The unsung hero of the team

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2013 at 13:13
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DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is no stranger to talking up the youngsters he has to throw into his starting lineup, in fact, it’s probably part of his preparation to have a few school leavers run with the “starters” during pre-season training so that they are comfortable with the squad when the Stormers injury crisis inevitably hits.

Talk of youngsters X and Y standing up and doing well is commonplace at Newlands press conferences and should now be seen as the norm but one player who has really stood up and been counted and who has received little to no recognition is Stormers lock DeKock Steenkamp. Steenkmap has been a member of the WP/Stormers setup for a number of years now and in almost everyone’s view (mine included) was just there because of his well-kept beard, Kockie as he is affectionately known by his team mates was always around the squad , rotated in and out depending on injury or fatigue to team mates but never really doing anything standout. Not really a lineout menace and hardly an enforcer, supporters were often left wondering just what it was he had on the coaching staff that he was held in such high regard by them, when Eben Etzebeth went down injured in the pre-season game against Boland you could hear the collective moan go out from the Stormers fanbase as it meant the bearded one was going to start in the 4 jumper.

And start he did. He started playing out of his skin, against the Chiefs he stole 3 of the Chiefs first lineout throws and carried that through the following fixtures, going into Saturdays game against the Sharks he had already claimed 10 lineout steals with 34 lineout takes in total. A missed tackle count leaning towards the high side still allows for a bit of criticism but it’s something that can be worked on and is probably worked into the Stormers effective defensive system . He has carried the ball well and has probably attended more rucks in this campaign than he has in total in his career.

When questioned by one of the Capes seasoned media vets Coetzee gave a look as if he wanted to throw him with an energade and ask him “nou eerste?” and responded by calmly stating that “ DeKock has been the unsung hero of our campaign “ , Captain Jean DeVilliers nodded his approval as if giving the entire teams backing to the quote .


  • Dude, you know how I feel about this player but he has been brilliant thus far. 😎

    Long may it continue!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.13 13:19:59 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    I agree Steenkamp has really impressed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.13 13:34:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Yeah; this guy has stepped up big time. No lack of mongrel in that Stormers pack.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.13 13:37:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Ditto.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.13 13:46:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Haha, this must have hurt writing 🙂

    I know how you ‘love’ him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.13 14:00:37 by Morné Reply
  • Imagine the lock options we’ll have when PSDT decides to come home…

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.13 14:06:30 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 6) :

    Hand off now ye hear!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.13 14:08:21 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 5) : Always one to give credit where its due 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.13 14:08:26 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 6) : :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.13 14:11:04 by wpw Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 8) :

    I remember the first game at Newlands when we discussed this. Not going to say I told you so because even then you acknowledged he has a different look about him.

    Now don’t wait for me to write anything positive about Duvenhage – because THAT will never happen…

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.13 14:26:36 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 10) : We win when Duvenage plays! In that same conversation you praised the man to no end

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.13 14:44:05 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Steenkamp is a bog ordinary lock who has done nothing of note all season. Not sure what the Stormers are banging on about given there can be no unsung hero’s in a side that has been poor this year.

    Coetzee was a complete fool for overlooking the impressive Quinn Roux last year in favour of the average Steenkamp. This lead to Roux moving to Ireland. Roux was the real deal…..1.98m and 125kg……the perfect enforcer in the absence of Etzebeth.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.13 14:47:26 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 12) : Stormers beat the Chiefs , Brumbies and Sharks. Not the perfect season by any means but not exactly as poor as you make it out. Quin Roux while he was a big unit didn’t exactly wait his turn to play. Good riddance

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.13 15:01:19 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 12) :

    2 point loss against the Cheetahs… 5 point loss against the Saders.

    Beat the 2012 champs, the Aussie log-leaders and the SA log leaders.

    Not the best season, but not exactly poor.

    The best part for me is the momentum… the Stormers are gaining momentum… the sharks losing it.
    Still a loooong way to go in this competition… (and then we still get to beat you in the CC again… :mrgreen:)

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.13 15:09:53 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 13) : Crap Roux was overlooked by Coetzee all of last season when he should have been playing ahead of the average Steenkamp.

    Coetzee stuffed that one up. It wont be long before impressive youngsters like Pat Howard and JP du Plessis also pack their bags.

    I see Koster is now playing for Bath. Coetzee needs to learn the art of identifying real talent, investing in them, providing them with security instead of overlooking them in favour of average players like Steenkamp

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.13 15:21:14 by Saffex Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 14) : A loss is a loss – poor start to the season and they now effectively have to win every game in order to stay in the hunt.

    From log leaders to 3 losses within the first few rounds is just not good enough for a side that should have continued from where they left off last season.

    Losing Etzebeth and replacing him with the gruntless Steenkamp has hardly helped. Quinn Roux should have been the replacement had Coetzee been a good player manager

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.13 15:24:28 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 15) :Koster, that dude that was injured all the time? Yes, must definitely blame Allister for that

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.13 15:27:37 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 11) :

    Still won’t write about it.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.13 15:44:15 by Morné Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 15) :

    JP du Plessis is injured bru! Get your facts straight.

    Also, why on earth mention him if we have capable players like De Jongh and De Allende as back up?? 🙄

    JP du Plessis is overrated anyway! Most hyped up player EVER! 😕

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.13 15:45:29 by wpw Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 16) :

    So if a loss is a loss, then a trophy is a trophy, no?

    That makes the Sharks a pretty shit side, no?

    Further to this, I wouldnt start bringing up player management if I was a Sharks fan, lest the rest of the country starts taking back theirs. Oh, and talking about man management, is it Bradley Barritt that is now playing for England?

    There seems to be no bounds to your prejudice.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.13 16:06:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 19) : @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) :

    Don’t bother…

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.04.13 16:09:47 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) :

    Ah… one of those. *sigh*. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.04.13 16:37:52 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 19) : JP du Plessis was not injured last year and got very little game time.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.04.13 17:04:31 by Saffex Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : Get a life you twit

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.04.13 17:05:20 by Saffex Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 20) : Who said I was a Sharks fan? I like the Sharks no more or less than the Stormers.

    I have gone on record here, regarding Plums player management. We are seeing Jandre Marais leave for France thanks to Plum overlooking him in favour of the average Franco v/d Merwe.

    We saw the same with Ludeke and CJ Stander at the Bulls.

    Try get your facts straight, prejudice has stuff all to do with it.

    Our coaches are failing to look after our talent. There is no greater crime than overlooking worthy young talent at the expense of washed up hasbeens or players that were never worthy in the first place.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.04.13 17:11:05 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 25) :

    Because you manage to get down to all the training, have a working knowledge of the players metal fortitude and potential.

    Oh no, its because you watch a few games on a weekend that you think you can slag off the coaches as poor man managers. So tell me Saffrex, who in your mind is a good player manager?

    Because i know your type, you take an exmaple, and generalise by extrapolation and will not entertain any opinion that is not in line with yours.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.04.13 18:31:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 26) :

    Bliksem there was some big words in there.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.04.13 19:20:13 by Morné Reply
  • 😆 @ Morne

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.04.13 21:36:31 by wpw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 26) : Oh you know my type do you, wow how insightful of you.

    Damn right I’ll slag off a coach who invests in a loan player over his own, particularly considering that loan player happens to be 30 odd and a damn ordinary player. Its nothing short of poor player management and I dont need a nobody like you informing me otherwise.

    No amount of opinion will change the fact that investing in Franco v/d Merwe over Jandre Marais is plain bloody stupid, much like de Kock Steenkamp over Quinn Roux.

    One certainty is that players at this level are hardly going to be struggling with mental fortitude and I’m sure that even the gardener would be in a position to conclude that players like Marais and Roux have more potential than an old fart like Franco or a never been like de Kock……its simple maths really

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.04.13 22:52:31 by Saffex Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 26) :

    Just to elaborate slightly Saffrex, in two posts you’ve been critical of the retention of the Bulls, Sharks and Stormers.

    So that leaves the Cheetahs, Lions and Kings.
    Putting the Kings aside as we can prove or disprove that yet, that leaves the Cheetahs and the Lions.
    Its not like the Lions have held onto any players and the Cheetahs have fed the Sharks for years.

    Is it thus not possible that you are confusing a natural phenomena of people moving for work or other reasons, with coaches having player management problems because they seemingly cant find a way to fit 36 players into 26 places?

    People move dude. Because somebody is a rugby player they should stay at the province where they made their debut or were at schools?

    We live in an era where rugby is a profession and people clash, they move for money, to escape the spotlight and because they think they can do better. Like any other career actually.
    Screaming that this is the coach’s fault because they chose a player ahead of one you think is more deserving is arrogant, naive and just plain erroneous.

    This is especially the case when you pass these judgements with a fraction of the information the coach has to hand; doubly so because you’ve hardly given the choice made the time it needs to be proven correct or otherwise.

    Halfway through a season and you think it a good idea to judge a players career? Thats daft mate.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.04.13 23:18:15 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 29) :

    *head desk, repeat*

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.04.13 23:19:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) : My issue is not franchise related, hell the Cheetahs lost talented lock Carl Wegner last season thanks to being overlooked for a flank or two being chosen at lock. By the time Drotske woke up to his talents, he had already signed with a foreign club.

    No I am not confusing a natural phenomena with poor player management skills – what a stupid point to raise. It does not take a rocket scientist to work out that a player like Jandre Marais should have formed part of that 26 long before an average player like Franco v/d Merwe did.

    I am not saying rugby players should not move, but they move because they are unhappy. Jandre was not invested in, he was given no security and little faith was shown in him. What the hell are you on about regarding my judgement formulated over half a season – what nonsense. Marais and v/d Merwe have been around for a few seasons now, one more than the other.

    On a purely rugby front, Marais is a far better player than Franco and should have been treated accordingly by his coach………same applies to Roux over Steenkamp. Their coaches got it wrong and the consequences are that we have lost talent players and been left with average ones. Call me arrogant, naive or whatever – that does not detract from the fact that SA rugby is worse off as a result of these coaches decisions.

    I can live with marginal selection errors, but these were anything but

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.04.13 00:08:27 by Saffex Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 26) : HENDRIKP’S long lost father 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.04.13 01:05:18 by Talent Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 31) :

    I told you not to bother. Saffex believes that a player was either born a good player or born a average player and that that will NEVER change. Frans Steyn will ALWAYS be great regardless of how he plays. At the same time Meyer Bosman, Franco and De kock Steenkamp will ALWAYS be average regardless of their performances or improvement or hard work.

    I think Saffex should coach the Boks. He could identify the great player at age group level and have them train together from there till they are 35 years old. Should be fool proof method.

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.04.13 07:53:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 32) :

    On a purely rugby front, Marais is a far better player than Franco and should have been treated accordingly by his coach in your opinion ………same applies to Roux over your opinion Their coaches got it wrong and the consequences are that we have lost talent players and been left with average your opinion Call me arrogant, naive or whatever – that does not detract from the fact that SA rugby is worse off as a result of these coaches your opinion

    Now tell me. Do you have an open dialogue with these players? Do you sit down with them regularly? Do you have feedback from the assistant coaches, medical team and phychologists? Do you know their mental fortitude?
    Furthermore, do you have information that we dont have pertaining to how much money they wanted and the union’s budget constraints?
    Do you know what their working relationship is like with the captain and senior players? On that front, what was your opinion on the Luke Watson saga?

    Also, if youre the boss and you have two players, one of which is likely to leave at some point no matter what you do, which player do you invest in?

    If you think coaches and team managers dont put an extraordinary amount of thought and effort into making these decisions then you’re completely deluded.

    All I’m saying is that you dont have enough information to make these decisions and its a fool’s errand to then question these decisions in hindsight.

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.04.13 11:00:16 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 32) : Dear Saffex, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name, thou will be… :blush: Oops, my bad, I confused you with another oke who also knows everything… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.04.13 11:48:57 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 36) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.04.13 11:54:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 36) :

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.04.13 12:06:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 34) :

    Fair enough. If he believes Frans Steyn to be the second coming, then he’s perhaps already too far gone.

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.04.13 12:57:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 36) :

    😀 😀 😀

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.04.13 12:58:13 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 35) : My opinions on these players are universally shared. Most WP supporters will tell you Roux was a far better prospect than Steenkamp and your scribes on this site keep questioning the value of Franco, which I have done from day one.

    As I have said, my calls are based solely on the abilities of these players. I am not interested in all your secondary issues, as a supporter I want to see the best players selected and invested in, end of.

    In these instances we have lost the better players and that is what pisses me off. We have lost these players for our coaches have failed to select them and one cant blame them for leaving given they have been overlooked for inferior players.

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.04.13 14:03:26 by Saffex Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 34) : What a naive post, are you telling me Franco can be coached into a better player aged 30 – how stupid.

    Class is permanent, form is temporary. Frans is class, but not in the greatest form.

    Bosman, Steenkamp and Franco have never been class and never will be – hardly a difficult conclusion to reach. My guess is that you knew that, failing which you live in a dream world

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.04.13 14:07:30 by Saffex Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 36) : So insightful, you blow my mind. Keep up your contributions, I’ll be sure to seek your posts out in future!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.04.13 14:09:23 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 42) : Frans Steyn is shit and always has been…he blows very hot and very cold.

    I do however agree with you on Jandre Marais!!! he should be right there behind Steph and Bresler and possibly bumping Bresler back to the bench in my mind…

    Franco vd Merwe is vastly over rated!!

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.04.13 14:13:13 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 42) :

    Frans is in great form – round is a form!

    As for Franco – You have no idea what he brings to the Sharks line-out. But I am not interested in trying to explain that to you, I see others have already tried and given up.

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.04.13 14:17:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Saffex : Ok Franco is not vastly over rated. he is like a Morne Steyn..can only do one thing. and in this case that means line outs. I dont like that

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.04.13 14:34:21 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 41) :

    Life must be great in that utopia you live in.

    For the rest of us, living in the real world, the secondary issues are actually quite valid.
    Perhaps rugby on the PS3 is more suited to your taste? None of these issues there… 😈

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.04.13 14:48:15 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 45) : Oh wow, he brings so much to the line-outs does he? Let me guess, when he departs and Bresler replaces him, the Sharks line-out goes to pot?

    Man oh man, imagine selecting a lock because he brings something to the line-out. Well, reality is, he is no giant come line-out time, he is no better or worse than any other SA lock at present when it comes to line-outs. There was only one man who stood above when it came to line-outs and that was Matfield.

    In this day and age, your lock needs to bring far more than line-out work to the equation. Franco is solid come line-out time, brings nothing to general play (do you ever see him running with ball in hand, making numerous tackles or clearing out rucks) and given he hardly a bulky player, I suspect he adds very little grunt to the scrum come scrum time, evidenced by the poor showings at times by the Sharks scrum.

    Franco is a passenger. The Sharks should have had Bresler and PSDT as starters with the impressive Marais on the bench. What Franco brings to the equation is beyond me.

  • Comment 48, posted at 17.04.13 14:51:26 by Saffex Reply

  • Why dont you become a caoch Saffrex?

    Or apply for a role on Boots n All?

  • Comment 49, posted at 17.04.13 14:57:37 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 47) : No, its simple, select your best players and you will reap the rewards.

    Secondary issues take centre stage when you are dealing with a Luke Watson or Cipriani in your side…….lets face it, Jandre Marais can hardly be classified as one of these – for if he was, I doubt he would have spent most this season leading the Sharks Vodacom Cup side.

    The Sharks and Plumtree have sold themselves short by investing in the bog ordinary Franco v/d Merwe and overlooking Jandre Marais in the process. The consequence being that we have lost Jandre to France and there can be no positive in that.

    It is beyond my rugby comprehension that Jandre was overlooked in favour of Franco – it is nothing short of plain stupidity.

  • Comment 50, posted at 17.04.13 14:59:40 by Saffex Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 49) : I have been coaching for the past 7 years in sunny England

  • Comment 51, posted at 17.04.13 15:01:00 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 51) :

    Serias? I have a similar Vitamin D afflication. Who do you coach for?

  • Comment 52, posted at 17.04.13 15:04:43 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Saffex!!!!! Could u please mail me [email protected] I have an assignment for u! 😀 (I am serious!) PLease

  • Comment 53, posted at 17.04.13 15:09:10 by Ice Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 52) : U16 club side. Have moved up with them through the age groups. I only have level 2, nothing serious – its a hobby!!

  • Comment 54, posted at 17.04.13 15:18:45 by Saffex Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 53) : Done deal, you have mail!!

  • Comment 55, posted at 17.04.13 15:19:33 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 54) :

    Ja brew, but where?

    Just curious.

  • Comment 56, posted at 17.04.13 15:46:19 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 56) : Colchester

  • Comment 57, posted at 17.04.13 15:54:40 by Saffex Reply


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