Human factor comes into play for Stormers



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Rassie Erasmus will be relying heavily on the Human factor when his Stormers side plays the Brumbies at Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers coach has defended his surprise selection which has seen the seasoned wing Wylie Human graduate from the Western Province Vodacom Cup to the Super 14 ranks.

“Wylie is an experienced campaigner. I think he’ll be one of the most experienced backline players on the field on Saturday,” argued Erasmus.

“He’s also really good with the kicking game, which I think will be a big part of the game on Saturday.”

Last week the Stormers fielded specialist centre Dylan des Fountain on the leftwing following the hamstring injury to the in-form Tonderai Chavhanga but this week Erasmus has opted for Human.

“He’s (Human) no Tondie (Chavhanga) when it comes to pace, but we had to weigh up our options,” said Erasmus.

“Dylan was an interim measure. “Wylie has, apart from the first seven weeks and the pre-season training camp in George, not really trained with us. Dylan went on tour with the team and he is comfortable with our patterns.

Dylan knows our structures and it was a bit of an experiment to play him on the wing against the Highlanders last week. “We just wanted an extra week to talk to Wylie and make him part of the setup.”

Erasmus felt the Stormers will benefit from the Human factor. “I’ve known Wylie since we were in the Eastern Cape. He brings consistency,” said Erasmus.

“He does the basics well and has the ability to finish.

“When I played with him at the Cats he was one of the leading try scorers in the Super 12.

“With Human in the team we’ve selected the best available and most experienced players for the Brumbies match.”

In the past Erasmus has been reluctant to switch specialist tighthead Brian Mujati to loosehead, given his lack of experience in that position.

However, the injury situation has forced his hand and loosehead prop Schalk Ferreira who has only just returned from a neck injury sustained in a car crash earlier this year, is not yet at peak fitness.

“Loosehead is a bit new to Brian. When we had lots of injuries at the beginning of the season we asked him to work on playing that position in case he was needed.

“Schalk (Ferreira) has been out for a long time, but he’s been involved since the beginning and he knows the way we play.

“I think it should work and then after halftime you can bring on an athletic guy like Ferreira, along with others like Ross Skeate. “When the game opens up, these players can do a lot of damage.”

It sounds like Erasmus is planning to run the Brumbies off the park in the second half at Newlands on Saturday.

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