June 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
Stormers vs Cruisaders on paper:
15. Conrad Jantjies vs Tom Marshall
Marshall is the Cruisaders 2nd choice fullback and in a way so is Jantjies. This is a difficult one to call. Marshall’s recent
form prob edges it. But then he has never played a game like this. So maybe its even.
14. Gio Aplon vs Zac Guildford
Again tough call. Guildford has been playing pritty good creating tries and scoring them. But then so has Aplon. I’ll have
to give it to Aplon by the closets of margins. Again he has some international experience.
13. Jacque Fourie vs Robbie Fruean
Fruean has been quite good next to SBW with some brilliant runs. But JF is a clasy player and is a defensive
mastermind. He is also one of the worlds best finishers. So for me its JF by some margin.
12. Jean De Villiers vs Sony Bill Williams
What a big match up. SBW the talk of the town and JdV the old hand who has preformed since 2003.
SBW biggest asset is offloading in the tackle but this could be his biggest weakness if placed under presure.
For me SBW edges it because of current form en defensive capabilities. JdV has never been the worlds best tackler.
11. Bryan Habana vs Sean Maitland
In years gone past it would have been a tricky one but on current form Maitland has to take it. He has been a deadly
finisher and although most of the magic happens inside him he scores when it matters. Habana has been slowly getting
better but not enough yet!
10. Peter Grant vs Dan Carter
OK so this is prob one of the easier ones not that Grant is totaly useless but Carter is possibly the best 10 the world has
seen to date. I will just say one thing. Carter does not like Newlands and has had his worst game in Nz colours there.
9. Dewald Duvenage vs Andy Ellis
Again a close call but I will give it to Dewies just because he is such an imortant part of the Stormers game. Ellis has
played well esp against the Hurricans but Dewies when not injured was influential in every Stormers game.
8. Nick Koster vs Kieran Read
OK so maybe in 2 year the stats may proof different but at the moment Read has to take it quite comfortably. He is the \
All black and is in pretty fine form.
7. Francious Louw vs Richie McCaw
I have placed him against McCaw because he is the Stormer’s fetcher. Last year at Newlands he had one over McCaw.
But Dickenson was the ref then and McCaw is not world player of the year for nothing. He is one of the best cheats in
the world. And I says that with the most respect I can. So McCaw by a mile.
6. Schalk Burger vs George Whitelock
George has done nothing wrong but he is just not Burger. Burger has been in top form and everywhere on the field.
He also gave away less penalties the last 2 seasons and is the Captain of the team. He brings the physicality but has
become a linking player as well. So it is Burger by some margin.
5. Andries Bekker vs Sam Whitelock
Now all benches aside Bekker has been one of the form locks in the comp. He has had one bad game against his old
rival Matfield. But one has to take into considaration the throwing quality he had to put up with. In open play his handeling
and speed puts him streets ahead of basically any one on earth. He has also lifted his physicality of late. Sam is a good
player but just not good enough.
4. Reinard Elstedt vs Brad Thorn
Brad is a solid player that brings physicality and scruming strength to the Cruisaders. And although Elstedt has been a
ravilastion in the Stormers side esp. against South African opp. he still lack exp. and consistancy. So it Brad.
3. Brok Harris vs Wyatt Crockett
Brok has done and OK job through the season but he is no Franks. And against Crockett who has just about scrumed
everyone into submission he is going to struggle. The truth is SA doesn’t have great tightheads and Brok is SA’s best.
So it is Crockett by some margin.
2. Tiaan Liebenberg vs Corey Flynn
Truth be told I don’t know to mutch about Flynn he is a solid player but when you watch the Saders play you don’t hear
his name to mutch. He must be a good scrummer cause the Saders has been very strong in that department. But
Liebenberg is also a very good scrummer and carries the ball quite a lot. Frankly I don’t know I will give it a draw.
1. Wicus Blaauw vs Owen Franks
OK so if Tank is to believed this is where the Cruisaders might win the game. Franks is unriveled in the Southern
Hemisphere. Lets just hope Blaauw can stand his ground long enough so Dewies can pick the ball up.
No questions Franks by a long long way.
So the Cruisaders takes it 9.5 out of 15. That is quite some margin.
Luckaly like many a Bulls fan has told me unfortunataly (or fortunataly) Newlands pitch is grass.
That and the travel factor combined with the rest of the Stormers makes it pretty 50/50.
One thing I know it will be a close one!!
Good luck Stormers and may you win even if you are NOT the BEST team.