KSA Shark ©

Grant in Force shock

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 1 Mar 2009 at 14:49
Tagged with : , ,

The Western Force are lining up Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant as a replacement for Matt Giteau next season.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Grant’s parents recently moved to Perth and the Force have apparently identified the Springbok as a potential replacement for Giteau, who is heading back to the Brumbies.

Grant’s agent, Chris de Beer, confirmed he had been contacted by representatives of the Force.

“I’m expecting an offer in writing next week,” said De Beer.

He also confirmed French club Racing Metro had followed up their interest in Grant with a formal offer. It is believed to be the biggest offer yet for a South African player.

Grant’s contract with Western Province expired at the end of the season. He has previously showed that money is far from his only consideration by turning down an offer of R10-million over three years to play in Japan.

However, his resolve may be tested once more as Racing Metro are prepared to pay significantly more than that, while the Force are also believed to be prepared to pay good money for the man who won his duel with Giteau against the Force last year.

Grant is one of several WP stars whose contracts expire this year and the Cape rugby union has a fight on its hands to retain its top talent.

It was revealed this past week that hooker Schalk Brits will be joining Saracens


  • And the promise of “NEXT season we will do better” can only keep a player at a union for so long.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.03.09 14:53:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Although you have to ask yourself why the agent would talk about this in the media.

    I wonder how long it is before he has his next contract negotiation meeting?

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.03.09 14:58:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • He will play better at the force than at the Stormers…
    And get paid better for it…

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.03.09 15:05:02 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Does this mean that Dollie comes back to WP….LoL

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.03.09 15:05:26 by Hmmm Reply
    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Still think Grant is an excellent player. Would have liked to see him play for the Sharks

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.03.09 15:49:08 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
    JustPlainSHARKCurrie Cup player
  • Shit

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.03.09 19:02:21 by Claytie Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @Claytie (Comment 6) : all just talk and speculation at this stage

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.03.09 19:16:27 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • If Grant does leave then we are in deep shite!!!

    De Waal was absolutely shocking in the few games he played for us during last years CC.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.03.09 08:23:23 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    And there is now talk of him (De Waal) being the flyhalf against the Bulls.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.03.09 08:24:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    De Waal on flyhalf duties?

    Stephen Nell – Die Burger

    Cape Town – The Stormers may be tempted to dust off Willem de Waal to take on the flyhalf duties in Saturday’s Super 14 match against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.

    De Waal was a key player when the Cheetahs won the 2005 Currie Cup final by beating the Blue Bulls 29-25 at Loftus. He was also at flyhalf for the Cheetahs when they drew the final 28-28 in Bloemfontein the following year, and then also when the Cheetahs won the Currie Cup again in 2008 by beating the Lions 20-18. De Waal played the first of four Currie Cup finals in his career in 2004. However, the Cheetahs lost the final 33-42 to the Bulls that year.

    Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus already hinted last week that De Waal may have a role to play against the Bulls.

    “He can bring something different to the game. He may be important against the Bulls,” Erasmus had said even before the weekend’s defeat of 8-14 to the Blues. However, Peter Grant performed well against the Blues, while De Waal spent the entire game on the substitutes bench …

    One thing is for sure, though – The Stormers have their backs to the wall this week after their loss to the Blues.

    “We’re heading to Loftus and playing a team that has won its last three games. It’s going to be tough. If we want to be among the contenders, this may be a critical week for us,” said Erasmus.

    To compound their woes the Stormers have a few injuries. There is concern over props JD Moller (shoulder) and Brian Mujati (shoulder and leg), as well as Schalk Burger (calf). This could translate into the Stormers having to pick inexperienced props such as Wicus Blaauw and JC Kritzinger against the Bulls. And while De Waal’s kicking boot may help the Stormers play the game in the right areas against the Bulls, the question arises as to whether the Stormers will be able to stand their ground up front, particularly if they have to play with one or two inexperienced props.

    And amongs his lose trio, Erasmus might have considered resting Luke Watson this week to spare him the wrath of Loftus. He has been forgiven at Newlands for his controversial remarks last year, but it may be a different matter in Pretoria. But the question is whether the Stormers will be able to afford to do this if Burger cannot play. Burger was replaced by Francois Louw deep in the second half against the Blues.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.03.09 08:25:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I fear the Stormers are gonna get a lekker pakslae against the Cows.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.03.09 08:28:46 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : rugby players biggest rumour monger are their employees. players need to be careful of their agents. agents have messed up a lot of players due to loose gabs. look at ruan, frans and bis all been burnt by their agents. but what else do you expect from leeches.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.03.09 08:30:10 by try time Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • Schalk’s calf a major concern

    Schalk Burger has a calf injury which may prevent him from playing in Saturday’s big Super 14 clash between the Bulls and Stormers at Loftus.

    The Stormers flank left the field before the end, and coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed afterwards that he was in doubt for the trip to Pretoria. Also in the wars at the weekend were props JD Moller and Brian Mujati, who both allegedly had shoulder injuries, but it is Burger’s condition that is going to be the big headache for Erasmus.

    Apart from the fact that Burger is one of the Stormers who can play the Bulls at their own game and stand up to their physical onslaught, it is also a fact that the Stormers were intending to give Luke Watson the week off so as to avoid the potential perils he might face in Pretoria.

    While it is unlikely they will admit it publicly, the Stormers management were concerned at the booing that was directed at Watson in earlier matches this season, and given what he is alleged to have said at a UCT forum discussion last year, and the unpopularity it has given rise to, it would be anticipated he could be booed every time he touches the ball at Loftus.

    On top of that, Watson’s unpopularity is not confined to fans of the game off the field who live outside the Cape, but also to his fellow players. The Bulls are known to psyche themselves into a state that borders on apoplexy in the week of a Stormers game, the Stormers management are wary then of providing them with even more motivation.

    But if Burger is absent, it is hard to see the Stormers being able to take any other option, for Watson is the most obvious replacement for Burger at openside flank, and is probably the best ball winner in the team.

    Unless the Stormers want to take a gamble with Nick Koster, who has only been used as a wing up to now, coach Rassie Erasmus faces a tricky conundrum, and his problem is compounded by the knowledge that this is a make or break game for his men. The performance against the Blues was poor, and the vultures that were circling after the 14-8 defeat are poised to swoop if Loftus continues to be the unhappy hunting ground that it has been for the Stormers since 2003.

    A decision on Burger will be taken later in the week. The Stormers have lost two of their first three games, the disturbing aspect being that they have all been at home.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.03.09 09:28:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Grant must surely be SA’s most talented player based on the multitude of clubs after him. He will be a massive loss for the Stormers.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.03.09 09:36:45 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • He also confirmed French club Racing Metro had followed up their interest in Grant with a formal offer. It is believed to be the biggest offer yet for a South African player.

    Steyn must be pissed HE was supposed to be getting the biggest offer. :razz: :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.03.09 09:40:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    LOL @ the bold section. :lol:

    The whole Luke protection thing sounds like a joke though.
    If Schalk is injured then they have to use him. He’ll have to find a way to convert the boos to cheers…

    I don’t know how he’s going to deal with the dirty tackles though…

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.03.09 09:40:33 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • @blackshark (Comment 16) :

    I wonder if that reward for injuring him is still out there? :lol:

    This is going to be a brawl not a rugby match. :wink:

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.03.09 09:47:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :

    It was always going to be an important match for the Stormers after losing to the Sharks – but now it’s a life and death situation.

    I’m not missing this one. Expecting a lot of Oohs and Aahs… :razz:

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.03.09 09:51:31 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • Well Lukas has been playing well despite all the booing…

    If we do lose it will be becos our tight forwards are cack!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.03.09 10:03:37 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.