Van Zyl blow for Stormers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 27 Jan 2011 at 08:46
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Stormers lock Anton van Zyl will play no rugby for around six weeks following a shoulder dislocation suffered at training. This takes the former Lions stalwart out of contention for his side’s opening Super Rugby game – against his former team mates.

Van Zyl played a key role in Western Province’s Currie Cup campaign last year, captaining the side in the absence of Schalk Burger and deputising well for in the injured Andries Bekker in the second row. The return of the lanky Bok to full fitness means that van Zyl would probably have been confined to a bench role against the Lions anyway, but that spot will now probably go to De Kock Steenkamp.

Loose forward Francois Louw is also still an injury concern for the Cape side and he is unlikely to be fit to face the Lions, as a result of a hamstring strain. Centre Jaque Fourie’s prognosis is rosier, though and he should be fit to take his place in midfield when the season kicks off. Stormers coach Alister Coetzee will then be left of something of a poser as he tries to figure out what to do with his third Bok centre, Juan de Jongh. Few would argue with the decision to select the veteran Bok pairing of Jean de Villiers and Fourie, but de Jongh is far too good to be left out as well.


  • I wouldn’t mind creating space in the Sharks backline for de Jongh

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.01.11 08:49:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Wonder which option would be better. Going into the season with injured players who can come back later to bolster the squad or going in with a full squad and have guys dropping like flies through the season?

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.01.11 09:02:38 by Original Champion Reply
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  • Fortunately for de Jongh, his Bok centre buddies are generally 2 walking injuries just waiting to happen, so he’s bound to be the permanent fixture in their midfield. I won’t be surprised if de Jongh has Whitehead or Bosch as a partner for a few games this season.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.01.11 10:19:19 by beet Reply
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  • I would pick this Stormers backline for Super 15 –
    9. Ricky Januarie
    10. Elgar Watts
    11. Bryan Habana
    12. Jean De Villiers
    13. Juan De Jongh
    14. Jaque Fourie
    15. Gio Aplon

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.01.11 10:45:37 by Charlie Reply

  • De Jongh’s day will come.

    When you’re competing with the world’s greatest 13 for a spot, you just have to be patient. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.01.11 11:15:20 by McLovin Reply

  • Ricky, Charlie? Seriously?

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.01.11 11:19:14 by Ice (KCM) Reply
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  • @Ice (KCM) (Comment 6) : Seriaas 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.01.11 11:38:36 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 4) : Nope Duvenage will start ahead of Ricky.

    Also De Villiers have more experience at wing so they`ll go with De Jongh inside, Jaque outside and De Villiers on the wing.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.01.11 14:49:06 by Original Champion Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Champion (Comment 8) : de Villiers has never been convincing at wing. Fourie has been brilliant on the few occasions that he has played wing.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.01.11 14:55:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : But where do you fit Jantjies in then?

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.01.11 14:59:29 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 10) : I’ve never been a big Jantjies fan…he’s too predictable. But they’ll probably rotate so it doesn’t really matter.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.01.11 15:14:05 by Pokkel Reply
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