Human wings it into Stormers run on team



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Former Lions winger Wylie Human’s recent good form has been rewarded with a place in the Stormers’ run on side to face the Waratahs at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 10.40am SA time).

The 30-year-old wing starred in the Vodacom Cup clash against Boland at City Park in Athlone last Saturday when he scored two tries in WP’s seven-try romp. Both Human’s tries came about as a result of solo efforts.

Human’s call-up has come as a surprise because the tour squad have ample utility cover on the wing, although there are no specialists after Nick Koster and Tonderai Chavhanga were laid low by injuries.

The regular outside centre, Gcobani Bobo, was fielded at right wing in last week’s clash against the Crusaders, but he did not fare too well.

The Stormers had the option of playing Dylan des Fountain, Percy Montgomery or even Conrad Jantjes, but Human was called over from South Africa instead.

Human is a sound tackler and his numerous outings at fullback in the past two years will give him a sense of covering the last line of defence when the No 15 is caught out of position.

The conditions are likely to be heavy underfoot on Saturday after rains in the Sydney region this week and Wylie is armed with a trusty boot, should the situation call for pressure-relieving touch kicks.

However, Human’s somewhat surprise call-up will not do wonders for the confidence of the players who could have stepped into the breach, particularly Des Fountain, who has had several outings on the wing since he was recruited from the Bulls.

Montgomery has dropped out of the match day 22 all together and Willem de Waal has been regulated to the substitutes’ bench, clearing the way for Peter Grant to return to the pivot position after slotting in at inside centre last week.

Grant should be motivated more than ever for Saturday’s clash as he is in the sights of the Aussie franchise Western Force, who have targeted him as next season’s replacement for Matt Giteau.

This season the Stormers have not been able to master the art of kicking for territorial advantage and given the expected conditions expected to prevail on Saturday, it could be another uphill battle for the Cape Town tourists who started off their five-match tour with a defeat last week.

It’s not the length of the kicks that has caused concern, but rather thes lack of tactical acumen which has made it easy for opposition sides to deal with.

The Waratahs scored an historic win over the Blues in Auckland last week and they have named an unchanged side to face the Stormers.

In the build-up to Saturday’s clash the Waratahs have gone on record as saying the Stormers are inconsistent and unpredictable.

What they should also have noted, is the Stormers travel well and as was the case last year, they reserved the season’s best performances for games away from Newlands.

Last season the Stormers defeated the Reds, Chiefs and Western Force on their four-match Australasia tour.

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has previously explained the resurgence came about because on tour the squad are together as a unit throughout the week ahead matches.


Conrad Jantjes; Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (captain), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, AJ Venter, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits and Wicus Blaauw.

Replacements: Tiaan Liebenberg, JD Moller, Hilton Lobberts, Francois Louw, Dewaldt Duvenage, Willem De Waal and Dylan des Fountain.


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