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Ek

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Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 14:41:09

The DHL Stormers pre-season camp squad:

 

Gio Aplon

Ederies Arendse

Don Armand

Andries Bekker

Ruan Botha

Schalk Burger

Nizaam Carr

Deon Carstens

Patric Cilliers

Kurt Coleman

Damian de Allende

Jean de Villiers

Juan de Jongh

Dewaldt Duvenage

Rynhardt Elstadt

Eben Etzebeth

Deon Fourie

Nic Groom

Bryan Habana

Brok Harris

Pat Howard

Elton Jantjies

Steven Kitshoff

Berton Klaasen

Siya Kolisi

Tiaan Liebenberg

Frans Malherbe

Sikumbuzo (Skuna) Notshe

Joe Pietersen

Michael Rhodes

Louis Schreuder

De Kock Steenkamp

Tim Swiel

Jaco Taute

Gerhard van den Heever

Duane Vermeulen

 

Not considered because of injury:

JP du Plessis

Scarra Ntubeni

Gary van Aswegen

Marcel Brache

Still in Japan:

Peter Grant

 

Pre-season fixtures (To be confirmed):

February 2: v Cheetahs (Bloemfontein)

February 9: v Boland Cavaliers (Wellington)


Beeno1

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 15:13:30

Without doubt  a quality squad and nothing less than a top 6 finish will suffice. Hopfully though there is more in store than that.

Nice to see Elstadt and Kolisi fit again.

New names to me are Sikumbuzo (Skuna) Notshe and Berton Klaasen

 

 


Ek

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 15:22:37

Berton has never had a WP start but he has been on the bench a few times. also played a few games Vodacom cup last year. Not that crazy about him. Big Centre had dreads last year, looked like a Nonu clone. Nothing special though.

Notshe is the only unkown there.


Jalapeno!

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 15:26:13

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

 

What a CRAP squad!

 

LMAO!


Beeno1

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 15:30:15

THnaks EK.

Here is a Stormers injury update:

Players back from injury:

Rynhardt Elstadt (flank - chest)
Siya Kolisi (flank - thumb)
Nizaam Carr (No.8 - knee)
Bryan Habana (wing - knee)

Set to return to full training next week:

Andries Bekker (lock - toe)
Schalk Burger (flank - knee)
Dewaldt Duvenage (scrumhalf - broken leg)
Nic Groom (scrumhalf - knee)

Other injury news:

- Prop Deon Carstens (neck) - should be ready for action in Round One of the Super Rugby competition.
- Hooker Tiaan Liebenberg (back) - he will attend the camp in Hermanus and do fitness and line-out throwing but he cannot take contact.
- Hooker Scarra Ntubeni (shoulder) - somebody fell on him and he landed awkwardly at training this week. He will be re-assessed after four weeks but will hopefully not require surgery.
- Flyhalf Gary van Aswegen (ankle) - will be conservative with his return which should be around mid-February.
- Centre JP du Plessis (back) - his injury flared up and he will take it easy over the next four weeks but could be out for a while longer. He will be re-assessed after four weeks.
- Centre Marcel Brache (neck) - still out for some time after undergoing a neck operation late last year.

Just hoping Tiaan Liebeberg will get fully fit and stay that way. Ditto Bekker. Tiaan is the only big hooker we have. A weakness in the squad. Otherwise nothing currently looks too serious.


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 15:34:43

 It looks like a really strong squad. Not sure if the Sharks or Stormers have the best squad but each had lots of depth in many positions.

Hopefully the new centres can get some game time. The same predictable JDV and Dejong combination is pretty boring. Wonder what the game plan will be apart from just having the best defence again.

Really interested to see how Tim Swiel plays.

I would start him as a fullback and then perhaps move him to flyhalf as he gets more experience. He has to be better than Earl Jantjies


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 15:35:43

Beeno

Nice squad and my pick for the Stormers team would be as follows if we want to see some really backline attacking rigby:-

15   -   Taute

14   -    Van den Heever

13   -    De Allende

12   -    De Villiers

11   -    Habana

10   -    Swiel

  9   -    Groom

  8   -    Carr

  7   -    Burger

  6   -    Fourie

  5  -     Elstatdt

  4  -     Etzebeth

  3  -     Malherbe

  2  -     Liebenber

  1  -     Kitsshoff

The above team will not meet the racial quota requirement and they will probably play the most useless center in Southern Africa (De Jongh) at 13 and  the very questionable Jantjies at 10 - nt on merit - but purely to meet that requirement.    I myself would have neither of them anywhere near the side - but the coach will think differently.

With De Jongh and Jantjies around the backline attack would vanish into thin air - and the Stormers will have to cover Jantjies in view of his serious defence deficiencies.

 

 

 


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 16:18:13

Mike Your pack looks on the light side to me. No ways is Carr going to displace Vermuelen. The only concession re size I will contemplate is the remarkable and vastly underrated Deon Fourie. It is possible that either Kolisi or Fourie can play 6 in certain games.The other two loosies will be big boys. Burger, Vermuelen, Elstadt and Rhodes.

In the backline you have it about right apart from Sweil who I would ease in off the bench at most. I actually think he is too young for Super 15 by a year or two at least but cant be absolutely sure.

So its between Grant and Jantjes, Jantjes therefore will begin as Grant will be in Japan and Sweil will be on the bench. Now Mike please bear in mind that the Lions, Stormers and Bok coaches have all selected Jantjes so he is not as bad as you keep telling yourself.

Neither is De Jongh but I have to agree that the man they need to look at re 13 is DEFINITELY Allende.

With Jean, Allende, Van der Heever, Habana and Taute we have a big, strong fast backline. Man it is looking good. Groom also looks to be a step up from Duvenage who is too unphysical - simply does no take on the opposition enough.


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 16:29:16

Every team needs a few dominating players and Etzebeth should be even better this year. I'm amazed Deon Carstens is still around. It was conclusively proven back in 2002 against Scotland, that he can't scrum. To survive another 11 years when you can't execute your most basic duty is quite remarkable.


Beeno1

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 16:40:08

Carsten can play on both sides and  is adequate but no more  -about holds his own. What happened to the promising young Wickus Blauw and  Kritzinger who shoul db ereally on stream by now but seem to have disappered. Blauw may have gone to Scotland or am I imaging that?

Watch out for Elstadt as well this guy should also be a real enforcer ths year. He will push Alberts I reckon.

 


clevermike

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 11, 2013, 19:10:14

Beeno

Whether you like it or not - Jantjies is a joke in bad tatse

I made a mistake by not putting in Vermeulen into my team

The Stiormers will not get away with it thouhj - they will have to meet the quota requirement - so in come useless De Jongh and Jantjies - so kiss gooud-bye to selection of players like Fourie as well.


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 12, 2013, 00:28:58

Good Stormers squad, their best side would be:

15. v/d Heever 14. de Allende 13. Howard 12. Taute 11. Habana 10. Jantjies 9. Groom 1. Kitshoff 2. Fourie 3. Malherbe 4. Etzebeth 5. Bekker 6. Kolisi 7. Elstadt 8. Vermeulen 16. Schreuder 17. Swiel 18. Jean 19. Cilliers 20. Liebenberg 21. Ruan Botha 22. Burger 23. Rhodes


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 12, 2013, 01:00:50

Saffex

Manipulating player positions again?   Taute will play at full back for the Stormers and if they do not play De Villiers at 12 - they will defnitley play De Allende there.   I also like Howard at 13.  

We will never agree on Jantjies - he should in my book not even be on th bench insofar as I am concerned/

Although I do not rate Liebenberg - it is very likely that they will play him at hooker.   I myself would have preferred Fourie in that position.   Fourie is too good a player not to have in the team and may end up playing as a loosie.   Kolisi started off in 2012  like a house on fire in his early matches for the Stormers and  then fizzled out - before his injury he was in fact very average.

Burger is likely to be captain - and I hope he can get to the required performance level.

I picked Elstadt ahead of Bekker - because the latter seens to be inhury-prone. 

Incidentally Zanzar has not agreed to the 23 member set-up and willonly allow 7 players on the bench.  In essence that allows for the hooker, 1 prop, 1 lock and 1 loosie = together with three backline players


Saffex

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 12, 2013, 01:07:42

Mike, thats how I would play it - I dont care what a fool like Coetzee would do. No way would I have Jean or de Jongh at centre, so I'd have to play Taute at 12, despite being a 13 - but he has played 12 for the Lions.

Jantjies will play the whole S15 and will be a star. If Bekker is fit he has to start, with Elstadt at 7. Schalk is done - Kolisi and Elstadt are far better options


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 12, 2013, 01:49:17

Saffex

I also do not rate the De Villiers - De Jongh center pairing as acceptable - matter of fact I think they were part of the dead backline of the Stormers in 1012 and largely reponsible for the poor performances that year.   My ideal backline for the Stormers would be as follows:-

15    Taute

14   Van den Heever

13  Howaed or JP du Plessis

12  De Allende

11  Habana

19   Swiel

 9   Groom

I don't think that the above would ever happen -  Jantjies (already involved to his neck in the Lions coaching debacle involving Mitchell) and De Jongh would cry discrimination - their only option since they are extremely poor rugby players who should not play rugby above Vodacom level..


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 12, 2013, 08:51:27

I have high expectations for this squad throughout this years SuperXV, the best in the SA conference IMO. However there is a minority of players that should not be selected in the starting 15 squad but should be reasonably useful in the reserves. To be specific i consider Kitshoff to be the weak link in the forwards and highly looked at in the mangement to be a great player as well as some of the public. At aproximately 50 minutes he loses momentum and gets easily tired very much like Steenkamp, Greyling. This is unacceptable at this level, stamina is important. 

As much as i like Swiel i don't believe he is ready at this level yet, but is still regarded to be one of the best fly halfs or fullback in our time in the future. Jantjies will progress better in this environment, he has difficulties but who doesn't?  He should have a reasonably good season, Grant is a more profound goal kicker in that area of aspect but doesn't seem to have much of a liability or ball sense than Jantjies which is a more preferable fly half. Van Den Heever is definietly not better than Gio Aplon, Aplon is way more versatile. Get real you lot, get ur team right! wow


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 12, 2013, 10:06:58

Lucid

 

Most of the time I use Jantjies to needle a somewhat harsh response on the site from Saffex and Beeno - I really think he would play at flyhalf and hope that he can get over his problems as to defence especially -but also some spects of his game - he plays way too far back in the pocket for my liking.   However, that may be because he was forced to play as such in a very average Lions outfit.

I have a problem with Aplon - he to my mind has tremendous ball sense.   However, he will be 30 this year and I think that he would be selected on the wing and is likely to be either in the starting line-up or on the bench.  He is proably nearing th end of his playing career.   He was a bit down in performances last year - especially towrds the end of the season - but I do agree with you - he is as yet and should not be out of contention.

Insofar as Swiel is concerned - the Stormers and I think ultimately the Springboks will have a major problem with him.  He is way too young to be thrust into the deep end as yet and also need some physical development.   The question is - how long can the SA coaches wait with him - before the foreign clubs get hold of him and even foreign teams like the POMS.   What I think is that they should get him on the bench for games against weaker opposition and give him s short stint - to guard against foreign teams trying to get him to play for them on international level.   Would not like to see it happen - either on club level or international level. 

Insofar as Kitshoff is concerned - I am not sure that your statement is correct - I personally feel that he was very good in the CC final - especially in the second half when he and Malherbe outlasted the more celebrated Sharks props.   However, I am someha disappointed in the ruling that only 7 bench players will be allowed - lpotentially leaving out the usage of two props on the bench.   The Stormers may in fact leave out another loosie or lock and use Elstadt on the bench to catrer for that one.   Be it as it may - I think that Estadt and Malherbe will start as props - both are very young still and can only develop further.   They will have Cilliers, Harris  or  Carstens or even two of them on the Bench.   I personally do not rate Harris and Carstens at all.   


Ek

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 15, 2013, 16:26:05

Beeno you wanteed to know about Berton Klasson. Here he is with back to the camera: Seems he still wants to be a Nonu lookalike


Saffex

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 15, 2013, 17:31:35

Jantjies is looking pretty butch


clevermike

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January 15, 2013, 20:49:55

Beeno

Whilst thinking about Jantjies' performances during 2011 and 2012 in both the Super Series and the CC - I checked his stats and found that -

*   he has an excellent record at kicking at goal; and

*   comparatively an extremely poor record on scoring of tries.

During the two years in question - he scored no tries in the Super 15 competition and two tries on CC level.   All the other regular flyhalfs on Super `15 level and CC level did considerably better than that in the try-scoring stakes.

However, we have excellent goal kickers in SA and looking at the stats for the past Super 15 season - it must be mentioned that Peter Grant (144)  was considerably better than Jantjies (126)  in that component of the game, as was Lambie (141)  and Goosen (145).   The latter is further complicated by the fact that Goosen was injured for the latter part of the Series and part of the Sharks goalkicking was done by Michalak - both Lambie and Goosen played less games than Jantjies did.

On the other side - it must be remembered that Jantjies played for a commparatively poor franchise.  

 


Saffex

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January 15, 2013, 23:15:49

Its not the job of a 10 to score tries. Jantjies is certainly one of the best attacking 10's in SA. The lad has great attacking skills - good eye for a gap and great step - he is going to kick some serious arse for the Stormers this year and rub all his detractors noses in it.

I'd put good money on Jantjies doing well this year - he did well in a poor Lions side - he will thrive in a dominant side


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 15, 2013, 23:34:12

Peter Grant must surely be the first choice at 10 for the Stormers.

-Best Pole kicker in South Africa based on last years performance in SuperXV.

-Grant is also probably the best defender at 10 in South Africa.

Not sure what happened to his passing game as it was very poor last year, especially in the SuperXV semi final. The one hospital pass behind JDV was hysterical, and some of his passes just rolled over the floor.

I would like to see Timo Swiel get a few runs as well. I have not seen enough of Jantjies as I rarely watched the Lions poor performances. This is Jantjies big chance to prove himself this year, Although I suspect it will not be long before Timo Sweil is on the bench in the place of Jantjies. I expect that Jantjies will no longer be at the Stormers next year and may find himself back at the Lions or possibally the queens. I could be wrong and he may improve as a player but I get the feeling that he just shows flashes of brilliance, combined with lots of medicority.

 


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 15, 2013, 23:37:56

Grant is good, but Jantjies is a better option - Grant will be used as a safety net


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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 16, 2013, 01:00:22

Saffex

Noice try - but just answer me one question.   Why is it that other flhalfs manage to score more tries than Jantjies if it is not the function of a flyhalf to score tries?

Let me put it bluntly - Silky Hands Earl Jantjies is the most over-rated flyhalf in SA.   I have watched virtually all the games he played in and he has numerous bad elements in his performances.   Just to remind you of a few:-

*   He stands deeper in the pocket than Morne Steyn and never - but never attacks the gain line

*   He runs towards the inside center and then give either inside passes to a player running at an angle - never effective because it happens too far behind the gain line - or hospital passes to the center.

*   His strategic kicks are usually too far to be effective at all and opens up the possibility of counter-attacks by the opposition.

*   His defence in the channell ranges from poor to non-existent

*   He is weak in or even refuses to catch high balls kicked at him when there are opposing players chasing the balls. 

The above tendencies are there for all to see and happens game after game.   In the Soweto test it was so bad that after about 15 minutes his teammates cut him out and only on one occassion during the last 25 minutes of the test passed the ball to him.   In one game against the Stormers he was replaced early - because he really buggered up.  Thereafter the Lions backline functioned much better and scored two magnificent tries.   It was after this game that Strauss and Jantjies took the lead in a petition against Mitchell and they were the only two players that showed up during the subsequent hearing - where Mitchell was found innocent.

I do believe - based on real evidence thus far as listed above - that Jantjies will not last out the season as Stormers no 10 and will put money on that as well.    


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January 16, 2013, 01:00:22

Saffex

Nice try - but just answer me one question.   Why is it that other flhalfs manage to score more tries than Jantjies if it is not the function of a flyhalf to score tries?

Let me put it bluntly - Silky Hands Earl Jantjies is the most over-rated flyhalf in SA.   I have watched virtually all the games he played in and he has numerous bad elements in his performances.   Just to remind you of a few:-

*   He stands deeper in the pocket than Morne Steyn and never - but never attacks the gain line

*   He runs towards the inside center and then give either inside passes to a player running at an angle - never effective because it happens too far behind the gain line - or hospital passes to the center.

*   His strategic kicks are usually too far to be effective at all and opens up the possibility of counter-attacks by the opposition.

*   His defence in the channell ranges from poor to non-existent

*   He is weak in or even refuses to catch high balls kicked at him when there are opposing players chasing the balls. 

The above tendencies are there for all to see and happens game after game.   In the Soweto test it was so bad that after about 15 minutes his teammates cut him out and only on one occassion during the last 25 minutes of the test passed the ball to him.   In one game against the Stormers he was replaced early - because he really buggered up.  Thereafter the Lions backline functioned much better and scored two magnificent tries.   It was after this game that Strauss and Jantjies took the lead in a petition against Mitchell and they were the only two players that showed up during the subsequent hearing - where Mitchell was found innocent.

I do believe - based on real evidence thus far as listed above - that Jantjies will not last out the season as Stormers no 10 and will put money on that as well.    


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January 16, 2013, 01:15:54

Because Jantjies plays for the Lions who score less tries than most.

Your take on Jantjies is pure and utter rubbish


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January 16, 2013, 01:34:48

Saffex

Come now - in 2012 Super 15, the Lions scored more tries than the Stormers did - but gave away considerably more tries than the Stormers and other teams did.   Basically poor defence - where Jantjies played a major roll in.

The main problem with the Stormers last year was there disfunctional backline - with De Villiers and De Jongh being the main culprits.   Add to that one Silky Hands and the result would be even worse this year. 

I think that even Morne Steyn is a more effective attacking flyhalf than Jantjies - he is way better a defender than Jantjies - and we all know that on attack Steyn is poorer than poor.


Saffex

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 16, 2013, 01:44:15

Yeah and Bob Marley is still alive Mike


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January 16, 2013, 01:50:54

Saffex

Marley died - we all know that - but there is one comparison that springs to mind - Jantjies attacking play is as dead as that one.


Saffex

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January 16, 2013, 01:56:11

When did Marley die?


clevermike

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January 16, 2013, 02:02:45

Saffex

I thought he died - and apologize for my mistake.   But Jantjies attacking performances are dead


Saffex

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January 16, 2013, 11:52:53

Mike I was joking Bob Marley the legend died many years ago.

The only 10's in SA that can challenge Jantjies in the attacking stakes are Goosen and Lambie - end of.

What are you going to do when Jantjies ignites the Stormers backline this year - gives them the spark they were missing last year.

I'm going to rub your nose in it. This kid is too talented to not thrive in the company of a good side like the Stormers


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January 16, 2013, 12:06:19

Saffex

Deep down I am a Stormers supporter (except  when they play against the Sharks) so I really hope that you are right about Jantjies and would not mind to admit that I have been wrong.   However, my gut feeling is that he would not "ignite" the Stormers backline and that he - in the key position of flyhalf - in fact could cost them to lose games early in the season. 


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January 16, 2013, 12:36:47

I'd put money on the fact that he will do well in the company of the Stormers - the experience will do him a world of good.

I just hope Coetzee plays to his strengths and does not quell his natural instinct to attack - the Stormers play it conservatively which will not suite Jantjies, but hopefully Coetzee loosens up a little this year.

 


Ek

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 17, 2013, 16:13:47
I found Notshe Beeno
 
 
 
 
PERSONAL DETAILS
 
 
SURNAME Notshe
HEIGHT 190 cm
WEIGHT 100 Kg
BIRTH DATE 28 May 1993
BIRTH PLACE King Williams Town
MARITIAL STATUS Single
FAVOURITE FILM Any Given Sunday
FAVOURITE MUSIC R&B; House
FAVOURITE FOOD Pizza
PRIMARY SCHOOL Nomlinganiselo
SECONDARY SCHOOL Wynberg Boys' High
 
 
PLAYER WRITE-UP
 
 
Playing Position:Eighthman
2006 - WP U13 Craven Week 2009 - WP U16 CW 2010 - WP U18 Craven Week 2011 - WP U19
 
RUGBY CAREER
 
 
POSITION Flank
PROVINCE WP
TRIES 3
CONVERSIONS 0
PENALTIES 0
DROP GOALS 0
TOTAL POINTS 15
   
 
 
 
SQUAD LIST
 
 
SA Schools SA Schools - 2011
WP U18 Craven Week - 2011
South Africa SA U18 High Performance - 2010
WP U18 Craven Week - 2010
WP U16 Grant Khomo - 2009
Western Province U13 Coca Cola Craven Week - 2006

Now the Question is,

What the hell did he do last year?

Did he play for WP u19?


Ek

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 17, 2013, 16:17:04
Talented young loose forward Sikumbuzo 'Skura' Notshe has been training with the DHL Stormers squad in Hermanus.
Talented young loose forward Sikumbuzo 'Skura' Notshe has been training with the DHL Stormers squad in Hermanus.
 
 
From Keo a few years back:

Future Star: Sikhumbuzo Notshe

Sikhumbuzo Notshe plans to build on his impressive 2010 and play a key role for school, province and country this season.
 

The 17-year-old Wynberg Boys’ High loose forward was one of the standout players for Western Province at last year’s Craven Week in Welkom, which saw him selected for the SA Schools and SA U18 High Performance teams. With the experience gained in the past year, Notshe believes he will be a better player in 2011.

‘Playing at a national level is a big step up, the standards are much higher,’ says Notshe. ‘But that has only motivated me to work harder. I’ve been hitting the gym and focusing a lot on my conditioning.

‘This season, I want to do well for my school. Wynberg has about 10 1st XV boys left over from last year, so it will be an experienced side. We will look to beat some of the top schools this season, but the main prize will be beating Grey PE for the first time at 1st XV level. It will be a big challenge for us.’

Notshe was born in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape but moved to Cape Town at a young age. He attended Nomlinganiselo Primary before continuing his schooling at Wynberg, where he has played 1st XV rugby since Grade 10. Notshe has also represented WP at U12, U13, U16 and U18 level in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Notshe started his career playing centre and fullback, but made the switch to loose forward two years ago, which he feels has paid dividends.

‘The transition was difficult early on. I didn’t enjoy all the binding and rucking and spent too much time in the backline,’ says Notshe. ‘But I managed to get used to being part of the pack and got the basics right eventually. I’m enjoying it. Being part of the backline early on in my career has helped me as a loose forward, especially on attack and with my handling.’

Wynberg 1st XV coach James Whinston believes Notshe will be a key player in his team this season.

‘Sikhumbuzo is an explosive athlete, and can create a lot of momentum with ball in hand,’ says Whinston. ‘He’s rugby smart and plays a leadership role in the team. He also has a big influence in a match. When he plays well, he tends to lift the spirits in the team, which we will need in this tough upcoming season.’

Notshe says he doesn’t have any set plans after school as he is ‘100% focused’ on 2011.

‘I turn 18 this year, so it’s my final opportunity to be selected for the WP Craven Week and SA age-group squads as I will be too old in my matric year,’ says Notshe. ‘My goals are to maintain and improve on the standards I set last season and to be a better player. Next year, I can start deciding on my future. The decisions I make will be the best ones for my rugby career.’

By Gareth Duncan


clevermike

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 17, 2013, 16:41:47

Ek

Really interesting article on Notshe  - seems to be a real prospect.  The article seems to have been written early in 2011 - what happened since - especially in 2012.   I cannot remember whether he made WP Under 19 - nor the Under 20 WC training squad,

Would follow this guy's future performances with interest.


Ek

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RE: Stormers Train camp Squad announced
January 17, 2013, 16:47:44

That is exactly what I asked above Mike.

I can't find any records of him in any squads for 2012....

Well I won't say i looked hard, but just the usual places, this is what I found.

Seems he might have taken a gap year or a Post Matric or something somewhere. No Idea.

2011 SA Schools/WP Schools

2012 ...................

2013 Stormers Training Squad.

 

Well it certainly got my attention now.


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