Willemse braced for Steyn challenge

first_img‘  199  29 Posted in Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged Bulls, north-south derby, Stormers, Super Rugby Damian Willemse’s game management will be key when the Stormers welcome a belligerent Vodacom Bulls pack as well as the big boot of Morne Steyn to Newlands on Saturday, writes JON CARDINELLI.How badly do the Stormers want to mark their final Super Rugby fixure at Newlands against the old enemy with a victory? Coach John Dobson and senior statesman Frans Malherbe spoke about the team’s hunger and determination at a media conference on Thursday.The Stormers have won their last eight home matches against the Bulls. Malherbe, who’s set to win his 100th Super Rugby cap on Saturday, has never lost a game against the Bulls at Newlands since making his Super Rugby debut in 2012.ALSO READ: End of an era for epic derbyThe veteran tighthead was at pains to admit, however, that the clashes with the Bulls have been brutal affairs. Those eight consecutive wins have been hard earned.‘They will come at us hard this Saturday,’ Malherbe said. ‘They may not have got the result at Newlands over the past few years, but it’s always been a tough contest and it’s always been personal.‘Then there’s the fact that this is the last one [north-south derby] at Newlands. That will definitely add to their motivation.’Captain Siya Kolisi and hooker Bongi Mbonambi have been ruled out for much of the season with long-term injuries. Dobson has selected Johan du Toit at No 8 this week in a new-look back row that features older brother Pieter and form fetcher Jaco Coetzee.Dobson said that the selection of the younger Du Toit at No 8 would help the Stormers combat a crack Bulls lineout unit led by former Bok Juandre Kruger. If the Stormers get on to the front foot as they did against the Hurricanes last Saturday, halfbacks Herschel Jantjies and Damian Willemse will have the room to work their magic.ALSO READ: Stormers wary of Bulls pack, Steyn’s bootIf the Bulls forwards set the platform, however, veteran flyhalf Morne Steyn will have the means to dominate territory and pressure the Stormers defence.Dobson feels that Willemse, who at the tender age of 21 is playing his fourth season for the Stormers, is well placed to take Steyn on and win the territorial battle.‘We just spoke about this at training this afternoon,’ said Dobson. ‘His awareness in that tactical kicking and game management department has grown exponentially. He is starting to see where the space is in backfield.‘At times, he has gone off-piste structurally, but I’ve been pleased with the way he has been dominating territory. He’s much more mature now that he was two or three seasons back.‘We’ve also got to acknowledge that he spent most of last season focusing on No 15,’ Dobson added, referring to Willemse’s stint at fullback for both the Boks and Stormers in 2019. ‘We’re happy with the way he is progressing.’*Have you signed up to our newsletter? Click here to join the thousands of readers who are part of our newsletter community.Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix Post by Jon Cardinelli Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo Damian Willemse ‘ BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘center_img 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDatemyage.comOver 40 And Single?Datemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored ListingsSee what full mouth dental implants may cost youDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored Listings|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzSuperDetails About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Leave You SpeechlessBuzzSuper|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGrammarlyAvoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarly|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on February 6, 2020 Willemse braced for Steyn challenge ‘ ‘ Datemyage.comThe Best Place To Meet Guys Your Own Age in Tsuen WanDatemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoFrom the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more