Tonderai back for Vodacom Stormers

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 29 Apr 2009 at 16:01
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Vodacom Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus on Wednesday announced his team for the Vodacom Super 14 match against the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.

Kick-off is 19:10. The coach made two changes to the side that beat the Highlanders in Dunedin last week.

Lock Andries Bekker has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury and his absence allows Hilton Lobberts a second start in a Stormers jersey. With the first-choice combination of Bekker and Adriaan Fondse ruled out, Lobberts will pack down with veteran AJ Venter.

Martin Muller, a relatively unknown lock from the University of Stellenbosch, will be on the substitutes’ bench.

Gcobani Bobo has an ankle injury and is also battling a bout of the flu, which opens the door for a return to Super 14 action for Tonderai Chavhanga.

Chavhanga suffered a hamstring injury early in the Stormers campaign and last week made a return to the playing field when he represented Vodacom WP in the Vodacom Cup quarterfinal against the Bulls in Pretoria.

The Vodacom Stormers team is as follows:

15. Conrad Jantjes
14. Tonderai Chavhanga
13. Dylan Des Fountain
12. Peter Grant
11. Sireli Naqelevuki
10. Willem De Waal
9. Dewaldt Duvenage
8. Luke Watson
7 Duane Vermeulen
6. Schalk Burger (C)
5. Andries Bekker
4. AJ Venter
3. Brock Harris
2. Tiaan Liebenberg
1. JD Moller


16. Schalk Brits
17. Wicus Blaauw
18. Martin Muller
19. Pieter Louw
20. Ricky Januarie
21. Morgan Newman
22. Liam Bax

This article was originally posted on the Stormers website


  • Lets go Stormers Lets go!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.04.09 16:02:44 by wpw Reply
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  • Bekker is out and will be replace by the other Paarl man Hilton Lobberts, his place on the bench will be taken by the Ikey lock Martin Muller.

    Good news tho is that Jean will be back maybe for the final Cheetah game and Bobo out injured.

    Some really youngsters now playing and hope they go well.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.04.09 16:07:03 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • 6 Paarl boytjies in that 22 players.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.04.09 16:09:03 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Why isn’t George Earle there? He’s been with the squad for a while hasn’t he?

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.04.09 16:15:38 by molly Reply
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  • 5. Andries Bekker

    should be Lobberts?

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.04.09 16:15:51 by Superwors Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 4) : He is injured.
    From the Stormers site
    Injury update from Vodacom Stormers camp
    - Wednesday, April 29, 2009
    Rassie Erasmus today ruled Andries Bekker out of the weekends clash against the Chiefs at Newlands.

    The athletic lock had recovered from a serious toe injury to face the Highlanders in Dunedin last weekend, but sustained a rib injury in the match. The Vodacom Stormers had hoped to give Bekker maximum time to recover, but given the nature of the injury, they’ve brought youngster Martin Muller into the fold as back up for Bekker.

    With both Bekker and Fondse out due to injury, the Stormers are down to third and fourth choice locks. It’s understandable that AJ Venter did not take full part in training at the team’s High Performance Centre today, with coach Rassie Erasmus explaining the need to manage the veteran’s work load.

    “We’re just managing him. He’s got a bit of a knee niggle which he’s been carrying since week six. It’s not serious, but as you can see we can’t afford to lose another lock,” said Erasmus. “In addition, George Earle, who was next in line, is also injured. We’ve called up Martin Muller.”

    The blonde 21 year old lock has been part of the Vodacom WP team and also featured in both the 2008 and 2009 Varsity Cup matches for UCT. He represented South Africa at the IRB Junior World Championships in 2007 and 2008.

    Vodacom Stormers outside centre Gcobani Bobo has been ruled out due to an ankle ailment and will be replaced by Dylan Des Fountain at 13, with flyer Tonderai Chavhanga back in the team following his hamstring injury sustained against the Lions six weeks ago. Chavhanga wore the Blue and White Hoops of Vodacom WP in their quarter final clash against the Bulls at Loftus last weekend.

    Brian Mujati is still on the injury list, together with the likes of Jean de Villiers, Percy Montgomery, Francois Louw, Nick Koster and Deon Fourie.

    Erasmus said that there was a possibility that Jean de Villiers would be ready for the team’s final match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.04.09 16:17:57 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • I mean… he is a from the best province EVER :roll: :???:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.04.09 16:18:55 by molly Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 6) : oh cool, well not cool but at least I’m more informed now. Thanks

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.04.09 16:19:49 by molly Reply
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  • I hope we smash the Chiefs!! Go Stormers!!
    Come on i wanna see more Sharks supporters backing our side cos we owe you guys a favour dont we?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.04.09 19:40:26 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : we won’t get our hopes up, if that’s ok with you! :-)

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.04.09 19:53:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • :evil:
    Btw, are you watching the Man U scum play Arsenal?? GO Arsenal!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.04.09 20:48:26 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) :

    Seem Arsenal went all right. It seems they went NOWHERE!. :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.04.09 23:14:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : On a drip? :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.04.09 09:00:45 by PaarlBok Reply

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