Jaco storms into Super 14

Jaco van der Westhuyzen wants to play for the Stormers in the Vodacom Super 14.

Keo.co.za reported a week ago that Van der Westhuyzen, the Bok flyhalf, would join the Stormers. This came after an interview with Bok coach Jake White.

The next day White did an interview with Die Beeld and threw the Cats name into the mix because of their home draw. White then said it was Van der Westhuyzen’s decision. The player said it came down to the coach.

Well, common sense has prevailed and Van der Westhuyzen will slot into a No 10 jersey with Bolla Conradie and Jean de Villiers (two of his national teammates) on his inside and outside.

Superrugby’s Gavin Rich wrote on Thursday morning that Van der Westhuyzen told White he wanted to play for the Stormers, provided he played flyhalf. Apparently, this is still under discussion because of the Stormers problems at fullback. First choice fullback Werner Greeff is out for the remainder of the competition and Van der Westhuyzen, who has played fullback for the Boks, would be an ideal replacement.

Western Province director of rugby Nick Mallett said he wanted Van der Westhuyzen to join the squad as soon as possible.

“Jake wants him to play flyhalf and he wants to know if he will get opportunities to play there,” Mallett told Rich. “My view is that he is an experienced player and I’d like to see him arrive down here as soon as possible. It just depends if Kobus (van der Merwe) can accomodate him at flyhalf or not. Obviously we have a pressing need right now for cover at fullback. It would be ideal if Jaco is adaptable.”