Stormers recruit, Duane Vermeulen believes competition among the team’s loose forwards will be a major benefit to the Cape franchise in 2009.
Ebrahim Moerat writes for Rugby 365 that while the Stormers already boast quality loose forwards the arrival of Vermeulen has certainly boosted Erasmus’ options in this department.
Vermeulen considers himself to be a natural flank, but Erasmus used him at No.8 for the Cheetahs and he will most likely feature there for the Stormers as well.
He also provides an extra option in the line-out and he could be used in a similar role as Schalk Burger at the set-piece.
Francois Louw impressed during last year’s tournament while youngsters such as Nick Koster and Pieter Myburgh have also emerged during the past season. And Pieter Louw will also be throwing his name into the back row hat.
Then of course there’s still Burger and Luke Watson who heads up the loose forward pecking order.
“There is a lot of competition at the Stormers but it is good to have competition,” Vermeulen told rugby365 at the High Performance Centre in Bellville.
“I think it makes you a better player and it’s good for the team as well.
“I just want to get gametime in the Super 14, so that is my main focus at the moment,” he said.
The 22-year-old says Erasmus’ presence has made it easier for him to settle in after the they worked together at Cheetahs.
He also indicated that there’s a true belief within the squad that they can go all the way in 2009.
“Since I arrived in Cape town there’s been a good vibe. Everybody’s pumped to get a good start and to perform this year.
“We’ve set a number of goals for the year and one of them is to win the Super 14.
“I’ve enjoyed every day that I’ve been in Cape Town. And having worked with Rassie in the past made it a lot easier for me to get used to the systems in place at the Stormers.Tweet