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Armand, Fenton-Wells in line for Stormers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby, Vodacom Cup on 15 May 2012 at 08:30
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The Stormers have brought both Don Armand and Nick Fenton-Wells into their Super Rugby squad ahead of this weekend’s Newlands clash against the Waratahs, in a blow to the Western Province Vodacom Cup side’s hopes of winning a maiden title this weekend.

Already reeling from a ridiculous loose forward injury toll, which prompted Canadian Jeb Sinclair to be brought in from nowhere ahead of last weekend’s Cheetahs game, the Stormers lost starting number 8 Nizaam Carr to a cruciate knee ligament injury over the weekend and as a result have had to raid the Vodacom Cup ranks for cover while Coetzee scours the globe for an experienced number 8 to bring in.

The Stormers will face the Waratahs with a trio comprising Singlair, Siya Kolisi and retreated lock Rynhardt Elstadt, a far cry from the experienced and battle-hardened combination of Schalk Burger, Duane Vermuelen and Nick Koster that started the season. The fact that their Vodacom Cup side has managed to progress all the way to the final without the use of stars like Kolisi and Carr is already testament to the depth in the province, but that side will be hard-pressed to subdue an in-form Griquas side without one, or both, of Armand and Fenton-Wells.

Coach Alister Coetzee, meanwhile, has taken a pre-emptive swipe at the SANZAR regulations that would prevent anyone brought in at this stage of the season – including Sinclair – from being eligible to play in Super Rugby knock out games. The high attrition rate in the Super Rugby competition means that teams will be lucky to have the same 35-man squad fit and available by the time the finals series comes around and SANZAR’s ruling that players who registered with a team after 1 April will not be eligible for these games could see the finals contested on a “last man standing” basis, rather than one of strength against strength.



17 Comments

  • That is stupid regulations. Does this mean that they might have to play JP du Plessis at flank in the play-offs? :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.05.12 09:02:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I have to lean towards agreeing with Coetzee on this.

    SANZAR did change the rules after their little Schalk Brits fiasco last season, but it is silly to limit a squad of players.

    Surely the broadcasters and SANZAR themselves will benefit from having an awesome strength vs strength final, compared to a one sided affair where one team is handicapped by injuries?!

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.05.12 09:06:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : There is a counter-argument to be made here though. He with the best rotation-policy and player-management ability wins SupeRugby! I’m still astounded that most SR coaches seem to prefer playing their stars into the ground before resting them. With the amount of rugby being played in a year now rotation is the only way forward.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.05.12 11:23:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) :

    IMO,

    Yes, but rotation comes down to having equally talented and equally in form players to juggle, which is a near impossibility..

    I agree with rotation, but a coach will have a hard time selecting games in which to rest key players, just look at what happened to the Crusaders this weekend against the Rebels..

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.05.12 11:31:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Fair point Rich but we know that few coaches will have the luxury of like-for-like replacements. To me that’s where the player-management side comes into it – knowing when to field their backup players. Players on the other hand, also need to realise that not starting each week is not the end of the world and will prolong their already short rugby careers.

    (And you’re welcome to forego the ‘IMO’ thing with me if you like :grin: )

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.05.12 12:02:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) :

    IMO,

    Look, I agree with you, it is key that coaches try and keep their players fresh, but what SANZAR have to realise in making these rules, is that the competition is no longer just a three month comp, it is a six month competition that is shortening not only the player’s careers, but is also seeing many more injuries coming about than in previous years.

    I’d love to see more rotation at the Sharks, but how does Plum sell to the powers that be that he wants to rest any of Coetzee, Bismarck, Sykes, Daniel, Lambie or Whitehead, when we are in a must win situation for the rest of the season.

    Not one team will be in a situation to rest a number of players for any match, that is just the nature of the this competition.

    What Plum did this weekend is something I would have liked to see more this season, where players are taken off after 50 minutes and the fringe players get a good half hour, but the Sharks never put themselves in a position to allow this..

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.05.12 12:07:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • This England Test Match break is starting to look like a real boon for the Stormers. Our best players will miss it due to injury and will be back in time for the following Super Rugby games.

    As for rotation, yeah it’s a nice idea in theory, but as a coach you would have to be willing to endure media and fan anger if you lost after resting your best players.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.05.12 12:23:28 by Leviathan Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : @Leviathan (Comment 7) : “But how does Plum sell to the powers that be that he wants to rest any of Coetzee, Bismarck, Sykes, Daniel, Lambie or Whitehead, when we are in a must win situation for the rest of the season.”

    That is indeed the million dollar question! It’s going to require a HUGE shift in current mindsets. A union’s management, DOR, coaches and fans will all need to sing from the same hymn sheet. I know it’s pie-in-the-sky thinking but if a union can implement this successfully they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in a few season’s time.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.05.12 12:43:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) :

    IMO,

    You hit the nail on the head..

    It requires buy-in from every single person involved in the set-up, and in the case of the Sharks, that will require quite a big shake-up.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.05.12 12:47:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) :

    IMO,

    :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.05.12 13:02:09 by Ben Reply

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  • SANZAR really screwed the softies down in the Cape now! :)

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.05.12 13:09:35 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 11) :

    IMO,

    It could just as easily hit us here, and it has happened in the past..

    I just think, without being prejudice towards any team struggling currently or in the future, the rules can be a little unfair..

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.05.12 13:16:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : @vanmartin (Comment 5) :

    Here’s a challenge for you guys!!

    When do you think the Bulls intend on resting Morne Steyn??

    Who is next in line at flyhalf??

    I think Steyn has played all their games thus far. Player rotation is key but in the recent past when we only played every team once (S14) we got away with playing guys every week.

    The injuries were less and I think it has to do with less derby matches which we all know is much more intense than playing the likes of the Force, Rebels or the Blues. :???:

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.05.12 13:17:09 by wpw Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : I know. It sucks. I’m just stirring.

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.05.12 13:24:07 by Ben Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) :
    @wpw (Comment 13) :

    Thank you for the article idea..

    Check it out and let me know what you think..

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.05.12 13:34:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) :

    I know dude.. ;-)

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.05.12 13:35:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : Great question.

    In my opinion, the Bulls would only rest Steyn when and if they’re assured of a home play-off spot. The Bulls would not be enjoying the season they are without Morne Steyn, he is absolutely vital (pivotal even! ;-) ) to their gameplan.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.05.12 14:34:26 by vanmartin Reply
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