Waratahs to target Stormers midfield

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 1 Apr 2009 at 08:04
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The Waratahs believe the midfield strength of the Stormers attack could become a weakness in their Super 14 match at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.

The Waratahs are planning to secure a semi-final berth by turning the SFS into a fortress during the next three weeks, when they play the Stormers, Bulls and Western Force at home before heading to South Africa for the final three rounds, writes Greg Growden on the RugbyHeaven website.

The Stormers could easily be their most difficult opponents. While the Cape Town-based side has struggled this season with only two wins from six games, they boast one of the Super 14′s most experienced teams including many Springboks.

The Stormers also boast one of the best defensive records in the tournament with an average of just 16 points scored against them each game this year. The Waratahs are also averaging 16.

A key Stormers player is their skipper and Springbok centre Jean de Villiers, whose attacking pace and fast, in-your-face defence can intimidate opponents.

It was no surprise that de Villiers was named the 2008 South African player of the year, as well as receiving the player’s player of the year award.

However, Waratahs winger Lote Tuqiri, who has often confronted de Villiers at both Super and Test level, believes that, while he is a menace, there could be frailties they can expose in the space around him.

“We know how we play, and we’re going to be sticking to that,” Tuqiri said at Waratahs training on Monday. “They obviously have guys like Jean de Villiers, who is one of the premier centres in the world.

“So he’ll have to be watched. But, in saying that, there may be areas around him where we can target them in defence. He’s that good a player that he can pick plays off in defence. Still, there might be some chances; we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Tuqiri agreed the Stormers were one of the most bewildering opponents in the competition. “You never know what you are going to get when you play the Stormers,” he said.

“It depends on how they’re feeling. They are a bit like the Blues. They can come out and put 40 or 50 on you but the last few years our games have been quite close. We’re similar to them in how we play in defence and I think it will eventually revolve around which team actually turns up on the night. This year we have been quite consistent in that area and hopefully that will help us.”

Waratahs coach Chris Hickey said he was similarly concerned about the dangers of an unpredictable line-up.

“They have plenty of Springboks there and can be a difficult team to play against,” Hickey said. “They are very good defensively and don’t offer you very much at all. Sometimes teams who are less consistent can be even harder to prepare for.

“Still, the good thing for us is the destiny is in our own hands over the next three weeks when we are at the SFS before we have to back that up with three weeks in South Africa.”

Hickey confirmed Test halfback Luke Burgess will not run with the team until Thursday because of a cork injury, but was expected to play.

Although captain Phil Waugh continues to struggle with a calf problem, he is also set to play. Waugh was involved in Monday’s training session and ran relatively freely.

There are unlikely to be any major selection changes, although Timana Tahu may find himself in contention for the No.13 position.


  • Go Waratahs!!! :???:

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.04.09 08:08:51 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Hey fellow Sharks supporter. How you doing this morning.

    Your football team ain’t gonna win the titile, but your rugby team might. ;wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.04.09 08:20:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Is that so??? :lol:

    Dude, like I told you before, the Sharks is my 2nd favourite team. :???:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.04.09 08:25:16 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • i see the waratahs are attacking the stormers midfield. they have obviously seen schalk brits as a weakness. funny none of us did. :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.04.09 08:30:32 by try time Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Well now you have confused me, if you don’t support the Stormers anymore, who Do you support?

    Has Stan approved your Bulls supporters application? :razz:

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.04.09 08:34:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Oh and BTW, is there any particular reason you left the Advert in from the website where you copied the article? :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.04.09 08:41:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • The Waratahs have named an unchanged side from the one that beat the Blues in Auckland last week.

    1. Benn Robinson (Eastwood)
    2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (Parramatta)
    3. Dan Palmer (Southern Districts)
    4. Dean Mumm (Sydney University)
    5. Will Caldwell (Sydney University)
    6. Ben Mowen (Randwick)
    7. Phil Waugh [c] (Sydney University)
    8. Wycliff Palu* (Manly)
    9. Luke Burgess (Sydney University)
    10. Daniel Halangahu (Sydney University)
    11. Lote Tuqiri (West Harbour)
    12. Tom Carter (Sydney University)
    13. Rob Horne (Southern Districts)
    14. Lachie Turner (Eastwood)
    15. Sam Norton-Knight (Northern Suburbs)
    16. Damien Fitzpatrick (Eastwood)
    17. Sekope Kepu (Randwick)
    18. Chris Thomson (Warringah)
    19. Luke Doherty^ (Manly)
    20. Brett Sheehan (Warringah)
    21. Kurtley Beale (Northern Suburbs)
    22. Timana Tahu (West Harbour)

    * 50th Super Rugby Cap
    ^ 50th State Cap

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.09 08:42:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :
    Damn!!! :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.09 08:49:14 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :


  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.09 08:51:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : Boet hou kop man, seker ma jou April fool grap. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.09 09:13:29 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • Stormers – 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean De Villiers (c), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 AJ Venter, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
    Subs: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 JD Moller, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Willem De Waal, 22 Dylan Des Fountain.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.09 09:47:13 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach

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