2013 S15 predictions.
November 26, 2012 in Uncategorized
With the Boks season coming to an end and only reconvening in June next year the time has come for our provincialism to flair up again and start boosting our own team chances and braking down the chances of the others.
This is the Stormers squad in 2013 according to Wikipedia.
Props: Deon Carstens, Patric Cilliers, Brok Harris, Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe
Hookers: Deon Fourie, Tiaan Liebenberg, Siyabonga Ntubeni
Locks: Andries Bekker, Ruan Botha, Eben Etzebeth, De Kock Steenkamp, Michael Rhodes
Loose Forwards: Don Armand, Schalk Burger, Nizaam Carr, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi,Duane Vermeulen
Scrum-halves: Dewaldt Duvenage, Nic Groom, Louis Schreuder
Fly-halves: Peter Grant, Elton Jantjies, Gary van Aswegen
Centres: Marcel Brache, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, JP du Plessis
Wingers: Gio Aplon, Damian de Allende, Bryan Habana, Gerhard van den Heever
Fullbacks: Joe Pietersen, Jaco Taute
As I have said before a very, very strong squad with real depth and if they, like the Boks, can get their backline moving the ball through the hands they might be a tough team to beat.
My team at the start of the year would be:
15. Taute, 14. Aplon, 13. JdJ, 12. JdV, 11. Bryan, 10. Jantjies, 9. Groom, 8. Vermeulen, 7. Elstadt/Burger, 6. Kolisie 5. Bekker, 4. Eben, 3. Pat, 2 Fourie, 1. Kitshoff. ———— 16. Tiaan, 17. Frans, 18. Rhodes, 19. Carr,Armand, 20. Schreuder, 21. de Allende, 22. Joe-P
I am now going to do what I probably should not do and predict how our teams will fare in the 2013 season:
Kings: With some new recruitment’s they should be a really solid CC team. But this is Super Rugby and they will have to learn to piss with the big dogs now. I am sorry but can’t see them being much more than a 1-2 upsets team finishing in the bottom 3 most probably last.
Cheetahs: Their 1st 15 is a solid team and can beat any other SR team on its day but depth (i mean quality depth) is always a problem in Bloem. They do boast the best 10 in SA but the rest of the team is not quite in the same class. I expect them to be in the top half of the draw but only just. Do not think they will make the play-offs.
Sharks: The most complete team in SA. With the best game plan by far. Yet they always conspire to work against themselves losing games they shouldn’t. Will be in the play-offs. Where I do not know somehow they also seem to lose when they should win easily. Might well win SA conference and/or S15 tittle.
Bulls: Did a lot bette in 2012 than expected. But do seem to be a young team with not many world class players as of yet. They do have a lot of very young guys who might make the step up. But my gut tells me they will again be on the edge of the play-offs 5th or 6th or 7th. I think 2013 will be one season to soon for the Bulls. I expect them to really pick up the pace 2014 and beyond.
Stormers: 2013 will be the first season since 1999 when the Cape to my mind do have a well balanced team with most basses covered. For once they did bought smartly in the off season. All of Taute, Jantjies, Rhodes and Cilliers will be very good accusation. I will be surprised if they are not in the play-offs. The down side is that everyone knows the Stormers/WP are at their best when nobody gives them a chance. But lets see. I might be a but subjective but I believe this might be the Stormers best chance of winning the trophy ever.