The Stormers http://thestormers.com The official website for the DHL Stormers Sat, 13 Feb 2016 19:10:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fleck pleased with DHL Stormers progress http://thestormers.com/fleck-pleased-with-dhl-stormers-progress/ http://thestormers.com/fleck-pleased-with-dhl-stormers-progress/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 19:08:04 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9936 The DHL Stormers outscored the visitors by four tries to two with outside backs Leolin Zas, Dillyn Leyds and Khanyo Ngcukana all crossing the whitewash before lock JD Schickerling finished off a flowing movement late in the game to put the seal on a convincing performance.

Fleck said that it was especially pleasing to see his side deliver in a few key areas that they have been focusing on in the pre-season.

“We were facing a good team, and the way that we managed it in the first half was pleasing. There are far more positives than work-ons, so I am pleased.

“Our scrummaging performance was good, and our mauls started to work nicely towards the end.

“Our line-out operated really well, we made a number of changes at the end and it still operated very well.

“I thought our breakdown was excellent, which is something we really have focused on. Our body height in the clean was exceptional.

“Towards the end there was good interplay which is something we have really worked on. As we grew in confidence our game came together.

“When we did keep ball in hand we were good, and we put them under pressure,” he said.

The DHL Stormers coach said that the friendly clash also helped reveal a few areas that still need some work before the Vodacom Super Rugby season starts in a fortnight.

“There are a couple of work-ons, which is a good thing, but taking stock of where we are now I am pretty pleased with the performance.

“We need to make better decisions, certainly in our kicking game, I think we pushed it a little bit. There were some good attacking kicks where we put them under pressure but we probably pushed that too much as the game went on,” he explained.

With the likes of Schalk Burger, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe, Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe back in the mix, the focus for Fleck is to ensure that his side are primed for their Vodacom Super Rugby opener against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on February 27.

“We are nearing full strength in terms of our squad, we will probably look to narrow our squad down to 32 players on Monday.

“We have got a hard week ahead of us before we get into that Bulls week. It has been a tough pre-season thus far, but we will not hold back – we have got a job to do.

“It is massively important that we get off to a good start in this campaign,” he added.

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Four-try DHL Stormers see off Jaguares http://thestormers.com/four-try-dhl-stormers-see-off-jaguares/ http://thestormers.com/four-try-dhl-stormers-see-off-jaguares/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:53:00 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9932 The match was the last outing before the DHL Stormers’ first game of the new Vodacom Super Rugby season againt the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on February 27.

The DHL Stormers got on the front foot early in the game and dominated territory and possession.

The Jaguares defence held out manfully, but the pressure told on the 20 minute mark when speedy wing Leolin Zas got on the end of a pinpoint grubber from fullback Dillyn Leyds to race over for the opening try which put the hosts 7-0 up at the first mini-break.

The visitors made a determined start to the second chukka, but the DHL Stormers defence held out well under pressure and they would be next to strike as Leyds glided through a gap on a switch from Huw Jones in midfield to score in the corner.

That saw the DHL Stormers take a 12-0 lead into the half-time break after an intense opening 40 minutes which showcased both their defensive and attacking capabilities.

The team from Argentina suffered another setback early in the second half when replacement Javier Ortega Desio was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle, and Robert du Preez kicked the resulting penalty to stretch the DHL Stormers’ lead to 15-0.

The Jaguares got on the board when replacement Santiago González Iglesias broke through the DHL Stormers defensive line to score under the poles.

The DHL Stormers made the ideal start to the final chukka as livewire Khanyo Ngcukana bounced off a few defenders to score under the poles and the conversion from Brandon Thompson took their lead out to 22-7.

The rest of the match was played out in the Jaguares half of the field as the DHL Stormers pushed hard for a fourth try, and it came when lock JD Schickerling crashed over to cap a flowing movement.

The Jaguares scored on the stroke of full-time, as No.8 Facundo Isa crashed over, but it was little more than a consolation

The scorers:

For DHL Stormers:
Tries: Zas, Leyds, Ngcukana, Schickerling
Cons: Du Preez, Thompson 2
Pen: Du Preez

For Jaguares:
Tries: González Iglesias, Isa
Cons: Landajo 2

Teams:

DHL Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert Du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr (captain), 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 JD Schickerling, 21 Jurie van Vuuren, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Michael Willemse, 24 Nic Groom, 25 Louis Schreuder, 26 Ryan Oosthuizen, 27 Khanyo Ngcukana, 28 Alistair Vermaak, 29 Brandon Thompson, 30 Rikus Bothma, 31 Godlen Masimla.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Cristian Bartoloni, 19 Felipe Arregui, 20 Santiago Iglesias Valdez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Rodrigo Baez, 24 Emiliano Boffelli, 25 Tomás Carrio, 26 Gonzalo Bertranou, 27 Javier Ortega Desio,28 Leonardo Senatore, 29 Pablo Matera, 30 Guido Petti, 31 Ignacio Larrague, 32 Ramiro Herrera.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

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Message from WPRFU President Mr Thelo Wakefield http://thestormers.com/message-from-wprfu-president-mr-thelo-wakefield/ http://thestormers.com/message-from-wprfu-president-mr-thelo-wakefield/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:17:32 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9930 Our visitors from Argentina are newcomers to Vodacom Super Rugby this season, and considering the talent they have at their disposal I expect a fiercely competitive match.

The DHL Stormers have a new leader this year in Robbie Fleck, who is certainly no stranger to DHL Newlands having enjoyed a distinguished career with the union as a player, I wish him and his team well as they embark on a new journey this season.

I would also like to welcome our sponsors – title sponsors DHL, associate sponsors LandRover, adidas and our new associate sponsors BrightRock – and their representatives.

Although this is a pre-season friendly, the first match of the year at DHL Newlands is always an exciting time, and we are expecting great support from our faithful fans, as ever.

I trust that the match will be played in a good spirit as both teams finalise their preparations for what promises to be an exciting Vodacom Super Rugby season with a new expanded format.

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Strong Jaguares for DHL Newlands friendly http://thestormers.com/strong-jaguares-for-dhl-newlands-friendly/ http://thestormers.com/strong-jaguares-for-dhl-newlands-friendly/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:10:52 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9928 The newcomers to Vodacom Super Rugby from Argentina will provide the final test for the DHL Stormers before their first game of the season against the Vodacom Bulls on February 27.

The Jaguares team will be led by Pumas skipper Agustin Creevy and features a host of players that featured prominently for Argentina when they secured fourth place at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

With the likes of elusive outside backs Joaquín Tuculet and Santiago Cordero, experienced halfbacks Nicolás Sánchez and Martín Landajo, and tough forwards Creevy and Juan Manuel Leguizamon, the Jaguares should provide a tough examination for the DHL Stormers.

Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 16.00 on Saturday, are R50 each with season tickets not valid, and are available from any Computicket outlet, via www.iamastormer.com and the stadium box office. Supporters are encouraged to book tickets early to avoid queues on match-day. The match will not be televised.

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Orlando, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Cristian Bartoloni, 19 Felipe Arregui, 20 Santiago Iglesias Valdez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Gonzalo Bertranou, 24 Emiliano Boffelli, 25 Tomás Carrio, 26 Rodrigo Baez, 27 Javier Ortega Desio,28 Leonardo Senatore, 29 Pablo Matera, 30 Guido Petti, 31 Ignacio Larrague, 32 Ramiro Herrera.

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Matchday information for Jaguares friendly http://thestormers.com/matchday-information-for-jaguares-friendly/ http://thestormers.com/matchday-information-for-jaguares-friendly/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:13:46 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9924 It will be the first chance for the Newlands Faithful to get a glimpse of new signings Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jano Vermaak and JC Janse van Rensburg in a DHL Stormers jersey, against a Jaguares side packed full of Argentina internationals.

Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 16.00 on Saturday, February 13, are available from any Computicket outlet, via www.iamastormer.com and at the stadium box office, so book early to avoid the queues at the stadium on matchday.

After consultation with City of Cape Town Health Officials and in line with legislation, no smoking of any kind will be allowed in the stadium which has been declared a non-smoking facility.

Previously the stadium featured four designated smoking areas in the corners of the ground, with smoking in the stands prohibited, but this is no longer allowed and all forms of smoking (including e-cigarettes) in any part of the stadium now in contravention of the stadium rules.

To read the stadium rules CLICK HERE

To read some Frequently Asked Questions CLICK HERE

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New signings to get first DHL Newlands run http://thestormers.com/new-signings-to-get-first-dhl-newlands-run/ http://thestormers.com/new-signings-to-get-first-dhl-newlands-run/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:17:57 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9919 DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 31-man squad for the encounter with the team from Argentina who are newcomers to Vodacom Super Rugby this season.

The friendly will be the last chance for the squad to test themselves ahead of the first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 27.

Fleck said that the focus will be on making the most of the opportunity to execute what they have been working on in a tough pre-season.

“We are just over two weeks off from that opening game against the Vodacom Bulls, and we want to use this chance to ensure we are able to make a strong start to the season.

The DHL Stormers coach is expecting a serious test in all departments against a Jaguares team that boasts a number of prominent Argentina internationals such as Nicolás Sánchez, Santiago Cordero, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, and captain Agustín Creevy.

“This Jaguares side is a powerful outfit who will be keen to show that they will be a force to be reckoned with this season, so they will be a great test to see where we are at two weeks from the start of the season,” he said.

Tickets for the match are R50 each with season tickets not valid, and are available from any Computicket outlet, via www.iamastormer.com and the stadium box office, supporters are encouraged to book tickets early to avoid queues on match-day. The match will not be televised.

DHL Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert Du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr (captain), 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: Scarra Ntubeni, Michael Willemse, JC Janse van Rensburg, JP Smith, Alistair Vermaak, Jan de Klerk, JD Schickerling, Rikus Bothma, Jurie van Vuuren, Nic Groom, Godlen Masimla, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Brandon Thompson, Ryan Oosthuizen, Khanyo Ngcukana.

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WPRFU Executive wish DHL Stormers well http://thestormers.com/wprfu-executive-wish-dhl-stormers-well/ http://thestormers.com/wprfu-executive-wish-dhl-stormers-well/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:15:15 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9915 WPRFU President Mr Thelo Wakefield addressed the players and coaching staff at the High Performance Centre in Bellville, and introduced the Executive, including the most recent addition, Mr Ronald Bantom.

He also welcomed new players Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jano Vermaak and JC Janse van Rensburg before wishing the team well for the upcoming season.

The players then spent some time engaging with the Executive Committee members individually, giving the leadership a chance to connect with them on a personal level.

“It is important that the players know that we as the leadership of Western Province Rugby are right behind them.

“This meeting gave our Executive the chance to connect with the players who represent us on the field which I believe is vital,” said Wakefield.

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DHL Stormers welcome back returning stars http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-welcome-back-returning-stars/ http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-welcome-back-returning-stars/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:06:32 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9885 Stalwarts Schalk Burger and Eben Etzebeth joined up with the team last week after returning from stints in Japan, along with Damian de Allende who has been sidelined with an ankle injury.

Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe were also back at training this week after completing their duties for the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Kolbe and De Jongh starred for the BlitzBokke in Wellington and Sydney, with the quicksilver Kolbe named in the Dream Team for the Australian leg of the Series.

DHL Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that having players of their calibre back in the fold is a significant boost as they continue to build towards the new Vodacom Super Rugby season which kicks off with a clash against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 27.

“It is fantastic to have world class players such as these back in the mix, as they give the rest of the squad a real lift.

“The rest of the players have put in an incredible amount of work in the off-season, and now the focus is on getting the returning players up to speed on our plans as soon as possible,” he said.

The first task at hand will be the pre-season friendly against the Jaguares from Argentina at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 13 for which tickets are R50 each, with season tickets not valid.

The visitors boast the likes of Pumas flyhalf Nicolás Sánchez, who was the leading points-scorer at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, elusive wing Santiago Cordero, tough flanks Juan Manuel Leguizamón, and Pablo Matera amongst their ranks and will be led by Argentina skipper Agustín Creevy.

Fleck said that his squad will have to make the most of every minute against the Jaguares to ensure that they are able to hit the ground running from the first match against the Vodacom Bulls.

“The Jaguares will be a seriously tough side that will test us in a number of important areas.

“We got some good game-time under our belts in the friendly against the SWD Eagles in George, and we want to use this match against the Jaguares to ensure that all of the players are ready to go ahead our first Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Vodacom Bulls,” he added.

Of course, the friendly will also be the first opportunity for DHL Stormers fans to catch some of the new signings in action against a highly competitive Jaguares side.

Tickets are available from any Computicket outlet, via www.iamastormer.com and the stadium box office. The match will not be televised.

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DHL Newlands declared non-smoking facility http://thestormers.com/dhl-newlands-declared-non-smoking-facility/ http://thestormers.com/dhl-newlands-declared-non-smoking-facility/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:35:39 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9861 After consultation with City of Cape Town Health Officials and in line with legislation, no smoking of any kind will be allowed in the stadium.

Previously the stadium featured 4 designated smoking areas in the corners of the ground, with smoking in the stands prohibited, but this is no longer allowed and all forms of smoking (including e-cigarettes) in any part of the stadium now in contravention of the stadium rules.

This brings DHL Newlands in line with Act 23 of 2007, Section 2 (1) (a) which states that ‘No person may smoke any tobacco product in any indoor, enclosed or partially enclosed areas…which are open to the public, and includes a workplace and public conveyance.

As per the stadium rules, WP Rugby shall be entitled to refuse admission or readmission to, or to eject from the Stadium or the Ground, any person who does not comply.

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Jaguares name strong tour squad http://thestormers.com/jaguares-name-strong-tour-squad/ http://thestormers.com/jaguares-name-strong-tour-squad/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:02:28 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=9857 The Vodacom Super Rugby newcomers have named a 34-man squad for their trip to South Africa which is littered with players who featured for the Argentina side which came fourth at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The side will be led by Pumas captain Agustín Creevy, and also features the likes of elusive wing Santiago Cordero, tough flank Juan Manuel Leguizamón and flyhalf Nicolás Sánchez.

The clash at DHL Newlands will be the team’s first-ever match on South African soil, so they will be looking to make a big impression.

“It is a great challenge that lies ahead,” Jaguares coach Raul Perez said. “The two friendlies against the Stormers and Lions will be a true test.”

Tickets are R50 each with season tickets not valid for the game. Tickets are available from any Computicket outlet, via www.iamastormer.com and from the stadium box office. The match will not be televised.

Jaguares squad: Matias Alemanno, Felipe Arregui, Gabriel Ascarate, Rodrigo Baez, Cristian Bartolini, Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Thomas Carrió, Santiago Cordero, Agustín Creevy, Jerónimo De la Fuente, Felipe Ezcurra, Santiago García Botta, Santiago González Iglesias, Ramiro Herrera, Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Facundo Isa, Martin Landajo, Ignacio Larrague, Thomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Thomas Lezana, Pablo Matera, Julian Montoya, Matías Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Lucas Noguera, Matías Orlando, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonardo Senatore, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joaquín Tuculet.

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