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Stormers start with a win


Written by Pierre Teich (Original Pierre)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 29 Jan 2011 at 10:27
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The Stormers won the first match in the Neo Africa series against the Lions by 15 – 0 .

You will recall the Stormers had a very good defensive system in place last year and by the looks of it, nothing’s changed. The Lions hammered away at their line but could never penetrate their defence.

Gary van Aswegan impressed at flyhalf, despite his failed goal kicking attempts. Good decision making and a couple of breaks from the young flyhalf kept the Lions’ more experienced Andre Pretorius busy throughout the night.

Having said that, when you’re faced with a young flyhalf who has the luxury of a springbok centre on his inside and a springbok wing on his outside, chances are he would break clean through because the threats around him have to be dealt with, right?

Maybe the Stormers have less of a flyhalf concern than anticipated. While Van Aswegan might not be the Cape Town version of Patrick Lambie yet, he certainly has potential.

It is not all negative for the men from up north though. They threatened on attack and were unlucky not to score on at least three different occasions. Killian went over for them but lost the ball forward.

Their forwards mauled over but the ball was held up and Andre Pretorius launced a clever little chip over the top for Waylon Murray to chase, unfortunately he got beaten by the bounce of the ball.

Overall, the Lions performed well up front, competed well for the ball and their scrum was very solid. Josh Strauss was probably their best forward on the park.
While it would be unfair to lay all the blame on the backline, the fact is their attacking skills let them down. The final pass just never went to hand , silly little mistakes cost them momentum, possession and ultimately the match. Jean de Villiers went over after a missed tackle by Bandise Maku, but his throw in at the line out was accurate.

The Stormers’ forwards rumbled over early in the second half for Schalk Burger to score. Danie Poolman scored the final try for the Stormers out wide in the final move of the match. Of course by that time there were so many changes to both backlines it is easy to see how defensive lines could get mixed up.

For the Stormers Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg looked hungry for action. Liebenberg was a difficult man to bring down when he went on the charge. Bryan Habana knocked on with the Stormers on the attack but otherwise looked as if he will be a serious threat. Siya Kolisi looked like an exciting prospect. He didn`t spend a lot of time on the field but had a very good run forcing the Lions on the back foot.
Burton Francis replaced Andre Pretorius in the second half and if you have to compare them my humble opinion is that Pretorius should be Elton Jantjies’ understudy for the super rugby series.

Their mid-field attack should improve when Doppies le Grange resumes his role in mid field.

The Stormers backline just went through the motions really. We all know how talented they are and while they made silly mistakes as well I got the impression most of them played well within themselves. Both these teams will improve with time, it is only January after all !



40 Comments

  • That Siya Kolisi is a talent, not the biggest lad around, I even mistook him for a back but boy oh boy that kid has some power.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.01.11 13:19:09 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : I noticed hi playing baby boks last year… hell of a talent. Him and Mtembu were the two loose forwards that really stood out for me.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.01.11 17:20:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Did Ojiambo travel to Cape Town?

    With all the hype, I am keen to see him play..

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.01.11 17:38:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Yes he did.

    Cant wait for the S15 to start, I’m starting to have withdrawel symptoms. Luckily Varsity and 6 Nations are just around the bend.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.01.11 18:05:57 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Where is elton jantjies why didn’t he play in this game?

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.01.11 18:06:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 5) : To unfit for SupeRugby, whatever that implies :roll: Maybe he found out where Ricky buys his pies :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.01.11 18:09:11 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 6) : Yeah its a joke he’s a freaking profesional rugby player that’s all he does and he can’t even stay fit! Doesn’t say much about the guy! The fact that ricky is a springbok is just a big fraking joke!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.01.11 18:12:43 by Ben Reply
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  • Does anybody know if puke watson is playing today?

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.01.11 18:14:23 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) : Not according to the squads posted in the Beeld newspaper.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.01.11 18:20:32 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 9) : Okay thanx isn’t he still with bath?

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.01.11 18:23:18 by Ben Reply
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  • In other news:
    Rebels 42 – 27 Fiji
    Reds 42 – 15 Crusaders
    You gota love these practice games :smile:

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.01.11 18:28:32 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) : No idea, he might be in a BATHroom puking :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.01.11 18:30:09 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • By the way, Luke and Ricky are both legends. RESPEK!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.01.11 18:32:04 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Janjies is not unfit. He is merely on a conditioning programme. At the same time he is rehab-ing a trick ankle. An injury he has carried for 2 years. That’s all. Try not to sensationalise it.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.01.11 18:47:55 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 14) : Thanks for the info :smile:

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.01.11 18:54:29 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • He’s Elton Jantjies. Very commited. Some people talking smack like he’s the next Benni McCarthy.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.01.11 19:38:08 by Speed7 Reply

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  • More importantly. The Bulls 2nd string are down 0-6 to the Kings after 35 mins an front of about 28000 fans. Not bad.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.01.11 19:40:43 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 16) : Okay get on some dry pants now was just a misunderstanding.

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.01.11 19:41:09 by Ben Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 16) : ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.01.11 19:44:41 by Ben Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 14) :

    If you want to go calling people names around here, I suggest you find yourself another blog..

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.01.11 20:15:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 14) :

    And before you go defending your little love child, check this story, from the coach’s mouth.

    http://www.superxv.com/news/super15_rugby_news.asp?id=28555

    In my mind, when a coach says fitness levels are a long way off.. it kinda means that the players are not fit enough. But hey, just my ‘knobbish’ opinion..

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.01.11 20:22:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Speed7 (Comment 14) : No name-calling on this site, thank you. Consider this your only warning.

    I have edited your comment.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.01.11 21:10:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Love-child ? What are you talking about ?

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.01.11 23:26:17 by Speed7 Reply

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  • Janjies is 6 months into his conditioning programme that has been drawn up by Wayne Taylor. He is not unfit. He is a 19 year old who is being conditioned for Super rugby. He only came through in the Currie Cup. He isn’t physically ready – according to Taylor and John Mitchell – for Super rugby.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.01.11 23:39:23 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 24) :
    Let’s do this slowly, shall we? You say young Elton has been on a conditioning programme as he is not physically ready for Super Rugby.

    Admittedly that does not mean that his conditioning of a couch potato, but the indisputable fact is that he is not fit enough for Super Rugby. I fail to see how one can escape that simple point.

    I’m sure he will soon be ready, but right now he isn’t. That’s all.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.01.11 08:51:04 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 25) : guess the guy’s handle here is somewhat misleading… :)

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.01.11 12:50:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : OUCH :razz:

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.01.11 13:15:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : maybe he’s stuck on 7 when the rest of us are somewhere closer to 20… :)

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.01.11 13:44:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : your IQ is only 20?? :shock: :razz:

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.01.11 14:00:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : no, I meant the speed setting :)

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.01.11 16:35:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hiyas gents!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.01.11 19:20:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 31) : hiyas wesali

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.01.11 19:46:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 25) :

    as far as i understand Elton is catching up on the conditioning program he missed while touring with the boks . the rest of the squad had a 5 week conditioning program and he is now doing his 5 weeks .

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.01.11 20:23:02 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 33) : Was he the only Lion with the Boks? :shock: ;-)

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.01.11 20:29:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : Now that you mention it I can’t think of any other lions player that went with the boks. :)

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.01.11 20:49:11 by Ben Reply
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  • Unfortunately I wasnt able to see this game so i can only comment based on the story told and the scoreline. The questions i was hoping someone would answer are: Have the Lions learnt to defend yet cos in last years comp they forget about that part? Is the Stormers Bok backline only functioning at half pace by choice or are they still not gelling? Can the Lions find a way to win a game?

  • Comment 36, posted at 31.01.11 08:08:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • 6 days without internet … That was close and may have had to go to a internet cafe ..the horror ! :evil:

    The Sharksworld write up seems alot kinder to the Lions than the dwarf site’s one ..

    Most worrying for me is the same old story of not being able to finish off try scoring opportunities .. A issue ..well one of them atleast that has been a massive problem for years now !

    Those Lion supporters expecting a wonderful season would do well to remember previous seasons expectations.

    No amount of money in the world buys success right off the bat.

  • Comment 37, posted at 31.01.11 09:38:45 by CSB Prince of the Concrete Jungle ;-) Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : @Big Fish (Comment 25) :

    Coming in here with his keo manierre talking smack ;-) :lol:

    noodle :roll:

  • Comment 38, posted at 31.01.11 09:42:15 by CSB Prince of the Concrete Jungle ;-) Reply

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  • Wanted to add that the Lions are very thin at Flyhalf ..with young Jantjies inability to get conditioned and Burton and Sicknote as back-up does not bode well for a lengthy season.

    Perhaps we can get Hennie le roux out of retirment…

  • Comment 39, posted at 31.01.11 10:47:52 by CSB Prince of the Concrete Jungle ;-) Reply

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  • @CSB Prince of the Concrete Jungle ;-) (Comment 39) : Hehehe I think Bulls have even more problems at flyhalf . ..

  • Comment 40, posted at 31.01.11 11:48:10 by Original Champion Reply
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