Britz finally comes good
2 Apr 2006
Kobus van der Merwe praised his second row after the Stormers’ one-point Vodacom Super 14 win against the Force in Perth.
The coach gave former Cheetahs lock Gerrie Britz a rare start and was pleased with his effort against the Australian minnows.
“Gerrie was very good and was ‘lus’ to play,” he told Rapport. “Ross Skeate was outstanding, as usual. He is a young player with huge potential. He has played every minute of the Super 14 this season, and was stamped on his hip. We took him off more as a precaution more than anything else. No one in the squad is injured.”
Van der Merwe praised fullback Joe Pietersen, who has performed well for the Stormers since taking over from the injury-prone Werner Greeff.
“He was 20 to 30% better against the Force than he was against the Cheetahs two weeks ago,” said Fester. “If he can learn to take the right options at the right time, he will become a very good player.”
Naas Olivier, who has finally secured the No 10 jersey ahead of Peter Grant, was also lauded by his coach.
“Naas is putting the backs away brilliantly,” he said. “He will definitely be available for Western Province from 2007, but we are hoping to come to an arrangement with the Leopards, so that he can play for us in the Currie Cup.”