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Tony Brown joins Stormers in NZ

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 2 Mar 2008 at 08:23

The winless Stormers flew out on Saturday for a four-match tour of Australasia, buoyed by the news of the imminent arrival of a potential match winner in flyhalf Tony Brown.

News 24 reports that the former All Black pivot who had a lengthy Super 14 stint with the Highlanders and later with the Sharks (2006) is expected to join the Stormers in time for their match on Friday, March 14, against the Chiefs, in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The 18-times capped All Black Brown is presently playing for Japan’s Wild Knights, who have reached the later rounds of a knock-out competition in that country.

“Hopefully they (Wild Knights) will be knocked out so that he can join up with us. We are looking forward to having his experience available to us,” Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus said of the 33-year-old flyhalf.

The Stormers have been decidedly ineffective on attack, as borne out by the fact that they have yet to score a try after three matches this season.

Critics have pointed fingers at the Stormers’ halfback pairing of Peter Grant (flyhalf) and Ricky Januarie (scrumhalf) but Erasmus has an alternative view of that matter.

“The halfbacks are still learning to know each other,” said Erasmus. “I am giving the a chance to get used to each other. I won’t discard them easily.”

Grant has not been impressive with tactical kicking while Januarie, although effective on attacks, has not been providing the quickest of service at the base of the scrum.

Brown, who in his heyday was preferred by the All Blacks as back-up for Andrew Mehrtens and Carlos Spencer, has a judicious boot and great flair when distributing and providing support play.

Those attributes may just be what the Stormers need to start winning matches, and to lift them off the bottom rung of the Super 14 ladder.

Despite three successive defeats Erasmus was not dejected.

“In a way I’m glad these games are out of the way. People forget we played the (Super 14) No 1, 2 and 3 of last year. I would have preferred to play them later in the competition but equally, we fancy ourselves to pick up quite a few points from this stage onwards.

“It’s a blessing to get away and stay in a team environment. One must remember the Stormers have had a change of management and being away on tour for a month will help players to get to know each other.

“Knowing your fellow players helps in the process of team building and sometimes it may be as long as three seasons before the benefits are reaped.”

Erasmus felt that his side’s attacking prowess was blunted on Friday night at Newlands because of the masterful performance by the Crusaders in all facets of the game.

“If you defend for more than 50% of the game like we did against the Crusaders you’ll find that the guys are flat when they get the ball. It almost like not knowing what to do with the ball, and that was partly responsible for the ball being kicked away so often.”

Stormers squad: Gio Aplon, Andries Bekker, Wikus Blaauw, Gcobani Bobo, Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Tonderai Chavhanga, Bolla Conradie, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Dylan des Fountain, Robbie Diack, Adriaan Fondse, Peter Grant, Brok Harris, Conrad Jantjes, Ricky Januarie, Tiaan Liebenberg, Francois Louw, JD Moller, Brian Mujati, Pieter Myburgh, Sireli Naqelevuki, Joe Pietersen, Ross Skeate, Luke Watson.


  • It Seems the Wild Knights (Epi Taione and Tony Brown’s team) are STILL playing rugby and the article is a little misleading.

    Toshiba Brave Lupus and Toyota Verblitz advanced to the semifinal of the All-Japan Championship following wins on Saturday at Tokyo’s Chichibunomiya Stadium.

    Toyota beat Kintetsu Liners, winners of the Top Challenge Series, 53-43, while Toshiba beat college champions Waseda University 47-24.

    Toyota will next meet Sanyo Wild Knights at Osaka’s Hanazono Stadium, while the other semifinal (at Chichibunomiya) sees Toshiba up against Top League champions Suntory Sungoliath.

    “We played Suntory in the first game of the season,” said Toshiba coach Tomohiro Segawa. “And both sides were missing some of their top players. We will need to raise our level and play to our strengths to beat them.”

    Toshiba ran in seven tries against Waseda with Teppei Tomioka scoring the pick of the bunch.

    The centre, who celebrated his birthday today, took the ball on a scissors just outside his own 22 in the 67th minute and then ran fast and straight before completely wrong-footing the last Waseda defender.

    Hiroki Yoshida’s sixth successful conversion of the day saw Toshiba lead 47-10. But two late tries by the students – including a second for No. 8 Masakazu Toyota – made sure the Waseda fans in the crowd of 13,269 went home happy if not completely satisfied.

    In the day’s first game, Toyota and Kintetsu scored 14 tries between them.

    Andrew Mailei and Yasumasa Shigemitsu both picked a pair of five-pointers for Kintetsu, while Tatsuya Kusumi picked up a brace for Toyota.

    Kintetsu led 36-34 as late as the 65th minute but Toyota responded with tries by Yoshiki Nakamura, Takashi Kikutani and Sekove Leawere to finally seal the game. Mailei crossed for his second in the sixth minute of stoppage time but it was too little too late.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.03.08 08:25:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • So if Next weekend (Rnd 4 of S14) is the Semi Final and the Final is the week after (Rnd 5 of the S14) then Brown and Taione won’t be joing their S14 teams before round 6.

    Rassie only has one flyhalf on tour for at least the first two weeks. 😯

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.03.08 08:28:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The halfbacks are still learning to know each other,” said Erasmus. “I am giving the a chance to get used to each other. I won’t discard them easily.”

    So is he saying Brown will not start ahead of Grant? I suspect he will be changing tune once Brown arrives.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.03.08 08:30:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Final
    The winners of the two semi-finals play off in the final for the overall title of national champion.
    Sunday, 16 March 2008.
    Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground, Tokyo.

    The winners of Round 2 progress to the semi-finals to play the teams that finished first and second in the 2007~8 TL season.
    Saturday, 8 March 2008.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.03.08 08:43:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Stormers have scored a try! Ksa, I have a new drum to beat, btw. I thought Deysel was brilliant last night

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.03.08 09:22:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • Stormers have scored a try!

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.03.08 09:24:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sorry Rob

    I don’t have Deysel’s cell number I promise. 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.03.08 09:25:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Stormers have scored a try!

    02.03.08 09:24:52 – KSA Shark © Edit

    Just answered my own question don’t worry.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.03.08 09:30:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • It’s ok. He’s on my facebook 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.03.08 09:36:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • On a sadder note, the bloody Wildebeest got stuffed again!

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.03.08 09:56:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi RD – it was shocking hey? Poured with rain in the 2nd half though.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.03.08 10:44:19 by Nessa Reply

  • They need to make changes there. That pack is ALL WRONG under the new laws

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.03.08 10:57:11 by robdylan Reply
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