Stormers test reserve strength

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 1 Feb 2012 at 21:00
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Stormers coach Alister Coetzee has resisted the temptation to throw his first-choice starting line-up into action against the Cheetahs this weekend and will again give his reserve players a chance to press for selection to his final 2012 Super Rugby squad.

Only Schalk Burger, captaining the side from his favourite number 6 jersey, can be considered an automatic starter when the team to take on the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby opener is named, while lock Rynhardt Elstadt and prop Deon Carstens will also come close. Fellow tights Deon Fourie and De Kock Steenkamp have played a fair bit in their time, whilst Frans Malherbe, Siya Kolisi and Nizaam Carr are still pretty young.

A number of Currie Cup players will feature at the back, including off-season recruit Gerhard van den Heever, starting in the number 15 jersey that many feel may be his best. Young JP du Plessis joins Marcel Brache in midfield, while the selection of former Valke player Ederies Arendse at left wing will raise a few eyebrows.

On the bench, scrumhalf Bolla Conradie is older than the rest of the reserves combined, with exciting youngsters like Steven Kitshoff, Eben Etzebeth and Michael van der Spuy sure to do their bit to impress.

The game kicks off at Newlands at 5pm on Saturday.


15 Gerhard van den Heever, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Deon Carstens.

Substitutes: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Don Armand, 21 Nick Fenton-Wells, 22 Rohan Kitshoff, 23 Bolla Conradie, 24 Kurt Coleman, 25 Michael van der Spuy, 26 Berton Klaasen


  • Nizaam Carr is playing at 8thman,his favourite position. I like the look of Carr,wherever he’s played in the loose trio,he’s thrived,that’s why I believe he has a big future in SA rugby. Don’t know if they have a clip of the brilliant try he scored for UCT in the Varsity Cup last year

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.02.12 21:51:34 by Ludz Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 1) :

    Agree completely, he is a class act for a youngster. Watched him play at the Junior Champs and he was very impressive and impressed a lot of Northern/Southern Hemisphere Press. Definitely is an 8th man, read somewhere that Coetzee said as much as well, hope he gets exposure as he could be a future Springbok.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.02.12 22:07:07 by Pat Reply
  • I also like Carr. Rate him far more highly than kolisi, who’s frankly a little overrated. A poor man’s Marcell Coetzee, if you will

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.02.12 22:16:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 1) : @Pat (Comment 2) : Agree with both. Nizaam has an excellent rugby brain. He interprets situations quickly and makes good decisions on the field.

    Altho I like him at 8 I just think he’s going to have to be awfully patient to get that role in CT. Vermeulen got the job done last year. Koster is there and I suspect the temptation will even exist to play Kolisi at 8 ahead of Carr.

    He did an excellent job for the Baby Boks as an opensider. I think he should apply himself to becoming a specialist in this no.6 role. Stats aren’t the whole story but at 1.84m he’s on the short side for a model day no.8

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.02.12 22:18:05 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) :

    Yeh he did really well as an opensider there, pilfered a lot of opposition ball and his physical attributes suggest that role would probably be more suited to him. The only concern with that is he is an exceptional linkman and has fantastic spatial awareness on the field which i hope would not be eroded if he moves into that role. Having said that Brussoouw and Minnie do a lot of carrying so yeh its possible.

    @robdylan (Comment 3) :
    Yeh not sure on Kolisi, he definitely has potential but really not sure what role he is fulfilling at Province. He is not an opensider nor really a traditional blindside.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.02.12 22:24:23 by Pat Reply

  • @beet (Comment 4) : he played at blindside for the u19s with Kolisi at 8thman in 2010,but now Coetzee thinks he should be an 8thman,I tend to think he would link with the backline a lot better than Kolisi would.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.02.12 22:33:22 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 6) : I should send you a DVD of the 2011 u21 game WP vs Sharks at Newlands. Nizaam brill at 8, probably MotM. All the attributes that are being raved about were on display.

    But senior rugby is different. The real measure of just how highly AC rates Carr as an 8 at the moment will be known when Koster and Vermeulen are 100% fit.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.02.12 22:54:24 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 7) :

    I cant see him leaving out either really. Vermeulen is a must or else the loose trio is just to unbalanced, he is the only real hard hitter that brings that semblance of physicality (hitting rucks/defensively/and carrying ability). I would be tempted to go with
    6 Carr
    7 Vermeulen
    8 Burger

    but i suspect it will be
    6 Burger
    7 Koster
    8 Vermeulen

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.02.12 23:09:06 by Pat Reply


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