Stormers team named

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 19 Mar 2008 at 10:23

Auckland – Ross Skeate will start at lock when the Stormers take on the Blues in their Super 14 rugby clash at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday. Skeate replaces giant Andries Bekker who moves to the bench.

Former All Black flyhalf, Tony Brown, has joined the team and will be on the bench. Kick-off is at 06:30, South African time.

Stormers team: Conrad Jantjes; Tonderai Chavhanga, Gcobani Bobo, Jean De Villiers (c), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Luke Watson, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Ross Skeate, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, JD Moller. Reserves – Deon Fourie, Brok Harris, Andries Bekker, Robbie Diack, Conrad Hoffmann, Gio Aplon, Tony Brown.

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  • why would they drop Bekker? Makes no sense!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.08 10:25:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bekker often takes the ball at centre, and then runs faster than Bobo. We can’t have that. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.08 10:35:26 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • aaaaah. I thought Skeate was also a bit “lig innie broek”?

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.08 10:36:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • I hope Tony ‘Zimmerframe’Brown delivers.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.08 10:37:00 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • he he… who woulda thought.. The Stormers fielding a geriatric πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.08 10:38:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • 06H30 SA time…I hope I’ll still be awake at that time πŸ˜†

    I really hope the Stormers can win this one…just to add some spice to this tournament. That would surely set them up nicely for the rest of their games…which is cool for us cos we’ve already beaten them.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.08 10:51:41 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Tony Eion Brown

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.08 10:59:05 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Eion – An Irish form of the name John.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.08 11:01:18 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Born in Balclutha. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.08 11:05:00 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Rob

    Skeate was apparently very good when he came off the bench against the Chiefs.

    It might also be the result of Bekker’s missed tackle that led to the Chiefs’ last try… he also hangs out in the backline too much.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.08 11:05:04 by wpw Reply
  • Rotation system… Ludeke syndrome… πŸ™„

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.08 11:29:48 by Charlie Reply

  • is Ludeke Syndrome a euphemism for blatant idiocy?

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.08 12:14:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Shouldn’t that be Drotske syndrome. πŸ™„

    Ludeke’s changes are through neccesity.

    Drotske’s excuse was rotation but the reason was having given up.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.08 12:21:11 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • Maybe we should employ a coach rotation system?

    Oh wait – we do. So the coach that failed at the Cheetahs gets the Stormers job and the coach that won no matches with the CAts is given the Bulls job…

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.08 12:32:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob

    One has to admit that Rassie has made a huge difference since he arrived…

    At the Cheetahs he had kak players but still managed to win a CC and share a 2nd one…

    I think he is exactly what we needed

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.08 13:02:39 by wpw Reply
  • yeah – I know. I am actually a closet Rassie fan. He just never had the resources at the Cheetahs to be successful.

    Luckily WP have LOTS of money πŸ™„

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.08 13:11:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • I am actually a closet Rassie fan.

    19.03.08 13:11:42 – robdylan Edit

    Ssssssssssshhhhhhhhhh… you’re not allowed to say that…

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.08 14:06:35 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Is this the game where the Stormers overseas tour takes a turn for the worse? 😈

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.08 14:07:34 by Villie Reply
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  • I certainly will be picking the Blues… but not by much

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.08 14:12:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • I dont think we’ll beat them but if we do i will be ecstatic!!!


  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.08 14:34:40 by wpw Reply
  • won’t we all be?

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.08 14:39:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • If you want the Stortahs to win, just ask me to bet against them on SuperBru.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.08 14:47:27 by Kal-El Reply

  • Mind you, it might not be too dificult with Nick Evans out injured. Who will their flyhalf be? Surely not Teoava again?

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.03.08 14:48:47 by Kal-El Reply

  • Toeava will play at 10 if Evans is ruled out

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.03.08 14:57:22 by wpw Reply
  • 19.03.08 14:57:22 – wpw

    That’s 5 points to the Stortahs then, but just to be on the safe side I will still bet against the Stortahs. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.03.08 15:02:41 by Kal-El Reply

  • The Stormers are the team that always stuff up my Superbru predictions! πŸ™„

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.03.08 15:22:44 by Villie Reply
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  • Think Rassie add Skeate to give the Stormers more grunt in the forwards and when it open up second half to get Bekker on, who can dominate lineout.

    Think the Stormers are on good form and should take this one, lets look at a bit of history here. Anyone remember 2004 ?

    Just to refresh the memories
    The Stormers turned in a performance that will probably be talked about for years to come when they scored a stunning 51-23 win over the Blues in a crucial Super 12 match at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.

    You could not be accused of hyperbole if you ventured that this was the finest away performance by a South African team ever in the Super 12 as the Stormers ran in eight tries to move themselves to within a whisker of semifinal qualification.

    The Stormers comprehensively beat the Blues when Alan Solomons was coaching them in 2000, but this Blues team is a better one than the combination that played that day and the Stormers were even more emphatic this time.

    The Stormers essentially wrapped up the match in a 13 minute purple patch, just before halftime, as they turned a 5-11 deficit into a 36-11 advantage, which effectively ended the match as a contest there and then. In that time they scored five unanswered tries after, earlier, a magnificent defensive effort had absorbed the Blues pressure.

    Everyone in the rugby world knows that the Stormers are capable of quite extraordinary things on their day, but this was a day like no other as the tries flowed before halftime to stun a sizeable Eden Park crowd into silence.

    The Stormers made their intentions known from the opening scrum, when they stole a Blues ball from under their noses and set up a cross-field sweep, in which Marius Joubert created space with a brilliant show of the ball before kicking ahead for the pacy Tonderai Chavhanga to chase the ball down.

    Chavangha’s inclusion on the right wing was considered a controversial selection as it was at the expense of Breyton Paulse, but he more than vindicated Smal’s decision by showing his paces on numerous occasions. Left wing Gus Theron also showed in those early stages the benefit of having a bit of pace on the wings against the much feared Blues back three.

    The visitors, to be fair, were stymied a bit by an early injury to Joe Rocokocco. Carlos Spencer too was out of sorts for much of the game after being heavily tackled by Hendrik Gerber.

    However, even though the Stormers showed promise in the first quarter, and the likes of Badenhorst, Gerber and De Wet Barry put in some huge hits that clearly affected the Blues confidence with ball in hand, they showed little indication of what was to come as they fell behind to two penalties and a try to replacement back Orene Ai’i. At that stage, the Blues appeared to be getting the upper hand as they were winning the battle for possession and started also gaining territorial ascendancy.

    Yet the Stormers always looked assured when they had ball in hand and, on those occasions they did attack, they looked threatening as they built up impressive momentum. It was off one of these buildups, which included a clever switch, that Adri Badenhorst burst through for the try that regained the lead for the Stormers shortly before the half hour mark.

    A few minutes later, the Blues were on the attack but a poor pass was intercepted by the self-same Badenhorst and the lanky No8 ran the length of the field to make it 17-11. Gaffie du Toit’s goalkicking boots weren’t exactly well oiled, otherwise the Stormers might have won by considerably more.

    It hardly seemed to matter, however, when Chavangha found himself on the end of an inside pass that put him in for a clear run to the line, and the Blues fans had hardly swallowed their disappointment when the Stormers scrumhalf, Neil de Kock was scything his way through off yet another Blues mistake to make it 29-11 with just minutes left in the half.

    To play like the Stormers were at this stage, the ball has to bounce for you, and they profited from a good bounce as Werner Greeff grabbed hold of a ball that fitted perfectly into his outstretched arms before he outstreaked the defence to end the orgy of tries.

    Those who hoped for a Blues revival were quickly disappointed early in the second half as the Stormers started with great composure. Indeed, it was they who were the first to score after 48 minutes when Joubert, who had an outstanding game, intercepted a chip ahead by Ai’i and went over himself to stretch the Stormers lead to 43-11.

    It was sublime stuff, and it is difficult to describe to those who never watched it. The closest I have seen to this type of rugby, where everything just goes perfectly for your team, was when Western Province swept to a 40 odd point lead against the Blue Bulls in a Currie Cup game at Newlands last year.

    The Blues scored two tries later in the game, but not before a successful drop-kick from Du Toit and another try, this time dotted down by Daan Human. The Blues, widely tipped to win the game, found themselves at this stage battling just to get the bonus point.

    It was in this period of the game that one of the real reasons the Stormer’s won, namely that their defence was outstanding and they were able to harry and pressure the Blues into mistakes throughout the match, came to the fore. Frequently it appeared the Blues might get across the line, but the Stormers defence was well organised and forced the hosts into making error after error.

    As you would imagine from the scoreline, all the Stormers played well, but special mention must be made of the service of De Kock, the tackling and straight running of De Wet Barry, and the strength of Greeff at the back. The pack also all played well, with Willem Stoltz again standing out alongside the bullocking presence of Quinton Davids. Hendrik Gerber was not far behind Badenhorst in being the pick of the loose-forwards.

    The win took the Stormers to 28 points on the log, second place behind the Brumbies, and leaves the Blues contemplating also-ran status in the competition. On a bizarre day, there was plenty of reason for the South African expats in Auckland to indulge in a rare but lengthy celebration.


    Stormers 51 – Tries: Tonderai Chavhanga 2, Adri Badenhorst 2, Werner Greeff, Neil de Kock, Marius Joubert, Daan Human. Conversions: Gaffie du Toit 4. Drop-goal: Gaffie du Toit.

    Blues 23 – Tries: Orene Ai’i, Rico Gear and Doug Howlett. Penalties: Carlos Spencer and Orene Ai’i. Conversions: Ai’i 2.

    Man of the match: There were several candidates – all . There were the defenders who plugged the fly-half-inside centre area. There was the power running of No.8 Adri Badenhorst. There was the efficiency and energy of hooker Pieter Dixon and the bashing power of second rower Quinton Davids. Fullback Werner Greeff grew in confidence and competence. Scrum-half Neil de Kock was splendid but is just pipped by our Man of the match, wing Tonderai Chavhanga who started for the for the second time. It was more than just speed. The line he ran for his second try was excellent. His handling was special and his tackling aggressive.

    Moment of the match: There were several – all the tries to start with. There were others. Gus Theron tip-toed down the touchline and beat three men. Ali Williams, lanky lock, chipped and gathered delicately. The airborne clash between Orene Ai’i and Tonderai Chavhanga. But the moment which had the biggest impact of the match was Hendrik Gerber’s tackle on Carlos Spencer, ending the magician’s playmaker role.

    Villain of the match: Gaffie du Toit earned the only yellow card for an early tackle. There was also an emotional moment under the ‘ posts near the end but cool heads prevailed.

    The teams:

    : 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Rico Gear, 12 Ben Atiga, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Carlos Spencer, 9 David Gibson, 8 Xavier Rush (captain), 7 Justin Collins, 6 Angus MacDonald, 5 Bryce Williams, 4 Ali Williams, 3 Kees Meeuws, 2 Derren Witcombe, 1 Tony Woodcock.Replacements: 16 Nathan Kemp, 17 John Afoa, 18 Greg Rawlinson, 19 Jerome Kaino, 20 Billy Fulton, 21 Tasesa Lavea, 22 Orene Ai’i.

    : 15 Werner Greeff, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Gus Theron, 10 Gaffie du Toit, 9 Neil De Kock, 8 Adri Badenhorst, 7 Hendrik Gerber, 6 Corn? Krige (captain), 5 Willem Stoltz, 4 Quinton Davids, 3 Eddie Andrews, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 Daan Human.Replacements: 16 Dawid Britz, 17 Pat Barnard, 18 Rob Linde, 19 Pierre Uys, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Chris Rossouw, 22 Gavin Hume.

    Yellow card(s): Gaffie du Toit (Stormers, 79)

    Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)

    History of results against the Blues in NZ
    2006 Blues v Stormers 32-15
    2004 Blues v Stormers 23-51
    2002 Blues v Stormers 25-6
    2000 Blues v Stormers 18-39
    1998 Blues v Stormers 74-28

    Hope history repeat itself!

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.03.08 15:53:12 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Werner Greeff? Adri Badenhorst? Gaffie du Toit?

    Damn we had some average players…And i see Gus Theron was on the left wing… 😯

    Not to mention The Great Hard Man Quinton Davids :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.03.08 15:58:10 by wpw Reply
  • Gaffie getting a yellow, no wonder that day was great. will never forget that Gerber tackle, thats what need to be done on saturday, big defense and the loosies to tear them apart on the floor.

    Hope they play Evans, just one run from Schalk on him and his done. Feeling pretty confident for this one.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.03.08 16:04:11 by PaarlBok Reply

  • the bullocking presence of Quinton Davids. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.03.08 16:12:36 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • 16 Dawid Britz,

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.03.08 16:14:44 by provincejoulekkading Reply

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