No Ollie le Roux for Stormers



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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has a plan to hold off the Lions in their Ellis Park den, the venue for Saturday’s Super 14 clash – and if the plan works, Erasmus’ team will enjoy a lion’s share of the ball.

When Erasmus sat down to select his startingline-up, the major consideration was the Lions’ strength at the breakdown and their turn-over ability on the ground.

As a result, Erasmus has dropped regular No 8 Robbie Diack and has brought up a flanker Pieter Myburgh from the reserves in an attempt to counter the Lions’ swift cleaning out at the rucks.

Flanker Luke Watson (pictured) will be at No 8 against the Lions, with Myburgh and Francois Louw completing the loose-trio combination. Playing with three flankers is an indication of how serious Erasmus views the “awesome” threat the Lions pose at the breakdown.

Myburgh has been brought in specifically to patrol the breakdowns and neutralise the menacing Lions flank Cobus ‘Baywatch’ Grobbelaar who has been superb all season. Another area that Erasmus had to think long and hard about is the Stormers’ front-row which has taken a battering of late.

Schalk Ferreira has returned at looshead and Brian Mujati takes up his preferred position at tighthead.

On Wednesday there was no Ollie le Roux on the Stormers radar after all the fanfare that accompanied his outings at the training sessions earlier this week.

Le Roux is nursing a calf strain which he picked up in training on Tuesday, and was no where to be seen at training on Wednesday.

However, the Stormers have done the necessary to ensure that Le Roux is eligible to play in the league phase of the competition. He’s joined the Durbanville Rugby Club as part the process of becoming eligible.

Should the Stormers reach the play-offs they will go the Sanzar route to secure Le Roux’s services. But being the crafty negotiator that he is, one can never be sure with Erasmus, as many Super 14 coaches will testify.

The Lions will be sure to keep a close eye on the Stormers travelling party when they touch down on Friday afternoon in Johannesburg, just to check if Le Roux is around.

Reserve flyhalf Tony Brown again sat out at training in Durbanville on Wednesday. He is nursing a groin injury.

The Stormers team:

Conrad Jantjes; Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (capt.), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Luke Watson, Pieter Myburgh, Francois Louw, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, Schalk Ferreira

Replacements: Deon Fourie, Brok Harris, Ross Skeate, Robbie Diack, Bolla Conradie, Tony Brown, Dylan Des Fountain.

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