Richard Ferguson

Flyhalf troubles for Coetzee

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 8 Feb 2012 at 10:20
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Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is going to have to make a big call ahead of his team’s first Super Rugby game of the season, against the Hurricanes in Cape Town.

Coetzee has told Die Burger that he has not been overly impressed with any of the four flyhalves he has seen play in the preseason so far, saying that van Aswegen, Francis, Catrakilis and Coleman’s tactical play has not been up to standard.

Coetzee is still waiting to see when his first choice flyhalf Peter Grant returns from Japan, and could be left having to select one of the four deputees for the first, possibly even the first two matches. The second match of the season is against the Sharks at Newlands.

Gary van Aswegen looks to be the front runner amongst these four to take the helm in those games, and we should see him start in that role against the Kings this Saturday, in Port Elizabeth.

The Stormers team to face the Kings is expected to be announced later today.


  • Why don’t they play Peter Grant at 12? He and Gary could make a great combination, like Carter and Mauger for the Crusaders. I think Jean De Villiers is getting a bit old now.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.02.12 10:32:29 by StevieS Reply
  • Why not go with the Greek ?

    I Hear Burton is an awesome guy but clearly he is not up to SR standards im afraid.

    did the Lions just offload a not good enough player to the Stormers ? oh dear how did that happen ..

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.02.12 10:49:55 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 1) :

    Not a bad idea but we have two Bok centres in JDV and JDJ.

    Grant is decent but I am yet to see him take the game away from the opposition ala Lambie, Elton or even Steyn.

    I think Gary has shown promise so we’ll just have to stick with him for now!

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.02.12 10:50:56 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    may i ask what your opinion is on Gary Vs the Greek ?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.02.12 10:58:45 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 2) :

    I dont think Catrakelis is up to Super rugby standard either. Whilst he has a good boot he doesnt have the defensive mettle or tactical nous to make the step up at this stage im afraid, i remember Elton Jantjies bounced him ridiculously in the CC semi final and think bigger traffic might come his way in Superrugby.

    I think Van Aswegen is the most talented backup, but it seems Coetzee isnt too impressed with either of the flyhaves ability to kick tactically. They should try and get Sias Ebersohn for next season.

    As for Grant moving to 12. He played quite a number of games there for College and the Junior Boks and could be a very good backup in this area, however, De Villiers provides enormous leadership to a fairly young backline, so i think he is pivotal at this stage.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.02.12 11:01:26 by Pat Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Have to agree with you..

    Don’t break up the Springbok midfield, should be good to see them in action..

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.02.12 11:06:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’ve always liked the idea of Grant at 12, hell he looked a very good 12 with Willem De Waal playing at 10 so he must be good right?

    Like Wes said, we have Jean at 12 who has the inside lane, he may have lost a yard but still has mad skills

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.02.12 11:07:48 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) : @Pat (Comment 5) :

    I agree with most of what Pat has just said.

    Gary VA is very talented but he needs an extended run imo. He was out most of last year due to injury so let’s hope he can get back to the form he showed when he first came through the age group ranks.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.02.12 11:11:18 by wpw Reply
  • Go with the Greek, and not just until Grant gets back either.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.02.12 11:18:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • why not play de Villiers at flyhalf?

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.02.12 11:28:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Finally someone talking sense!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.02.12 11:35:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    😆 you recalling how every man and his dog wanted that pre 2003 WC …nevermind that he couldn’t kick ..but then again we did go with Koen ..

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.02.12 11:36:44 by csb Reply

  • Last year the Stormers had injured flyhalfs now they have 5

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.02.12 12:05:25 by Mutley Reply
  • I probably missed the announcement if he’s no longer with WP but what happened to Dewaldt Duvenage? He looked pretty useful filling in at flyhalf last year.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.02.12 12:14:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 14) :

    He is preferred in the scrumhalf position..

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.02.12 12:18:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I don’t think any of the 4 FH are good tacklers but defensively Gary v A and Demitri seem like the better players.

    Stormers look set to have a smallish line if Duvenage, GvA, JdJ, Joe P and Gio Aplon are in.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.02.12 12:35:42 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 16) :

    That is a pretty tiny line-up, now that you mention it..

    But plenty of speed in there!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.02.12 12:42:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • 😯 Just last year every man and their dog were telling us how fantastic Province was with their depth and willingness to blood their youngsters and how it would benefit them come Super Rugby time… well its that time now.

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.02.12 12:45:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : hey we might see jpp @ 13 for the boks as well

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.02.12 12:55:33 by berroos Reply

  • @berroos (Comment 19) : Not if the Stormers can help it.

    See they`ve gone ahead and copied us again!

    Habana at 13 against the Kings this weekend.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.02.12 12:56:50 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 15) : They should move him to flyhalf in my opinion – unless they’re facing problems at scrumhalf too!

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.02.12 12:59:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 20) :
    when he started he played 13 for the Lions . SO thats nothing new

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.02.12 12:59:50 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 20) : Where’d you read that??

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.02.12 13:06:11 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 20) : would still prefer jpp, habana is oor die muur!

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.02.12 13:10:06 by berroos Reply

  • @berroos (Comment 24) :

    hys al oor tenminste 2 mure …

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.02.12 13:45:25 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 25) : 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.02.12 13:55:27 by Franshark Reply

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