Moller to make tighthead move
14 Jan 2010
JD Moller will be utilised as a tighthead in the 2010 Super 14 despite playing most of his career at loosehead.
The Stormers have battled to find a quality No 3 and will rely heavily on the solid but unspectacular Brok Harris in the coming season. Springbok Brian Mujati was the incumbent last season, but has since moved to Northampton. A quick scan through the squad suggests there’s not much cover in terms of experienced specialists.
Head coach Allister Coetzee told keo.co.za on Monday that it was a concern, but tempered that statement by pointing to the shift of Moller to the right-hand side of the scrum, a move he believes will be successful.
Wicus Blaauw and JC Kritzinger will concentrate on loosehead this season, and the Stormers will also have Argentinean recruit Eusebio Guinazu as a tighthead option.
The Stormers will field a young and experienced combination against UCT this Saturday in Riebeck West. The practice match will be played in chukkas and Coetzee will ensure that all 25 players in the named squad get a run.
The exercise will also see new signings Fabian Juries and Lionel Cronje getting their first run in the Stormers set up.
Stormers - Fabian Juries, JJ Engelbrecht, Frikkie Welsh, Paul Bosch, Sireli Naqelevuki, Lionel Cronje, Bolla Conradie, Pieter Louw, Hilton Lobberts, Pieter Myburgh, Anton van Zyl, Rynhardt Elstadt, JD Moller, Callie Visagie, JC Kritzinger.
Subs: Sydney Tobias, Hein van der Merwe, Eucebo Guinaza, Martin Muller, Conraad Britz, Jacque Potgieter, Louis Shreuder, Jurgen Visser, Stokkies Hanekom, Johan Sadie.