Keo.co.za took you into the Newlands boardroom for the weekly Stormers presser.
Kobus van der Merwe on his injuries
The update is as follows: De Wet should be back for the first game, Marius two weeks later hopefully. Joe will only be available in mid-March.
Kobus on the Spears
Young guys, only been together since beginning of season. They have a good spirit and we can’t underestimate them. It’s our last contact outing before the Cats so we are not going in to just chuck it around. We want to stick to our structures and play properly. They have a point to prove in terms of their inclusion and they will throw everything at us. We won’t underestimate them.
Jongi Nokwe on returning to the Stormers squad
I’m looking forward to this season. It’s great to be back in the squad, and I have an opportunity on Saturday that I’m determined to take.
Schalk Burger on his attitude
We don’t get a long time off, there wasn’t time to get unfit even. We have a job to do this weekend, and we are very excited. We have a point to prove, and I believe it’s important we start to play to our strengths. There’s a good attitude in the camp and I’m determined that the squad starts well.
Hanyani Shimange on the challenge of Schalk Brits
I did start most of the guys last year, but it’s a fresh start this year. It’s exciting, hopefully we’ll bring the Stormers back to what they were last year.
Shimmie on extra attention on him
I have a job to do on the field. Whether there’s limelight or not, I don’t really care. I just want to see the Stormers do well.
Kobus on Peter Grant
If you look at his season in perspective, my message to him is he’s come a bloody long way. We certainly back him as our No 1 flyhalf, but we are not naive. We know he can’t play every game, so our back-up is important. We will show faith in him, but the other guys must fight for their faces. With Naas here and the rumours of Jaco coming, it’s clear we have to have back-up at flyhalf. Pete will start, and depending on his performance and form, he will be first choice.
Kobus on his back-up flyhalf/fullback options
Joe Pietersen’s down very well, he showed on Saturday he can perform at this level. We have Chumani Booi coming back, he played two seasons for the Cats. Tonderai’s also played at fullback.
Kobus on whether Luke and Schalk will play left and right or open and blind
We’re going to use Luke as a specialist openside, which will allow us to maximise Schalk’s ball-carrying ability. In modern rugby it’s important that your seven and eight are also good fetchers, and Schalk, Joe and Adri all fit into that category. To start though we’re going to keep Luke in jersey 6 and use Schalk to run a bit more, which is a role I think he welcomes. He certainly enjoys it a bit more.