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De Waal set to start again

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 11 Mar 2009 at 08:09
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Willem de Waal is set to keep his place in the Stormers’ starting line-up for Saturday’s Super14 rugby match against the Lions at Newlands.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that it was widely anticipated that Peter Grant would return to the No 10 jersey this week after De Waal started last week’s 10-14 defeat to the Bulls. However, Die Burger has reliably learned that De Waal will again be the pivot after a solid performance on Saturday.

De Waal’s tactical kicks had the Stormers on the front foot for long periods against the Bulls and a host of second half substitutes, including Grant, almost produced an upset win.

“It’s no longer about how the Stormers win and whether they get the bonus point. They just have to get some confidence,” said former Stormers and Springbok flyhalf Braam van Straaten.

“They looked significantly better on Saturday and with a little bit of luck could have beaten the Bulls. It was a good performance away from home. The Stormers certainly don’t need to be deflated. They have played only four games.”

However, the Stormers cannot afford a fourth defeat on Saturday. And that is why coach Rassie Erasmus may decide to play a little conservatively at first before returning to the attacking ways of earlier in the competition.

Van Straaten said he would pick Grant if dry conditions are expected, but would not lose any sleep if Erasmus did pick De Waal.

“It’s no longer about playing the ball wide, but to win at all costs. Rassie and Willem have achieved success together. He sees Willem through different eyes,” said Van Straaten.

“With the ELVs as they are you don’t get so many penalties. That is why you have to ensure the ones you get can be converted into points. I still believe a kicker can make or break a side. Willem plays a little more conservatively. He will put pressure on the opponent with his kicking boot. He also distributes well. Peter plays on the advantage line. He is a little more physical and keeps the opponent guessing. I would have both involved with the Springboks. I believe they can come into their own at that level. Both play a specific role and they are very good flyhalves. Willem should have been a Springbok a few years ago. He was very unlucky not to achieve it. At one stage he hardly missed a kick at goal. Willem was calm and collected in the Currie Cup finals he played in. That kind of experience does a lot for a player,” continued Van Straaten.

Springbok flank Schalk Burger is expected to return to the starting line-up, while Sireli Naqelevuki is set to replace Tonderai Chavhanga on the wing.


  • Aai!!!

    Will it be wrong of me to hope the Stormers lose in order for Rassie to get the boot??? 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.03.09 08:42:06 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : yes

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.03.09 08:46:37 by molly Reply
  • Sure thing Braam, 1 win out of 4 and lets send the flyahlf and his backup to lead the Bok backline. 😐

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.03.09 08:48:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • but I do agree with you, my patience is dwindling. But what other coaches are there? Heyneke? 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.03.09 08:48:45 by molly Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :


  • Comment 5, posted at 11.03.09 08:51:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) :

    He must be studying for a journalism degree somewhere in CT. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.03.09 08:52:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 4) :

    Heyneke wouldn’t be bad. I know his approach is conservative but his coaching record is very good!!! 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.03.09 09:00:55 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Patriotism!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.03.09 09:02:25 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 8) : 😳 I forgot you’re a dessert bald eagle now

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.03.09 09:03:47 by rahul Reply
  • I would have both involved with the Springboks – 😯
    @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.03.09 09:04:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

    DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you implying i supported the Stormers at some stage of my life?

    I know I had a few to many drinks on a few to many occasions, but I only fall down stairs and forget Garlic pizzas in the back of my car, I was NEVER drunk enough to support the Stormers. (I think)

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.03.09 09:10:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : I’m Saying we should all support local in the S14! as much as we hate it.

    and forget Garlic pizzas in the back of my car
    You think the morning beer smell was bad? Your windows opened themselves didn’t they?

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.03.09 09:18:02 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 12) :


  • Comment 13, posted at 11.03.09 09:20:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 12) :

    I am supporting Local. The Local Lions. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.03.09 09:21:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    Rather the Stormers than England!!! 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.03.09 09:28:53 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 15) :

    I am afraid you’d be dissappointed with my answer to that one. 😀


  • Comment 16, posted at 11.03.09 09:34:58 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) : And he has PdV in his avatar? Why not the england coach… whats his name… umm… 🙄

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.03.09 09:37:07 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 17) :

    If I got a Photo next to Johnson then i’d have to tun the camera sideways to get us both in the same shot. 😀

    Plus Johnson wasn’t in Dubai. 😉

    BUT just so we are clear, my order of preference for teams is

    5. Scotland
    1,362. Stormers
    5,368. Cheetahs (and dropping by the day)
    29,300,145. North Victoria prison services social team
    29,300,146. Blue bulls
    29,300,147. South London Yob center XV
    29,300,148. Bulls

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.03.09 09:46:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    A further clarification.

    So IF the Bulls were the last team on earth I WOULD support them.

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.03.09 09:48:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : 😯

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.03.09 09:50:01 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : 😆 But the Springboks moved up I see… was this before or after WC win

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.03.09 09:50:33 by rahul Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : And Lions? Or don’t they count?

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.03.09 09:55:44 by molly Reply
  • “South London Yob center XV”

    Could you imagine them on the field! Worse the SAPS III XV 😆

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.03.09 09:57:46 by rahul Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 21) :

    It was after we were allowed back into international Rugby.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.03.09 09:58:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 22) :

    1,363 🙂

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.03.09 09:58:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @rahul (Comment 23) :

    SAPS 3rd XV :PUKE:

    I KNOW how Luke felt when they wouldn’t shake his hand after the game. 😆 The SAP guys tend to do the same when you niggle them a bit during the game. 😆 😛

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.03.09 09:59:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : Jeez, I feel older now. We knew each other when boks weren’t playing legal internationals!

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.03.09 10:00:48 by rahul Reply
  • maybe Rassie is so disappointed with the CT boys that he feels he needs to rely on his own. Him and de Waal goe quite a way.

    But wonder how Grant must feel 😕

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.03.09 10:13:19 by rekinek Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 27) : :mrgreen:

    YIP!!!!! They were allowed back in in 1991 if I rememebr correctly.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.03.09 10:13:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • It will only take a few wins and ‘die kaap is weer hollands’ & everybody loves Rassie again.

    No point in getting rid of Rassie.

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.03.09 10:17:11 by McLovin Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 28) : I’ve yet to see from Grant what all the hype is about. His line kicking is very poor imo.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.03.09 10:20:02 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : yip – maybe just get rid of some players 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.03.09 10:25:24 by rekinek Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 31) :
    you have the point – and from the guy who spent so much time at flyhalf you expect more and I don’t think he is improving much.
    but overall he is better than de waal and in fighting chance for springbok place.

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.03.09 10:31:48 by rekinek Reply
  • I like the way Rassie is almost blaming the will to please the spectators by playing attractive rugby as the reason for the Stormers problems.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.03.09 10:48:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 34) :

    This is the same gameplan that he said was his and that the day the players didn’t buy into it, he would resign. 😳

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.03.09 10:49:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) :
    I forgot that, yeah that one. 😳

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.03.09 10:55:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Considering the fact that the Lions lineouts haven’t been going too well, picking de Waal might not be such a bad idea.

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.03.09 11:25:44 by McLovin Reply
  • Stormers – Percy Montgomery, Nick Koster, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (c), Sireli Naqelevuki, Willem de Waal, Ricky Januarie, Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, Wicus Blaauw.
    Subs: Deon Fourie, JD Moller, AJ Venter, Francois Louw, Dewaldt Duvenhage, Peter Grant, Tonderai Chavhanga.

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.03.09 14:03:49 by McLovin Reply
  • de stormers backs are against de wall.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.03.09 14:19:57 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 39) : 😆 i just saw the double meaning. it would be if the backs didn’t like de waal. 😆

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.03.09 14:20:52 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 39) : @try time (Comment 40) :
    i could think about at least one 😆

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.03.09 14:27:14 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 41) : yeah he didn’t help their cause on saturday by kicking valuable ball away.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.03.09 14:36:09 by try time Reply
  • Chavhanga dropped

    Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has included Nick Koster on the right wing at the expense of Tonderai Chavhanga in his side to play the Lions in a Super 14 rugby match at Newlands, on Saturday.

    The Fijian wing, Sireli Naqelevuki who was surprisingly relegated to the bench against the Bulls last week, will take Koster’s place left on the leftwing.

    Fullback Conrad Jantjes is still out injured and Percy Montgomery retains his place. This is also the case with flyhalf Willem de Waal who will be playing his first home for the Stormers.

    He has only played a home match at Newlands as a Western Province Currie Cup player.

    In the pack the lock Adriaan Fondse makes an expected return and he swops places with AJ Venter who moves out ot the bench.

    Prop JD Moller returns from injury and he’ll warm the substitutes’ bench at the start of the match.

    Stormers: Percy Montgomery; Nick Koster, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (captain), Sireli Naqelevuki; Willem de Waal, Ricky Januarie; Luke Watson, Danie Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, Wicus Blaauw. Reserves: Deon Fourie, JD Moller, AJ Venter, Francois Louw, Dewaldt Duvenage, Tonderai Chavhanga and Peter Grant. – Sapa

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.03.09 16:07:20 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 43) : Sireli must be the slowest(or laziest) wing in the world 🙄

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.03.09 16:12:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 43) : that’s I think good move. Looking at chavanga you wonder how did he get to boks setup. naqelevuki spils the ball often but at least powers through advantage line.
    and I’m convinced with Koster at wing – what do you guys think ❓

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.03.09 16:14:56 by rekinek Reply
  • Watch me get torn apart for this.
    Stormers should be playing someone like Gio Aplon, Zahier Ryland, Brent Russel etc. Smeone that they can bring on with 10 minutes remaining when they are 5 points behind and some magic is required – if the little jinking speedsters dont come off so what, because the lumbering macro wing is not either.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.03.09 16:33:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 46) : is “the lumbering macro wing” naqelevuki or koster or both ❓ 😆

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.03.09 16:37:02 by rekinek Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 47) :
    Naqelevuki at this stage. Koster ended off sdtrongly against the Bulls but have still seeen too little to form an opinion but does look promosing. Naqelevuki seems to have slowed down- if possible.

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.03.09 16:40:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 48) :
    spelling – 😳

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.03.09 16:41:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I see Blaauw is starting ahead of Moller. 😎

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.03.09 18:26:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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