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De Jongh cleared, Elstadt doubtful

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 28 Feb 2012 at 07:54
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Stormers centre Juan de Jongh will be able to partner Jean de Villiers in the midfield when they face the Sharks at Newlands this weekend. The jaw injury that de Jongh picked up in preseason has healed, and it is certain that the player will be included in the match 22.

Whether the coach throws him straight into the starting fifteen remains to be seen though, as Bryan Habana has impressed in his role at outside centre and would have liked a few more chances in the position.

Rynardt Elstadt is still not a certainty for the Sharks match, as he recovers from his injury, and a call will be made later in the week. Peter Grant will be returning to training on Wednesday, following his stint in Japan, and it is unlikely that he will see action this weekend.

On the injuries side, Schalk Burger will not require an operation on his torn medial ligaments, but it is expected that the flanker will be out for around six weeks.

Both Andries Bekker and Jean de Villiers sat out training on Monday following injury niggles picked up against the Hurricanes, but both players will be available for selection against the Sharks.


  • Wonderful news for Juan.
    Elstadt doesn’t worry me as Etsebeth has more than proven himself in the position. Keep Kolisi in Schalk’s place and consider replacing Gary with Burton. The kid looked electric last week after he came on, and Gary seems to lack good decision making abilities. A drop goal, while impressive, should not be the option on the opponents 5 metre line with two extra men.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.02.12 15:27:53 by Leviathan Reply
  • @Leviathan (Comment 1) :

    I saw that overlap, and it cost them the bonus point at the end of the day..

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.02.12 15:31:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :
    I’m more inclined to say that the ref blowing his whistle too quickly when one of our guys was going over cost us the bonus point. But your right, good decision making is key to Flyhalf controlling the game, which Gary seemed to lack.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.02.12 15:41:10 by Leviathan Reply

  • @Leviathan (Comment 3) :

    I forgot about that, you are so right..

    A bit of advantage would have sealed the deal there..

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.02.12 15:43:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) :
    agh…we blew plenty of chances on attack, we should be better with Juan back to help co-ordinate the backline.
    What really impressed me was the power of our forward pack. It wasn’t against the best opposition, but in total our maul must have driven them back the length of the field.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.02.12 15:50:08 by Leviathan Reply

  • @Leviathan (Comment 5) : And I foresee them doing the same to the Sharks this weekend as well. I hope they can come up with a counter to it. Maybe a tickle or 2 to Bekkers kidneys….. 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.02.12 16:35:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 6) :
    you guys have a great pack. I was honestly surprised that you weren’t able to bully the bulls around the field last week. And you have a great Flyhalf in Lambie.

    Should be a good game dictated by forward strength in my opinion.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.02.12 16:49:21 by Leviathan Reply

  • I know it was only one game but Etsebeth really impressed me. The kid is very strong. My prediction is we will see him in that Bok 4 jersey before 2015.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.02.12 16:59:28 by Ben Reply
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  • I’m really keen to see who gets the LF seat on the Stormers bench. I imagined that if Elstadt is fit, he wud have been the automatic 1st choice.

    Nizaam Carr wud have been my leading candidate. I really like this youngster. He plays a great game of rugga. However with unphysical Koster and Kolisi likely to feature in the starting lineup, I have to believe that AC will look out for a more collision dominate force than Carr.

    Deon Fourie (if fit) and Ronan Kitshoff who plays directly towards the breakdown ball are others who come to mind. Perhaps even a bigger unit like Tertius Daniller has a chance now.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.02.12 17:05:16 by beet Reply
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