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Saturday, January 28, 2006


Super 14: Stormers being polished

Source: News24
Herbert Pretorius, Die Burger

Wellington - Supporters watching the match between the Stormers and the Southern Spears on Saturday will have a preview of the Stormers team that will face the Cats in a fortnight's time in the first round of the Super 14 rugby competition.

The coach of the Cape-based team, Kobus van der Merwe says with the exception of one position, this will be the team he will take to Ellis Park.

De Wet Barry, the Stormers captain for the series, is still recovering from knee surgery, but he should be able to take his place against the Cats.

In his absence, and that of the injured Marius Joubert who may well be ready to play again by the second or third week of the series, Piet van Zyl will get more opportunity to stake his claim for a more secure spot in the side.

The Cats will no doubt send some spies to the winelands to gather some valuable video material of the home team's final dress rehearsal against the Southern Spears.

How much they will learn about the Stormers from the game against coach Pieter de Villiers' team which was thrashed 48-0 in Port Elizabeth a few weeks ago, remains to be seen.

Van der Merwe watched that game and expects the new team of the south-eastern Cape to play champagne rugby.

Training camp in Swellendam

"Our biggest challenge will be to stick to our structures from the word go and to avoid being drawn into an unnecessary mess," he said.

"That means we'll have to win good first phase ball and keep our lines of defence intact."

Van der Merwe said he was not afraid that the game would not be good preparation for the game against the Cats.

"It does not help that you play some tough games now and reach your peak within the first two or three weeks. This series is not going to be a sprint - it will be a marathon. You have to conserve gas."

The last phase of the pre-season preparation will start on Monday when they leave for a three-day camp at Swellendam.

The teams are:

Stormers: Werner Greeff, Rayno Benjamin, Piet van Zyl, Jean de Villiers, Jonghi Nokwe, Peter Grant, Bolla Conradie, Adri Badenhorst, Schalk Burger (c), Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Ross Skeate, Eddie Andrews, Hanyani Shimange, JD Moller.

Replacements: Schalk Brits, Attie Winter, Henk Eksteen, David Hendricks, Neil de Kock, Naas Olivier, Joe Pietersen.

Southern Spears: Baldwin McBean, Gershom Ramazan, Basil de Doncker, Vusumzi Mbulali, Reinhard Gerber, Isma-eel Dollie, Warren Malgas, Ashley Johnson (c), Davon Raubenheimer, Maurice Reid, Jaco du Toit, Lean Combrinck, Eugene Maqwelana, Gavin Williamson, Petros Methula.

Replacements: Wayne Bennett, Marius Mostert, Hein Potgieter, Pietie Loots, Daniel Philander, Spencer Wakeling, Ashwin Scott, Brood van der Westhuizen.

Kickoff: 18:00.

and our own ruggaworld contributor Donner will bring us the news from boland!!!  
The Stormers will be in trouble in the S14 if they struggle against the young Spears team. We will have to wait and see what happens.  

that does not say much for the cats then - they struggled
Donner, we demand a podcast of the game!!  
As usual, Donner will have the luxury of being at the game, phoning the updates through to me, who, yes, you guessed it, will man the PC all on my own in lonesome Oudtshoorn.

To bring you exclusive unique Rugga World match reports.

Geez you guys are lucky.

I'm going to start drinking now.
Shyte Kandas
The game only kicks off at 18:00.
Or are you drinking water?
No Boertjie

I have full intentions of getting pissed!

Can see the headlines already...

Mountain Goats Speared!
Kandas, maybe Blondie will come visit you...  
or didn't she say she would be in Cape Town today?  
Blondie is a man !

or maybe not

but she is a regular anyway.
sharks 13 - bulls 10 - full time  

I agree
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