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Stormers battle for survival


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 9 Mar 2009 at 07:59
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Conrad Jantjes and JD Moller could be fit this week to boost the Stormers’ selection options for what is shaping as a Super 14 survival battle against the Lions at Newlands on Saturday.

After Saturday’s 10-14 defeat to the Bulls, the Stormers have lost three of their first four games. However, they only trail the Hurricanes by seven points, who are currently fourth on the log.

Stephen Nell writes for Die Burger that while the situation leaves the Capetonians with their backs to the wall with regards to making the semi-finals, it is not quite out of the question. This week nothing but a victory will do because it’s starting to boil down to a battle of survival.

The Stormers have a bye after Saturday and then tour for five weeks, with games against the Crusaders, Waratahs, Brumbies, Hurricanes and Highlanders awaiting them.

That’s a tough ask in anyone’s book, but coach Rassie Erasmus will take heart from the fact that his team travels well and that there is a dip in standards among the overseas sides. The Crusaders, who earned a bonus point on Saturday by losing 0-6 to the Highlanders, are a good example.

“I can’t tell you whether we are in or out. We hope to beat the Lions this week and the Crusaders after that,” said Erasmus.

“Unfortunately we are under pressure because we have only won one out of four games. In all four those games we had opportunities to win or draw. I take that positive, but also accept that we are now with our backs to the wall.

“I think we will have opportunities in all our remaining games to win. We then have to hold onto that last pass or succeed with the important kick at goal.

“The Sharks and Bulls are the two best sides in the competition and we have played them both.”

Erasmus has a few difficult calls to make. Peter Grant’s inclusion in Willem de Waal’s place at flyhalf may lead to more attacking options in the backline. The tactic with De Waal nearly worked a charm at Loftus, but the Stormers will probably endeavour to be more creative from the outset against the Lions.

Deon Fourie scored an important try as replacement hooker and can be considered for the starting line-up. However, Schalk Brits’s experience and good throwing in at the lineouts may settle the argument in his favour.

Schalk Burger, Adriaan Fondse and Sireli Naqelevuki may also return to the starting line-up.

Jantjes is definitely an option at fullback in place of Percy Montgomery, though Wicus Blaauw performed well at loosehead prop in Moller’s absence.



27 Comments

  • Yeah bringing Moller and Jantjes back makes a LOT of sense.

    The Stormers this week held the Bulls to their lowest score yet in this tears S14 as well as giving the Bulls the smallest margin of Victory for the season.

    It makes sense to change the team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.03.09 08:03:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    I agree regarding Moller as Blaauw had a pretty decent game and really got stuck in.

    As for Jantjes, he will definitely be a better bet than Koster on the wing!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.03.09 08:07:33 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    Maybe you are right, but it seems they want to take Percy off and not Koster.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.03.09 08:16:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :
    Are you kidding? Koster looked very decent when the ball actually went wide in the 2nd half. Jantjies hasn’t looked good all season.

    As for changing de Waal; pure idiocy – Grant probably cost you the game on Saturday.

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.03.09 08:22:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Well if they intend attacking the Lions this weekend then by all means select Jantjes at 15 but on the condition that he doesn’t just counter using the famed ‘Johan Roets’ :evil:

    (the term ‘up and under’ or Gary Owen has been replaced by ‘Johan Roets’) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.03.09 08:24:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) :

    Is that the same Koster who could not tackle Meisiekind 5m from the tryline??? :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.09 08:25:16 by wpw Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : :?:

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.09 08:25:34 by Claytie Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : :shock:

    Did I miss something or did you just make it sound like I WANT Jantjes to replace Monty?????????? :lol: :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.09 08:29:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :
    You mean the guy that Andries Bekker couldn’t stop surely? :shock:
    Watch that clip again son.

    I’m not convinced about the Koster hype just yet, but he looked for work, made a stunning try-saving tackle on Wannenburg and ran hard at defenders – give the kid credit. Jantjies just has his goose-step that fools nobody…

    @Claytie (Comment 7) :
    Yes child?

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.09 08:30:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Koster looked quite apprehensive when he first got the ball, probably because it was the first time it got passed to him this season. After that he got more and more ball and he looked better and more confident with each touch. Back him, with confidence he will go far.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.03.09 08:57:08 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : yeah, I thought he looked good, he can only be better than Kallie Wookie who just doesn’t do enough.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.03.09 08:59:49 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 11) :
    Agree, Sir Eli must really pull his finger out.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.03.09 09:07:03 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • at the risk of sounding stupid, this article really baffles me. I mean, the Stormers were the early season favourites to win the Super 14, weren’t they? I’m sure that’s what Gavin Rich said before the season. How can they be in a battle for survival after having played 4 games (3 of them at home)? They haven’t even toured yet?

    I’m really very confused. Someone help me out?

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.03.09 10:11:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    The media hype by these cape journo’s make me sick!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.03.09 10:23:16 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 14) : And they still punting the Stormers to go all the way, must ad I don’t know where to :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.03.09 10:27:35 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) :

    Maybe not all the way, but Rassie’s comments about still making the play-offs are not that far fetched, mathematically. They (Crusaders, Brumbies, Chiefs, Stormers, Reds, Highlanders) are only 5-7 points behind 4th spot.

    That is mathematical though. In reality I think the only sides with chances are Brumbies, Crusaders. I would have given the Stormers a chance, were it not for the tour they have.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.03.09 10:34:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • If they make they semi’s I’ll eat my Stormers jersey. :???:

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.03.09 10:53:40 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) :

    Aren’t you already eating it for something else? :smile:

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.03.09 10:55:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Could be. Can’t remember. :neutral:

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.03.09 10:59:27 by McLovin Reply

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  • Ag I am feeling much better then last week. Never good to loose but myself was pretty impressed by the Stormers. AJ Venter, Percy and Willem played well. Myself asking for ages now that they try Dewaldt in scrummy and thought he made a huge differense in his passing to get our backline in fifth gear. His kicking also one of his strong points and then there is my Energade bunny, Andries Fourie. What a try and sure he just have to start in place of Brits. Think Rassie finally use his squad intelligy and I am sure this game was our turning point.

    Just look at our scrum. When last did you see we take on the Brutes with 7 men and the lineouts first class. Also like the idea of playing Louw & AJ together. For the first time we had clean ball from rucks.

    This one got away but this was the last one.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.03.09 11:54:12 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Pretty important for the Brutes and Stormers to have a good tour. We have to break those big teams before the Sharks can destroy them in the Tenk.

    nearly forgot, hats off to Luke Watson, finally he did the talking on the field and the best loosie on the park.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.03.09 11:56:02 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 20) : though it was Deon Fourie?

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.03.09 12:08:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sorry my mistake. Andries or Deon sound the same to my history books. :oops:

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.03.09 12:10:03 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 23) : :)

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.03.09 12:12:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • What I wanna know is how most people here will react WHEN Luke is selected for the Boks this year… :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.03.09 12:23:26 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : He is playing well at the moment. Saturday he totally outplayed Spies.

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.03.09 12:33:16 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : he has my backing

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.03.09 12:37:44 by robdylan Reply
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