Richard Ferguson

Etzebeth to debut against Canes


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 22 Feb 2012 at 12:34
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The Stormers have announced their team to take on the Hurricanes at Newlands on Saturday night, with a few surprises in the line up. Rynhardt Elstadt will not be considered and Eben Etzebeth will be making his Super Rugby debut in partnering Andries Bekker in the second row.

Duane Vermeulen will start on the side of the scrum with Nick Koster preferred at the back of the scrum, with Schalk Burger completing a strong loose trio.

Gary van Aswegen, as anticipated, will play in the pivot position while the team wait on Peter Grant to return from Japan. Bryan Habana will play outside Jean de Villiers in the centres, with the back three of Aplon, van den Heever and Pietersen full of running, but slightly small in stature.

15 Joe Pietersen
14 Gerhard van den Heever
13 Bryan Habana
12 Jean de Villiers
11 Gio Aplon
10 Gary van Aswegen
9 Dewaldt Duvenage
8 Nick Koster
7 Duane Vermeulen
6 Schalk Burger (c)
5 Andries Bekker
4 Eben Etzebeth
3 Brok Harris
2 Tiaan Liebenberg
1 Steven Kitshoff

16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
17 Frans Malherbe
18 De Kock Steenkamp
19 Siya Kolisi
20 Louis Schrueder
21 Burton Francis
22 Marcel Brache


57 Comments

  • It’s already been announced.

    15 Joe Pietersen
    14 Gerhard van den Heever
    13 Bryan Habana
    12 Jean de Villiers
    11 Gio Aplon
    10 Gary van Aswegen
    9 Dewaldt Duvenage
    8 Nick Koster
    7 Duane Vermeulen
    6 Schalk Burger (c)
    5 Andries Bekker
    4 Eben Etzebeth
    3 Brok Harris
    2 Tiaan Liebenberg
    1 Steven Kitshoff

    16 Siyabonga Ntubeni
    17 Frans Malherbe
    18 De Kock Steenkamp
    19 Siya Kolisi
    20 Louis Schrueder
    21 Burton Francis
    22 Marcel Brache

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.02.12 12:41:38 by hendrikp Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 1) :

    Where did you find it?

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.02.12 12:42:19 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :

    Somewhere you lot would never look.

    Keo. http://www.keo.co.za/2012/02/22/super-rugby-round-1/

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.02.12 12:44:23 by hendrikp Reply

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  • There are folks out there that would love to see Vermuelen at 7

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.02.12 12:46:42 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 3) :

    Thanks though,article amended..

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.02.12 12:46:44 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Ok then, i should refresh before i post

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.02.12 12:47:12 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • I’m glad AC has seen the light, and finally given Koster the 8 jersey, while moving Vermeulen to the side of the scrum.

    I felt like banging my head against the wall all of last season when they played Koster on the side of the scrum for some stupid reason.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.02.12 12:47:47 by hendrikp Reply

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  • This is a poor article, there is no mention of the great depth that the Stormers have at loose forward.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.02.12 12:47:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :

    All good :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.02.12 12:51:38 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    😆 relentless u are.

    Its good to see Bekker back playing again.

    Looks a very good backline if one looks at each player individually.

    Guess it will depend on how Aswegen gets the backline going.

    Whats counting in the Stormers favour is that the Canes are not a great looking side.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.02.12 12:51:54 by csb Reply

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  • Also not much on the bench to speak of …

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.02.12 12:53:33 by csb Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Yes. Should definitely mention how they have many CC & SR capped loose-forwards, compared to the Sharks loosies who are talked up, but haven’t played anything above age-grade rugby 🙄

    Just saying.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.02.12 12:53:39 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 7) : Well done Hendrik. You’ve stuck your neck out often here at SW.

    I know you’ve been saying for a while now. Vermeulen is a 7. Give Koster the reigns at 8.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.02.12 12:56:08 by beet Reply
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  • The same questions will be asked of the Stormers again this year…can they be consistent in their performances. Looks a decent side but its a long comp and I just wonder how much of an effect injuries etc can/will be…

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.02.12 12:56:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Not sure Habana at centre is a good move. Hasn’t got much vision. Can’t imagine him handing the ball of to someone in support etc.

    Should’ve put future Springbok captain JP du Plessis at centre. 😎

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.02.12 12:57:06 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @csb (Comment 11) : Apparently there is a clause in Bekker’s contract that he has to start every game or not play at all.

    Something about getting into some major shit at home the last time he was seen on the bench.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.02.12 12:59:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Legandary comment! 😈 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.02.12 12:59:56 by wpw Reply
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  • Big jump for Etsebeth. Another player we can expect big things from in the years to come. I’m really excited about this selection.

    Not impressed by the Stormers backline bench. Thought the could have done better. The Schreuder / Groom ranking system is really unpredictable. Personally I prefer Groom. Brache is a very avg player but still way better than Francis – not sure how he makes the squad.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.02.12 13:00:01 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 13) :

    I’m not against Vermeulen as a 7, but heck, if you’ve got a loosie that can make breaks from set-phase, is up there as possibly your best ball-carrier & links well with the backline, why would you give him less time with ball in hand and ask him to play a somewhat defensive role!!

    It’d be like playing Kankowski on the blindside. We all know it just doesn’t work…

    Might have been Rassie though. Had this idea of all 3 loose-forwards being ‘hybrid’… sadly doesn’t quite work that way.

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.02.12 13:00:14 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.02.12 13:01:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 18) :

    Their only other choice from the 30 (above Brache) would have been Danie Poolman. Otherwise they would’ve had to look at players from last seasons U20 team.

    Personally more of a fan of Schreuder. He needs a bit of confidence to get himself going, but he’s a better athlete & seems to have the brains to become something really good.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.02.12 13:02:27 by hendrikp Reply

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  • Is it just me or is no one else surprised that Deon Carstens didn’t even make the bench?? 😯

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.02.12 13:04:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 22) :

    A bit, but you won’t see Kitshoff & Malherbe starting in the same XV I don’t think.

    Carstens will play a big part. Not being shafted IMO.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.02.12 13:06:50 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 18) :

    Hey beet,

    I am quite sure Brache made the bench because he can cover centre and fullback. 😕

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.02.12 13:09:13 by wpw Reply
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  • According to Keo, Carstens was not included because he has not played tighthead for a reasonably long time now.

    Will play in a friendly this weekend versus Griquas, hopefully on the tighthead side to get himself match-fit & back into scrummaging in that position, presumably against Janro van Niekerk which will be a good challenge.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.02.12 13:14:40 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 12) : the only reason they have some caps under there names was because of your injury toll last year, otherwise they would still have been vodacom cup players.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.02.12 13:17:24 by MJ Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : good done

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.02.12 13:18:31 by MJ Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 24) :

    Having Poolman on the bench wouldn’t have left them with many options. I mean they already have 4 wingers in the starting line-up!

    With Brache they’ll have some cover if injury strikes, or a few options in case of substitutions. I don’t like it, but it’s pretty much the only thing that could’ve done.

    Overall very satisfied. Would’ve been nice if Juan was fit, but that’s about the only thing I can complain about.

    And very glad Etzebeth is getting a run straight off.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.02.12 13:18:48 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @MJ (Comment 26) :

    Besides the point. These guys played some good rugby at a higher level.

    I believe Fenton-Wells was even up for Varsity Cup Player of the Year. Beats playing a bit of U20 rugby, don’t you think?

    Plain and simple, a lot of this Sharks ‘massive loose-forward depth’ is a myth. Half of them will end up playing First Division CC or playing somewhere in Europe.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.02.12 13:21:15 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : Aplon and vd Heever can also cover 15. I guess Brache must be doing a lot right on the training ground. It’s just hard to believe that the Stormers have gone from great depth at centre to this situation in 1 year.

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.02.12 13:22:27 by beet Reply
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  • Etzebeth,get the feeling that even on his return Elstadt might do a bit of bench duty,Etzebeth seems to have everything,also rate Groom higher than Schreuder,he seems to be a player more in the Duvenhage mould,solid without being spectecular,Groom has a bit of that Hougaard X-factor,takes on the odds which I like in a scrummy. Hell Schreuder looked like rubbish at the u20 WC in 2010,but than again so did Elton Jantjies. Schreuder though hasn’t quite kicked on ever since. Wish they could somehow find space for Nizaam Carr,my favourite young loosie in SA right now

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.02.12 13:30:40 by Ludz Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 29) : probably because the sharks don’t get that much injuries, we only need 5/6 for the season,unlike the stormers who’ll need about 11.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.02.12 13:49:00 by MJ Reply

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  • Saturday night you mean?

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.02.12 14:02:23 by Ben Reply
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  • Onward Space Monkeys!
    For Greater Glory And Chocolate Pie for All!

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.02.12 14:11:07 by Leviathan Reply

     
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : That comment seems to do the trick each time 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.02.12 14:33:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 31) : That sounds about spot on

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.02.12 14:38:32 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.02.12 14:47:40 by Ben Reply
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  • looking forward to facing this team in Round 2…

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.02.12 17:00:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : 😎 😎 😎 😎

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.02.12 17:28:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : brilliant, jys op jou stukke bru…

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.02.12 17:47:59 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Clayton,haha just about hey,Marcel Brache must well and truly be doing something right at training,I would’ve picked JP du Plessis at 13,Habana I don’t know,hope van den Heever can go back to that form of the 2010 super 14,best right wing in SA that year and don’t tell me JP Pietersen Sharkies. He had Bok written all over him

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.02.12 18:17:04 by Ludz Reply

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  • Stormers have some flyhalf and loosie worries.

    Finally someone saw the light and shifted Seabiscuit to 7. Let’s see if Koster’s ‘nads finally dropped and he can tackle the big boys. Awesome runner, but often been found wanting on defence.

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.02.12 18:24:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 41) :
    Yes, vd Heever and JP du Plessis will defo be Boks this year. Proven class there.

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.02.12 18:25:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 43) :

    Love it!

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.02.12 18:26:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 42) :

    You think Duane wil be effective from the side of the scrum? Both Keegan and Coetzee are better flankers..

    Vermeulen in form would outplay Kanko on his current form..

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.02.12 18:27:50 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Can’t wait to see more from Schrueder, I think he has huge potential ,also like Groom ,both are good up and coming players.

    Not a bad back row at all ,Duanethemullet is probably better suited to blindside than number 8 .

    The weak link is probably Koster ,but with the quality and size of his 4-7 he should show some good form, without doubt his make or break season.

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.02.12 18:36:53 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 46) :

    Koster will Kanko the carrot if he is even in a little bit of form..

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.02.12 18:43:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 45) :
    I wouldn’t say that Keegan and Marcell are better flankers just yet. I know they have proven time there, but IMO Seabiscuit’s physicality in the tight and big defence are much better suited to 7, while he lacks the pace, vision or linkage skills for 8.

    You can have a monster 8 who is just a go-forward guy, especially if your scrum sucks, but such players will always lose out to more rounded 8’s.

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.02.12 18:44:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 48) :

    Do you know if Vermeulen has any experience at flank?

    I’ve always liked Vermeulen, but he has gone backwards in recent seasons..

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.02.12 18:48:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 45) : Kanko on form is a true world beater. Koster can be deadly but not much to show for all the hype…yet.

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.02.12 18:54:05 by Talent Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 49) : He started out at flank for the Cheetahs

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.02.12 19:02:48 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 51) :

    Oh okay..

    Will be interesting to see how he goes against the Sharks

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.02.12 19:04:29 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 41) : Hey Ludz. Hang in their mate. Altho ur still a teenager and some guys wanna shoot down your opinions, there are still others like myself who enjoy reading the alternative viewpoints around here. :mrgreen:

    Much respect.

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.02.12 19:20:52 by beet Reply
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  • Beet. Haha,don’t worry sir,I knew what I was signing up for when I joined Sharksworld,so I take it all in my stride. Remember telling Muzi on rugby365 that if you write anything that might be contradictory to what Sharks fans believe than you’re in for a tough time on this website,but it’s all good. It’s actually enjoyable

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.02.12 19:36:56 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 49) :

    I am yet to see Vermeulen go backwards!! 😈 😉

  • Comment 55, posted at 23.02.12 09:38:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 55) :

    You will have to wait until next weekend’s game.. 😉

  • Comment 56, posted at 23.02.12 09:47:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 54) :

    Where is Muzi lately!?

  • Comment 57, posted at 23.02.12 09:49:07 by hendrikp Reply

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