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Jean at centre of mind games

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 7 May 2008 at 23:11
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Stormers captain Jean de Villiers probably created a few doubts in the minds of the inexperienced Waratahs centres on Wednesday when he made some telling observations about Saturday’s Super 14 rugby match.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that the Australians are likely to field 18-year-old Rob Horne and Tom Carter, 24, in midfield for the Newlands clash.

“I’m not sure whether Horn will play on Saturday but if he does, I’ll say a few things to him and see how he reacts,” De Villiers said.

“One does not take age into account but sometimes this competition offers a psychological challenge. When you’re young, it can be hard to remain sharp week after week.

“A young player can try to avoid a challenge or he can grab the opportunity. But I don’t underestimate any opponent. Horn is a good player and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Horne was still at school last year and Carter made his Super 14 debut only this season.

De Villiers and Gcobani Bobo, both experienced Springboks, will certainly go all out to test their opponents in a match the Stormers just have to win.

“Sometimes these young guys bring so much energy to the squad that the whole team’s work ethics are boosted,” De Villiers said.

Has to be psychologically tuned

“It can go both ways. We’ll see how many negative points we can find and capitalise on them.

“One has to be psychologically tuned. You don’t know how strong they are, psychologically,” De Villiers said.

The Waratahs, who lost to the Bulls last week, are still second on the points table but the Stormers can leap-frog them by winning on Saturday.

De Villiers feels the Waratahs are a good all-round team, strong in the set pieces and with big ball carriers.

“It’s hard to find a weak link in their team. We have a few ideas. We hope we can focus on what we have been doing well and carry it over into this game,” De Villiers said.

The Stormers have selected the same team that beat the Brumbies 20-10 last week.

Coach Rassie Erasmus is hoping his side will make use of their opportunities.

“In the first half against the Brumbies, we had two chances of scoring tries and we took them both. In the second half we had four, and we did not use one,” he said on Wednesday.

Tighhead prop Brian Mujati had a slight dose of the flu on Wednesday and substitute flyhalf Tony Brown nursed slight groin problems but both should be ready to play on Saturday.

“It’s nice to be able to field the same team. I hope the guys play well together,” Erasmus said.

However, the coach did not even mention bonus points. He just wants a win. “I’ll take a penalty try or a drop-goal to win,” he said.

The Stormers team: Conrad Jantjes, Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (capt) Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie, Robbie Diack, Francois Louw, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brock Harris, Schalk Brits, Brian Mujati.
Substitutes: Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Skeate, Pieter Myburgh, Bolla Conradie, Tony Brown and Dylan Des Fountain.


  • Ai ai, Softy al weer grootbek… 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.05.08 07:34:52 by Charlie Reply
  • What mind games? Seems like a run of the mill interview to me.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.05.08 07:58:13 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
  • “What mind games?”

    Hidden in there somewhere… JDV is nie die slimste oke nie… 😀

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.05.08 09:00:06 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Its a open and honest interview rather refreshing.Good to hear that JDV has a spring in his mouth.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.05.08 09:29:20 by csb Reply
  • howdy CSB

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.05.08 09:33:35 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • hey Robd , you guys having a good summer so far I hear

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.05.08 09:38:05 by csb Reply

  • ah mate – the weather is just awesome at the moment! I’m loving it

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.05.08 09:44:10 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I always digged the Pom Summers… particularly if you’re living in your neck of the woods Robbo..

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.05.08 10:44:22 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • everything is so green and pretty. And the bluebells are coming up like weeds.

    Blooming marvelous!

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.05.08 10:56:58 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • English summers are great (when and if they arrive of course). Nothing like sitting in the sun at 9 in the evening sipping your beverage, alcoholic or otherwise, of choice.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.05.08 13:36:04 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • JDV & mind games?

    Surely an oxymoron if ever there was one? Good rugby brain, but not much more than that methinks…

    I like the look of that Rob Horne, he reminds me of a very young Tim Horan. Give him a few seasons, he will be good.

    Stormers also need to watch Kurtley Beale, he’s really blossomed this season – bulked up, improved his tactical kicking & added dropkicks to his artillery.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.05.08 13:51:58 by Le Requinny Reply
  • RobD

    I struggle to get my body adjusted to the sun that shines till 9pm. When the sunset I think it is still 7 o’clock. Can’t go to bed an hour after the sun has set…


  • Comment 12, posted at 08.05.08 15:27:17 by Methos Reply

  • Methos – we were also like that when we first arrived. Would sit up until 11pm or later every night and then wonder why we struggled to get in the morning!

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.05.08 15:28:37 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • best jean does not overdo the thinking, he’s starting too play well.
    better watch that rob horne, very pacey centre that.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.05.08 16:00:19 by cab Reply

  • Methos… wait till winter when the suns down by 4pm…lol!

    Cab… Rob Horne was devastating in the ARC last year… actually there isn’t a single Aussie back that doesn’t have pace, can step and has the necessary skills coming up through the ranks…

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.05.08 16:26:19 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Methos, wait until July… sun set at 11pm… and up by 3am…

    You made the move then?

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.05.08 17:09:08 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Vincenzo – we need to organise a get-together in London… maybe sometime in June or July. What you think?

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.05.08 17:25:42 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Yeah cool I’m up for it.

    You wanna have okes around at your house, or mine I suppose, or have a thing at a pub or something a bit more central?

    When we having a braai ou?

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.05.08 18:27:09 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • maybe something at a pub somewhere central would make more sense.

    Braai is ein muss… You wanna pop down to Kent? Maybe bring Quinny too…?

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.05.08 19:23:13 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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