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Stormers braced for bruising


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 5 Feb 2009 at 07:16
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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus believes his team is physically ready for the intensity of the super 14 and are determined to hit the ground running this year.

Ebrahim Moerat writes for Rugby 365 that the Stormers experienced a terrible start in the Super 14 last year, losing their opening three games before salvaging their campaign on the overseas leg and narrowly missing out on a semi-final berth.

The Cape franchise played two Super 14 pre-season matches this year, against Saracens and Boland, and they also had two controlled contact sessions against Maties and Ikeys respectively.

Erasmus is confident that the Stormers are now fully prepared for the rigours of the southern hemisphere showpiece and says they don’t want to get off to a slow start like they did in 2008.

“Maybe a lack of game-time was my mistake last year,” Erasmus told rugby365.com at the High Performance Centre in Bellville.

“For match fitness we only started to get there in game two or three last year. [But]I think we are more contact-fit than we were this time last year.

“We’ve had the two matches and another two controlled contact sessions, so I’m happy with that,” Erasmus said.

Erasmus also indicated that injured wing, Sireli Naqelevuki will only play against the Sharks if he’s fully recovered from a rib injury which he sustained against Boland.

While Stormers captain Jean de Villiers lamented the prospect of the big Fijian’s loss, he is happy with the depth in the squad and believes they have developed into a cohesive unit ahead of this year’s tournament.

“He’s obviously a big guy and a big loss for the team,” de Villiers said.

“But I think there’s more than enough depth in the squad…I also played Test rugby at wing,” he said jokingly.

“Last year we were a bunch of individuals with talent but I think we are now more of a unit that can really challenge and win the tournament.

“So we are looking forward to the challenge.”



43 Comments

  • STORMERS!!!! :grin: :razz:

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.02.09 07:59:08 by wpw Reply
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  • Just another hyped up Stormers thread.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.02.09 10:35:40 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @Loosehead (Comment 2) : :roll: Yeah…empty and pointless…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.02.09 10:37:32 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @arrogant blackshark (Comment 3) : slowly lads :)

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.02.09 10:46:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Notice to all my Stormer friends:

    Our friendship has been temporarily suspended until Tuesday the 17th of February 2009.

    Nothing personal.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.02.09 11:36:57 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @arrogant blackshark (Comment 5) :

    Is that why you failed to reply to my email this morning?? :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.02.09 11:51:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    I did. We’re still friends on that side. :smile:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.02.09 11:52:59 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @arrogant blackshark (Comment 7) :

    Well, I will be REALLY rubbing it in after we beat your sorry asses n Feb 14. :twisted: :shock: :mrgreen: :roll: :lol: :wink: :grin:

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.02.09 11:56:58 by wpw Reply
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  • I must it admit – its pretty cool that this is the first game, that way we can all go back to taking the piss out of the Bulls :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.09 12:07:49 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :
    :oops: Didn’t realise there was a follow up…I’ve replied…
    YNWA!

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.09 12:09:12 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 9) : Yeah…get this out of the way quickly and then gang up on the Bulls… :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.02.09 12:11:32 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 9) : I, for one, have never stopped doing that.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.02.09 12:27:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    Why would you stop breathing? :shock:

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.02.09 12:30:24 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @arrogant blackshark (Comment 13) : true :)

    I actually have nothing major against the Stormers… i think they are incredibly arrogant, but I think all supporters are a little arrogant about their team. It’s a basic requirement, actually…

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.02.09 12:37:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : That and a penchant for man products :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.02.09 12:46:13 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    Most definitely…although I still believe that shying away from harmless banter before a game like this is a sign of disrespect for the teams and the players…and the history of the game… :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.02.09 12:47:10 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @arrogant blackshark (Comment 16) : Indeed. This is all good natured of course until you all sulk through Monday16 through wednsday 18 :lol:

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.02.09 12:50:42 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 17) : we will sulk for more than 3 days if we lose to the Stormers dude…

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.02.09 12:57:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : We on the other hand would just revert to it doesn’t matter we building…

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.02.09 12:58:10 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 19) : ah yes. The Loffie Defence

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.02.09 12:59:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Indeed.

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.02.09 13:01:33 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : 3 years!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.02.09 13:06:25 by PJLD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :
    Oh yes…I should’ve inserted this to arrogant blackshark (Comment 5) :

    “In the unlikely event that we lose the game – the aforementioned suspension will be extended to the 21st of February- right after the Lions game.”
    :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.02.09 13:12:24 by arrogant blackshark Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 22) : 3 more years :)

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.02.09 13:17:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 19) :

    What was our excuse when Fester was coach??? :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.02.09 13:24:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : Fester was the excuse

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.02.09 13:31:00 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 26) :

    How’s your first day back at the old graaf?? :grin:

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.02.09 13:32:40 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : the Bulls excuse – “our coach is a brain-dead moron”

  • Comment 28, posted at 05.02.09 13:35:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 27) : Rustig :cool:

  • Comment 29, posted at 05.02.09 13:37:25 by PJLD Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : He stole Rassies presentation :shock:

  • Comment 30, posted at 05.02.09 13:41:38 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 30) :

    How bout: He had dirty pictures of Rob Wagner. :shock:

  • Comment 31, posted at 05.02.09 13:48:49 by wpw Reply
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  • YNWA? You Never Wail(cry) Alone.

  • Comment 32, posted at 05.02.09 13:53:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 31) : Yours sounds more plausible

  • Comment 33, posted at 05.02.09 13:54:14 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 32) :

    shurrup!!! :evil:

  • Comment 34, posted at 05.02.09 13:57:30 by wpw Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 33) :

    ‘plausible’

    Another big word!!! :roll:

  • Comment 35, posted at 05.02.09 13:58:08 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : Sorry i left my papsak at home this morning

  • Comment 36, posted at 05.02.09 14:02:40 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) :
    Touchy, and then next Saturday is still to come….

  • Comment 37, posted at 05.02.09 14:06:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) : :twisted:

  • Comment 38, posted at 05.02.09 14:40:44 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 38) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 05.02.09 14:46:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bruised and broken they will be on Valentines day 2009 :twisted:

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.02.09 13:32:58 by sharks 30 Reply

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  • @sharks 30 (Comment 40) : Talking about the Tjarks I assume. :wink:
    Next week this time, cant wait for the real rugby to stat. :!:

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.02.09 16:52:23 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 41) :
    He he :twisted:

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.02.09 17:51:47 by sharks 30 Reply

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  • Hey this is taking to long i have serious withdrawal another whole week to wait :sad:

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.02.09 17:53:05 by sharks 30 Reply

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