No Pietersen for Stormers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 23 May 2012 at 17:20
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The Stormers have been forced into a change at fullback for Saturday’s Kings Park showdown with the Sharks; Joe Pietersen has failed to recover from a back injury picked up against the Waratahs and will play no part in the game.

Gio Aplon shifts from right wing into the last line of defence as a result, with former Bull Shadow van den Heever coming into the number 14 jersey. Despite all the talk during the week of mass injury disruptions to the side, though, this single change is the only one that Coetzee has made to his starting fifteen.

On the bench, there’s an interesting – and perhaps pre-emptive – selection of both Nick Fenton-Wells and Don Armand as loose forward replacements. Knowing that the Sharks will in all likelihood again go with a 5-2 split, Alister Coetzee has opted to do the same, but with only Vodacom Cup grade forwards available to him, one has to acknowledge that the Sharks’ pair of Boks (Jean Deysel and Ryan Kankowski) should still give them the edge on the bench.

Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Don Armand, 20 Nick Fenton-Wells, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Burton Francis.


  • Well well..what happens if grant has a off night with the boot..who will save them…

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.05.12 17:23:42 by shaniboi Reply
  • @shaniboi (Comment 1) : That is a major disadvantage to the Stormers. Grant doesn’t have a big kicking range so if the kick is 45 metres or more then it is out of Grant’s range. Pieterson also gets through a lot of work at the back and is pretty safe under the high ball too.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.05.12 18:15:42 by lostfish Reply
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  • So what`s the plan here, we can transgress just make sure it`s far out?

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.05.12 18:24:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 1) : Burton Francis will come on for one of the back three at 15 and take over the kicking IMO.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.05.12 18:55:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Dewald Duvenage is a capable goal kicker.

    I’m sure he will do the job if needed.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.05.12 19:28:31 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) : Dude you guys are gonna lose regardless of who your better kickers are.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.05.12 19:34:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I know. Sharks are favourites!! 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.05.12 20:14:48 by wpw Reply

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