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StormersPeter GrantExperienced flyhalf Peter Grant will hook up with the Stormers again in either the first or second week of their Super Rugby overseas leg … straight from his completed commitments in Japan.

This was confirmed by coach Allister Coetzee, who will relish adding “Bash’s” street wisdom to the tour mix as he is low on truly hardened, assertive characters and decision-makers in both the key slots of No 10 and scrumhalf this season.

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Grant can change all that, especially as he will offer a renewed physical presence in the flyhalf channel and associated willingness to receive the ball close the advantage line.

For those charging that the Durban-born Springbok is some sort of has-been, they may be surprised to know he is still only 29 and has benefited from rotation at Kobelco Steelers because there are limits on the number of foreign players who can be fielded at any one time in the Japanese league and his team includes fellow-internationals and former Stormers colleagues like Andries Bekker and Jaque Fourie, among other Test stars from elsewhere.

But the Steelers’ progress to an advanced stage of the domestic season has once again delayed Grant’s restoration to the Stormers fold.

There is light at the end of the tunnel now, as Coetzee explained: “He’s playing this weekend again; they were actually lucky to have won last weekend by a couple of points … this is the last weekend ahead of the final and they apparently have very tough opponents, which could (end their season).

“So it’s a maximum of two more weeks, but they may fall out this week.

“Our intention is for him to join us on tour, straight from Japan. There won’t be major time-zone issues, and it will be a relatively short flight for him to link up with us.”

Coetzee said Grant’s No 10 acumen would be welcomed, as well as his versatility because he can also aid the cause at inside centre; the Stormers do not boast huge depth there.

“He can also help ease load the load on Jean (de Villiers) in terms of decision-making in the backline as a whole; we have some brilliant youngsters around, but obviously at this level communication is a massive aspect – he’s got that ability to organise people around him, to talk.

“At flyhalf, I love having all of Demetri (Catrakalis), Kurt (Coleman) and Gary (van Aswegen) with us but at times when the pressure’s on things can go a bit quiet; you need that direction someone of Peter’s experience can give.

“Bash is hungry to play some Super Rugby again; he’s quite fresh because of the limitation on the internationals at Japanese clubs and the way they rotate them.”

Grant has a habit of performing particularly well for the Stormers abroad, and will be available either from the game against the Crusaders (8 March) or Chiefs (14 March).

The Cape side’s tricky tour ends in Australia with fixtures against the Brumbies and Reds.

4 Responses to Super Rugby: Stomers – Peter Grant to join Stormers on tour

  • 1

    AC is clutching at straws.

    Schreuder and Grant in tandem is a nightmare about to come true…

    Never mind his so called communication skills, Peter cannot kick out of hand, get his line moving at speed, or dictate a game tactically. He is even worse than Dimitri who at least can kick some distance and occasionally land a drop goal.

    The only decent all round flyhalf in the wp is Gary van Aswegen (when not injured) but he seems to be out of favour at the moment and might not even make the touring side as AC is currently even preferring a clubplayer like Coleman to him.

    I can see the Stormers coming back from tour with a record of 1/6 …. season over…

  • 2

    1 @ robzim:

    Howzit Rob,

    Why is Van Aswegen not in the squad or is he? Wonder why AC is not selecting him. Though Demetri does suit the Stormers game plan. I know it never worked well last week, but think this week your team will do a whole lot better.

    I am with you on Grant and Schreuder. Groom should start ahead of him. Demetri will get better as the season goes he played well for the Kings last year.

  • 3

    @ Puma:

    Hi Puma,

    I have no idea why AC has not selected Gary for the Stormers match 23.. According to the Stormers’ official website he is not injured … it is hard to believe that AC prefers Coleman ahead of him if merit is the only criterion.

    The problem in the Cape is that they are trying to run a professional team by a bunch of amateurs… the amateur clubs ( who own 75% of Western Province Rugby Pty Ltd which is the professional arm of WP rugby) have too much influence and are dictating matters to a large degree… that is probably why Rassie left a few years ago already and why AC seems to be able to keep his job despite his lack of success.

    IMO Demitri is solid but does not have any “x factor”…not good enough for a team that aspires to win the championship…..same goes for Schreuder…

  • 4

    @ robzim:
    With you 100%.

    Gary is the real deal, we have been saying it for years and last year he began to show some of the talent that we know he has before he got injured (again).

    When he is fit he is one of the most complete players in his position in SA.

    Schreuder doesn’t help as you say.


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