Out with the Old and In with the New
June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
Contrary to popular belief this post won’t be focussing on the new blog platform. The move seemed to be seen as a disruption by everyone and I can understand that no one is ever really comfortable with unwanted or unnecessary change, I’m no different. -
I have tried to change my backround and header, and it seems that I was partially successful. I also tried adding the subscribe button, as everyone seems to be providing their ‘know how’ on the matter, with no luck. - so the new system, while confusing at times does seem to offer many new ‘functions’ that could only improve our blogging experience. so I have no real complaints…I just sincerely hope that the majority of us make the transition without giving up along the way, it would be sad if any of the regular bloggers or new comers were to quit due to feeling a little lost.
On to the rugby then, This weekend sees the return of Super Rugby after the conclusion of the June test window. There are some good Rugby to be seen on both Friday and Saturday.
some interesting and strange things have been happening in Cape Town recently, with Duane Vermeulen, Nick Koster, Schalk Burger and Nizaam Carr all ruled out for at least another two weeks, despite quite a bit of talk about their return to action after the June Break. There were also some interesting movements with Quinn Roux announcing he’ll be leaving for Ireland at the end of the season. a very strange move for the young talented lock who was apparently first choice for the #4 jersey at the start of a the season, only to lose this position to his age group lock partner Eben Etsebeth who then proceded to make the starting position his own.
Here’s an update on some of the players in the WP & Stormers squad.
DHL WP player movements
Quinn Roux whose contract ends after Super Rugby this year will take up a 1 year offer with Leinster. Roux (who currently plays behind Bekker, Etzebeth, Elstadt and Steenkamp) has decided that it will be in his best interest to further his career and develop in a foreign environment. Roux has indicated that he would like to return to WP and finalisation of this matter will take place over the next few weeks.
Kurt Coleman has gone on loan to SWD Eagles and will get much needed senior game time in the 1st Division of the Absa Currie Cup. Fixtures commence on Friday already as SWD take on Border. Coleman will return on 29 July 2012 and will be available for DHL WP in the Absa Currie Cup, which commences 11 August.
DHL WP wing Danie Poolman has been released from his contract with WP and will take up a contract with Connacht in Ireland.
Pieter Louw who retired from WP, but has been training with the WP squad, has opted not to continue playing rugby given work commitments. – taken from the Stormers’ facebook page.
There seems to be some misperception that the Stormers have fielded a strong line-up for their clash with the Lions on Saturday, I guess taking the injuries into consideration, the suspension of Elstadt and the departure of Nick Fenton-Wells, that this may well be a good side. The only area of concern is the loosies, where Don Armand, and Tyrone Holmes(two players I have seen very little of) will make their starting debuts on the side of the scrum with Siya Kolisi moving to the back of the scrum, Siya’s move is an exciting one, that may just add some weight to his Springbok aspirations.
The rest of the team is very similar to how it usually looks, with Bryan Habana taking up a spot on the bench as he gets some much needed rest, Eben Etzebeth won’t be in the 22 as he also takes a needed rest, he is also struggling with an ankle niggle. while Deon Fourie gets a starting opportunity to counter the Lions’ expansive game.
I’ve gone for the Stormers by 4
The other fixtures for the weekend makes for some interesting picking, with the Rebels picking both O’Connor and Beale in their starting line-up against the Reds. possibly an upset opportunity as the Rebels are playing at home. I’ve backed my paranoia and went for the Rebels by 1
The Chiefs and Highlanders open the weekend’s action with a match which should deliver some tries. The Chiefs have Nanai-Williams back, and his combination with Robbie Robinson, starting at fullback, at the start of the season was very exciting. The Chiefs have arguably been setting the pace this season, I’ve gone for the Chiefs by 3
The Crusaders and Hurricanes should be a great spectacle, with the Hurricanes looking very good prior to the June Test break, the break may have dented their momentum just slightly, but if they start firing, this may turn into a try-fest , The Crusaders are without Dan Carter but should still have the upper hand due to their superior forwards. Crusaders by 3
In what promises to be yet another typical Aussie derby that isn’t worth watching, the Brumbies should have too much for the Force – Brumbies by 5
In the final match of the weekend, the Bulls face off against the Cheetahs, the Cheetahs have selected a new loose forward combination, personally I liked Phillip van der Walt in the no8 jersey, he was making a silly amount of tackles, carrying well and doing his bit at the breakdown, a very fine traditional no8 imo. however, the combination of Lappies, Ashley and Brussow is an exciting one, which should give as an idea of what the Cheetahs’ approach will be. I am also looking forward to Marcel van der Merwe’s debut, a great loose head who will be starting on the Tight head side, we all saw what happened to Coenie when he was rushed into playing on the dark side of the scrum, hopefully vd Merwe doesn’t suffer a similar fate. The Bulls have dropped CJ Stander, probably due to his move to Munster, and looking at the ‘future’ , The Bulls players such as Morne Steyn and Francois Hougaard haven’t been at their best at test level, but The Bulls should still have too much for the Cheetahs at Loftus, although I wouldn’t rule out an upset. Bulls by 6