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Grant bolsters Stormers ahead of Kings Park clash


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 25 Feb 2013 at 10:32
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While it may have seemed like good news last week, when Peter Grant arrived back in Cape Town, this week, his availability for the Stormers may be seen more like great news – approaching the “manna from heaven” category – by coach Allister Coetzee after his side’s loss in Pretoria in their Super Rugby opener.

Lions import Elton Jantjies, who has admittedly endured a torrid run-up to the season, what with losing his father, was nevertheless pretty close to abysmal in his Stormers debut at Loftus. Whilst the old hand – and much maligned – Morne Steyn stepped up to assert his authority on a generally poor game, Jantjies did just the opposite and mixed up aimless general field play with ineffective goal-kicking.

In fact, so far has Jantjies – the same player who recorded a faultless tee display to win the 2011 Currie Cup final almost single-handedly – fallen from grace that he missed all four attempts at goal on Friday and was replaced as goal-kicker by Joe Pietersen shortly after half time.

Coetzee will remember how the late introduction of Grant changed his side’s luck during last year’s round 2 game – also against the Sharks – and will, I’m sure, be thinking hard about throwing caution to the wind and including the veteran pivot from the outset for Saturday’s match.


49 Comments

  • Wouldn’t really be fair on Elton to drop him now.

    Although whoever plays, I doubt it will make any difference to the outcome this weekend. 😐

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.02.13 10:42:37 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : ja – you okes are going to thrash us either way 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.02.13 10:46:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    I am with you on that, unfair to drop him after one bad match.

    I am sure he will put in the extra time at training this week to get his groove back!

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.02.13 10:47:05 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Doubt it.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.02.13 10:48:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • This should be a good match this weekend. Had the stormers kicked their penalties it would have given them the confidence boost that could have changed the result. If they fix that then this weekend could be a tough one for the sharks but I believe we have what it takes to win this one.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.02.13 11:02:08 by Viking Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : Seems as if Elton should not have made the starting lineup against the Bulls in the first place. I felt he needed some game time before the big game in the first place but reading between the lines of this report in the Rapport sheds a totally different light on what Elton has been getting up to.
    Here’s the link http://www.rapport.co.za/Sport/Rugby/Die-Mol-Meer-vuur-minder-fuifof-Visvoete-gaan-beursies-skud-20130223

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.02.13 13:18:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 6) : horrible tabloid crap spewed out by an anonymous media assassin. Surely you know better than to read nonsense like that?

    It’s not the first time this “Mole” has written a baseless, unsubstantiated tirade against the Stormers and certainly won’t be the last. I just wish that whoever it was had the decency to put his real name behind it.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.02.13 13:23:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • I don’t give a crap who plays for the Stormers this week. I just want them to go into week 3 with zero log points. 👿

    (Disclaimer: No anti-stormer sentiment intended, merely a Sharks forever one!)

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.02.13 13:37:45 by King Shark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :Im not so sure it is baseless.

    Ask Morne who it is (Die Mol), you may be surprised.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.02.13 13:40:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : oh dear. I suspect I’m not going to like the answer…

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.02.13 13:42:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was right… I don’t like the answer. Expected better from the guy.

    The issue is not whether it’s true or not. The issue is that I have a problem with gutter tabloid trash written under a pseudonym

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.02.13 13:51:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Agree with the pseudonym bit, though if its true I think its newsworthy and may go some way to explaining what we saw on Friday night.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.02.13 14:01:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 6) : Long ago stopped reading the Rapport. 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.02.13 14:01:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • Elton had an off day and he wasn’t the only one. He missed some kicks in his first game of
    the season. And now all of a sudden we should be concerned about what he gets up to in his free time. 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.02.13 14:05:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : look, you know I have commented on this point before… I have a zero tolerance approach to players losing focus during the season. My personal view is they should drink at all, but I understand that some do. If it is true that Elton was out drinking shortly before the game, then surely the team must know about it and the management must punish it. If Mr de Villiers Mol is so sure of his facts, he should make a public declaration to the union and allow them to handle the player. If not, he should shut up about it, whether writing anonymously or not.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.02.13 14:08:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : Why, its got such a Stormers / WP slant one would think that you would subscribe….just to maintain the balance from the pro Sharks overload you get here. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.02.13 14:10:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : : 🙂

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.02.13 14:12:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) : @McLovin (Comment 17) : get a room you two 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.02.13 14:26:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Maybe the union chose not to do anything about it and the mr mol decided he would inform his readers about it as a reason for his poor game.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.02.13 14:29:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : Im not concerned what Stormers players get up to in their free time, in fact I encourage them to let their hair down as often before a game as possible, especially if they happen to be playing the Sharks that Saturday.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.02.13 14:32:24 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • That mol piece is vacuous, much like the space between your average rapport readers’* ears.

    *not all. 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.02.13 14:42:50 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 21) : 😆 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.02.13 14:49:10 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) :

    Agreed 100%. Let them party as much as they want!

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.02.13 14:49:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 20) : @Pokkel (Comment 23) : Agree. This weekend is kinda like a bye for the Stormers anyway. 😉 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.02.13 14:54:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : E 😀 xactly!

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.02.13 15:01:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : just like the Currie Cup Final…. this is FOUR FREE POINTS for the Stormers. Pass it on!

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.02.13 15:20:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : 5 😈 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.02.13 15:24:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : oops, my bad!

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.02.13 15:35:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) : Yeah, apparantly there might even be legal repurcussions for them after their explanation of the series of events in the bladerunner saga, which contradicts forensic findings.

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.02.13 08:18:15 by King Shark Reply
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  • Turns out Die Mol shares a birthday with my wife…

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.02.13 09:39:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Are you becoming obsessive?

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.02.13 09:52:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 27) :

    Love your work bru!

    Welcome beck! 😈 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.02.13 10:00:16 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : @robdylan (Comment 2) : I am really concerned about this weekend after what Plum put out for the umpteenth time against the Cheetahs.

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.02.13 10:17:01 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 32) : Thanks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.02.13 10:17:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 33) : Reckon it’s going to be close. With a home win. 😐

    I’ll still be picking Stormers by plenty on Superbru. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.02.13 10:24:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • The Sharks are definitely favourites!! 😆

    Home ground advantage, Frans Verstaan at 12, SuperPat at 10 and the Bok front row.

    And let’s not forget the DeyselNATOR from the bench! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.02.13 11:03:14 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 36) : Nice psyche out…. 😛

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.02.13 11:04:58 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 36) : hi, have we met?

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.02.13 11:15:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 36) :
    Howzit gutter trash! 😈

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.02.13 11:57:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 39) :

    Hey Fish. Howzit??

    That’s Mister Gutter trash to you jou vetkop! 😈

  • Comment 40, posted at 26.02.13 12:42:46 by wpw Reply
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  • Nice thread….lots of the old kak praters on here! 😎

    Missing Claytie, Ice and Oubaas!

  • Comment 41, posted at 26.02.13 12:46:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) :

    I have it on good authority that Oubaas is relaunching his Facebook campaign to get Plum fired this season! True Story! 😉 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 26.02.13 12:53:36 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 42) :

    I wouldn’t be surprised. Welcome back Wes! 😈

  • Comment 43, posted at 26.02.13 13:00:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 41) :
    I’m still trying to settle down some roots in Jhb. Been a hectic year so far.

  • Comment 44, posted at 26.02.13 14:18:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 44) :

    You moved to JHB?

  • Comment 45, posted at 26.02.13 14:34:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 45) : I see nothing gets past you… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 26.02.13 14:40:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • 😛

    I did. Pity me. 🙁 🙁

  • Comment 47, posted at 26.02.13 14:45:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) :

    What do you expect from someone living in a backward dorpie! 😈

  • Comment 48, posted at 26.02.13 14:49:19 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : @Big Fish (Comment 47) : @wpw (Comment 48) :

    Ag fok sorry OK! 😈

    So where did I miss the story? 😳

  • Comment 49, posted at 26.02.13 14:51:34 by Pokkel Reply
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