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PdV impressed with Stormers’ ability play as a team

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Springboks, Super 14 on 23 Apr 2008 at 08:33

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says the expansive style of rugby being played by the Stormers could be replicated at national level.

De Villiers told the Cape Times’ Ashfak Mohamed on Tuesday that he was excited by the form of the Stormers and the Sharks in this year’s Super 14, and that he hoped that both teams could reach the semifinals.

“I think the Stormers found their best form at the right time, as the end of the league stages draws near. That makes me happy,” he said. “What has impressed me the most about the Stormers is their organisation and ability to play as a team. The manner in which they play off each other and how they run off a team-mate’s shoulder and offload in the tackle is great, really great!

“That is the type of rugby we really want to see our teams playing. And it is the type of rugby that I will encourage with the Springboks.”

The Stormers’ expansive and sometimes unpredictable playing pattern was best illustrated by the superb try scored by Schalk Brits against the Hurricanes last Saturday.

Luke Watson re-gathered Sireli Naqelevuki’s chip kick and produced a great offload to a charging Andries Bekker, who did magnificently to be up with the play in support of the ball carrier.

Bekker’s ability to take contact and still look to pass to a team-mate, in this case Watson, is sure to give him a tick in the positive box when De Villiers evaluates the Bok lock candidates.

The running ability of Brits to burst through the Hurricanes after Watson found him with an accurate pass was also sure to have heartened the Bok coach.

“It also pleases me that there are now guys who are putting up their hand for Springbok selection,” De Villiers said. “I don’t want to mention any names of players, but the Stormers team as a whole are playing very well as a unit. I just hope that they can build on that form.”

Some of the Stormers players who are sure to have impressed De Villiers are fullback Conrad Jantjes, wing Tonderai Chavhanga, centre and captain Jean de Villiers, halfbacks Peter Grant and Ricky Januarie, loose forwards Watson and Schalk Burger, as well as big men Bekker, Brits and tighthead prop Brian Mujati.

The Sharks lost their first match of the competition to the Brumbies last week, when a lacklustre second-half display filled with ill-discipline and poor decision making cost them victory.

But De Villiers, ever the optimist, was not unduly concerned by that setback to last year’s finalists. “The Sharks are a good team that just played one bad game,” he said.

“They have done really well to stay unbeaten for so long. I believe that they will play well again after what happened last week. And they must rather lose now than in a semifinal or final situation.

“At this stage, it looks like we can get two teams into the semi-finals of the Super 14. That will be fantastic if we can manage that.

“It will certainly help with the confidence when the guys get together at the Springboks after the Super 14.”

The Stormers are in fourth spot on the log with 27 points, but are only ahead of the fifth-placed Chiefs on points difference. They will still face the Highlanders (on Saturday), Brumbies and Waratahs at home and the Lions at Ellis Park.

The Sharks are in second position on 32 points and still have two difficult games on tour, against the Waratahs on Saturday and the Crusaders in Christchurch. They complete their league section against the Cheetahs and the Chiefs, both in Durban.

Meanwhile, Stormers captain Jean de Villiers missed training at Durbanville on Tuesday, but assistant coach Allister Coetzee said that De Villiers only had a sore throat and will play against the Highlanders on Saturday.

In other team news, Dylan des Fountain is set to replace the injured Tonderai Chavhanga after running at right wing for most of Tuesday’s practice. There could be a further change at scrumhalf, with Bolla Conradie, who ran in the probable team for most of the session, coming in for Ricky Januarie.

But Coetzee said: “We are making sure that everybody knows the calls in case we have a situation like the Tondie and JD one, where we lose two players for the rest of the Super 14.”


  • Just another example of the putrid, partisan Cape press over-flattering their beloved Stormers. Blaaacchh! If they’re so good, then how come there’s another SA team 2 places above them and five points ahead of them?

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.04.08 09:53:00 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • CS

    it’s not the cape press making the comments it is PdV.

    The Stormers have been playing well and deserve the praise and as the article that is scheduled for posting in a little while will indicate. They are probably going to end the league in 2nd place.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.04.08 10:08:13 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • As a Sharks supporter …and using that old worn out Cliche. “Give credit where credit is due”. On attack the Stomers can teach the Sharks a lesson any day.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.04.08 10:20:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • A Springbok team that defends like the Sharks and runs like the Stormers would be awesome… What do you guys think?

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.04.08 10:21:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Amen to that pokkel.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.04.08 10:25:02 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Come to think of it…. with Gary Gold and Dick Muir there we might be on to something. If PdV keeps an open mind this might become reality.
    I keep wondering how the players will adapt with the Wales test. You possibly have Super 14 players playing under ELV’s and overseas based players playing old rules to combine in a test played under old rules…. Might not be so easy.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.04.08 10:41:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Pokkel

    The Welsh won’t know what hit them. The ELV’s will have conditioned our players to such a fast game that the Welsh will be simply shell shocked.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.04.08 10:46:01 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • KSA Shark
    How many overseas based players do you think PdV will use in the Springbok 22 now that he has the go ahead. Also interesting if he will retain John Smith. He is a great captain,but not the best hooker by a long shot.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.04.08 10:50:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I am beginning to think Dick may confuse the Bok backline and they may lose any attacking potential they might have had….. 😮 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.04.08 10:51:11 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • Pokkel

    i think there will be a HUGE outcry if John is NOT retained. Purely becasue he has ALREADY been named as the captain for 2008.

    My bet would be 3 O/S players. Vic, John and Butch.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.04.08 10:52:42 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Dive pass, You may be right. Always had a lot of respect for Dick , but his calls this year have confused a lot of us.

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.04.08 10:53:38 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Want to be confused even more?????

    Dick has named Murray and Barrit at 13 for this weekend

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.04.08 10:55:07 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • KSA Shark
    Problem is that as far as I know John Smith hasn’t played much rugby of late. I also don’t see any natural leader coming through. Fourie du Preez is no captain and I sometimes have my doubts about our own Sharks captain

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.04.08 10:56:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • John had an injury but has been back for a while now i believe.

    let me go and check.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.04.08 10:58:08 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Johns been in fine form for Claremonte since returning from injury

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.04.08 11:07:31 by Clayton Reply
  • i can’t find anything but now that Clayton agrees with me I must be right. 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.04.08 11:10:04 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • hello hello helloooo!!! :mrgreen: Rob, KSA any good news for me ❓ 😕

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.04.08 11:11:50 by Reds Reply

  • well it fills one with confidence ( not ) that he can’t spell Clermont 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.04.08 11:16:01 by yossarian Reply

  • Nothing from my side Reds. 🙁

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.04.08 11:16:29 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Yoss.

    Don’t even ask him about Auvergne then 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.04.08 11:17:48 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Looking at some articles it look like Pieter will have free hand in picking NH players. Think this is the perfect oppertunity to have a good mix between young and old and to try and get a good Bok 30 players together. Think the Saracens Saffers & Clermont duo play some good rugby at the moment.

    Pieter will be different to Jake White and will always try and let the Bokke play a more unstructured open game. The ELVs will help no ends to his aim.

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.04.08 11:18:44 by PaarlBok Reply

  • 👿 👿 I also can’t find anything. Not even under his real name. Well I just have to have an interview with him then. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.04.08 11:18:54 by Reds Reply

  • Jaja man,we have claremont down here in CT and i thought id just chuck in a random E for effect.

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.04.08 11:22:35 by Clayton Reply
  • Ok, i’ll give the Stormers credit where it is due. They’ve played well up till now. First, we’ll see if they can win a semi-final, then they can talk.

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.04.08 11:31:52 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • SlaapstadShark me a s a oer oud WP supporter first want to see them making the semis. 🙄 I dont look futher then this weekend against the Highlanders.

    It doesnt mean the Stormers play some good rugby at the moment. Trust me I was there on saturday and it will take a mean team to beat them at Newlands. Thats for sure.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.04.08 11:37:48 by PaarlBok Reply

  • and I agree on the Slaapstad soutie press. They and Keo can blow everything out of perportion.

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.04.08 11:40:34 by PaarlBok Reply


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