Jouba, Jean shore up Stormers

As predicted on keo.co.za, Marius Joubert will start on the wing for the Stormers against the Hurricanes. Jean de Villiers is named at 12, again bracketed with Gus Theron.

After three weeks on the sidelines, De Villiers was deemed 95% fit last weekend but opted out of the Vodacom Super 14 clash with the Highlanders. A week on and he should start, and the bracketing of Theron by Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe should be more tactical than cautionary.

Positive news is that second rower Andries Bekker is progressing well and should recover sufficiently to replace Henk Eksteen in jersey 5. If not, Eksteen will start with Gerrie Britz remaining on the bench.

Meanwhile Stormers technical director Gary Gold told the Cape Argus that the volume of hate mail the team has received in the last week has been an eye-opener.

Gold said he had been stunned by the “level of abuse� in e-mails sent to Newlands as well as private e-mail addresses accusing the team of lacking commitment and playing with no heart.

“Some of these e-mails, faxes and comments on web-sites have been sent at 4am in the morning and are two pages long. That means people have been up in the early hours drafting them,� said Gold.

THE STORMERS TEAM TO PLAY THE HURRICANES

15.       Werner Greeff
14.       Rayno Benjamin
13.       De Wet Barry (c)
12.       Jean De Villiers / Gus Theron
11.       Marius Joubert
10.       Peter Grant
9.         Bolla Conradie
8.         Adri Badenhorst
7          Schalk Burger
6.         Luke Watson
5.         Andries Bekker / Henk Eksteen
4.         Ross Skeate
3.         Eddie Andrews
2.         Schalk Brits
1.         JD Moller

Subs

16.       Hanyani Shimange
17.       Neil Fullard
18.       Henk Eksteen / Gerrie Britz
19.       Justin Melck
20.       Neil De Kock
21.       Naas Olivier
22.       Chumani Booi