Surprisingly strong Stormers squad vs Cheetahs

January 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Stormers:

15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7. Don Armand, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Ruan Botha, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Rayn Smid, 21. Dewaldt Duvenage, 22. Pat Howard, 23. Gerhard van den Heever, 24. Joe Pietersen

OK so JdV, Burger, Jantjies, Kolisi and Fourie are the obvious 1st choice players missing. But still quite a strong team non the less. With Taute, Aplon, JdJ and Habana starting this team looks deadly out wide.

The only real weakness is Flyhalf and Scrumhalf. (well 9 is the Stormers weakest position). Coleman is a solid Vodacom cup level player but atm not really SR standard. It will be good though to give him a run to see what will happen if serious injury strike.

The team obviously lacks a fetcher. But I see the Cheetahs have also left out Schoeman.

All in all a lot stronger team then I previously envisioned. Esp if you consider the bench who boast Pat Cilliers, Rhodes and JoeP.

Will be an interesting game. Prob with lots of handling errors. I am interested to see if AC’s gameplan has evolved since SR ’12

 

Cheers

9 responses to Surprisingly strong Stormers squad vs Cheetahs

  1. No recognised opensider in that squad.

    Our Bok coach should be proud. Big hits should be coming in rucktime.

    • Problem is WP has only one real fetcher namely Deon Fourie he has a slight injury so should not be risked.
      Cheetahs do have both Schoeman and Brussow. Not sure why they did not pick Schoeman.

      • I think they wanted to give everybody a run before the last practice game against the bulls.

        • Prob right. But the one advantage many teams have against the Stormers is that we do not have a world class fetcher at 6. So if you also do not play a fetcher you negate that advantage.
          I guess it is only a warm-up game and the result does not matter. Still a funny choice.

          • I’m not even referring to a fetcher.

            I just meant we are playing a lock-cum-blindsider and 2 8th men as a loose trio.

            Lines for openside are a bit closer to 8 than 7, but its still a rather unique position. I really rate Carr, and the reason Flouw looks so good for the Boks is because Duane also plays to the ball.

            Fourie had a great run at openside during the Currie Cup, but I wouldn’t pick him above Schalk or Kolisi.

            I wonder if they had a chat to the Cheetahs, because there is no (well-known) recognised opensider in that team either.

  2. with some of the best the Lions had to offer there is no reason the Stormers squad should not be strong

    • Jip I must give AC this one. He did some brilliant buying/loaning in the off season.
      Missed trick with Dimitri, but the squad as a whole is pretty strong esp with the new Lions recruits.

  3. No use we have special players outside but the ball don’t get to them. Hopefully Schreuder and Coleman can do better than Duv’s and Grant did last year!

    • Jip, I hope AC had a bit of a mind change during the CC’12.
      Coleman is no game breaker but will hopefully let the ball go and not kick everything.

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