Stormers team to face Bulls
February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Gerhard van den Heever, 22. Joe Pietersen
So Schalk Burger failed to recover well enough from a calf strain to make the Bulls game. He did take contact end of last week but it looks like AC has decided not to gamble on Burger. It is probably a wise decision as this is a long long season. It is a pity though as Burgers physicality will be missed especially since Eben is also injured. At least Kolisi is still there to bring the grunt on defence.
The rest of the team holds no surprises as Juan was always a very doubtful starter.
In a bit of a pleasant surprise AC decided to go with Groom at 9. I think it is the smart move especially with Jantjies at 10 who needs a fast scrummie to let him unleash his full attacking skills.
All in all not a bad team a good blend of youth and experience. The only downfall to this team is that the first time they will play together will be against the Bulls at Loftus not an ideal scenario. Esp with a lot of new players in the squad.