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Marais heads uninspiring Stormers signings list


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 16 Jan 2017 at 10:01
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The Stormers have added five names to their Super Rugby squad in the only real local transfer news so far this year. While the new players will aid somewhat with their depth, the quality of the signings once again shows the real problems local franchises have in terms picking up established performers.

Against a backdrop of more and more seasoned and even mid-range professionals leaving South Africa to ply their trade in Europe or Japan, local Super Rugby teams are forced to pack their squads with unproven youngsters, hoping against hope to eke out a season or two of good rugby before them before these players, too, are lured abroad. Four of the five signings fit into this category, with Bulls utility back Dan Kriel and Lions flanker Steph de Witt perhaps the most promising, given that each has, at least, won something resembling regular selection at Currie Cup level.

Kriel, the twin brother of Springbok Jesse, started out on a similar trajectory to his brother while the pair were at Maritzburg College, but while his twin rose rapidly through the ranks and was a capped international by the age of 21, Dan only got as far as an under 20 cap before sinking back into the mire of the Bulls’ over-stocked age-group program. He has three Super Rugby caps to his name, along with 15 at Currie Cup level over the last two seasons. De Witt’s pedigree is less impressive still – boasting a similar number of Lions caps, he is already 25 and has battled to establish himself as a Super Rugby regular ahead of the likes of Jaco Kriel or Derrick Minnie.

22-year-old Ramone Samuels, also from the Lions, is a promising youngster who has played age-group rugby in the back row as well as at hooker; it’s understood the Stormers are looking at him in the latter position. Perhaps underlining the real desperation of their situation, though, is the signing of Johan du Toit from the Sharks. A hard-working youngster during his time in Durban, Pieter-Steph’s brother has not even a minute of senior rugby to his name and arrives in Cape Town with an all-too-fresh ACL injury, which he sustained in the second-last game of 2016′s Under 21 competition.

Of the five players, the most experienced in clearly fullback SP Marais. Having endured something of a nightmare since the Kings signed him from the Leopards five years ago, Marais finally moves “back home” to the Western Cape after unsuccessful stints with the Sharks and Bulls since leaving the bankrupt Kings.



35 Comments

  • Yay Stormers!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.01.17 10:23:13 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Rob, how does commenting work on the app?

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.01.17 10:26:56 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 2) : Never mind

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.01.17 10:27:48 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Is there a chance that we might still sign some more players, or has that ship sailed?

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.01.17 10:28:18 by HeinF Reply

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  • Smiled at your exchange with SP Marais on Twitter Rob

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.01.17 10:46:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 2) : very well :)

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.01.17 11:03:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 4) : I’m not sure, but I am not expecting any more names now. Got a pretty big squad as is.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.01.17 11:03:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : well, to my mind, the only good thing about that exchange was the way I managed to walk away from having a full-blooded go at the guy.

    What an idiot – seriously. A player who is oversensitive and always taking to Twitter (either personally or via family members) to attack anyone who criticises his performance? No surprise that a guy like that never gets anyway. Mental strength of a wet flipping noodle.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.01.17 11:05:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, your article forgot to mention this important bit….

    “President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union, Thelo Wakefield, said that the new signings underline the ambition of the union going forward”

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.01.17 11:22:45 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : LOL. Exactly :)

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.01.17 11:49:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : True, we have a big squad with nice cover in most positions. Just always curious, this time of year looking for any bit of news to make the time go by faster!

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.01.17 11:52:39 by HeinF Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : He’ll fit in just fine at the stormers ;p

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.01.17 12:21:31 by byron Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : That’s the part I was smiling about. It’s hardly (n)ever worth the effort trying to argue against cognitive dissonance on the internet. You handled it well.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.01.17 12:35:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : thank you! Much appreciated

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.01.17 12:45:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.01.17 14:38:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : now I’m seriously curious think I must sign up just to see it!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.01.17 18:25:54 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : found it! Nothing you said is factual wrong and you did not make it personal well done sir!

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.01.17 19:15:09 by JD Reply
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  • That has got to been of the saddest headlines I have ever read.
    Seriously if that had been a headline on the Sharks site about the state of play going into this season I would have started to look for a hockey website to spend my time on.
    Super Prick Marais,thats the polite version

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.01.17 10:08:08 by The hound Reply
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  • Am I the only one who finds it insanely amusing that Toulouse’s media statement regarding the signing of the 3’8″ Cheslin Kolbe praises his “speed qualities,… excellent kicking game and his *aerial recovery skills*…”!? :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.01.17 11:33:55 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) : Agree but can’t wait to see him play Frans Steyn when they play Montpellier,
    Frans always had a thing about Kolbe,loved to hunt him down usually resulting in an totally biased red card as Kolbe did his best Habbanna,writhing on the ground in agony, only to miraculously recover once the card was awarded.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.01.17 11:41:36 by The hound Reply
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  • Shame, I see Steph de Wet broke his ankle at one of his first Stormers practices…unlucky…

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.01.17 12:40:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 20) : This is so true….deja vu.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.01.17 13:09:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) : @The hound (Comment 20) : @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 22) : just glad he’s gone now they can stop selling him as then next Bok 15!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.01.17 16:13:04 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 23) : Not only 15 but every now and then he was mentioned as a scrummy.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.01.17 16:21:42 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Guys, I thought Robert du Preez was on the last year of his contract with WP. Was expecting to see his name on the list of players that have extended their stay with WP.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.01.17 18:47:40 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • If i were Fleckie id go with this backline 9. Phillips 10. DuPreez 11. De Allende 12. DeJongh 13. Jones 14. Kolbe 15. Hermanus

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.01.17 08:50:52 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 25) : I reckon if he doesnt feature in Bok plans this year he will head to Europe

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.01.17 08:54:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 27) : I know I have asked this question before but isn’t Robert studying at Maties,if so then won’t his studies dictate his availability.If not then why are non students allowed to represent University teams.
    Guys taking University places and getting paid to do so should be studying something.

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.01.17 10:02:24 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 28) : As far as im aware he isnt studying, unless its perhaps a part time course. Varsity cup does allow a certain number of non students in their teams provided they havnt played super rugby.

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.01.17 10:05:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 29) : I dont think he ever studied at Maties. He was somehow loane dto them for Varsity Cup and if I remember correctly it was shortly before that years competition started, so he wasnt in the preliminary Maties squads.

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.01.17 10:58:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 30) : Yeh he did join up late his first year but i am of the understanding that he did also did a bit of studying that first year…what course and whether it was part time or not im not sure. But dont think he has been involved with Maties at all since he got his senior WP cap. Not sure which club side he is even allocated to.

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.01.17 11:08:19 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : The “did a bit of studying that first year” probably extended to finding his way around campus. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.01.17 11:32:37 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 32) : i didnt specify it was studying anything academic ;)

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.01.17 11:39:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : So then are these non students payed to play in the University teams or are they amateurs.

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.01.17 12:04:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 34) : Well amateurs in the very loose sense of it yes. Most top level club players are paid in this country believe it or not. So those non students playing may be ‘amateurs’ if they dont have junior WP contracts but id be surprised to hear they receive no money…whether officially or not

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.01.17 12:15:36 by SheldonK Reply

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