| Is Kade Wolhuter the lacking half in Stormers flyhalf puzzle?

  • The Stormers non-public modified into to flyhalf Kade Wolhuter for his or her Rainbow Cup opener in opposition to the Sharks on Saturday. 
  • The 19-year-primitive is the next in a long line of alternatives the Capetonians non-public fielded in the insist in most modern years. 
  • The flyhalf quilt on the bench is accessible in the come by of 22-year-primitive Abner van Reenen.

For a series of seasons now, a insist where the Stormers non-public struggled for consistency in both replacement and efficiency has been at flyhalf.

Names love Robert du Preez, Kurt Coleman, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Springbok World Cup winner Damian Willemse, Josh Stander, Brandon Thomson and, extra just no longer too long up to now, Tim Swiel non-public all had cracks in the No 10 jumper with rather a huge range of ranges of success. 

Whereas that listing is prosperous in individual abilities, it tranquil hasn’t rather delivered as powerful as outdated coach Robbie Fleck and contemporary chief tactician John Dobson would non-public per chance cherished in most modern years, for the explanation that departure of Demetri Catarkilis on the stop of 2015. 

Now, as the Stormers originate a brand unique period at Cape City Stadium with their Rainbow Cup marketing and marketing campaign kicking off this weekend in opposition to the Sharks, Dobson has modified into to 19-year-primitive Kade Wolhuter

Having returned from a stint at French giants Montpellier that came straight out of faculty at Paul Roos, Wolhuter is a player understood to already be on the radar of the nationwide brains believe – he performed in last October’s Green v Gold Springbok showdown – and his performances over the next few weeks will likely be monitored closely.  

Dobson’s flyhalf quilt off the bench on Saturday is 22-year-primitive Abner van Reenen, which makes his decision to take Wolhuter in step with abilities ranges a tiny ironic. 

“Or no longer it is comic that we discuss Kade having extra abilities, nonetheless he does,” acknowledged Dobson after naming his facet on Friday. 

“Abner used to be gigantic in opposition to the Lions in the preparation sequence and now we must give him extra rugby in whatever capability we can over the next couple of months because he has proven right abilities.

“But Kade has been in our machine a tiny longer, he is in the nationwide plans, he performed in the Green and Gold sport so he doubtlessly has a tiny bit extra abilities and we had a very correct abilities with Kade in the preparation sequence.

“I feel we’re blessed in that admire and we are going to give Abner a possibility.”

Dobson added that the unique enviornment used to be a symptom of the tough realities of having cramped rugby for the explanation that originate of the coronavirus pandemic last March. 

“Or no longer it is been a unpleasant thing in rugby at some level of the last year and two months. There has been no SuperSport Jam, Varsity Cup has absolute top come by again now, there has been no Below-21 match so Abner has been deprived of rugby,” he acknowledged. 

In phrases of playing fashion, Dobson will likely be making an are attempting to search out Wolhuter to be solid and accurate with the boot, both off the tee and out of hand, while there’ll continually be an emphasis on facilitating an attacking brand of rugby. 

“In last year’s Gigantic Rugby and Currie Cup, we had a thought with that in phrases of the territory and kicking sport and our thought used to be continually, when we had that bedrock down, to head a tiny extra attacking,” acknowledged Dobson.

“Or no longer it is positively our thought and it is been our thought since lockdown. We know that rugby in this map has a certain DNA and what it appears to be to be like love, and that’s the rugby we’re looking out to play.”

Saturday’s match kicks off at 14: 00.



15 Damian Willemse, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Kade Wolhuter, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

Substitutes (from): 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Evan Roos, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Dan du Plessis, 24 David Meihuizen, 25 Marcel Theunissen, 26 Leolin Zas


15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Fez Mbatha, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Kerron van Vuuren, 17 Ntuthuko Mchunu, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Phepsi Buthelezi, 21 Sanele Nohamba, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Werner Kok

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