robdylan

Stormers stretched at forward ahead of opener


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 13 Feb 2013 at 10:42
Tagged with : , , , , , , , , , ,

The Sharks aren’t the only South African conference contenders facing a tricky away opener in Super Rugby – the Stormers will head up to Loftus to play the somewhat resurgent Bulls, sporting a forward combination that will be somewhat less formidable than they would have hoped.

There’s good news, though, at the back, in the form of Elton Jantjies’ return to the squad after compassionate leave. The Lions flyhalf, with the Stormers for Super Rugby, has been away from Cape Town following the tragic loss of his father to a bee sting, but is now back and will be available for the Bulls game. He’ll slot into a pacey and powerful backline containing any number of attacking threats, but it’s up-front where the the Stormers will be tested, particularly given that their Super Rugby gameplan is more oriented to smash than flash.

The loss of Eben Etzebeth for 6-8 weeks knocks a huge hole in their “engine” and with Tiaan Liebenberg also out, those sceptics of the Cape’s up-font credentials may be tempted to recall the “light five” days of yore. Sure, they’ve been bolstered by the addition of Pat Cilliers from the Lions, but their other import, Michael Rhodes, is still on the crocked list, meaning likely game time for both Don Armand and De Kock Steenkamp, neither of whom exactly sets the world alight in the physicality stakes.

What’s more, there’s still little clarity about the role Schalk Burger will play in the opening fixture. The Bok flank has been on the sidelines for what seems like years now and is still not quite ready to play, although he’s slated for a return to practice this week. Whether coach Allister Coetzee will risk his recovery by throwing him straight in against the Bulls remains to be seen.


8 Comments

  • As much as I dislike Steenkamp, I don’t mind having him in the side as he makes his tackles and hits his rucks.

    I don’t think the Stormers will be too concerned, a loose trio of Kolisi, Elstadt and Vermeulen is quite formidable.

    And lest we forget, the Bulls have Pierre Spies! 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.02.13 10:50:33 by wpw Reply
    Author
    wpw
     
  • Elstadt and Steenkamp/Armand not bad options.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.02.13 11:11:55 by Talent Reply
    Author
    Talent
     
  • any guesses on spies performance for this year?

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.02.13 11:42:30 by Dunx Reply

    Dunx
     
  • @Dunx (Comment 3) :

    Well, for one thing, I predict he will at some point run sideways! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.02.13 11:52:12 by wpw Reply
    Author
    wpw
     
  • Elstad looked like his old self against Boland. Not the biggest Steenkamp fan but he can do a half decent job in the lineouts

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.02.13 12:01:09 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
    Administrator
    Clayton(PJLD)
     
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) : does the “against Boland” bit not worry you, though? 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.02.13 13:31:51 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylan
     
  • @Dunx (Comment 3) :

    Depends on how much EPO he consumed while he was nursing his finger. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.02.13 15:28:16 by VinChainSaw Reply
    Author
    VinChainSaw
     
  • I’m pretty sure we’re going to get pasted by the Bulls.
    Promising players in the pack, but there’s a lack of grunt now that EverythingEverywhere is out injured.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.02.13 15:29:44 by VinChainSaw Reply
    Author
    VinChainSaw
     

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.