Stormers show one change


Stormers Media Release:

Coach Allister Coetzee has made just one change to the DHL Stormers starting line-up for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth (17h05).

Don Armand replaces the injured Siya Kolisi (ankle) at loose forward for the trip to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with fit-again forwards Pat Cilliers and Rynhardt Elstadt being named on the bench.

Springbok prop Cilliers comes in for Ross Geldenhuys as one of the Stormers’ two front row reserves, whilst Elstadt’s return offsets Armand’s promotion to the starting XV in place of Kolisi.

In a final change to the Stormers 22, meanwhile, scrumhalf Nic Groom rejoins the matchday squad as a replacement with Dewaldt Duvenage dropping out altogether from last weekend.

The Stormers beat the Cheetahs 28-3 at DHL Newlands last Saturday and looking ahead to this week’s challenge away from home, coach Coetzee said: “We’re expecting one helluva battle in PE.

“I know, from experience, that it’s best to forget about (our win over the Cheetahs) and we’ve put in the hard yards ahead of the Southern Kings game.

“We still want to improve our log position and keep building on what we’ve been working on during June. I was obviously very pleased with the Cheetahs game, and it gives one confidence, but our plan has always been to win these last three games; that’s where the focus is.”

The DHL Stormers team to take on the Kings is as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen (Will play his 50th match for the DHL Stormers)
14. Gio Aplon
13. Juan de Jongh
12. Damian de Allende
11. Bryan Habana (vice-captain)
10. Elton Jantjies
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Don Armand
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Brok Harris
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Martin Bezuidenhout
17. Pat Cilliers
18. Gerbrandt Grobler
19. Rynhardt Elstadt
20. Nic Groom
21. Gary van Aswegen
22. Gerhard van den Heever

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)

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  1. Odin, Craig Joubert was very good, as were the Stormers. We were outplayed in all facets of the game. We were bullied at the breakdown, in the scrum, in the mauls, lineouts. Our forwards didnt man up, that gave stormers frontfoot ball all the time, our backline had backfoot ball all the time. That made the difference and why the Stormers backline looked so much better than a backline that according to me is better. We never had a chance.

  2. Odin, don’t be a twat. Joubert is one
    of the very top refs in the world.
    Your team just got fooked.
    If the brawn does not work, there is
    no brain to kick in.

  3. Great to have seen the Stormers perform so well last night against high flying Bulls. The youngsters in the Stormers impressed before last night I would have ask you Gary who???

    Great last win for my team but a little to late your papsak idiots

    Bulls all the way know hope you guys kick but in two weeks and that the Chiefs loose so that we have a home final.

    Go Bulls :wave:

  4. Interesting permutations for the finals.

    The Bulls are pretty weak and will probably lose a final in Hamilton. I’d say they are even vulnerable in the semi at Loftus, especially against the Crusaders.
    No team will win this thing after two ocean crossings. The Chiefs will have an easy final, their hardest game will be a semi against the Crusaders or the Reds, either team may surprise them.

  5. Final inter conference stats:

    SA: win 22, Lose 17 Drew 1
    Aus: win 19, Lose 20, Drew 1
    NZ: win 18, lose 22

    SA v Aus: 12 and 7
    Aus v NZ: 12 and 8
    SA v NZ: 10 and 10

    NZ conference was the weakest. The Chiefs and Crusaders got log positions based on easier schedules. S15 is shit system, where the champion is unlikely to be the best team.

  6. I can’t see the Cheetahs beating teh Brumbies AND the Chiefs! :?
    Saders will beat the Reds at home and then the Chiefs…
    Bulls will have to beat the Brumbies – if however the Cheetahs win against the Brumbies, the Cheetahs will take on the Chiefs and the Saders will take on the Bulls in the semi.

  7. I cannot see the Bulls beating the saders, even at Loftus. Not on the form they’ve shown after the international season. The loss of the likes of Spies and Botha doesnt seem to bother them if you look at the replacement loose forwards, but the whole team form just seems down. But lets be positive, allthough I back either the Saders or Chiefs to take it, with Brumbies being dark horses.

  8. Now I know what it feels like to be a Cheetahs/Lions supporter. My team is nowhere in the final standings and yet they do their best to derail fellow SA teams that actually have achieved something during the season. :roll: :mrgreen:

  9. Very, very dangerous to start playing those type of games, but in the end I think it actually worked out better for the Bulls in the end.