Habana, Jean out, Jantjes back

DHL Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee, were forced to make some changes to his team following some injuries.

Jean de Villiers is still sidelined from a groin injury which kept him out last week.  He will be joined on the sidelines by Bryan Habana who sustained a shoulder injury in the game against the Reds.

Another injury blow is Rynhardt Elstadt who will be replaced by De Kock Steenkamp with the only other change being rotational where CJ van der Linde will start ahead of Brok Harris.

Conrad Jantjes returns to the team following a couple of games in the Western Province Vodacom Cup team and will take over the 15 jersey from Gio Aplon who shifts to wing.  Jean’s absence means Juan de Jongh will get his second start at 12 alongside Jaque Fourie.

Stormers team for Lions:

15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (c), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.

Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Johann Sadie.

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12 Comments on Habana, Jean out, Jantjes back

  1. IMO there is still enough even on current form for the Boks to be a force… even if one or two are injured come play-offs…

    That is if handling and breakdown improves, correct 22man picks are made including a few OS players starting with Frans (who still hasn’t received a call about Snor’s Lion’s quip in the media), and the game-plan is refined and adhered to including ‘plan B’…

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  2. And so as the Rebels come near the end of their ‘non poaching of contracted players’ period they have already secured Kurtley Beale for next year… and rumour has it perhaps James O Connor (although the Captain deciding to give up OS money and end his career at the Force this might change)…

    Backline sorted… now for some forwards…

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  3. Bryce, I have more of an issue with the non-resting of players like Matfield, Morné Steyn, Habana etc.

    We’re going to have very few well rested players come 3N which will be a lose/lose situation for PDV when he has to choose between resting and blooding.

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  4. Lions have a history of giving the Breezes all hell, not allowing them BP’s etc.
    This may just be the game they come alive.
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  5. Hearing some news is that Franco will be dropped from squad. One positive is that Jacobie Adriaanse will be in the starting XV.

    So by the looks the Lions forwards will probably be:

    1. JC Janse van Rensburg
    2. Bandise Maku
    3. Jacobie Adriaanse
    4. David de Villiers
    5. Wikus van Heerden
    6. Cobus Grobellaar
    7. Micahel Rhodes
    8. Warren Whiteley

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