Mon 19 Sep 2022 | 06:45

Blommetjies has a 'specific role' in new-look Stormers backline

Blommetjies has a 'specific role' in new-look Stormers backline
Mon 19 Sep 2022 | 06:45
Blommetjies has a 'specific role' in new-look Stormers backline
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Stormers will start the defence of their United Rugby Championship title sporting a couple of new faces and revamped backline.

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The Stormers’ lethal backline has been forced to undergo some modifications since winning the URC trophy earlier this year.

Warrick Gelant, Sergeal Petersen and Rikus Pretorius have all exited the franchise.

Also, Hershell Jantjies is currently on Springboks duty and Damian Willemse will return to the franchise to follow the prescribed return to play protocols after he sustained a concussion in Springboks’ 36-20 victory against Argentina in Buenos Aires

Aside from transfers and international duty, the Stormers also have to deal with a couple of injuries to key players when they start their defence against Connacht in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

Centre Ruhan Nel sustained a neck injury during the pre-season match against the SWD Eagles, while URC’s top try-scorer Leolin Zas is another name that will be absent from the team sheet due to injury.

The backline depth will certainly be tested ahead of the demanding year, which not only sees the Cape Town side defend their title but also compete in the European Champions Cup.

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Stormers assistant coach Dawie Snyman admitted that losing some experienced campaigners is a big blow.

However, he is excited about youngsters like Sacha Mngomezulu and new signing Clayton Blommetjies.

The 31-year-old joined the Stormers in August from the Cheetahs.

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Blommetjies is fleet-footed and versatile which proved invaluable for the Stormers’ backline.

“We signed Clayton for a specific role and he actually slotted in nicely,” Snyman said.

“He had a great game against the Sharks in the pre-season friendly.

“Clayton will bring his own style and it’s just us adapting to him and playing off him, but we got him here for a reason.

“We know he is a good counter-attacking player, but he can also kick and he is really good under the high ball. It will be exciting to have him go.”

Snyman added: “We lost one or two players, but we have confidence in the players.

“Angelo Davids is back from Sevens duty, so there are a few guys that can put up their hands and are ready to go.”

The Stormers team to face Connacht will be named on Friday.

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