Mix of old and new for Stormers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 19 Feb 2014 at 13:34
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Jean de Villiers will captain a strong Stormers side against the Lions this weekend, containing numerous Boks in the pack. The three-quarter line, though, has a rather youthful look to it after injury and European exodus have conspired to remove a number of former stalwarts from the line-up.

Michael van der Spuy and Kobus van WykΒ  will debut at outside centre and right wing respectively, while another regular centre, Damian de Allende, will wear the number 11 jersey. With Demetri Catrikilis starting for the first time in Super Rugby for the Stormers (having represented the Kings last year), only scrumhalf Louis Schreuder and fullback Gio Aplon join de Villiers in having played for the Stormers before.

An all-Bok back row, featuring Schalk Burger at blindside, along with Siya Kolisi and Duane Vermeulen, appears the side’s major strength. Manuel Carizza makes his Stormers debut alongside Rynhardt Esltadt in the second row, while the men in 1,2 and 3 are no strangers to this competition, or each other.

Ollie Kebble and Ryno Eksteen are the uncapped men on a bench which otherwise looks settled.

Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Ryno Eksteen.


  • Definitely favourites to put a cricket score past the lions. 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.14 13:54:49 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • Whose playing right win Howard or Van Wyk? Some good players but very untested combos. They have strong leaders in DeVilliers,Burger, Vermuelen and Kolisi but i think they hope Catrakilis fires or eish

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.14 14:19:08 by SheldonK Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : Is Pat Howard in the team? the team sheet lists 14 Kobus van Wyk! πŸ˜•

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.14 14:19:44 by Greg Reply
  • Looks to be a bit thin out wide compared to the Front Runners of the competition ( 😈 ), but their loose 3 + Die Kat should keep them in contention . . .

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.14 14:21:34 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Pat Howard has not even made the Stormers S15 squad, that is how useless Coetzee is as a coach

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.14 14:23:47 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 5) : Hey, who`s side are you on? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.14 14:25:42 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • My apologies to Coetzee, Howard is sidelined with a hamstring injury!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.14 14:27:16 by Saffex Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 6) : No side bud, I live in the UK, was originally from the East Cape, so have no affiliation to any SA side……I like them all

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.14 14:28:20 by Saffex Reply

  • A good side – but not as strong as the one that won the Currie Cup semi final against the Lions in Cape Town last year – Etsebeth in particular will be missed. I certainly expect the Stormers to win but I don’t think that it is going to be as easy as some seem to think in Jhb. As an aside I heard that as of this morning they had sold 38 000 tickets for Ellis Park for the game.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.14 14:41:00 by steve Reply

  • This will be very competitive, I agree, especially since the Lions have their tails up. Not going to put money on the result πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.14 14:46:19 by Greg Reply

  • Once again, Oom Schalk Burger is basking in the hype. I thought he was pretty crap during the Currie Cup. Keo has him back for the Tri-Nations. I guess we’ll see…

    The wings seem very untested. If I were Boshoff, I’d ping them with some highballs.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.02.14 14:47:04 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 9) : That’s not a bad turnout for Ellis Park!

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.02.14 14:47:59 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • @Greg (Comment 10) : Or LMS picks in my case. The Lions surprised me last week.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.02.14 15:09:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 12) : The problem with Ellis Park is that even with 40 000 people it still looks half empty!
    Notwithstanding the location the atmosphere in the ground is electric when it’s full for a test match or a game like the CC final a few years ago.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.02.14 15:15:18 by steve Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 7) : Seems like there are already far too many injuries for this early in the season!

    AT ROB: Hey Rob, could you do a ‘Who’s injured’ article. I’m interested to see who is out from the various teams. I’ve already lost Sam Cane for this week in my fantasy league team and the Chiefs haven’t played yet!

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.02.14 15:31:22 by StevieS Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 8) : How very un-South African of you 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.02.14 15:32:08 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Good thing we still have unlimited changes on Justrugby until Friday morning right . . . Right? 😯

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.02.14 15:33:58 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : My local bookie has both teams at even odds so make of that what you will πŸ˜›

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.02.14 16:02:35 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 18) : I can get Lions + 9 at even odds . .

    Possible Multiple :
    Crusaders, Cheetahs, Brumbies, Lions +9, Tahs @ 8.74 . . . 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.02.14 16:17:52 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Greg (Comment 18) : will be close but the stormers are still clear favorites, Ek vertrou bookies net so ver as wat Ek hulle sien

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.02.14 16:22:28 by BR Reply
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  • Lions +9 might be pushing it a bit πŸ˜† I like them for a straight win though. Almost included the Cheetahs in a double last weekend but thank goodness decided against!

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.02.14 16:23:19 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 21) : No, what it means on Sportsbet is, stormers can win, as long as it`s by less than 9, I still win.

    Found an even more tempting one as well, if you back the Chiefs in stead of the Crusaders and add Blues, Brumbies, Tahs, as well as Sharks -12 and of course the risky Lions + 9 you can get more than 30 odds! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.02.14 16:39:24 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 22) : Ah, so a 9 point spread in the Stormers favour then πŸ˜‰

    An even better bet, not relying on a complex string of results going your way, is on the bulls to beat the cheetahs. They’ve never lost to them in super rugby and are paying 1.5 something πŸ˜›

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.02.14 16:44:36 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 23) : I reckon those odds will come down now that Spies has withdrawn . . . 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.02.14 16:45:56 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 24) : you may be right about that :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.02.14 16:47:54 by Greg Reply

  • What happened to Peter Grant?

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.02.14 19:54:01 by David12246 Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 26) : Playing his rugby exclusively in Japan I think

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.02.14 22:19:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Why on earth have the Stormers got two flyhalves on the bench in Coleman and Eksteen????

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.02.14 22:32:43 by Saffex Reply

  • @David12246 (Comment 26) : I think he might join them later in the year.

    Speaking of linking up later . . . Any news on JP ?

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.02.14 23:34:43 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • still feels like the season is stalling and hasnt rolled out properly. Feels like i am still waiting on the first game here.

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.02.14 07:20:45 by Dunx Reply


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