Habs at 13 for Stormers

April 17, 2012
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Coach Allister Coetzee today named his team to take on the Reds on Friday night at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, in the teams’ third tour match.

There are 2 positional changes in the backline with Bryan Habana wearing the 13 jersey, partnering Juan De Jongh who moves inside in jersey 12. In addition, Gio Aplon returns from injury at 11.

There is only 1 change to the pack with De Kock Steenkamp partnering Eben Etzebeth at lock, in for the injured Andries Bekker.

In the only change to the bench, Koster returns from injury in jersey 18.

Jean De Villiers is on his way back to Cape Town after sustaining an injury to his left wrist against the Crusaders.  De Villiers will not  be available for the next two weeks and will undergo further   assessment in Cape Town as to the prognosis and rehabilitation period.

Andries Bekker remains with the Stormers squad, whilst DHL WP winger, Danie Poolman, has been called up to join the squad in Australia.

“Injuries are part of Super Rugby and it’s the teams that are best  able to cope with them, that will do well in this competition.” said  coach Allister Coetzee.  “Losing Jean is a setback but we have a lot of leadership options and I am confident in the depth we have  available and as to the temperament and ability of this squad.”

Your DHL Stormers team to play is:

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Gerhard van den Heever

13. Bryan Habana

12. Juan de Jongh

11. Gio Aplon

10. Peter Grant (VC)

9. Dewaldt Duvenage

8. Duane Vermeulen (C)

7. Rynhardt Elstadt

6. Siya Kolisi

5. De Kock Steenkamp

4. Eben Etzebeth

3. Brok Harris

2. Tiaan Liebenberg

1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves:

16. Deon Fourie

17. Frans Malherbe

18. Nick Koster

19. Nizaam Carr

20. Louis Schreuder

21. Burton Francis

22. JP du Plessis

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7 Comments

  1. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Was hoping to see the young power-house lock replacement in the mix there

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Going to be an interesting game… Tahs and Reds have had a slow start this season trying to adapt to their injuries but they seem to be on the way back…

    Will be a good win for the Stormer’s despite this season’s form from the Reds who did not deserve the home win over the Brumbies…

  3. avatar Deon says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:04 pm:

    I think the Reds will struggle to get the lucky tries against the Stormers. But we must remember that the beat the Stormers in CT last year with a conservative gameplan. Reds will not try and throw the ball around too much and their pack was not influenced by injuries that much

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Reply to Deon @ 3:30 pm:

    Lane looked good in his first game… he should be better in his second… for all those that say Cooper is kak… he’s their greatest asset outside of Genia… and of course Digby…

    Their forwards haven’t fired this year either like they did last… not hunting as a pack…

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Going to be interesting to see how Duane fares at captain… he’s never really come across as having much going on upstairs…

    Could definitely add to his Bok aspirations…

  6. avatar Deon says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:34 pm:

    Suncorp makes a big difference. After last year it is not only the Broncos & Roar being talked about.

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:35 pm:

    As long as he can say “Stoot manne, stoot” he should be fine. :P

  7. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Reply to Deon @ 3:39 pm:

    Brumbies were unlucky George Ayoub screwed up… that first try was clearly not a try… but yes Suncorp is awesome…

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