Stormers put Jantjes in the mix

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 24 Mar 2009 at 08:00
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Ashfak Mohamed reports on IOL that Springbok fullback Conrad Jantjes is set to return to the Stormers’ starting line-up in place of veteran Percy Montgomery for Saturday’s Super 14 clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Stormers assistant coach Allister Coetzee told the Cape Times on Monday from the team hotel in Christchurch that Jantjes is “fit and ready to play” after struggling with a calf injury in the last few weeks. Jantjes has missed the matches against the Blues, Bulls and Lions, with Montgomery filling in with mixed success.

“Connie is fit and ready to play,” Coetzee said. “He has been training with us and does provide us with lots of options in terms of selection.

“He can play fullback and wing, but Rassie (Erasmus) only discusses the team on a Tuesday, and he makes the final call on the Wednesday. So we will see what happens in that regard.”

But it is expected that Jantjes will play and should provide the Stormers with better attacking options. Also, Gcobani Bobo is set to stay at wing, the position in which he finished the game in the 56-18 victory over the Lions at Newlands two weekends ago, which means that Peter Grant is likely to fill in at centre in Bobo’s place.

Bobo will replace the injured Nick Koster, and with Tonderai Chavhanga also still recovering from a hamstring problem, Bobo will be a stop-gap measure, possibly until Chavhanga’s expected return in two weeks’ time.

Grant’s kicking ability, along with Jantjes and flyhalf Willem de Waal, would mean that Montgomery is not needed. Of course, Grant’s direct running, distribution and solid defence are also added factors, while he is sure to assist De Waal in dictating the game for the Stormers from the flyhalf channel.

“Willem was good against the Lions, and we will be well prepared if there is a kicking battle against the Crusaders,” said Coetzee. “(Crusaders flyhalf) Stephen Brett did play well against the Waratahs, but we cannot worry about individuals.”

Rookie loosehead prop Wicus Blaauw is also set to retain his place at loosehead prop ahead of the experienced JD Moller, while AJ Venter will come in for the injured Andries Bekker.

Coetzee said that the Stormers have been hard at work during training since arriving in Christchurch, especially after watching the Crusaders pull off something of a surprise victory over the Waratahs in Sydney.

“The guys have settled in nicely,” he said. “We had a nice flush-out session on Saturday after getting here late on Friday night, and we started with our preparation for the game today.

“It was a good win for the Crusaders and I am sure that it was a confidence booster for them, as they haven’t been doing well this season. I don’t think it is necessarily a surprise result, as we know their pedigree. If you get it right on the day, you can beat the Waratahs, even in Sydney.”

The Crusaders website reported after the Waratahs game that captain Kieran Read sustained a hip injury when he left the field halfway through the second half, while openside flank George Whitelock had limped off after halftime with a cut leg.

Inside centre Ryan Crotty, who had a superb game on attack and defence, and veteran fullback Leon MacDonald, who had endured several big hits, also left the field with injuries. But Coetzee said the Stormers expect to see experienced centre Casey Laulala return from a shoulder injury this week. The Stormers have no injuries.


  • Jantjes needs to show the form he had during last year’s S14.

    Come on Connie!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.03.09 08:06:06 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Connie????????????? Are they adopting women’s NAMES as well as attitude in the Cape now? 😯

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.03.09 08:20:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    No comment!!! 😕

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.03.09 08:28:09 by wpw Reply
  • Percival played some good rugby. I like his running game more to Jantjes. But anyway, where is the Varsity Cup report? Maties het nag gemaak! 🙄 Ikeys het skande gemaak. 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.03.09 08:38:31 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 4) : 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.03.09 08:49:29 by Claytie Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 4) :

    Maties Pukke Final 😎

    Ikeys screwed me over on Superbru. 🙁

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.03.09 08:50:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Must say I surely enjoy the Maties victory. Johann Sadie in 10 and Jean Stemmet in 13 sure fly the Paarl Gym name of midfielder fabric high follow in the foorsteps of de Wet, Jouba, Jean, des Fountain. Johann scored once and Jean twice in the semi. Hope they make the WP Vodacup side this year but it wont be easy when they have the quality of des Fountain, JP Vermeulen and Newman to compete. 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.03.09 09:11:48 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Ja and my the way dankie to Pukke, beating keo and his souties.

    Van: Jan die 23ste man in die span! 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.03.09 09:12:43 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 8) :

    Hey, hey!!!

    Don’t associate the Tigers with that rubbish that Keo published!

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.03.09 09:16:06 by Morné Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : HaHaHaHaHa

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.03.09 09:24:20 by Rahul Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 8) :
    Must admit, as a soutie, I was almighty happy to see Pukke winning.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.03.09 09:32:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Walter brought this one under my attention. Best schoolboy rugby in SA just ione block away from me.

    This year we’ll see a brand new top SA school competition starting on Oom Paarl’s voorstoep.


    The name Wildeklawer is synonymous with onions and potatoes, with Louis de Kock voted farmer of the year 2006. But Wildeklawer also sponsored Griqua rugby for a number of years and since their termination of this sponsorship, Wildeklawer’s latest project is a three year sponsorship called Wildeklawer Superschools Invitational 2009, involving 14 rugby playing super schools from all over the country. This breaking news was announced last night on Boots and All on M-Net by Louis de Kock of Wildeklawer.
    The idea is to pitt strength versus strength in the top playing rugby schools in the country and this idea actually stemmed from Baasjan Reyners, a former headmaster of Paarl Gymnasium. Schools that do not perform well will fall out of the competition.
    The school that will be initially involved are: Paarl Gymnasium, Monument High, Afrikaans Hoer Seuns Skool, Waterkloof, EG Jansen High, Technical High School Middleburg, Hoerlandbou Boland, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Framesby High School, Outeniqua High, Diamantveld High, Paarl Boys High, Grey College and Westwood. This kicks off at Paarl Gymnasium from April 24-27.

    Nice , cant wait!

    Know Basjan quite well and this show again the power of rugby in SA. ONeil sal sy ou skoene agterna gooi!

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.03.09 09:44:00 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 12) :

    BTW…they showed the CULTIVARIA festival on Fiesta last night..remembered you mentioned it…daai mense was lekker gewyn! 😉 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.03.09 09:45:47 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Venter raring to go
    2009-03-24 09:05

    Adnaan Mohamed – Die Burger

    Cape Town – Stormers lock, AJ Venter, says he is ready for the physical challenge expected from the Crusaders when the two sides meet in a crucial Super 14 clash in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday.

    The 35-year old made his Super14 debut way back in 1998. Since then he has played in 115 Super14 games for the Cats and the Sharks.

    The former loose forward made his Springbok debut in 2000 and has played in 25 test matches in the Green and Gold.

    He was lured to the Cape by Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus who has essentially contracted him as a lock forward. Last year he failed to make an impression in the Currie Cup, but he has performed quite well in the few games he has played for the Stormers thus far.

    With the athletic Springbok lock Andries Bekker missing the bulk of the Stormers tour of Australasia, Venter will in all likelihood start with Adriaan Fondse as his lock partner in the engine room on Saturday.

    The fiery lock who is 1.98 metres tall and tips the scales ot 114 kg believes that even though he is the oldest member of the team, he can still make an invaluable contribution to the team dynamics.

    “These days I am perhaps a bit slow to play as a loosie, but I am still in good shape. The important thing is that I am still enjoying myself and particularly enjoy the physical aspect of the game,” an excited Venter said from his hotel room in Christchurch on Sunday.

    The fiery forward believes his role in the side is not only to act as an enforcer by imposing himself physically on the opposition, but he believes he can bring much more to the party.

    “Yes, the Crusaders come off a good win last Saturday and I believe Todd Blackadder’s (coach) team will be up for the challenge on Saturday. They are obviously not the same team I have faced many times in the past. They have a lot of personnel changes and also have a new coach. They are always physical in the way they approach the game. I thrive on physical confrontation, but I believe my experience and leadership can be worth its weight in gold for my team,” he quipped.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.03.09 09:50:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Seems the only way they got AJ to move to CT was if they promised he could still wear his Sharks colours.


    AJ in Sharmers kit

    Posted with the above article.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.03.09 09:51:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 13) : Nou eers, seker hulle is nou oor die ergste babelaas. 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.03.09 09:54:05 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Hope AJ get hooked into Big Bad Brad Thorne in this one. Just for John Smit’s sake. 👿

    Thought Oupa AJ played well against the Brutes.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.03.09 09:56:19 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Venter on the field and Bobes on the wing.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.03.09 09:57:14 by Claytie Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 12) :

    Saw that when it was announced. there are a school or two who are not listed but who are involved Glenwood was one of them I believe.

    A Question on the format. Will each school play each other school? Will we finally se a Paarl Gim v Grey Bloem match?

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.03.09 09:58:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    Sharks ?? 🙄 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.03.09 09:59:43 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 17) :

    AJ is still a good lock even at his age. He is a little past it as a loosie though.

    They are managaing him well, same like we did with Ackermann in Dbn, using him sparingly and ONLY when needed.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.03.09 10:00:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Go AJ!!! 😎

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.03.09 10:00:54 by wpw Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 18) :

    I drove past Joe Pietersen yesterday. He is not that small hey!!! 😕

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.03.09 10:02:57 by wpw Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 17) : Good point! Bobes on the wing worries me, they gonna turn the rapping rugby playing rasta around all game.

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.03.09 10:04:52 by Claytie Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : Dunno at the format. Hope we’ll play Grey. Gim not that strong like in the last two years I think. Their coach Momsem has been diagnose with blood cancer in Dec and I dont know how this will effect them.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.03.09 10:09:44 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 23) :
    Did you give him a telling off for his mistake that gave the Sharks 15 the Vodacom Cup win in Empangeni this last weekend.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.03.09 10:11:25 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 24) : Oh well myself think he plays some good rugby at the moment. Defense will be important in this one but you know I love seeing Jean in 13. In my books his best position and he sure will try and put Bobes in space or will try and break more then in the past. He will be the key attack for us.

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.03.09 10:13:22 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Ditto Percy.

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.03.09 10:15:09 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 20) : Ag sussie he still not over us poaching their jerseys. 🙄

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.03.09 10:16:12 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Jean and Ricky started the trend… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.03.09 10:16:21 by Rahul Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 29) :

    OHHHHH….thanks Uncle.. 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.03.09 10:36:05 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 31) : Hallo drollie. 🙂

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.03.09 10:37:47 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 32) :

    hey klemp!! You still over the waters?

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.03.09 10:40:46 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 27) : Not doubting his playing ability one bit PB, just his speed.

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.03.09 10:41:22 by Claytie Reply
  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 33) : I am. Flying back tomorrow thank god. 🙄

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.03.09 10:43:14 by klempie Reply

  • Controversial Aussie rugby ref Matt Goddard has been stood down for this weekend’s round of Super 14 rugby following in the wake of his card-fest at the Cake Tin last Friday night.

    Goddard has been left off the appointments for round seven by Sanzar’s referee selection panel while he undergoes a review of his performance.

    Goddard brandished five yellow and one red card in a performance that drew fierce criticism from pundits as the Bulls rolled the Hurricanes 19-14 in a dire match at Westpac Stadium.

    The bolshy Australian was also heavily criticised for his manner with the players that bordered on the inappropriate.

    At one stage he told giant Bulls lock Bakkies Botha: “You’ve got big ears, so use them.”

    He also repeatedly referred to “my” ball and “my” play in his discussions with players as he had the revolving door spinning en route to the sinbin.

    New Zealand referees boss Lyndon Bray confirmed the Aussie was left off the appointments this week while he went through his assessment process.

    “The high performance coach in Australia (Andrew Cole) lead 6.10am (s a review with Matthew. Matthew does a self-review and he’s been incredibly honest and open about his performance,” Bray told TVNZ’s One News.

    “That gets fed to the Sanzar selectors and that helps weigh up when you bring him back in the competition.”

    Goddard could be back for round eight, providing the refs panel finds his performance was up to standard.

    From: Stuff.co.nz

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.03.09 10:43:39 by McLovin Reply

  • more more.
    i see poor gtant at center – not good news if he wants to be bok flyhalf 🙄

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.03.09 10:46:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 35) : Sick of Dr. Pepper? 😈

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.03.09 10:46:25 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 29) : 😛

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.03.09 10:46:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @McLovin (Comment 36) :

    I’ll miss him… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.03.09 10:47:29 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark (Comment 38) : 😯 Good point! I have only had the one so far. I better get another today. 🙂

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.03.09 10:47:44 by klempie Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 40) : You and most of the rugby players & public. 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.03.09 10:49:06 by McLovin Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 40) : 😯 reffing other games I suppose 😉

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.03.09 10:52:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 36) :
    Sounds like he should have had a breath and blood assesment before the game.

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.03.09 10:57:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 35) : short visit that was. nice weather ❓ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 24.03.09 11:04:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 44) : Or a flat hand against the ear… 😈

  • Comment 46, posted at 24.03.09 11:06:44 by McLovin Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 41) : Funny you should say that. At least 3 people have said to me “So you’ve brought the weather with you” like it was a good thing! 😯 It was 13C today! 🙄 I was like “Average South African winter’s day”.

  • Comment 47, posted at 24.03.09 18:40:47 by klempie Reply


  • Comment 48, posted at 24.03.09 18:45:56 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 48) : Hang on. Was there one? Or was it on Saturday? 😕

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.03.09 18:46:56 by klempie Reply

  • Klemps, you seriously need help dude! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.03.09 19:51:49 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 50) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.03.09 20:00:59 by klempie Reply


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