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Rassie rings Human

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 30 Mar 2009 at 06:57
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Veteran wing Wylie Human has answered Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus’s SOS and will join up with the team for the remainder of their Australasian Super 14 tour.

The 30-year-old wing, who until now has been relegated to the Vodacom Cup team, must resurrect a Stormers backline that has again failed to fire in their 7-11 loss to the Crusaders in a dour match at the weekend.

Rugby 365 reports that Erasmus has indicated that Human could start in the next match on tour, against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

The Stormers, in ninth place on the standings, must also still play the Brumbies, Hurricanes and Highlanders – as they crisscross the Tasman sea – before returning home for the last three weeks of league action.

And with just 13 points in the standings, they must climb a huge mountain if they hope to resurrect their play-off hopes.

Despite the star-studded backline, the Stormers again looked rudderless at the weekend.

Erasmus is considering revamping his back division – axing under-performing flyhalf Willem de Waal, moving Peter Grant into the No.10 jersey, reinstating Jean de Villiers and Gcobani Bobo as the midfield combination and naming Human on the wing.

Erasmus reported that there are no major injuries – even though prop Brian Mujati (neck), flank Duane Vermeulen (calf), lock Adriaan Fondse (calf) and wing Sireli Naqelevuki (upper leg) all nursed injuries of varying degrees after the loss to the Crusaders.

However, the coach is confident they will all be cleared to face the Waratahs.


  • Wylie played well against Boland on Saturday,but that aint saying much.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.03.09 07:10:29 by Claytie Reply
  • Has Joe Pieterson upset Someone in the Stormers setup?

    Why not put Jantjes on the wing with Percy or Pieterson at 15?

    The problem is not on the wing IMO but having Bobo play there instead of center IS causing the problem in midfield.

    Stormers backling IMO should be

    9. Ricky
    10. Grant
    11/14. Kalie
    12. JdV
    13. Bobo
    14/11. Jantjes
    15. Percy, Pieterson

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.03.09 07:25:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Well well well.

    Why is the Tongan dude on tour if he is not going to play???

    Wylie should probably have been on tour in the first place. The dude might not be an excellent wing but he is solid and has loads of Super rugby experience.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.03.09 07:38:13 by wpw Reply
  • Rassie well and truly lost the plot…

    Not only did he ignore the obvious one position change last week… now he’s going to revamp the entire lot again… yawn…

    I actually thought he meant Daan Human… but Wylie… 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.03.09 07:50:56 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 4) :

    Dude, since when do we need props??? 😉

    We need wingers and loose forwards.

    Clearly you have not been listening to our Media Manager. Get with the program Brycie. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.03.09 07:52:37 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    I stand corrected… 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.03.09 07:58:24 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 4) :

    @wpw (Comment 5) :

    Who says Wylie is to small to play prop? 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.03.09 07:58:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    He is not on tour remember. He just HAPPENS to be in NZ. 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.03.09 07:59:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Oh sorry. Uhm, ja… whatever!!! 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.03.09 08:02:28 by wpw Reply
  • I thought the problem with Bobo on the wing was the lack of pace, now we’re replacing him with someone slower.

    I fortunately missed the game on Sat but heard enough to make me happy about that. Heard Brits was pathetic. Did Lobberts get a run at all?

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.03.09 08:36:47 by molly Reply
  • Seems Gavin Rich has different info as to what may happen to the team.

    Stormers unlikely to make big changes

    by Gavin Rich | 30 March 2009 (07:02)

    Conrad Jantjes will almost certainly be back at either fullback or wing, but otherwise don’t expect too many changes to the Vodacom Stormers team for Saturday’s must-win Super 14 match against the Waratahs in Sydney.

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    The Stormers were abjectly disappointing in going down 11-7 to the Crusaders in Christchurch at the weekend, and with the Crusaders not being impressive themselves, they missed a golden opportunity to score a rare South African win in Christchurch.

    Apart from the defence, which was outstanding, everything else was poor about the Stormers, and coach Rassie Erasmus was at a loss to explain it afterwards.

    “I don’t know what it was, I don’t know if the word I should use is lacklustre, but we were just without any energy, our attempts to attack just lacked energy, and for the last 20 minutes of the first half and the second 20 of the second, it was like the players had lead in their legs,” said Erasmus.

    “Maybe I should take it on the chin, because often teams struggle when they come back from a bye, and maybe I managed the bye week wrong. We lacked intensity, and that was why we were unable to place any sustained pressure on the Crusaders.

    “I know they felt the same way about it. They weren’t happy with the way the game was played either. I don’t want to make excuses, but perhaps the fact we are the two best defensive teams in the competition had something to do with it.”

    Erasmus agreed though that this would not explain the numerous elementary, unforced errors that let his team down, and neither did it explain the abysmal execution of the kicking game, with this being the one area where the Crusaders had some superiority.

    “There were a lot of things we were disappointed about, but we could never have expected the guys to kick as poorly as they did,” said Erasmus.

    Willem de Waal was particularly poor, but don’t bet on him being replaced for the Waratahs game. The Waratahs are a team that rely strongly on playing from set-pieces, and De Waal is expected to play a key role in ensuring they are forced to play from the areas of the field that the Stormers want them to play from.

    “I am not going to look to make any form-based changes for the Waratahs game. If I was to do that, I would have to drop just about the whole team, no-one played well,” said Erasmus.

    “If I do make changes it will be because of the specific tactics needed against the Waratahs. Conrad Jantjes needs to be in the starting team, but I have to make up my mind whether it is right to play him as a wing in his first game back. He has been out for a while.”

    From that it sounds like Erasmus favours continuing with Percy Montgomery at fullback, possibly for the same reason he is thinking of persisting with De Waal. If he does keep Montgomery, then Jantjes will replace Gcobani Bobo on the right wing.

    No mention by Rich of Wylie going across to the team.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.03.09 09:27:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I hope Rassie didn’t ring during nap time. I believe it’s frowned upon at old age homes.

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.03.09 09:46:53 by McLovin Reply
  • That Tongan dude must be really crap if he can’t even get picked ahead of the late Wylie Human.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.03.09 09:49:38 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : “late” 😆 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.03.09 10:15:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : The Tongan dude is known to not even being able to pretend to tackle, Wyle impressed the hell out of me on Saturday with his tackling, he put in some MONSTER hits against Boland.

    Then again, in that game Joe Pieterson looked very good as well.
    Tiger Bax, keep and eye on that boykie!

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.03.09 10:39:34 by Claytie Reply
  • I for the life of me cannot understand why Rassie continues to play De Waal at flyhalf.

    The guy is just not good enough!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.03.09 11:31:26 by wpw Reply
  • Wes, your hero Dollie was at City Park on Saturday, why didnt you stiek uit?

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.03.09 11:44:29 by Claytie Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 17) :

    Dude, I’ve only EVER had one hero and his name is Eddie THE LEGEND Andrews!!!

    Please don’t make that mistake again!!! 👿

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.03.09 12:18:40 by wpw Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 17) : 😯

    What happened to his Brumbies academy spot?

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.03.09 12:23:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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