Clayton(PJLD)

The Cape Crusaders


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 5 Mar 2014 at 08:59
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DHL Stormers head coach Alister Coetzee has named his team to take on the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday morning.

Coetsee has lost another lock to injury; Rhynhardt Elstadt will return to Cape Town to see a specialist after suffering a recurring shoulder injury while Siya Kolisi sits out this weeks game with an AC joint niggle picked up in the game against the Hurricanes. DHL WP U 21 player Jurie van Vuuren has been called up to the squad as lock and flank cover, Jurie is able to cover positions 4 and 7 and at this rate may see action sooner rather than later.

De Kock Steenkmap returns to the starting lineup after a lengthy injury and will be joined in the middle of the pack by Michael Rhodes, who earns his first start after 2 appearances from the bench. Steenkamp and Rhodes will have to gel quickly in order to sort out the team’s lineout woes, the Stormers lost 5 lineouts last week and lost out on quite a few scoring opportunities due to the misfiring set piece. Ruan Botha takes a seat on the bench.

Among the backs Nic Groom rotates into the starting lineup for the first time this season while numbers 10 to 15 remain the same, Kobus van Wyk deservedly keeps his starting place after much talk about being replaced by Samoan import Sailosi Tagicakibau. “Losi” will make his Stormers debut from the bench, Peter Grant will also make his Stormers return form the woodwork.

The DHL Stormers to face the Crusaders :

15. Jaco Taute
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Jean de Villiers (captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Gio Aplon
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Nic Groom
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain)
6. Deon Fourie
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Michael Rhodes
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:
16. Tiaan Liebenberg
17. Oliver Kebble
18. Pat Cilliers
19. Ruan Botha
20. Nizaam Carr
21. Louis Schreuder
22. Peter Grant
23. Sailosi Tagicakibau



27 Comments

  • And I thought this was going to be an article on Thelo Wakefield and his family.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.03.14 09:42:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Why does Pat Cilliers seem to start off the bench – is his value as an impact player more value than starting??

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.03.14 09:51:12 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : My work here is done :-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.03.14 09:52:22 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 2) : I think Fransie is viewed as the better of the 2, I have to agree

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.03.14 09:57:50 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 4) : OK, thanks, I know he had injury issues with his shoulder which now seem resolved. Do you believe he could be Bok material?

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.03.14 10:01:30 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 3) : You guys are looking really thin in the lock stakes. Seems as if they also like retreading flanks into locks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.03.14 10:03:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 5) : Pat or Fransie? They are both capped Springboks

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.03.14 10:08:05 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 6) : I know , its ridiculous. In previous years Steenkamp was never viewed as a Super Rugby starter now he has to come in and try and save the lineouts.Rhodes makes a decent 4 lock

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.03.14 10:10:58 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 8) : Agreed, but Elstadt, to me, has played his best rugby from the side of the scrum, particularly at age group rugby. I dont know anything about Jurie van Vuuren but am presuming that he too is first and foremost a flank that also plays lock.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.03.14 10:16:48 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : Can’t say i saw enough from Elstadt as a youngster to make a good call but I remember him as a bit too hot headed playing at 7 for the WP VC team, for me he made his mark as a 4 lock and the only reason that Etsebeth got a chance was because of the original shoulder injury he suffered.

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.03.14 10:36:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : Think Elstadt took over from Adriaan Fondse at a time when Fondse was the only grunt in the pack

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.03.14 10:37:00 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 7) : Yes they are, but was wondering where he stands in the queue for inclusion this year? Does playing off the bench rather than starting hold you back in selection? Sorry for the questions but I value your input!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.03.14 10:58:51 by Caratacus Reply

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  • @Caratacus (Comment 12) : No trouble at all bud and thanks for clarifying. I suppose the standard way of thinking is that you have to be a starter for your franchise to be eligible for Bok selection but with TH’s at short supply the selection process is a bit different.

    Look at Adriaanse, he is never going to start ahead of Jannie at the Sharks but he will damn sure be in the selectors thoughts

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.03.14 11:08:17 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Do they have any sort of chance against the Whitelocks in Christchurch?

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.03.14 11:24:34 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 10) : He was a serious hothead and seems to have lost some of his oomph with the tempering of his hotheadedness.

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.03.14 11:30:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 14) : Nope!

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.03.14 11:38:19 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 13) : Claytie, what do you think the Stormer’s chances are? I heard there first training session abroad was cancelled due to the weather. Not ideal.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.03.14 12:12:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Thats a very decent side but they will have to win their set pieces and keep their own ball at the breakdown if they are going to challenge the Crusaders. I still think DeVilliers and DeAllende should swap positions.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.03.14 12:18:08 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : Agree 100% !! I don’t understand the positioning, neither has lightning pace and De Allende’s straight running would come in handy playing off De Villiers.

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.03.14 12:25:12 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 17) : Not very good if you look at the last 2 performances, that Hurricanes team is not flash and the Stormers just snuck it at the death

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.03.14 12:26:43 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 19) : Well my argument is that they play him at wing and then 12. f he fast enough for wing he is fast enough for 13. And let the Bok captain play his preferred 12.

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.03.14 12:39:38 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : You would be making perfect sense

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.03.14 13:00:37 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Caratacus (Comment 2) : For the most obvious of reasons…….Malherbe is a far, far better prop

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.03.14 15:10:43 by Saffex Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : Agreed

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.03.14 15:12:12 by Talent Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : Spot on……it makes no sense at all playing Jean at 13…….de Allende looks more of a finisher than creator and therefore looks better suited to 13.

    Jean is your creative player who has a good eye for opportunities……he should be at 12

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.03.14 15:15:37 by Saffex Reply

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  • @Saffex (Comment 25) : Yeh crazy, unless its instruction from Hyneke Meyer where he wants DeVilliers at 13 and Frans Steyn at 12…but other than that i cant see any reason for JDV at 13

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.03.14 15:29:43 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 26) : I thought it was a tactical move for JDV to mark Smith. To be honest JDV is not a great 13, but he is probably the best 12 in the country based on last years RC.

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.03.14 15:54:18 by Talent Reply
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