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Rassie resists calling on big guns

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 13 May 2009 at 16:45

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus said he was not tempted to call Jean de Villiers and Andries Bekker to do duty against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Super14.com reports that Erasmus said that since the Stormers were not contenders for this season’s Super 14 play-offs, he had decided to select the team with the view to advancing the cause of Western Province’s Currie Cup team.

“If we (Stormers) were in the running for the Super 14 play-offs, there might have been a case to push those guys through and let them play,” said Erasmus.

“But it makes more sense to look ahead to the Currie Cup season.”

In the absence of De Villiers and the injured Schalk Burger, Luke Watson has retained the captaincy.

Saturday’s Bloemfontein clash will mark veteran lock AJ Venter’s swansong. Venter, who started his senior rugby career with Free State, said he was pleased to be able to end his career where it all started.

Stormers team:
Joe Pietersen; Gcobani Bobo, Dylan des Fountain, Peter Grant, Sireli Naqelevuki; Willem de Waal, Dewaldt Duvenage; Luke Watson (captain), Duane Vermeulen, Pieter Louw, Hilton Lobberts, AJ Venter, Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg and Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: Schalk Brits, Schalk Ferreira, Brian Mujati, Martin Muller, Ricky Januarie, Morgan Newman and Tonderai Chavhanga.


  • Cheetah team.

    Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Corne Uys, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Hendro Scholtz, 7 Juan Smith (captain), 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Wayne van Heerden, 3 Kobus Calldo, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
    Replacements: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 WP Nel, 18 Nico Breedt, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Gerrie Odendaal, 21 JW Jonker, 22 Fabian Juries.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.05.09 20:37:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Oh well. At least it is AJ’s last game for us.
    Don’t you just love the way WP can afford to throw money away by signing the likes of AJ, Wylie and De Waal… Percy could have offered more had he played more games and taken the kicks at goal… :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.05.09 20:43:26 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • I think AJ and Hilton have been playing well as lock pair….
    Lineouts no worse than they were and a lot better in the tight game…and both very active…and making their presence felt…def improved the Stormers tight game…

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.05.09 00:54:20 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • Joe was by FAR the best 15 Stormers put on the pitch…his only problem is he is soooooo much faster than Bobo….he leaves him (the wing) behind when makes a break…LoL
    He is kicking better and he is running better….his defense is no worse than Jantjies (who is no great tackler by any means)….if all the Stormers 15′s were fit…I’d play Joe anyways….

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.05.09 00:58:45 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) :

    Hey Hmmm. Long time no see. Still no connection at work?

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.05.09 07:05:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    Expect an answer after 12am tonight. :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.05.09 07:46:39 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach

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