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Preview SR – DHL Stormers v Jaguares


The DHL Stormers kicks this years edition of the Super Rugby of when they host the Jaguares on Saturday afternoon at Newlands.

With the Stormers having again a few issues with injuries in the beginning of the season it could be a tough start for the men from Cape Town.

Springboks like Pieter Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Jano Vermaak will not be available on Saturday.

Things do not get any easier for the Stormers as they have to tour against the likes of the Waratahs, Crusaders and Highlanders after this.

Home games will always be important in this competition and the Stormers can not afford to loose their first home game against the Jaguares.

The Jaguares is one of those teams that you never know what you will get which makes this an even more difficult game for the Stormers.

They have always been good in South Africa and one can expect them to come out firing on Saturday at Newlands.

One thing that the Stormers will be going out to do is to control and dominate the set pieces which the Jaguares struggled with last year.

Without the foundation the game becomes more difficult and we can expect a huge onslaught from both teams in this department.

The Stormers have an exciting look to their backline with youngster Willemse taking up the number 10 jumper.

They will surely miss Jones who moved to Scotland last year but De Allende and Viljoen will want to put their mark down early in the season.

De Allende had a difficult two years and needs to man up in the midfield if he still have the wish to be part of the Springboks.

One thing coach Fleck will want to have his team improve from last season is their defence.

Where the Stormers was know for their solid defence in the Coetzee era they lacked the ability to defend against the top teams and let through a bunch of tries last year.

With a good record against the Jaguares the Stormers will want to keep winning. Although the Jaguares have come close when playing in South Africa they have lost their last four games in the Republic.

Discipline will be key for the Argentinian team this year as they have been one of the most penalized team in the competition and have an average of 1 yellow card for almost every game they play.

Players to watch:

Dillyn Leyds – Leyds have been exceptional last year for the Stormers and he has been part of some pretty magical moments for the Stormers in 2017. His vision for the game and deseptive speed catch players unaware sometimes. Playing at fullback will give the Stormers a great attacking ability from the back.

Damien Willemse – Willemse is a star in the making and his talent has been on our TV sets since his schooldays and Paul Roos. Getting the opportunity to show his class will be a huge advantage for the youngster to grow as a player. He has a deadly step and his kicking game has improved, defence is something he will want to improve this year.

Prediction: It is a tough one with so many injuries for the Stormers but they should have enough to take the Jaguares

The Teams:


15 Dillyn Leyds Dillyn Leyds
14 Seabelo Senatla Seabelo Senatla
13 EW Viljoen EW Viljoen
12 Damian de Allende Damian de Allende
11 Raymond Rhule Raymond Rhule
10 Damian Willemse Damian Willemse
9 Dewaldt Duvenage Dewaldt Duvenage
8 Nizaam Carr Nizaam Carr
7 Cobus Wiese Cobus Wiese
6 Siya Kolisi Siya Kolisi
5 JD Schickerling JD Schickerling
4 Chris Van Zyl Chris Van Zyl
3 Wilco Louw Wilco Louw
2 Mbongeni Mbonami Mbongeni Mbonami
1 Steven Kitshoff Steven Kitshoff


16 Ramone Samuels Ramone Samuels
17 JC van Rensburg JC van Rensburg
18 Carlu Sadie Carlu Sadie
19 Jan de Klerk Jan de Klerk
20 Kobus Van Dyk Kobus Van Dyk
21 Justin Phillips Justin Phillips
22 George Whitehead George Whitehead
23 JJ Engelbrecht JJ Engelbrecht


15 Joaquin Tuculet Joaquin Tuculet
14 Emiliano Boffelli Emiliano Boffelli
13 Matias Orlando Matias Orlando
12 Bautista Ezcurra Bautista Ezcurra
11 Ramiro Moyano Ramiro Moyano
10 Nicolas Sanchez Nicolas Sanchez
9 Gonzalo Bertranou Gonzalo Bertranou
8 Tomas Lezana Tomas Lezana
7 Javier Ortega Desio Javier Ortega Desio
6 Pablo Matera Pablo Matera
5 Tomas Lavanini Tomas Lavanini
4 Matias Alemanno Matias Alemanno
3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
2 Agustin Creevy Agustin Creevy
1 Felipe Arregui Felipe Arregui


16 Julian Montoya Julian Montoya
17 Javier Manuel Diaz Javier Manuel Diaz
18 Juan Pablo Zeiss Juan Pablo Zeiss
19 Guido Petti Pagadizaval Guido Petti Pagadizaval
20 Marcos Kremer Marcos Kremer
21 Martin Landajo Martin Landajo
22 Juan Martin Hernandez Juan Martin Hernandez
23 Bautista Delguy Bautista Delguy

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  1. Louw being picked boosts the Stormers chances. Was worried about his injury, as they would’ve struggled in the scrums without him. Could go either way, Jaguares has a new coach, that has promised to focus on bringing back the traditions of a strong scrum etc, plus they have focused on discipline a lot, which cost them games last year.

    Having said that, the Stormers should take this, would be a disastrous start if they don’t, as they have a couple of tough games coming up. Really a difficult start, if they lose this, it could easily be 0 from4 a month in and that would mean disaster for a side that many pick to be competing for the SA conference. Back line has a lot of fire power, just not sure if the forwards can give them clean ball all game long, having Louw there should help though. Jeez that backrow doesn’t inspire confidence and look for the Jags to attack out wide on Rhule all game long.

  2. @Aldo:

    I don’t have much hope for them this year. If they continue with Fleck’s approach like most of last year it will end in tears yet again. And why oh why they bought Rhule, only Thelo and his mates will know.

    Good to see Carlu Sadie finally breaking into the senior side. I have high hopes for this guy.

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