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Jean under pressure

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 2 Apr 2009 at 06:42
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The pressure is beginning to take its toll on the Stormers captain, Jean de Villiers.

Adnaan Mohamed writes that the Cape franchise has only won two out of six games in their Super 14 campaign thus far.

De Villiers’s team will come up against a formidable Waratahs outfit in Sydney on Saturday.

Last week the Tahs defeated the Blues (27-22) in Auckland, while the Stormers lost (11-7) against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

The team from Sydney is currently second on the log with 23 points. The Stormers are languishing in the ninth position on 13 points.

According to the Stormers captain his team is now feeling the pressure and they are going to pull out all the stops to come up with a positive result against the Waratahs on Saturday.

“We are obviously feeling the pressure and we realise that we haven’t won enough games, but we still feel we are on the right track.

“Hopefully things will go our way this weekend,” an optimistic

De Villiers said from his hotel room in Sydney on Wednesday.

De Villers and Gcobani Bobo will renew their midfield partnership for the Stormers against the Waratahs after they played at outside centre and wing respectively against the Crusaders last week.

Last year at Newlands they played against the Crusaders midfield paring Rob Horne and Tom Carter in wet weather.

De Villiers had this to say about them: “They are both great players who have found their feet and are particularly effective as a combination at this level. We will have to watch them closely.

The Stormers captain warned about the Waratahs dangerous back three, Sam Norton-Knight, Lauchie Turner and Lote Tuqiri who he believes can be devastating on attack.

“’Someone like Tuqiri has lots of pace and power. At fullback Sam Norton-Knight is a great footballer whokicks very well and I believe these three guys compliment each other well,” said De Villiers.

Last week against the Crusaders, the Cape side had a nightmare with their kicking game and struggled to get out of their own half and they have spent a lot of time this week to rectify this aspect of their game.

“Yes, we know that one of our biggest problems last week. Your kicking is just as good as the way the kicks are being followed up and how the pressure uis applied. We have worked hard on or kicking game this week. Hopefully will get it right on Saturday,” he added.


  • If we don’t win this one then our season is over.

    Not that I’m hoping for us to make the semis but according to certain Stormers players and ‘Executive’ coaches they are still in the running for the semis.

    They can’t even BUY a freakin win overseas!! 👿

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.09 07:31:43 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Shame, poor clowns 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.09 07:56:44 by Charlie Reply

  • Jean has been in good form so far this season, and is a good leader.

    He deserves better than he has been getting from his team and coach.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.09 08:02:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : maybe not good enough 🙄 to pull his players together to work together – can I stress more together .
    but I agree guy deserves more

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.09 09:15:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : They barely win a home too.. 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.09 10:37:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 1) : your season was over before it started.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.09 13:49:40 by try time Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) : he is as much to blame as the rest. he like the others is individualistic. not many team players in the stormers.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.09 13:51:15 by try time Reply

  • maybe his team got sick of him writing stupid messages in the air.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.09 13:52:08 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 6) : ouch

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.09 13:53:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 9) : if hot air and ego powered a team the stormers would be rwc champions. unfortunately something foreign to capetonians is needed to succeed. it is called hard work. 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.09 14:06:36 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 10) : couple of boteses, sykeses, mullers and adis (though the latter is recently getting good recognition for his unselfish play) wood do them good.

    still – I feel for wpw nowadays :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.09 14:11:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 11) : yeah, poor guys would burn out. having to carry frans, rory and ryan is hard work enough, imagine those guys having to carry a whole team. i don’t feel for wpw, he brings it on himself. :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.09 14:16:30 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 12) : i’m glad that other people notice it as well 🙂 (i mean the rory thing)
    though guys like brits take it to a whole different level :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.04.09 14:25:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • Comment 14, posted at 02.04.09 14:35:56 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Duane Vermeulen should have come to Durban instead! 😉 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.04.09 14:42:47 by Villie Reply
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  • Yep, yep , yep, yep, the Stormers wasnt bad thus far and some close losses that could go either way. Dont help to look back, just bury the bloody Tahs and do all SA teams a favour.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.04.09 15:21:27 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    If you don’t win THEN your season is over…

    SURPRISE…your season is over!!!!!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.04.09 18:49:35 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Villie (Comment 15) : the problem is – we do not really need him 😛
    did some good stuff – but to be honest it is not easy to impress in stormers set up
    sorry wpw…

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.04.09 20:32:50 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 18) : We actually could do with him big time. He would have been ideal to cover for Wolla during his injury absence!

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.04.09 22:16:24 by Villie Reply
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  • I see Gavin Rich is predicting a Stormers win (AGAIN)…..means they will definitely lose! 😯 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.04.09 22:17:32 by Villie Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 3) :

    Couldn’t agree more… the parallels with Juan Smith and Mossie are uncanny…

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.04.09 06:36:09 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @Villie (Comment 20) :

    Who are the Stormers???

    Oh, those guys who pretend to be rugby players??? 🙄

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.04.09 07:12:09 by wpw Reply

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