Stormers team to face the Hurricanes

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 11 Mar 2010 at 07:45
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Allister Coetzee, head coach of the Vodacom Stormers, on Wednesday announced his team to play the Hurricanes at Newlands on Saturday 13 March.

Coetzee has favoured the bulk of Sireli Naqelevuki over the exciting attacker Gio Aplon. The former Fijian international delivered an impressive display against the struggling Highlanders last week, making an impact and gaining metres every time he touched the ball.

Aplon didn’t start that match, as he had to withdraw from the starting XV due to a bout of the flu. He was on the substitutes bench and replaced Joe Pietersen at fullback late in the game.

Coetzee explained Naqelevuki’s selection as one of continuity following last week’s 33-0 win over the Hurricanes. The Stormers coach added the back-three won’t be exposed without the left boot of Aplon.

“We want to keep the ball in hand this week,” he told reporters at the weekly media conference in Bellville. “It has nothing to do with the opposition. We’re focused on what we want to achieve.

“Rain is forecast for Saturday, and while we won’t fight the elements, we’d like to play a running game.”

Coetzee has retained Dewaldt Duvenage at scrumhalf, with Ricky Januarie on the bench. After performing so well against the Highlanders the Stormers kept Anton van Zyl as the No 5 lineout jumper.

Hooker Tiaan Liebenberg is also back after missing the last game with flu. Deon Fourie was a stand-out player last week as a late replacement, but Liebenberg’s form before last Saturday was even more impressive.

The coach is wary of the threat posed by the very potent Canes front row. “They have an all All Blacks front row, so it’s going to be a massive challenge for us in that department,” he said. “Deon played very well last week, but we felt Tiaan has the experience for this very important battle.”

The Vodacom Stormers team is as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen
14. Sireli Naqelevuki
13. Jaque Fourie
12. Juan De Jongh
11. Bryan Habana
10. Peter Grant
9. Dewaldt Duvenage
8. Duane Vermeulen
7 Francois Louw
6. Schalk Burger (c)
5. Andries Bekker
4. Anton Van Zyl
3. Brok Harris
2. Tiaan Liebenberg
1. Wicus Blaauw

16. Deon Fourie
17. JC Kritzinger
18. De Kock Steenkamp
19. Pieter Louw
20. Ricky Januarie
21. Lionel Cronje
22. Gio Aplon



  • This is a flippen strong team. 😎

    I hope we can bring Fourie and Habana into the game so that we can expose these overrated Kiwis (that was meant for Hertford Highlander) :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.03.10 07:52:56 by wpw Reply
  • I need to recruit more Stormers supporters to visit this site. 🙄 😕

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.03.10 09:19:10 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 2) : Heres what you do, type your own thread, and then send the link to everyone you know!

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.03.10 09:36:19 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Go Stormers!! 😳 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.03.10 09:45:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 4) : 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.03.10 09:47:23 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 2) : Ok ok GO STORMERS 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.03.10 09:51:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : The site’s name is SHARKSworld not Stormersworld 🙄 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.03.10 09:56:56 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Three quick points
    1. The Highlanders are not struggling.
    2. This weekend may expose who is over rated
    eg. Stormers, Reds, Chiefs, Sharks !
    3. You know i’m an easy target ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.03.10 11:10:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) : 4. You also have a sense of humour!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.03.10 11:48:28 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 9) : You have to when your best players are ruled out because they love going out in South Africa….not a bad plan when it’s the Bulls next up. Easier to put your feet up and wait for the Sharks at home. 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.03.10 12:04:57 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : Your suggesting a silent take over ❓ ❓ 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.03.10 12:14:33 by Volstruis Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 8) : Have a look at the scoreboard :mrgreen: :mrgreen: no chance in over rating the facts ❗

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.03.10 12:17:00 by Volstruis Reply

  • @Volstruis (Comment 12) : Just keep looking at the scoreboard 😀 Its not halftime yet ! 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.03.10 13:10:45 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Volstruis (Comment 11) :

    it WON’T be silent if WPW is involved. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.03.10 13:14:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : 👿

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.03.10 13:33:03 by wpw Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : thats the spirit just hope the stormers say GO SHARKS GO 😳

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.03.10 07:33:28 by Charmaine Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 7) : yes Jarson just saying GO stormers with a bit of spirit 😳

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.03.10 07:34:43 by Charmaine Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 10) : yes agree there just hope we make 2 wins before heading home 😳

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  • Comment 19, posted at 12.03.10 23:20:43 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 19) : well i got canes by 10 on SB hope i’m right but one never knows look what happened to canes against the cheetahs i never saw that one coming but it shows you what a team can do when they put there minds together 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.03.10 07:25:18 by Charmaine Reply


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