff, Dusty Noble.


  • It was for a different reason, but didn’t the Hurricanes also say they felt at home in CT?

    What happened to them? :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.05.08 08:51:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Methinks Earl Rose going to get a pak on Saturday or maybe i just hope he does.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.05.08 08:54:55 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • He did not enjoy much game time there.

    Bollocks. He was first choice tighthead for all of last season.

    Is it just me, or does this article smack of Cape Media arrogance and bias? Makes it sound like the whole Lions team is full of nobodies who couldn’t crack the nod in Cape Town.

    Do these guys even remember that they didn’t even make the Currie Cup semis last year?

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.05.08 09:31:46 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • And if they keep rubbing the Lions up the wrong way they might not make the S14 semi’s :neutral:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.05.08 09:35:51 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • @PJLD (Comment 2) :

    This laaitie are going to sink the Stormers boat on Saturday :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.05.08 10:09:18 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • I wish it was Saturday allready. :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.05.08 10:33:48 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • The Stormers don’t even feel at home in the wet at Newlands. :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.05.08 10:41:07 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

    Kal-ElCurrie Cup player
  • If the Stormers can’t beat the team that’s bottom of the log, the team that’s conceded the second most tries, conceded the second most points, scored the least amount of tries, then they certainly don’t deserve to be in the semi’s. :evil: With or without Ollie. :razz:

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.05.08 10:41:14 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • I see the team sheet for the Lions is wrong, Loffie kept Chris Jonck at 9 and Jano is on the bench.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.05.08 10:41:25 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • …and have the worst points difference.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.05.08 10:41:48 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Stormers should run away with this one. Lions shot their load against the Chiefs.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.05.08 10:51:55 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

    Kal-ElCurrie Cup player
  • Agree Cru

    Still don’t know why im so nervous.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.05.08 10:55:42 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • We havent beaten the Stormers in a long time, something like 6 seasons. Hopefully we can put that right on Saturday.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.05.08 10:59:26 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions WorldCurrie Cup player
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 13) :

    Waltertjie – no worries – its a given.. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.05.08 11:05:08 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 3) :

    Ja and the Bulls won the s14 last year.

    Wind your neck in a wee bit. 12 months is a loooooooooong time in pro rugby.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.05.08 11:21:00 by VinChainSaw Reply
    VinChainSawTeam captain
  • We should really have a State of Origin game in SA.

    Maybe Bulls v WP or soemthing.

    In State of Origin you play for the province where you played your first game of rugby. The only loophole you have is if your old man played pro rugby for another province as you can then play for them.

    Would be cracking to see.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.05.08 11:24:15 by VinChainSaw Reply
    VinChainSawTeam captain
  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 8) :

    Agree 100%… If u can’t beat the bottom side in a make or break game, then you don’t deserve to be in the semis. The Chiefs showed last week that they don’t deserve to be there.

    Just a side note… I think if Earl Rose bulks up a bit, he’d be the best fullback in SA, bar none. His vision is what sets him apart from everyone else… reminds me of Cullen, Paulse, and Brent Russell in that he sees things long before other players.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.05.08 11:42:57 by Ghost10 (YNWA) Reply

    Under 21 player
  • @Ghost10 (YNWA) (Comment 17) :
    Almost never saw the uprights the other day :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.05.08 11:46:36 by PJLD Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 15) : Dude – then I wouldn’t be me anymore ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.05.08 11:46:51 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @Ghost10 (YNWA) (Comment 17) :

    The problem with Rose, other then size, as is the same as with many brilliant players like for example Steyn, is that he is either brilliant or absolutely shocking – granted he in the last couple of weeks he has been more on the brilliant side. But take a look at before that. Can you allow such inconsistency anywhere near a green and gold jersey?

    Unless he can show that more often then not he is asset, the answer is no.

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.05.08 11:53:16 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • @Ghost10 (YNWA) (Comment 17) :

    Pity he’s such a tosser.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.05.08 11:57:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
    VinChainSawTeam captain
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 20) : That is the challenge that a good mental coach needs to overcome. Most coaches will tell you they prefer a 60-40 player over a 90-10 one… Mental coaches aim to turn 90-10 players into 80-40 ones

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.05.08 11:57:26 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • At Home!!! Maybe it is cozz they have like half their team full of ex-LIONS players….

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.05.08 11:59:59 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 20) :

    All comes down to work ethic. That is why it’s so important for guys like Percy to stay involved with the Boks… his work ethic is exemplary. When new guys in the squad see how hard he works at his game and conditioning, it tends to rub off.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.05.08 12:01:28 by Ghost10 (YNWA) Reply

    Under 21 player
  • @Ghost10 (YNWA) (Comment 17) :

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.05.08 12:04:59 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 25) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: – it looks like you had a couple too man!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.05.08 12:08:24 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 26) :

    Neva…..I had nothing to do with the way that comment came out…a def glitch…

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.05.08 12:14:10 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player

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