The Stormers The official website for the DHL Stormers Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:50:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DHL Stormers overpower Cheetahs Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:48:15 +0000 The hosts, in action at home for the first time in 2015, led by 29-10 at half-time – having scored four excellent tries in the first half.

Outside centre Juan de Jongh – who looked sharp all night long – opened their account in the fifth minute and they never looked back from there, with hooker Scarra Ntubeni, inside centre Huw Jones (his second in two games) and scrumhalf Nic Groom also crossing in the opening period.

Although the DHL Stormers managed just one try in the second half – by left-wing Dillyn Leds – they were the better team on the night in most facets of play, the hosts impressing at scrum-time yet again and also on the ground and their backs looking incisive and skilful with ball in hand.

Flyhalves Demetri Catrakilis (four conversions) and Kurt Coleman (two penalties) missed just one kick between them to cap off a good night in front of a crowd of just under 9,000 at DHL Newlands.

The DHL Stormers will wrap up their pre-season preparations against the Boland Cavaliers at the Cape Town Stadium next Saturday (February 7).

The scorers:

For the DHL Stormers:
Tries: De Jongh, Ntubeni, Jones, Groom, Leyds
Cons: Catrakilis 4
Pens: Coleman 2

For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Cook, Hendricks 2, Burger
Cons: Du Plessis 2, Brummer 2

The teams:

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (vice-captain), 12 Huw Jones, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Johnny Kotze, 21 Neil Rautenbach, 22 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 23 Louis Schreuder, 24 Kurt Coleman, 25 Jean Kleyn, 26 Robert du Preez, 28 EW Viljoen.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Danie Dames, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz (captain), 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Jean Cook, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Lodewyk de Jager, 21 Tienie Burger, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Francois Brummer, 24 Francois Venter, 25 Raymond Rhule, 26 Willie le Roux.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden

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Stadium rules: A 2015 reminder! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:41:36 +0000 The DHL Stormers, having played their first warm-up match of 2015 in George last weekend, will host the Cheetahs at DHL Newlands tonight (kick-off 19h00), before concluding their pre-season preparations against Boland (away) next Saturday (February 7).

Important points for spectators to remember ahead of tonight (January 30, 2015):

– Spectators, with or without tickets, are encouraged to arrive at the ground well before the 19h00 kick-off.
– 2015 season tickets are NOT VALID for tonight, but will be valid when the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season gets underway at DHL Newlands (Saturday, February 21).
– Tickets for tonight – at JUST R30 – can be purchased online from or from Computicket outlets and Shoprite/Checkers stores, as well as from the DHL Newlands Stadium Box Office.
– The DHL Newlands Box Office is open until 19h30 tonight.
– Spectators bringing umbrellas are reminded that only small, personal umbrellas with no sharp points – i.e. with a blunt rubber tip – will be allowed into the stadium. At the same time, people using umbrellas must be considerate of those around them, as they could be a hindrance. (See rule No.14 in the FULL Stadium Rules HERE.)
– Obviously intoxicated individuals will be declined entry to the ground.
– Smoking is not permitted on the stands and is allowed only in the designated areas. This includes any and all forms of smoking, including but not limited, to electronic cigarettes and smoking devices.

* SEE THE DHL NEWLANDS STADIUM RULES HERE, and download your teamsheet for tonight HERE.

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DHL Stormers power up for Cheetahs friendly Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:21:55 +0000 As expected, Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will start in his first match of 2015, his first appearance in a DHL Stormers jersey since 2013, whilst talented youngster Huw Jones gets a run at inside centre – his first start for the DHL Stormers – after Damian de Allende was ruled out with a slight quadriceps tear.

“It’s a slight tear, so we could’ve pushed Damian if, say, we were playing in a final,” Coetzee told the official DHL Stormers website. “It’s not serious, but we didn’t want to risk him at this stage of our pre-season preparations.”

Demetri Catrakilis, after missing last weekend’s trip to George with a stomach ailment, will start at flyhalf, whilst Absa Currie Cup-winning lock Jean Kleyn has been named amongst the replacements after recovering from a knee (meniscus) injury which delayed his start to his team’s pre-season programme.

Inside centre/fullback Jaco Taute went for a basic scope (on his knee) yesterday and will be out of action for four to six weeks.

The injury is not considered to be of a serious nature (“basic wear and tear,” according to Coetzee), but his lay-off has given an opportunity to last year’s DHL WP Under-21 star, Johnny Kotze, who has been named on the bench to face the Cheetahs.

Tickets are available at just R30 for Friday’s encounter between the DHL Stormers and the Cheetahs and can be purchased ONLINE or from Computicket outlets and Shoprite and Checkers stores. (Spectators are encouraged to purchase their tickets before matchday to avoid any disappointment on Friday evening.)

“This is our best possible team for this weekend,” said Coetzee, looking ahead to his team’s first home game of 2015.

“I know the Cheetahs have had a game against the Bulls and they will view this as another preparation game ahead of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.

“In order to get match sharp you need to play against other Super Rugby franchises and this week – after playing against SWD in George – brings with it different challenges, especially on defence against a team like the Cheetahs who like to play with width and have a good passing game.

“They have a good line-out maul and a lot of tricks up their sleeve with their attacking kicking game and they have an attacking mindset. Overall, it will be a good game – a good challenge and a good work-out for us.”

The DHL Stormers beat the SWD Eagles by 34-3 last weekend and will conclude their pre-season preparations against the Boland Cavaliers next weekend (Saturday, February 7).

“Last week’s game was important to get that first proper hit-out, (that first) contact session out of the way. This week we need to be sharper and concentrate on our detail more. We need to cut out those errors, do the basics right and show a big improvement across the board.

“The Boland game will give us an opportunity to – hopefully – bring back the likes of Siya Kolisi and Nizaam Carr… or to give Jean Kleyn more (game) time and to bring our entire squad up to speed,” explained Coetzee.

* Meanwhile, coach Coetzee also cleared up any recent media speculation over Mat Turner, the England Sevens ace who is back in Cape Town and currently training with the squad.

Coetzee told the website: “Mat is back in Cape Town, now that his Sevens commitments are a thing of the past.

“He asked if he could join us at training and we said yes – we certainly won’t chase him away. There is no commitment from our side and he has not been offered a contract, he just wants to keep fit and train at this stage.

“There are a lot of other players in the system we would need to give opportunities to first and Mat understands that. We will see how it goes and if he should warrant selection he would need to move via the proper structures – through the Vodacom Cup or the club system (for instance).”

The DHL Stormers team to face the Cheetahs is as follows:

15. Cheslin Kolbe
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain)
12. Huw Jones
11. Dillyn Leyds
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Nic Groom
8. Duane Vermeulen (captain)
7. Michael Rhodes
6. Rynhardt Elstadt
5. Manuel Carizza
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Vincent Koch
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Bongi Mbonambi
17. Alistair Vermaak
18. Wilco Louw
19. Jurie van Vuuren
20. Jean Kleyn
21. Neil Rautenbach
22. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
23. Louis Schreuder
24. Kurt Coleman
25. Johnny Kotze
26. Robert du Preez
27. EW Viljoen

Referee: Jaco van Heerden

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DHL Stormers injury report – 26/01/15 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:19:37 +0000 The powerhouse Springbok lock was rested from this past Saturday’s trip to George but will come into contention for Friday night after again training fully at the HPC in Bellville today (Monday).

Loose forwards Nizaam Carr and Siya Kolisi are not available for selection as yet and neither is inside centre/fullback Jaco Taute (knee).

The DHL Stormers, 34-3 victors over the SWD Eagles at Outeniqua Park a few days ago, will face up to the Cheetahs at DHL Newlands this Friday, before concluding their three-match pre-season campaign against the Boland Cavaliers (away) on Saturday, February 7.

The DHL Stormers team, to face the Cheetahs on Friday night, will be announced on Tuesday afternoon, whilst match tickets for Friday – at just R30 for ALL seated tickets – can be purchased online (HERE) or from Computicket outlets or Shoprite/Checkers stores nationwide.

The full DHL Stormers injury report (26/01/15):

– Loose forward Nizaam Carr (viral infection) continues to make good progress and started conditioning work today. He will not be available for selection this week.
– Flanker Siya Kolisi (tight hamstring) will not be risked and will, again, sit out as a precaution this weekend.
– Centre/fullback Jaco Taute visited a knee specialist today and will not be considered for selection either at this stage.
– Prop Frans Malherbe (ankle) and locks Jean Kleyn (meniscus) and Ruan Botha (ankle) continue to make good progress from their long-term injuries, with Kleyn set to come into selection contention either this week or next week.

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SANZAR appoints 2015 referees Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:50:42 +0000 O’Keeffe started refereeing whilst at medical school in Dunedin and quickly progressed through the ranks. He has featured in the Heartland Championship, ITM Cup, as a Super Rugby assistant and at the 2014 Junior World Championships where he earned appointment to the final between England and South Africa.

His father Peter also refereed at provincial level and when he’s not in the middle, O’Keeffe practices as an eye doctor in Wellington, New Zealand.

Pretoria-born Van Heerden, meanwhile, is an Advocate to the High Court of South Africa and joins Super Rugby ranks having made rapid progress applying law on rugby fields throughout his home country.

The 32-year old handled himself with aplomb in his first Absa Currie Cup match during the 2014 season and it was no surprise that he was awarded a semifinal later in the year.

A University of Pretoria Law Graduate, Van Heerden played rugby for his university before later turning his attention to refereeing.

The duo were among the 16 match officials that attended SANZAR’s annual Super Rugby Referee Camp, staged this year at the International College of Management in Manly on Sydney’s northern beaches.

In the midst of the three-day camp, SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray said: “Due to the global nature of our sport and the demands of refereeing, it is incredibly rare to have everyone in the same place at the same time, so it’s vital that we make the most of opportunities like this.

“Our core objectives for 2015 are ‘high intensity, high octane’ and affording players the confidence to play and contest for the ball, which aims to consolidate Super Rugby as the best rugby competition in the world; not only as a product of having the best players, coaches and referees, but also because of the way the game is played.

“After consulting the coaches following the 2014 Super Rugby season, we seek to achieve those goals by way of allowing quick ball at the tackle, faster and more positive scrums, proper set-up and defence of the lineout to maul area and ensuring there is space across the field to allow the teams to play as they want to.”


Stuart Berry (South Africa – 12 Super Rugby, 4 Tests)
Nick Briant (New Zealand – 13 Super Rugby, 2 Tests)
Mike Fraser (New Zealand – 14 Super Rugby, 4 Tests)
Angus Gardner (Australia – 14 Super Rugby, 3 Tests)
Rohan Hoffmann (Australia – 16 Super Rugby – 3 Tests)
Glen Jackson (New Zealand – 30 Super Rugby, 9 Tests)
Jason Jaftha (South Africa – 6 Super Rugby, 1 Test)
Craig Joubert (South Africa – 84 Super Rugby, 54 Tests)
Andrew Lees (Australia – 12 Super Rugby, 2 Tests)
Matt O’Brien (Australia – 2 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)
Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand – 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)
Jaco Peyper (South Africa – 48 Super Rugby, 19 Tests)
Chris Pollock (New Zealand – 61 Super Rugby, 19 Tests)
Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa – 4 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)
Jaco van Heerden (South Africa – 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)
Steve Walsh (Australia 108 Super Rugby, 60 Tests)

* The Crusaders and Rebels will kick-off the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby competition on February 13 at 08h35 (SA time), while the Emirates Lions will meet the Hurricanes at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg at 19h10 in the first local clash.

This will be followed by derbies between the Cell C Sharks and Toyota Cheetahs at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban and the Vodacom Bulls and DHL Stormers at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, respectively, on Saturday, February 14.

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‘George hit-out a success’ Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:06:14 +0000 The Men from Cape Town utilised 27 players on the day – some of whom were DHL Stormers debutants – as the young squad came away with a deserved and convincing win.

Coach Coetzee told “There is plenty for us to work on (after the game), but there were a few positives – the big one being that there were no injuries.

“I must, however, thank our hosts – it was great to see such a turn-out and so many fans supporting the DHL Stormers. Well done to everyone involved in George, it was great to see the love for rugby in the area.”

Looking back further at the match, which saw the DHL Stormers score five tries to nil – despite the hot and humid conditions, Coetzee added: “This team has high standards and, of course, we wanted to start on a high, but the Eagles did not give up and they made it tough for us – despite our scrum dominance and other aspects we dominated.

“We made a lot of unforced errors – partly due to the humidity, but also because it was our first game, but, like I said, there is plenty for us to build on and work on.

“Overall I am reasonably happy with a lot of aspects of our game, but the guys are well aware that we have a lot of work to do.

“The pre-season friendlies were planned so that we build up to a climax. It will definitely be a much bigger challenge against the Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on Friday.”

Aside from keeping a clean sheet on defence, the DHL Stormers scrum was also a key feature of their win – their scrum-dominance being rewarded in the 78th minute with a penalty try (and with a new-look front row on the field too).

“I was happy when Wilco Louw and Oli Kebble came on,” said Coetzee. “The scrums were outstanding throughout, but I don’t want to boast too much (about that).

“There has been a lot of focus on our set-piece in the off-season and I hope we see the same next week. The most important is to take a step forward in every game.”

The DHL Stormers will host the Cheetahs at DHL Newlands this coming Friday – kick-off 19h00 – as the coaching staff continue to look ahead to their 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby opener against the Bulls in Pretoria on February 14.

“We’ve got the first game out the way and we had some real contact. The plan is to work closer to a group of 26 players for the Cheetahs match,” explained Coetzee.

“Depending on how players like Nizaam Carr and Siya Kolisi have recovered they will certainly be considered,” he added, “others like Demetri Catrakilis, Eben Etzebeth and Jean Kleyn could also return.”

The DHL Stormers team, for Friday night’s friendly against the Cheetahs, will be announced on Tuesday.

* CLICK HERE to buy your tickets for Friday’s friendly – between the DHL Stormers and the Cheetahs – at DHL Newlands!

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DHL Stormers open 2015 with a win in George Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:23:38 +0000 The young DHL Stormers were playing in their first of three pre-season clashes ahead of the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season and they were well tested by their hosts in front of a jam-packed crowd, many of whom were clad in Blue & White and shouting for the visitors!

In the end, however, coach Allister Coetzee would have been pleased with his team’s five tries to nil victory – mainly because the game gave him an opportunity to give some key men a run-out and test some new combinations in the process and, also, because there were no fresh injury concerns to report after the match.

New faces like Dillyn Leyds, Vincent Koch, Bongi Mbonambi,Wilco Louw, David Ribbans, Robert du Preez, Huw Jones and Neil Rautenbach all got game time, whilst skipper Duane Vermeulen got some valuable game time in his first match as full-time skipper of this side and after a good rest over December.

Fullback Cheslin Kolbe and right-wing EW Viljoen crossed for tries in the first half as the DHL Stormers led by 15-3 at half-time and Huw Jones (on debut – where he featured on the wing) and flanker Rynhardt Elstadt scored in the second half.

The DHL Stormers, whose scrum looked in menacing form throughout the day, finished with a flourish as they were rewarded with a penalty try in the 78th minute – from yet another powerful scrum on the Eagles’ line.

Flyhalf Kurt Coleman kicked two conversions and one penalty goal – both his missed conversions being from out wide and also missing a long-range penalty attempt in the first half – whilst replacement Robert du Preez converted their penalty try.

Skipper Vermeulen said afterwards: “The humidity (sticky and wet conditions) made it tough for us… plus I thought the SWD Eagles made it hard for us too. But it’s a start for us, a start to 2015… and we certainly look forward to getting better from here.”

When asked about the amazing support for the DHL Stormers in George, Vermeulen added: “Wherever we go, we’re so lucky to have such great support and I’d like to thank the people of George for coming out to support us.”

The scorers:

For the SWD Eagles:
Pen: Van Vuuren

For the DHL Stormers:
Tries: Kolbe, Viljoen, Jones, Elstadt, Penalty try
Cons: Coleman 2, Du Preez
Pen: Coleman

The teams:

SWD Eagles: 15 Elric van Vuuren, 14 Clint Wagman, 13 Kirsten Heyns, 12 Luzuko Vulundli, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Leighton Eksteen, 9 Dillon Snell, 8 Zandre Jordaan, 7 Christo du Plessis (captain), 6 Junior Bester, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Pieter Stemmet, 2 Maruis Fourie, 1 Layle Delo.
Replacments (from): Wayne Khan, Dextor Fahey, Ashley Buys, Grant le Roux, Lyndon Hartnick, Buran Parks, Dwayne Kelly, Daniel Robberts, Brian Skosana, Ashwin Scott.

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 EW Viljoen, 13 Juan de Jongh (vice-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements (from): 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Ribbans, 20 Robert du Preez, 21 Michael Willemse, 22 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 23 Louis Schreuder, 24 Huw Jones, 25 Neil Rautenbach, 26 Kobus van Wyk, 27 Godlen Masimla.

Referee: Quinton Immelman

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2015 Club Newlands Sleepover Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:03:32 +0000 Parents and kids, you are invited to bring your tents and camp out on the hallowed DHL Newlands turf. Yes, you read it correctly… ON THE FIELD… where all your heroes play for the DHL Stormers and DHL WP on a weekly basis!

So, join us on Friday, February 6 for a night of fun, food and all things rugby.

Contact Shireen,, to book your spot before bookings close on January 30.

We look forward to seeing you all there! Don’t delay, book TODAY!

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DHL Stormers v Cheetahs ticket sales open Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:40:03 +0000 Not only will this be the first opportunity to see the 2015 team in action at DHL Newlands, but it will also give fans the chance to get behind the new leadership team of Duane Vermeulen (captain) and Juan de Jongh (vice-captain).

It will also be an opportunity for The Faithful to see new signings Vincent Koch, Bongi Mbonambi and Wilco Louw in action, not to mention regulars like Steven Kitshoff, Damian de Allende and Cheslin Kolbe (to name a few), as coach Allister Coetzee looks to test all his combinations ahead of the new Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Match tickets are available at just R30 on a first-come, first-serve basis and spectators are urged to purchase their tickets before next week to avoid any disappointment on matchday. Please note, 2015 season tickets are NOT valid for this match.

Tickets can be purchased online, right now from Computicket, by clicking on this link HERE, or from Shoprite and Checkers stores and Computicket outlets. (See those stores/outlets HERE.)

* Private suite holders need to email to secure their suites for this pre-season clash.

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Huawei scores rugby’s big five Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:24:35 +0000 Announcing the sponsorship deal today (Wednesday) in Johannesburg, Huawei’s Product Marketing Director for South Africa, Yudi Rambaran, said the deal was unique as Huawei sponsorship is the first to involve all of the country’s top five rugby teams which includes DHL Western Province (and the DHL Stormers), the Vodacom Bulls, the Cell C Sharks, the Emirates Lions and the Toyota Cheetahs.

In addition, Huawei will also be the official associate sponsor to the Lions with its logo featuring on the sleeve of the team’s jersey. The announcement by the Chinese company is its second sports-related sponsorship in South Africa – Huawei is also the official shirt sponsor for local PSL team Ajax Cape Town.

“Adding to Huawei’s sports sponsorship portfolio we believe this new opportunity will allow us to showcase Huawei’s latest technology which will assist the players in tracking and monitoring their performances,” said Rambaran.

“It is also evidence of the increasing role that technology plays in the lives of sports stars and their supporters.”

Huawei has established a strong presence in the local market built on its technological leadership and commitment to fair and transparent business practices. The rugby sponsorship continues to reflect the brands commitment to the local market and positions it as a responsible corporate citizen that recognises the value of local partnerships.

All the unions will receive the latest smartphone offerings from Huawei for players and management. Huawei looks forward to providing the teams with performance incentives in the form of tablets and Huawei’s TalkBand fitness trackers which will be an invaluable monitoring tool for players and management to ensure maximum performance on and off the field.

DHL Western Province Rugby CEO Rob Wagner commented: “Western Province Rugby is proud to add Huawei to our growing international stable of partners.

“We look forward to integrating the Huawei cellular technology into our brands and building on this commitment into the future.”

For many South Africans ‘rugby is not just a sport, it’s a way of life’. In an ever more connected world, fans can expect to interact with and be part of their favourite teams with the help of Huawei.

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