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Rassie has a plan, yet another one.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 23 Mar 2009 at 07:09
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Gcobani Bobo on the wing and Peter Grant at inside centre. That could be Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus’ plan with his backline for Saturday’s Super14 match against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Stephen Nell writes for Die Burger that Erasmus’ depth at wing has been seriously depleted following injuries to Nick Koster and Tonderai Chavhanga. The two were injured within minutes of one another in the first half of the Stormers’ 56-18 win over the Lions at Newlands.

Bobo was then shifted to the wing, while Grant had to take on the task of being Jean de Villiers’ partner in midfield.

Both players looked at home in the positions and that is why Erasmus is likely to keep them there for the clash with the Super14 champions.

The Crusaders are back on the winning path after a poor start in this year’s competition following the weekend’s 17-13 win over the Waratahs in Sydney.

While the Crusaders won, they still don’t look nearly as impressive as the unit that dominated Super rugby for so many years.

If the Stormers are serious about making the semifinals, this is the kind of game they should be winning.

One glance at the log shows under how much pressure the Stormers find themselves.
They had a bye at the weekend and have slipped back into 10th position. Even so, they are only five points behind the Chiefs, who occupy fourth position.

The game against the Crusaders is the first of five on a difficult tour.

“It’s really difficult to predict which games will be the easy and difficult ones. The next one is against the Crusaders. Hopefully we stand a chance of winning and after that we will start planning for the next game,” said Erasmus.

“We know we will have to perform well on tour to stand a realistic chance of making the semifinals.”

It was wet, windy and cold when the Stormers arrived in Christchurch at the weekend. Two of the players’ luggage and several bags with equipment got lost during the trip, but have subsequently been found.


  • Bobo is just to slow to play on the wing I understand him moving Grant, but then he must drop Bobo, you cannot go into a match without pace they will expose you.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.03.09 07:17:01 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 1) :

    Bru, we don’t have any other wingers!!! 🙄

    That’s the only reason why Bobo will move to the wing (he has played there before with some success)

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.03.09 07:20:55 by wpw Reply
  • @Whindy (Comment 1) :

    I had similar sentiments when I read the proposed positions and then i read this little piece. Bobo was then shifted to the wing, while Grant had to take on the task of being Jean de Villiers’ partner in midfield.

    Now again, on the one hand the scoreline could be becasue the Lions capitulated or it could be because the combination actually worked.

    Where is Nqalevuki though? If he is fit I’d play him ahead of Bobo.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.03.09 07:35:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    I think you will find that he will play on the other wing.

    Chavs and Koster are both injured!!! 😕

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.03.09 07:48:04 by wpw Reply
  • Sorry Guys, I cannot believe there are no other decent wings in the Province, this is a time when you blood an exciting youngster, Rassie is meant to be this great open minded coach, and this is the best he can come up with, oh dear another lean year for the Stormers!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.03.09 07:59:16 by Whindy Reply
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  • Simple really… Goose-step to wing with Monty remaining at 15…

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.03.09 08:20:17 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 6) :

    He’s no 15…

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.03.09 08:20:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 5) :
    Have to agree, especially considering that Koster is actually a loose forward and that history shows that Chavanga is very likely to spend some of his season recovering from injury.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.03.09 08:49:11 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Hopefully he’ll one day come up with a plan which involves winning a cup/trofee/book prize….. 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.03.09 10:47:17 by McLovin Reply

  • Mclovin (comment 9) Very harsh, 😯 very funny 😆 and very true 🙁

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.03.09 11:06:39 by Whindy Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    At least we can console ourselves with the fact that we not Lions or even worse Cheetahs supporters!!! 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.03.09 11:12:16 by wpw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : +1

    He’s has been here for three years and things haven’t really changed. We still have no silverware and no props.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.03.09 11:18:06 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 12) :

    This is his second season…

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.03.09 11:30:20 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 11) : Oh yeah. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.03.09 11:43:04 by McLovin Reply

  • I don’t mean to be too harsh on Rassie. He is only starting out at WP, but heavens above it’s not like he hasn’t got a shortage of money/players like at the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.03.09 12:06:18 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 15) : hasn’t = has

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.03.09 12:09:57 by McLovin Reply


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