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Bekker boost for Stormers

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 26 Mar 2008 at 11:15

Rassie Erasmus will start Andries Bekker and Ross Skeate in tandem as the Stormers look to combat the Force’s strength at the line-out.

The pair will resume their partnership for the first time this season. Both players are key line-out jumpers and are often described as similar players. This is why a player like Adriaan Fondse is often paired with a Bekker or a Skeate and described as the perfect foil, just as a Bakkies Botha complements a Victor Matfield.

Keo.co.za reports that Bekker is the only change to the side that went down 17-14 to the Blues last Saturday. The Force have Wallabies line-out maestro Nathan Sharpe who is in commanding form for the Perth franchise. Fondse wasn’t a bad line-out option, but having Skeate and Bekker operating from the start will boost the Stormers’ chances in this department considerably.

The Stormers loose trio are also not known for their line-out prowess. Both Luke Watson and Francois Louw are on the short side as far as premier jumpers go, while Schalk Burger is often better utilised as a strike runner off the set-piece.

Stormers – 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Ross Skeate, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 JD Moller.
Subs: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19. Robbie Diack, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Gio Aplon, 22 Tony Brown.


  • If the thoughts of playing Diack at 4/5 are utilised then they have two locks and plenty options on the bench.

    C’mon Stormers

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.03.08 11:39:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Grant starting at standoff this weekend with Brown on the bench again.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.03.08 12:22:04 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Only watched a bit of the game last weekend. Did grant play 10 and Brown 12? I saw they were both on the field at the same time.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.03.08 12:25:27 by Nessa Reply

  • I thought it was the other way around nessa… but I could be wrong.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.03.08 12:29:19 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Nessa

    Brown came on as a sub midway through the second half.

    Grant then moved to center and Brown played 10. That combination looked dangerous right away.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.03.08 13:28:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ja Brown looked pretty good for a player that is having problems with the length of his tooth….

    I seriously hope the fence-sitting/hopping national coach get’s Mr James back…we don’t have many good alternatives.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.03.08 13:37:09 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • problems with the length of his tooth….

    Bwhahahahaha :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.03.08 13:38:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Interesting take on the team from Rugby 365.

    Erasmus planning Brown surprise

    All Black flyhalf Tony Brown remains seated on the Stormers replacement bench, as they prepare for their final tour match in Australasia, a Super 14 Round Seven encounter with the Western Force in Perth on Friday.

    Brown, who made his debut for the Stormers as a second-half replacement in the heartbreaking 14-17 loss to the Blues last week, has again been named on the bench for Friday’s outing at the Subiaco Oval – despite his immediate impact upon taking to the field in Auckland last week.

    However, team insiders feel that Erasmus may be keeping the veteran All Black No.10 as an ‘ace up his sleeve’ and may still unleash him on the Force from the kick-off.

    Erasmus has, often in the past, announced one team and then another runs on.

    It has been hinted that the wily Stormers coach may be planning a similar surprise for the Force.

    The team, named on Wednesday, shows just one change and a positional switch to that which lost to the Blues.

    Andries Bekker comes into the second row and will wear the No.5 jersey, while Ross Skeate changes shirt and will take over Adriaan Fondse’s No.4 jersey. Fondse drops down to the replacement bench.

    Back on the bench is Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg, who rejoined the team in Perth this week – after recovering from a muscle strain to his left thigh.

    Now i remember why i never chose any Cheetahs in my FL team last year.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.03.08 14:38:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I Delport is playing VC.

    Former South Africa Under-19 and Under-21 captain Paul Delport, will start for the unbeaten Western Province side in their Vodacom Cup match against the Pumas in Paarl on Saturday.

    It will be Delport’s first start since a virus laid him low last year.

    The WP team is: Wylie Human, Terry Jacobs, PJ Vermeulen, Morgan Newman, Zhahier Ryland, Isma-eel Dollie, Paul Delport, Pieter Louw, Justin Melck, Conraad Britz, Rito Hlungwani, Francois Van Der Merwe, Ruaan Du Preez, Hanyani Shimange (capt.), Michael De Neully Rice. Replacements: Simon Westraadt, WP Nel, Nico Du Plessis, George Earle, Alastair Siegelaar, Ricardo Croy, Dabeon Draghoender

    I can see why the team is unbeaten, quite a few players with S14 experience in there.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.03.08 14:42:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Gee its that De Villier’s Bok 15?

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.03.08 14:45:29 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • Still not playing as good as they should KSA

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.03.08 15:00:22 by provincejoulekkading Reply

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