Jean looking forward to first game

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Stormers on 11 Feb 2008 at 09:55

Jean de Villiers cannot wait for the first game of the Vodacom Stormers in the Super 14.

And he has news for those doubting Thomases and that is that he would be 100% fit for the first game. The Stormers kick off their campaign with a match against the defending champions, the Bulls, at Newlands next weekend.

De Viliers left last year’s World Cup tournament in France prematurely due to an elbow injury. He thus far didn’t take a full part in the Stormes pre-season preparation, but was nevertheless confident that he would be ready to tackle the Bulls.

The centre said: “Things are going well and the injuries are okay. I’ve recovered nicely and I cannot wait for the first game.

“I’ve made a lot of contact, but just sat out of training this week. I am, however, 100% certain that I will be ready (for the Bulls game). I’ve played against Maties and the University of Cape Town and we created a lot of match situations during training and things went well.

“I in fact played the whole game against Maties,” said the big backline player.

De Villiers, who will be leading the Stormers the first time next Saturday, said match fitness always tend to be a problem after such a long lay-off. He was confident that he would be fine though.

“I don’t think a lack of match fitness would be too big a problem, although it could be. But I really had a good off-season and we spent a lot of time on our feet, simulating match situations during training, so I should be okay.”

While De Villiers was confident that he would be ready after also nursing a hamstring strain this week, flyhalf Ismae-eel Dolie is battling a rib injury and is on the doubtful list.


  • Great news if he can play. 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.02.08 11:03:56 by PaarlBok Reply
  • Good news for him… He needs to step up this year, if the Stormers are to stand any chance.

    Keep his nose clean, so to speak.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.02.08 11:08:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob once again the U21 pair of de Jong (Bok7s)and Newman will be great midfielders if getting their change. I also rate Dylan des Fountain (also a x Gimmie). He and Jean’s schoolboy coach, Frikkie van Zyl, now at Landbou rated Dyllie higher then Jean. So lots of options and Sereli can move in 13. Against the thug JP Nel you need experiense tho!

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.02.08 11:15:55 by PaarlBok Reply

  • This will be key for the Stormers/WP moving forward. Lock in and develop that young talent. Throw out the old wood that has failed time and again.

    Worked for the Sharks. Key thing is retention.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.02.08 11:19:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thug JP Nel? Your biltong basket is in the post!

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.02.08 11:20:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • That is the sorry bit. JP is from Worcester. 🙄

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.02.08 11:22:46 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Saw few 7’s clips of De Jongh,jis that boy is fast.
    Don;t you scheme he is a bit small for a S14 centre?

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.02.08 11:24:34 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • How does someone as big as JDV get injured so much?

    I can almost understand Greef – he always looked for contact, but JDV is almost at AP level.

    Almost, but not quite.

    Seriously injuring your arse while sitting on a plane is really special.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.02.08 11:28:39 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Ja is a bit small and only 19/20 year old. Well if he can handle Fiji in 7s maybe perfect for the new quick game. 💡 Also a Paarl product, schooled at Hugenote Wellington.

    I am a bit worried about the defense of our midfield. Jean and Bobo isnt the best of defenders like Barry & Jouba but I am pretty sure Rassie & Brendan Venter will work out something for them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.02.08 11:28:43 by PaarlBok Reply

  • And we lost the 7’s final against NZ again…


  • Comment 10, posted at 11.02.08 11:36:22 by wpw Reply
  • Big Fish…

    Might be big, but he’s a softy… 😳

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.02.08 11:39:07 by Charlie Reply

  • wpw,

    Watch the final this morning @ 03:55… Must say the yellow card to South Africa cost them the match… 👿

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.02.08 11:40:55 by Charlie Reply

  • PB

    Imo Bobo is miles better at defending that JDV.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.02.08 11:42:29 by wpw Reply
  • 02.11.08 11:39:07 – Charlie

    Sounds like wpw… 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.02.08 11:46:01 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.02.08 11:55:31 by wpw Reply
  • :mrgreen: 😯 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.02.08 12:08:18 by Charlie Reply


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