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Percy not assured of selection

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 4 May 2009 at 09:55
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Percy Montgomery may not be considered for the Stormers’ next Super 14 clash against the Western Force on Saturday, even if he is fit.

Stephen Nell writes for Die Burger that Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus is looking to the future after his team’s 28-14 defeat against the Chiefs at Newlands.

He and Springbok coach Peter de Villiers won’t have fullback Conrad Jantjes available for the rest of the year after be broke a leg, while Montgomery is set to hang up his boots after the Super 14 and is expected to take up a position as South Africa’s kicking coach soon.

Therefore, there is a fair chance that Tiger Bax, who replaced Jantjes in the 10th minute on Saturday, could be in the Stormers’ starting line-up. The experienced Wylie Human is also an option at fullback or wing.

Bax launched a few poor kicks before finding his feet and showing promise on attack.

“We’ll see what Percy’s fitness is like, but I think we are at a stage now where there will be more value in getting guys like Tiger Bax and Morgan Newman on the field,” said Erasmus.

“If we were still in with a shout of making the semi-finals, it would have made sense to have Percy on the field. We have to rebuild now. We can’t do that by falling back on Percy. It won’t make sense.”

Erasmus may also have to look for a new loose forward and captain for the match against the Force.

Schalk Burger injured his calf in the first half against the Chiefs and may miss Saturday’s game. In that case Pieter Louw is likely to start and someone like Pieter Myburgh may be called up.

Luke Watson is head and shoulders above the other Stormers in terms of his form and is the best candidate for the captaincy.

Experienced centre Gcobani Bobo may also be available this week. Hopefully that means Peter Grant can move back to flyhalf.

Erasmus hopes the decisions he makes now will benefit Western Province in the Currie Cup.

“The players will have experience when they run out in the Currie Cup. It’s a process,” said Erasmus.


  • Rassie is now really beginning to piss me off.

    Why the HELL did he then offer Percy a contract if he didn’t really intend playing him???

    It seems Tiger Bax is now the new ‘poster boy’ in the Western Cape. 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.05.09 12:19:03 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Does that mean Look is out of favour? 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.05.09 12:20:44 by klempie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Damn I better delete that comment!!! 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.05.09 12:25:49 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Nothing wrong wiff Tiger wes, but ja, what was the point of getting Percy in.He aint cheap.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.05.09 12:26:19 by Claytie Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 4) :

    I agree Claytie but I’d rather have Tiger at 12 with Grant moving to flyhalf.

    De Waal was beyond useless on Saturday… 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.05.09 12:28:22 by wpw Reply
  • Luke was very proud of his guys, as was Matthew the post match presenter.

    Many, do they live in cloudcookooland down there. Like less than mediocrity is worthy of praise.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.05.09 12:45:18 by Baldrick Reply

  • Time to bench Rassie, i am yet to see this techincal nous or astuteness every Western Cape journalist writes about… All Rassie has brought to Western Cape Rugby is a couple of plonkers from the Free State.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.05.09 12:49:27 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 6) : Newlands has become a cesspool of mediocrity, from coaching staff, to administrators to the players themselves.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.05.09 12:51:56 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Its what you call between a rock and a hard place.

    The Stormers are out of the Super 14.

    Percy was only going to play this season.

    So now why stick with a guy that WILL leave where you can perhaps get the guys who will still be around for a couple of years some Super rugby experience?

    Rassie seems to be damned if he does, and damned if he don’t.

    Everyone is calling for him to give young guys a break and stop selecting Oupa’s like AJ, Human and Percy and if he does, in a competition that is now useless for the Stormers, they slay him for not selecting Percy?

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.05.09 12:53:33 by Morné Reply
  • Percy was contracted when it was believed that after the 5th place finish of last year, the Stormers will be real contenders for a semi this year and his experience would have been vital then.

    It did not turn out that way, and Percy is baggage.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.05.09 12:55:08 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 9) : Worth noting Rassie aquired most if not all of those players – guess we can mark talent identification a failure as well along with the poor results.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.05.09 13:03:57 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 11) :

    Oh no I have a list as long as my arm on where Rassie got it wrong this season, but on this specific issue, I actually agree with the oke.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.05.09 13:12:36 by Morné Reply
  • It is interesting to note Ian Foster, the Chiefs coach comments on the Stormers and Rassie.

    He mentioned that if he was a coach in SA, he would have long been fired. The Chiefs stuck with him though, he flattered to deceive at times (and I am huge Chiefs fan so I know all about it) just losing out, or just making a semi or finishing poorly.

    However they stuck with him for his 6th year now at the franchise, and currently and for the first time, look like serious title contenders on their way to seemingly booking a home semi.

    He noted that his team has basically played together now for 3 Super rugby seasons.

    The average caps for his player vary from a minimum of 30 or so Super rugby caps to guys close to 100.

    He mentioned, you cannot buy that experience, and that the Chiefs this year were quite lucky on the injury front too.

    Useless info now as it is hindsight, but still, he did make a compelling point in his own post match presser.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.05.09 13:16:48 by Morné Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 4) : I was not that impressed, granted he is still new to the team set upabd Super Rugby, but he was hesitant under the high ball and any coach or analyst will have picked that up and he will be peppered in the next couple of weeks, had a couple of okay runs then did that daft thing of kicking toward Boepman Luaki, who never moved a step and they were penalised, so I will reserve comment but he was accorded superstar status being hailed as the next Brent Russel and I don’t see that, I hope I am wrong!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.05.09 13:36:27 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 14) : 😆 Whindy, he is a talented kid no doubt but at the moment nobody is touting him as the next best anything.

    He basically came straight from the Varsity Cup into the S14 and that will fry anyones nerves.

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.05.09 13:51:58 by Claytie Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 15) : Agreed and thats why I reserve comment but Like Russell he is not big enough for Super rugby and will take strain, what a glaring lack of planning that Rassie has to drop a quality player in the deepend without first blooding him elsewhere.

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.05.09 14:05:26 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 16) :

    I reckon Rassie was influenced by Robbie Fleck to pick this guy. 🙄

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.05.09 14:20:29 by wpw Reply
  • ok i am now out of the lms. i have two teams left that will both lose this weekend. does anyone want to swop?

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.05.09 14:23:31 by try time Reply

  • Bax = Ryland = Aplon.
    Line them all up, see who can throw the most outrageous sidestep and pick him.
    Pick AJ as captain – he was captaining the side as soon as Schalk went off anyway, despite Luke that gave the after match interview.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.05.09 14:56:40 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : Apparently Look will captain for the remaining matches… oops games.

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.05.09 15:03:56 by Rahul Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : That would be Ryland, but WP don’t want him anymore.

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.05.09 15:15:49 by Claytie Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 13) : NZ runs their S14 teams from the center almost as one team rather than 5. Its much easier for them to justify allowing a struggling coach to gain experience, whilst one of their other coaches wins the trophy.
    Their approach is great for dominating the competition on the field but how good is it for keeping the fans excited?

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.05.09 18:04:32 by fyndraai Reply
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