Stormers v Highlanders



  • Stormers
    15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (50th DHL Stormers cap), 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

    Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon (DHL Stormers debut), 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel.

    Pieter-Steph du Toit will play his 50th game for the DHL Stormers in the Vodacom Super Rugby encounter with the Highlanders at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
    

    https://thestormers.com/du-toit-raises-dhl-stormers-50/



  • Same referee as in the Stormers v Crusaders game last week:

    Referee: Nic Berry
    AR1: AJ Jacobs
    AR2: Divan Uys
    TMO: Willie Vos



  • Daniel Lienert-Brown
    Liam Coltman
    Tyrel Lomax
    Pari Pari Parkinson
    Tom Franklin
    Luke Whitelock (c)
    James Lentjes
    Elliot Dixon
    Aaron Smith
    Josh Ioane
    Jordan Hyland
    Patelesio Tomkinson
    Rob Thompson
    Waisake Naholo
    Matt Faddes

    RESERVES

    Ash Dixon
    Ayden Johnstone
    Siate Tokolahi
    Josh Dickson
    Shannon Frizell
    Kayne Hammington
    Marty Banks
    Thomas Umaga-Jensen

    Unavailable due to injury: Ben Smith (hamstring), Tevita Li (hamstring), Jackson Hemopo (knee) Teihorangi Walden (concussion)

    Season ending injuries: Tevita Nabura (knee), Richard Buckman (achilles), Bryn Gatland (foot)

    What the hell? How come this team hasn't been posted?! 🙂



  • Possibly a must win game for the Highlanders.

    If you did an "adjusted" top eight to account for games played, the NZ conference would only have two representatives due to the Crusaders and Canes hogging the points. And winning their last two games might not be enough for the Highlanders depending on how the chips fall.

    Naholo and Marty Banks back - luckily they've got Waisake, because Tevita Li is out!



  • @Chris-B Hunt didn't last long 😂



  • @Bones said in Stormers v Highlanders:

    Hunt didn't last long 😂

    Is he off contract this year? I wonder if he is leaving the Highlanders?



  • @Duluth said in Stormers v Highlanders:

    @Bones said in Stormers v Highlanders:

    Hunt didn't last long 😂

    Is he off contract this year? I wonder if he is leaving the Highlanders?

    I thought he was on contract until 21, but could be making it up. Even if he is, he should look for a release. He's a much, much better player than his use at the landers would suggest.



  • @Bones said in Stormers v Highlanders:

    @Duluth said in Stormers v Highlanders:

    @Bones said in Stormers v Highlanders:

    Hunt didn't last long 😂

    Is he off contract this year? I wonder if he is leaving the Highlanders?

    I thought he was on contract until 21, but could be making it up. Even if he is, he should look for a release. He's a much, much better player than his use at the landers would suggest.

    WTF is going on the Landers with their loosies?

    Frizzell looks the business this year and is benched for Lucky Luke who is far below his usual baseline performance, and Hunt is in the wilderness. Maybe he's signed with the Crusaders?





  • Anypoint watching games in SA anymore?

    I predict the Stormers to win the penalty count



  • Great line-out steal from Parkinson.



  • Arrrgghh, so close!



  • Try Senatla? On-field decision is try, but checking whether Senatla was offside.



  • Geez, this TMO is also a cheat. Shows only one angle (a bad one) and says Senatla was onside. Ref asks for another angle and that one shows that Senatly was clearly offsied. Bloody hell; glad that Berry learned from last week's farce.



  • Hope Tom Franklin is okay. Head clash.



  • Another Stormers' try going to the TMO to check the grounding.
    That's okay. Try awarded.

    Stomers lead 5 - 3 with the kick to come.



  • I find it a bit strange that Franklin wasn't taken off for a HIA.



  • Matt Faddes, what the heck?



  • TMO checking Faddes' tackle. Tip tackle, Stormers' player landing on his head. Not much force in it.

    Yellow.



  • Stormers' fans booing; obviously wanted red.

    It will be interesting to see whether it will be a citing. May depend on whether the citing commissioner is South African?



  • DLB injured.



  • DLB stays on the field after some treatment of his knee. Or maybe he just needed to catch his breath.



  • Damn. Try Kolisi.



  • Highlanders are missing too many tackles.



  • Hollinshead comes on for Faddes.



  • Struggling to stay awake. I'll watch the 2nd half in the morning.


  • Banned

    Fresh Meat here

    I watched the game and I was very disappointed with the Landers

    In the space of a month, they've gone from an ascending team primed to make playoffs to a side who need BP wins & some favours to make Top 8

    SA teams & Jaguares have exposed some limitations in Landers

    0pts from 2 games in SA is diabolical



  • The Highlanders defence in the middle of the field made some basic errors. Plenty of easy clean breaks for the Stormers.

    The Highlanders ill discipline cost them again. Although the penalty count was even its where/when they conceded them that was important.
    The whining from Whitelock and Smith would have made it enjoyable for the Saffa fans

    A good game from Berry. He's still early in his career but he'll over take Gardner as the best Aussie ref soon



  • @Jaguares4real We've been getting some previews of what next year will be like in recent weeks.

    Highlanders without Ben Smith.

    Crusaders without Franks, Whitelock and Read.

    Chiefs without Retallick.

    Blues without Michael Collins.


  • Banned

    @Chris-B

    Indeed

    NZ and SA sides are being hollowed out

    Highlanders have no depth in back row & outside backs in 2020 for example

    Super Rugby in 2020 will be a very open competition

    Long term I cam see Crusaders & Jagaures being the best teams as they can retain their experienced players & keep adding young talent every year

    With a round robin stage + more games vs AUS & NZ sides Jaguares enjoy playing against they'll continue to impress

    SA sides have packs that can bludgeon & stifle Jaguares



  • @Jaguares4real Right now, there's a pretty decent chance of the Crusaders and Jaguares finishing 1 and 2 for the regular season.

    The Jaguares have one of the easier finishes to the regular season - but, probably can't afford a slip up, because the Brumbies have an even easier finish.



  • @Jaguares4real said in Stormers v Highlanders:

    @Chris-B

    Indeed

    NZ and SA sides are being hollowed out

    From what I understand, Aussie sides & Jaguares are also losing important players to the NH.

    Highlanders have no depth in back row & outside backs in 2020 for example

    The Highlanders have plenty of depth in the back row; several loosies will be keen to get more game time next year: Frizell, Hunt, Mikaele-Tu'u to name a few. Outside backs need some young/new blood, although they already have McKay.



  • @Chris-B Yep that's how I see it.The Brumbies I think with an easy finish are the only other shot at 2nd .
    It will be hard to go to Buenos Aries and win the QF or SF.



  • @Chris Yep - Brumbies and Jags each have the Sunwolves and Reds in their schedules - Brumbies also have the Tahs in Sydney, Jags have the Sharks in Buenos Aires.

    Some stumbling blocks, but I'm somewhat inclined to think Brumbies and Jags are favourites for each of those games.


  • Banned

    @Stargazer

    The only key player they're losing is Matera who's a world class player & arguably the best #6 in world rugby

    Landajo & Garcia Botta are fringe players hence easily replaceable

    Aussies sides apart from Brumbies are not worthy of being mentioned in same class as Jaguares and other good Super Rugby sides

    Poor teams in AUS

    I'll take your word re. Landers backrow

    Outside backs don't look flash on paper, weakest part of team in 2020



  • @Chris-B said in Stormers v Highlanders:

    @Jaguares4real Right now, there's a pretty decent chance of the Crusaders and Jaguares finishing 1 and 2 for the regular season.

    The Jaguares have one of the easier finishes to the regular season - but, probably can't afford a slip up, because the Brumbies have an even easier finish.