Stormers’ R10 million risk

The return on a R10m investment by the Western Province Rugby Union could become a massive talking point if the Stormers lose to the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.

Stephen Nell, Sport24

Cape rugby bosses made a massive investment in the off-season with several high profile signings significantly bolstering the Stormers’ depth.

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies and injured fullback Jaco Taute will earn over R2m each before they head back to the Lions after the completion of the tournament.

Pat Cilliers (prop), Michael Rhodes (flank) and Ruan Botha (lock) are officially WP players and, according to the newspaper, the Lions trio cost the union in the region of R4m.

These new signings may have increased the squad’s depth but it also raised expectation amongs fans. And with the Stormers starting the season with losses to the Bulls and Sharks, another loss against the Chiefs could see attendance figures drop – which leads to reduced revenue.

Even though the Stormers are arguably the best supported team in the competition, it is nevertheless important for the union to host in excess of 40 000 people for every game in order to justify the massive investment made in the team this year.

Only a win against the Chiefs on Saturday will put them on the right track to achieving those goals.

Play starts at 17:05 on Saturday.

Teams:

Stormers:

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 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 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Dewaldt Duvenhage, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

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9 Comments on Stormers’ R10 million risk

  1. Jantjies = R2m, Taute = R2m, Cilliers + Rhodes + Botha = R4m.

    That equals R8m, where did the other R2m go? Was someone’s pockets lined with a facilitation fee of some sort?

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  2. Nee jinne Stephen, hoe kan attendance figures drop as daar nog nie eers attendance figures is vir die jaar nie?
    Sad, maar ek as ‘n volbloed Stormer supporter begin al hoe meer dik raak vir AC en Fleckie en Proudfoot, en voel dat al hoe ons vars bloed en nuwe afrigtings denke in die unie gaan kry gaan gebeur as ons ‘n paar games verloor…
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  3. The Bulls have shown the way with some great buys.

    Stormers have lost two good flyhalfs and Dimitri will be missed. He did actually want to stay, this is on good authority, but it was just never offered as certain powers had already decided.

    I hope Jantjies comes right he has had a horror start to the year, I cant help thinking Bryce might be right about Orks.

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