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No Burger for Stormers


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 29 May 2014 at 10:09
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Duane Vermeulen will lead the DHL Stormers onto the Kings Park turf on Saturday, after both Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger were ruled out due to injury.

De Villiers, who was withdrawn on the eve of last week’s win against the Cheetahs at Newlands, will not play again this Super Rugby season due to a knee strain, while Burger hasn’t recovered sufficiently from a neck strain picked up in that game.

Siya Kolisi, a man who has had a quiet year by his standards, comes in to start at blind side flank for Burger, in the only change to the starting pack. Coach Allister Coetzee has resisted the urge to rush Manuel Carizza back into the starting lineup and he will make his comeback from injury via the bench. Uncapped Sti Sithole is another new face among the reserves, after Oli Kebble was ruled out due to an ankle injury.

At the back, Kobus van Wyk has dropped out due to a wrist problem, meaning a switch from left wing to right for Cheslin Kolbe and a start on the opposite side for Sailosi Tagicakibau.

Kurt Coleman continues at flyhalf, but he will be well backed up off the bench, with both Peter Grant and Demetri Catrakilis selected.

DHL Stormers – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Manuel Carizza, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Peter Grant.



30 Comments

  • Decent side and can be dangerous with enough ball. Sharks scrums and lineouts could put big pressure on them.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.05.14 10:17:46 by SheldonK Reply
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  • Interesting selection to have both Zeus and Grant on the bench

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.05.14 10:23:32 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : Sharks MUST put presure on Stormers scrums and lineouts, even their rucks and mauls must be put under presure!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.05.14 10:26:31 by JD Reply
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  • Yes, a very goof team this. We will need to be at our best.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.05.14 10:28:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • Big game ahead,a must win going into the break…Grant to cover centre?

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.05.14 10:29:47 by BarendL Reply

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  • To be honest – a couple of good players mixed with a lot of mediocre. That pack should on paper not be able to live with the Sharks – especially when the reserves come on.

    I think the big issue is that the Sharks still have something to play for, whereas the Stormers only play for pride. That is historically a problem for Sharks playing teams already out of the competition – especially before the break.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.05.14 10:37:04 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) : Think Lions game 2 years ago!

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.05.14 10:42:19 by BarendL Reply

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  • We’ll have to make sure we tackle like we have been against that backline…and that we hit them hard at forward!

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.05.14 10:45:15 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sharks will smash this team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.05.14 10:46:47 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 9) :
    Bly stil Giffie!

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.05.14 10:53:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 9) : kiss of death right there

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.05.14 10:53:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : @Big Fish (Comment 10) :

    Nah c’mon lads.

    The Stormers has the worst line out of all SA teams. That tight 5 is so light they should be sponsored Herbalife, Sharks scrum will smash them every time. They have no long kicking game to come close to the Sharks and will be pinned in their own half. If they end up with more than 40% territory I will be surprised.

    The only, slim chance they have is with their loosies now minus Burger. Carr has been very good this year, Vermeulen average by his standards and Kolisi should feel lucky to make the bench in the form he is in.

    Sharks need to do two things. Isolate their runners and flood the breakdown, and play a long kicking game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.05.14 10:58:36 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 12) : @robdylan (Comment 11) : @Big Fish (Comment 10) : thanx Morne pushing hard for that Stormers win!!!!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.05.14 11:06:24 by JD Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 12) :
    All true.

    But you are ignoring the travel factor, this being a local derby, and the Stormers playing for pride.

    Reality is that they have 3 excellent fetches on the park, and their midfield could embarras our young and as yet unsettled centre combination, as has often been the case in the past.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.05.14 11:09:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 14) :

    Travel is not a factor. Sharks key players had a nice 3-day rest in the Bok camp.

    Playing for pride simply means trying stupid things at crucial times when you should stick to structures.

    Stormers are beaten in all departments apart from one, loose-trio where they should get parity and maybe, if those three click well, edge it.

    Best they can hope for is turn-over ball and create miracles from that. But last time water turned into wine was about 2000 years ago and I don’t see a repeat any time soon.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.05.14 11:15:40 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 12) : So with your Streamers team being so poor, how exactly did they manage to beat the Landers, and crush the tsietas?

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.05.14 11:20:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Im with Morne on this one. Honestly there is no way that theStormers team should beat this Sharks team AT HOME. Remember that this is a team that has just come back from winning twice in NZ and only losing one game in Australia.

    Im not saying that the Sharks cant lose, just that they shouldnt and if they do then the wheels would have fallen off in a big way.

    I think its time that we start getting comfortable wearing the favourites tag.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.05.14 11:25:56 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Yup :roll:

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.05.14 11:28:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : Like we did against the Highlanders?

    Nope, there’s no favorite or underdog in this game…this is SR after all.

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.05.14 11:28:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : snap ;-) (check that time stamp)

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.05.14 11:30:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 17) : I agree. This Stormers team has more of a WP Currie Cup look about it than a S15 team. If the Sharks loose against this team at home, I cannot see them winning the competition.

    Obviously if they arrive with the same attitude as the team that played the Highlanders, they will loose.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.05.14 11:32:37 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : Well if a team can only win when they are tagged, and believe, they are underdogs then I suggest they throw this game and do their best to finish the log in 6th position. The underdog tag will then be justified and Im sure the fans and team will then feel a lot better about actually finally winning that darned cup.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.05.14 11:40:59 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply

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  • The Highlanders?

    Sharks lost 3 key players either just before, in the opening minutes of the game including your captain.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.05.14 12:11:57 by Morné Reply
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  • The Sharks will have to try bloody hard to lose this.

    This Stormers side will struggle in the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.05.14 12:13:17 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 24) : scrum early, scrum often.

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.05.14 12:50:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 20) : Great minds… :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.05.14 12:55:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 24) : Ag nee f*k Morné!

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.05.14 12:58:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : And tackle damn hard…

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.05.14 12:58:30 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 15) :
    Come on Morne – you know that life isnt a blackboard exercise.

    Thats the beauty of rugby too – the sum of the parts often dont add up to the number they logically should.

    Take travel for example. Part of the issue is re-acclimatizing, but part of the issue is simply re-focusing, and not losing the edge that one honed while being in the old travelling squad bubble.

    Playing for pride could mean a greater error rate, as you point out, but it could also mean a greater willingness to try things under pressure, and a greater determination to throw the kitchen sink mid-season (as opposed to the preservation instinct that a squad heading to a knock-out still retains). Ultimately, history is littered with examples of “hail mary” moves that have won games for underdog teams with nothing to lose.

    I do expect the Sharks to win, but the Stormers could spoil the party.

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.05.14 13:22:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 15) : Whatever, underestimate that Stormers at your own peril. And if you are trying to give us s false sense of security, we won’t fall for it. We are up a very dangerous Stormers team that has improved 100%. We’ll need to bring our A game to beat them.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.05.14 18:10:58 by GreatSharksays Reply

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