Coetzee picks his strongest

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 30 Jan 2014 at 11:03
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Stormers coach Alister Coetzee has selected what looks like his strongest available side for Saturday’s warm-up against the Bulls in Polokwane. Schalk Burger will start at blindside flank in a loose trio that has no room for Currie Cup captain Deon Fourie.

The loss of Cheslin Kolbe to injury has revealed just how thin the Stormers are at wing, with Damian de Allende and Kobus van Wyk – both regular centres – named to start on either side of Gio Aplon. Juan de Jongh is back in favour and partners captain Jean de Villiers in midfield, while Bok tourist Louis Schreuder, unsurprisingly, is the man chosen to play alongside Demetri Catrakilis at halfback.

Duane Vermeulen and Siya Kolisi complete an all-Bok back row with Burger, while the interesting front-row selection sees Scarra Ntubeni picked ahead of Tiaan Liebenberg. Young Ruan Botha, whose exploits for the Baby Boks back in 2012 marked him as a definite player for the future, starts in the number 5 shirt alongside Rynhardt Elstadt, an indication that the Stormers, like so many other South African teams, will need to back youth in the second row in 2014.

Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs (from): Tiaan Liebenberg, Oli Kebble, Justin Ackerman, Jean Kleyn, Michael Rhodes, Nizaam Carr, Nic Groom, Gary van Aswegen, Scott van Breda, Ryno Eksteen, Deon Fourie.


  • Scarra deserves the start after a good CC season. Exciting player. Stormers fans, is Kolisi a better 6 or 7 in your opinion?

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.01.14 11:31:31 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : I’m not a Stormers fan, but to my mind Kolisi suffers form the same “utility syndrome” as Marcell Coetzee. I would like to see both of them specialising at 6 this year.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.01.14 11:39:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Exactly my thinking. Wonder if Jake has a fixed position in mind for Marcell?

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.01.14 11:50:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : pretty sure it’s 6

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.01.14 11:53:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Does it really matter the number of a guys back these days? I mean they change positions in the scrum and lineout depending if they attacking or defending and in what area of the field. So its more about the combination of the 3 rather than the number jersey they wear i feel.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.01.14 11:53:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • Kolisi plays like a opensider, just need to improve his breakdown skills. HM also said he prefer kolisi at openside. D Fourie was good at six last year too…

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.01.14 11:55:39 by KingsArmy Reply

  • Rob, is Pat Howard still part of their squad?

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.01.14 12:50:44 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 7) : as far as I know, he is

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.01.14 12:57:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • I cannot believe Coetzee has not selected Pat Howard in that squad – madness

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.01.14 14:17:24 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 9) : Don’t worry, he won’t get picked. Then he will move away and do really well, all while Alistertjie moans that he doesn’t have wings. I’ve seen this movie before…

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.01.14 15:58:29 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • How funny would it be if Redbull started sponsoring the Stormers. 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.01.14 16:00:58 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 11) : Haha that would be funny!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.01.14 17:38:47 by KingsArmy Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 9) :

    He’s a centre, isnt he?

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.01.14 19:52:49 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 13) : a lot of centers seem to be paying wing these days…..wonder where all the natural wings are……

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.01.14 10:14:31 by KingsArmy Reply


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