September 28, 2012 in Uncategorized
After the Stormers started the season with all of: Peter Grant, Gary van Aswegen, Dimitri Catrikilis, Kurt Coleman and Burton Frances as FH cover they now only have Catrikilis left for the season.
Catrikilis is in great form but if the news are to be believed then he is on his way to the Kings next season. (although WP still claim to have the right to counter the Kings offer; even then would he want to stay? )
Peter Grant has already signed for 2013 for Super Rugby and although he is a machine at going for poles he hasn’t set the world alight with his distribution skills nor his tactical kicking. I like him and think he would be a perfect back-up player. (You know what you will get out of him)
But Burton Frances has left (he was never under a WP contract), van Aswegen has played 5 or so games in the last 3 years always getting injured (bad investment) and Coleman (not world class a no 3 option at best) has a broken jaw.
So for the rest of the season JoeP will do back-up as FH. I do like him at FH (he likes to run the ball) although he is not a natural FH.
The real problem is next season when Peter will take his usual 2 – 4 weeks to arrive with Catrikilis gone(prob) and van Aswegen injured (as always) Kurt maybe our only option. Not to say anything bad about the guy (he hasn’t even gotten enough game time to prove himself) But he also hasn’t shown any indication that he is a special player.
WP do have young Tim Swiel playing U21 rugby and although he is an exciting talent, esp. with ball in hand, he is far from a finished article that can start at S15 level.
Now it is also no secret that WP do want to sign Jantjies from the Lions. But that deal looks all the more unlikely and chances are that he will go on loan to the Sharks in 2013 to return to the Lions for the CC.
AC hinted during the week when asked by the media what he will do next season. He said that he have some players close to signing to strengthen his S15 squad. Now which FH or other option he is talking about I am not to sure of. (Maybe one of the Sharks players that will miss out if Jantjies goes to Durban?)
It sure will be interesting to see what will happen and IF WP will be able to bolster their FH channel.