Richard Ferguson

Grant returns to Cape Town


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 21 Feb 2011 at 10:23
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The Stormers coach Allister Coetzee will be a happy and relieved man as his first choice flyhalf for the Super Rugby season, Peter Grant, joins the team today from Japan.

Grant’s Japanese team, the Kobe Kobelco Steelers, lost their All Championship semi final, meaning their season is now over and Grant can return to South Africa.

The Stormers face the Lions at Newlands on Saturday and would have had a tough time deciding on a starting flyhalf between Gary van Aswegen and Elgar Watts, but the coach can rest easy now that his first choice is home.

Other good news for the Stormers is that Gio Aplon is fit again after a lengthy injury lay off, as is Jacque Fourie, so they will have an almost fully fit squad to select from.


55 Comments

  • good news for the Stormers, this

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.11 10:24:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hope he’s up to superugby pace.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.11 10:29:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • Yes, should be interesting to see if Grant is on the mark, he is match fit, but is he Super match fit? Systems and set up he should be accustomed to… Big call drafting him and Mossie into the starting team…

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.11 10:42:12 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • id like to see the slightly bigger than a japanese oke,aka andries strause welcome grant back to real rugby…id like too see if he can handle a big hard hit from strause.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.11 11:19:48 by juba_fan Reply

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  • I for one would love it if he played. Surely he will be off the pace and intencity ?

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.11 11:21:38 by Speed7 Reply

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  • I think he will be fine, noone worried too much about Elton Jantjies playing against the Bulls but a few weeks ago John Mitchell was spitting mad about him being unconditioned , the youngster could not even finish training sessions.

    Grant has been back to Cape Town a few times and has kept up to date with the Stormers structures etc.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.11 11:29:06 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Stormers won’t do well this s15 ,my reason for saying this is that their forwards compared to the rest of the South African forwards just don’t cut it ,this conference business doesn’t help them as in derbies they will come short time after time because simply put their tight 5 is B grade ,with the exception of Bekker. Waste of money on Habana and Fourie , they should have instead bought a better front row . Even their loose forwards are not all they are hyped up to be, Schalk to me being the only true elite in the back row ,the rest are probably nowhere near the springbok jersey (based on merit).
    Saying that they will play better against overseas teams ,in my opinion.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.11 12:04:49 by Talent Reply
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  • I don’t have a anti-stormers complex just by the way

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.11 12:06:21 by Talent Reply
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  • someone should teach Jantjies to kick… 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.11 12:29:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Lambie could teach him .

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.11 12:38:27 by Speed7 Reply

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  • or they could learn together .

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.11 12:38:59 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 10) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.11 12:40:57 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Tell me about it ..Cost us the game frankly ..just hope he can sort it out.

    I was impressed to see Lambie slotting them after his poor kicking last season at goal that is. Obviously bee doing a great deal of work on it which bodes well for the Sharks and the Boks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.11 12:57:09 by csb Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 10) : I like you 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.11 13:04:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 13) : who do I pick on SB this week. Stormers or Lions?

    This going to be a good game to watch. The Stormers known for their defence and you guys scoring 3 against the Bulls this last weekend.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.11 13:15:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Blues or Sharks?

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.02.11 13:16:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    Neither :mrgreen:

    I dunno Im still hesitant at getting all excited just yet ..if we run the Stormers close I’ll be happy.
    Can’t see us beating them at home ..So pick whichever team plays the Rebels 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.02.11 13:17:58 by csb Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    I watched a replay on Sunday ..sober 😎 and Im pretty pissed at how the Bulls kept getting away with offsides and killing the ball on attack.

    Any other ref from the earlier games would have carded them ..

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.02.11 13:20:21 by csb Reply

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  • Great news for the Stormers cos their other flyhalves are hopeless. Lambie has more talent in his pinky toe than Gary Van Asswagon

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.02.11 13:25:03 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 17) : that’s only ONE SB pick I have 6 others to make. 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.02.11 13:33:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 7) : That same pack of forwards took them to the Super 14 and Currie cup finals where do you get off saying they are not able to cut it. There loosies are among the best in the Business and that front row held its own against everyone last year. Brock Harris is a good player in the loose. Their biggest blow is the loss of the hooker, Tiaan Liebenburg , he was instrumental in their success, but they have a good replacement in Deon Fourie. I also think you are off the mark by saying that Habana and Fourie were a waste of money they are class players and have already contributed. Fourie marshals that defence, which just happened to be the best in the Comp, how can that be a waste of money??

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.02.11 13:33:33 by Whindy Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 18) : If you opinion was the same then you couldn’t have had to many Meisters on Saturday night. 😉

    Or??

    Was it EARLY morning when you watched? 😛

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.02.11 13:36:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) : Seeing as you put it like that……… stormers by 9 it is. 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.02.11 13:38:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) :

    😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.02.11 13:43:03 by csb Reply

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  • Worth pointing out, that Fourie is only starting to take contact this week. I certainly wouldn’t be comfortable with him starting the game. Same with Aplon. Also with Grant perhaps a little rusty, you’d have to say the Lions are in with a good shout this Saturday.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.02.11 13:43:36 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : I am ever the Optimist, but I think 10 will be the difference 🙁

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.02.11 13:43:56 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) :

    Exactly why thinking that the Lions will win are overly optimistic !

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.02.11 13:44:31 by csb Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : @Whindy (Comment 26) :

    I’ll see your 9 and 10’s and go for a 5 point diff for the Stormers.

    With both teams collecting 4 try bonus point. 😀

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.02.11 13:46:38 by csb Reply

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  • @csb (Comment 28) : Good possibility, Mitchell is not interested in Penalties that’s for sure!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.02.11 13:48:32 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) : I beg to differ on the case of Habana. He hasn’t proved his worth since leaving the Bulls. WP could have got exactly the same kind of performance out of any of their wings…

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.02.11 13:50:30 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 28) : Going to be nice to watch IMO.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.02.11 13:50:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 30) : No problem with that, but we will see this season if he is as flat as last year, a player of that stature is not going to become Kak overnight. I had a go at Young Lambie IMO I thought he played Shite on Saturday but that does not mean he has become a bad player, and I think Habana will still be a good purchase for the Stormers,esp with it being a world cup year and that Bulls wing scoring tries like he did against the Lions. Pressure is on, lets see how he responds

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.02.11 14:06:07 by Whindy Reply
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  • Stormers by less than 7. Lions will need to wait a couple of weeks longer before getting a positive result.

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.02.11 14:10:52 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : why didnt bosman take the long range kick? i see oom stef tried it, but after the weekend it will still read, 0 out of 2. Meyer Bosman can slot that long range penalties with meters to spare…

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.02.11 14:15:34 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 34) : I was also a bit surprised about that

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.02.11 14:24:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 7) : Talent – dude… CJ Van Der Linde is there, he is a world class prop. Duane Vermeulen is a world class No.8 – I think you left their names out in error… Habana, maybe – not in the greatest shape or form and others are definitely putting pressure on his jersey, but as for Mossie (Jaque Fourie) – that man is quite easily on of the best outside centres in world rugby…

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.02.11 15:41:07 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 34) : Yeah Bosman is a seasoned kicker, maybe squad hierarchal system… Not likely…

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.02.11 15:42:24 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) : Well said mate.I kept quiet because i couldn’t check my emotions at the keyboard.

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.02.11 16:16:29 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 21) : Well the stormers forwards are a weakness ,in both finals they where 2nd best. Brok Harris is not a good prop neither is wikus blauw ,libenberg is a fantastic hooker I agree . Locks ,bekker is good ,solid player as is schalk . Ashley Johnson ,Joshua Strauss(Lions Beard man) Whitely ,Minnie ,Frans Viljoen and a host of sharks loosies imo are better than the wp/stormers loose forwards. The problem with the wp loose forwards is that they just dont hit the mark ,what is Flouw ?Fetch ball carrier ?? Well he is not potent at either just compitent especially as the game speeds up ,there is nothing special about duane vermulen either -ive heard people say he is a hard man …so what south africa has hundreds of flanks who are . Any way its just my thoughts , i would have rather bought better front rowers and 2nd rowers with the 8 mil the blew on habs (who is terrible atm) and fourie ,who is good (but you have the 2nd best 13 in the comp so was it really worth it?? )ill probably be wrong about the stormers this year ,but if i had to put money on the issue…

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.02.11 16:23:58 by Talent Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 36) : Okay just what i think about the players ,yeah cj is better but not the scrumager he is cracked up to be -duane V is not world class im sorry ,why is he special ? why is he better than kanko ,spies , deysel ,burger ,johnson ,whitely(who by the way is in great form ) Joe vnk-lets compare him to guys like nick easter (same type of player just better) ,who would you have in youre side? Sergio Parrise , Reid -Duane V is at most s15 class

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.02.11 16:32:10 by Talent Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 38) : Lolz 😉 WP have probably the best backs in the competition !! Not taking anything away from last years success .

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.02.11 16:34:06 by Talent Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Not as surprised as I was. I almost fell off the couch. By the way… I see I have missed some SuperPat-bashing. I made a point of watching all the (local) opposition fly-halves very closely on Saturday and it would seem to me that our very own Wunderkind in Black and White did as well as the much vaunted Mr Steyn, who didn’t have the most marvelous of games himself. Naas Olivier was kak. Jantjies was kakker. JLP failed to impress and Steyn does nothing BUT kick (if he had tackled, passed or scored a try I would have also fallen off the couch). So tell the bashers to bash elsewhere!

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.02.11 18:04:55 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 40) : Sure, we all have our opinions about players – I certainly think that Duane is a fantastic rugby player – didn’t compare him to Deysel, because Deysel is not world class but UNIVERSE class… 😉 – but sure, the NH has some pretty special No. 8’s as well, Vermeulen is class, and sure Warren at The Lions is indeed very good, been talking him up for years – now that I concede a bit of ground, you can also concede that referring to Mossie the way you did was premature – Jaque Fourie is a fantastic rugby player.

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.02.11 18:16:18 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 43) : Well maybe not years, but at least when he started at the Sharks Academy (Warren Whitely)… And continued on Duane, he is fast, he is aggressive and he is defensive, he is strong – he’s got a lot to play for.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.02.11 18:17:52 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 43) : I agree ,and deysel is just the best ever bro you must understand…
    JF is great! But for a fraction of the money you could have bought lets say Murray and had a player who is the same sought of player and is not far from JF in terms of ability. Okay Duane V is world class then so is Frans Viljoen and Ashley Johnson ,deal?

    Let me just explain myself . In south africa we have some players who play club rugby who could go and play professional rugby overseas and alot do and make a name for themselves. IMO if we had a good dig around some of the clubs we could find a player very similar to him ,tackles hard ,big ,agressive and strong-infact I know players who have just been contracted to rovers who are almost identical to him who where playing b standard rugby.

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.02.11 19:56:29 by Talent Reply
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  • Listen guys. World class is when you get to around 25 caps at international level for a tier 1 nation.

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.02.11 20:07:51 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 46) : World Class doesn’t mean capped international – it means you can hold yourself at any level IF selected… And SupeRugby is one step down from tests, so if you shine on this stage, you are a gem…

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.02.11 20:21:45 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • Bollocks. Ask KSA. He knows everything.

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.02.11 20:31:15 by Speed7 Reply

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  • @Speed7 (Comment 48) : haha, nah I’m just messing around, we have classy forwards in SA that could make any international team, I guess thats what I’m saying… As for KSA yep, can’t disagree… Haha

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.02.11 20:37:12 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • great news for Stormers and welcome back to SA

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.02.11 21:09:20 by chaz Reply

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  • Who is back-up flyhalf? De Waal still in CT?

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.02.11 22:20:51 by Hmmm Reply

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  • The Lions are going to have one game more than the Stormers played…. So this will count in their favor. Its a close call this.

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.02.11 07:55:13 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 51) : Van Aswegen, and Watts?! De Waal has left to play in France… no Italy… not sure.

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.02.11 07:55:38 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 53) : I think he has gone to Italy, but im not sure the WP staff know who exactly will be backup flyhalf, none of the candidates have taken their chances

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.02.11 08:22:04 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @csb (Comment 28) : 4 tries against the best defense in SA ?

    @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 54) : Van Aswegen got a lot a game time recently but I suspect it will be Elgar.

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.02.11 09:34:36 by Original Champion Reply
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