Stormers back to their best
19 Mar 2013
Juan de Jongh is set for a Super Rugby comeback. So too Jaco Taute.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has plenty of match day squad options in the outside backs with De Jongh finally free of a hamstring injury. Taute, who started the first game of the season, has missed the next two because of injury.
Peter Grant is doubtful, which would mean a guaranteed start for Elton Jantjies, and there is still no confirmation of when Schalk Burger will play. Burger tore knee ligaments 15 minutes into the 2012 Super Rugby season and has not started since.
Coetzee said the Brumbies, who have beaten the Stormers twice in the last four match-ups, were the favourites, despite playing away from home.
The Stormers coach singled out the influence of former Bok coach Jake White in the rejuvenation of the Brumbies, especially their physicality, defence and mongrel in set piece play.
White, when he was head coach of the Boks, entrusted Coetzee as his assistant and there is huge respect between each other and for each other.
White said it would take a huge effort to back up the Brumbies win in Durban and that the Stormers, given their form in Super Rugby in the last two seasons, and Western Province’s Currie Cup triumph, presented the toughest challenge among South Africans.
He also pointed to the influence of the Newlands crowd, who were always strong in their support of the Stormers and always turned out in great numbers.