Stormers forced to back youth

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 24 Jan 2011 at 12:15
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The Stormers seem to have got themselves into a bit of a pickle at flyhalf ahead of the 2011 Super Rugby competition. With regular pivot Peter Grant’s return from Japan set to be delayed, Alister Coetzee may be forced to start with an untested option in his side’s first few games.

Grant, who was first choice in last year’s Super 14, was released for the duration of the Japaneses season to gain some experience and also enjoy a change of scenery, rather than paying for Western Province in the Currie Cup. Rather than blood a youngster in that competition, Province opted to start veteran Willem de Waal in the majority of Currie Cup games, with youngsters like Gary van Aswegen and Lionel Cronje only playing bit parts.

De Waal has never really impressed at Super Rugby level, though and when he asked to be released from his contract to join Narbonne in France, there wasn’t a lot of hesitation from the Western Province management. The problem is, though, that Grant has yet to return from Japan. He will miss all of the Stormers’ warm-up games and unless his team fails to qualify for the play-offs in the Japanese league, will miss the first two Super Rugby games proper as well.

Outside of Cronje and van Aswegen, Coetzee also has exciting Boland flyhalf Elgar Watts – who shone in a poor Pumas team last year – in the mix. None of the three has played much Super Rugby, tough, with Cronje’s few appearances for the Stormers last year, coupled with an impressive junior pedigree, likely to swing the vote in his directoin.


  • If they’re clever they’ll go with Watts, the guy had a blinder of a Currie Cup…

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.01.11 12:17:25 by The Quirk Reply
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  • Well maybe brave is a better word…

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.01.11 12:17:50 by The Quirk Reply
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  • Grant Plays for Kobe…

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.01.11 12:27:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Article dated 23 Jan 2011

    NEC Green Rockets, Kobe Kobelco Steelers and Tamariva all advanced to the All-Japan Championship on Sunday.

    The two Top League teams qualified via the wild card tournament for the season-ending competition, while Tamariva beat Hokkaido Barbarians 24-22 to win the national club title.

    Yusuke Hamashima scored three tries and Shoji Ito two as Kobe downed Fukuoka Sanix Blues 55-40 in a thriller at Osaka’s Hanazono Stadium.

    Having trailed 41-21, the Blues clawed their way back to 41-40, only for Yuta Imamura and Jin Ogasawara to cross in the closing minutes to seal the victory for Yuji Sonoda’s team.

    The win means Kobe will take on Toyota Verblitz in the first round of the All Japan Championship on Feb. 6.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.01.11 12:30:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I like Watts – a LOT. Think he’s a superb player just crying out for a shot at the big time.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.01.11 12:39:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    FLIP!!!!!!!!!!!! do you think i can find the rest of the fixtures for this???????????

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.01.11 12:46:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : maybe the problem is that you don’t speak Japanisch…

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.01.11 12:50:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • ?????????????????

    I do.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.01.11 12:58:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    okay why can’t our site display Japanes text?????

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.01.11 12:59:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : can’t say I’ve ever thought to test that… 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.01.11 13:20:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Test failed. 😛

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.01.11 13:28:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : sigh.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.01.11 13:40:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : 😛 😛 😛 :mrgreen: 😛 😛 😛

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.01.11 13:44:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Sharks had the same problem, that is until we gave young Lambie the no. 10 jersey.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.01.11 14:03:46 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 14) : and the rest, as they say…

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.01.11 14:14:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : is currie cup FINAL history.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.01.11 14:17:54 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 16) : like 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.01.11 14:25:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hope they gives watts a chance but not quite sure if he’ll be able to step up to super rugby level.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.01.11 14:45:09 by Ben Reply
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  • If it’s Watts it will be throwing him in a deep water, perhaps too deep. But it seems like there is no other option.

    From Pumas to starting in S15 game. If it comes off would be an impressive career move.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.01.11 17:13:59 by rekinek Reply
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