Stormers swap halfback pairing

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 12 Mar 2015 at 14:40
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Louis Schreuder and Kurt Coleman have been selected as the starting halfback pair for the Stormers who take on the Chiefs

Regular starters Groom and Catrakilis get to catch a breather this week while fit again Kobus van Wyk comes straight back into the right wing position after recovering fully from a calf injury sustained during the pre-season.

With Coleman starting you certainly get the idea that the Cape side is looking to get the ball through the hands a bit more but Schreuders selection tempers that. What we are likely to see is more kicking from the base of the scrum and the forwards having a rumble playing off the scrummie than an all out naïve run around.

Allister Coetzee is well aware of the attacking threat that the Chiefs possess and stated that their variety on attack was something that would certainly test his teams defence

Jean Kleyn gets to start in the number 4 jersey alongside Manuel Carizza at the expense of Eben Etzebeth who is being rested as part of the SARU agreement although it is more likely due to the knock to the shoulder during last week’s fixture against the Sharks as he has only a handful of playing minutes under his belt.

The bench once again has a strong look to it, Allister Coetzee will be able to call on the likes of Frans Malherbe, Schalk Burger(who will earn his 99th Super Rugby cap should he take the field) and Ruan Botha to provide some much needed punch while Allister Vermaak will provide some great continuity on the loosehead side of the scrum. Nic Groom and Demitri Catrakilis will provide the coach with different tactical options should he require a change in game plan.

Stormers – 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubenii, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Huw Jones.


  • Shame man, Etzebeth hurt again. Vinnie must be shattered.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.15 14:49:56 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Speaking of the Stormers. Follow this link to listen to some craziness from the Cape Argus’ main rugby writer calling on Stormers supporters to Boo the opposition. Its actually quite funny how crazy this guy really is.

    Its from an interview with Kieno Kammies on the Cape Talk breakfast show.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.15 14:54:47 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I think catrekilles got hurt by steyn, doubt there is rotation there

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.15 14:55:43 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 3) : Lambie seems fine after being steamrolled by de Allende last week

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.03.15 14:57:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Claytie, what do you think of Mallet’s suggestion to turn Kolbe into a 9? It’s an out there idea but the Boks could certainly use some spark in that position.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.03.15 17:25:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : ja great idea just what we need another wing/scrumhalve/wing/scrumhalve !?!?!?!?! Rather develop the scrumhalves that you have and leave the young man as a wing/fullback were he has potential! !!!!!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.03.15 19:22:40 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : Honest question – what scrumhalves?

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.03.15 19:41:55 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : I quite enjoyed Neil Powells take on it.
    There’s a big difference between scrumhalf in sevens and in 15s. In sevens you only really play scrumhalf at the scrum and you don’t follow the ball as you do in 15s, so I’m not sure playing scrumhalf at sevens level will aid him in a move to 15s.

    ‘If they want to move him to scrumhalf, then it needs to be done sooner rather than later. Maybe start with the Currie Cup this year and see how he goes. It’s not as quick, not as physical and you have a bit more time to make decisions as opposed to Super Rugby.

    ‘It will probably take him a full Currie Cup to adapt and he will come into his own as a scrumhalf during Super Rugby next season.’

    The question remains, though, why would you want to move one of your most potent attacking weapons to a position where he’ll be bogged down by responsibilities and closely marshalled by the defence?

    ‘By moving him to scrumhalf, you will take away his ability to run the ball back at the opposition from the back. That’s what Cheslin’s good at. If you give him the ball in space he will punish you, because he’s got good running skills and a phenomenal step.

    ‘The defence is usually very well organised around the edge of the rucks, and there won’t be as many opportunities around.

    ‘Heyneke [Meyer] has his reasons for not selecting Cheslin. He obviously feels that at international level he won’t be able to dominate in the air due to his size. It’s a matter of opinion. Willie le Roux is a similar type of player, but physically he’s a little bit bigger.

    ‘He can still make it at international level [as a fullback], even if it’s as an impact player. Imagine bringing him on for the last 20 minutes when the opposition forwards are tired and there are holes in the defensive line. He’s a great attacking weapon to have, they just need to find a way to use him.’

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.03.15 20:54:15 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 8) : Interesting read! I think if Cheslin has Bok ambitions he should at least consider it. I can almost guarantee the two fullbacks will be le Roux and Kriel with Lambie as cover.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.03.15 21:30:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 8) : I agreed with everything that you said bar that Willie is a little bit bigger than Cheslin!

    Willie Le Roux 1.86m and 90KG
    Cheslin Kolbe 1.68m and 76KG

    That is a huge difference in size imho!

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.03.15 15:16:12 by Bump Reply

  • @Bump (Comment 10) : I think Kolbe is around 82 at the moment but ja, there is a bit of a difference

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.03.15 16:17:19 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply

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