Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
7 Feb 2014
7:00 am

Imported Stormers’ lock in the limelight

Rudolph Jacobs

The burning question of whether Argentinian lock Manuel Carizza will solve the Stormers' long-term void will be answered against the Kings in Port Elizabeth tonight.

FILE PICTURE: Manuel Carizza during the DHL Stormers training session and press conference at High Performance Centre on on February 04, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Without Andries Bekker (Japan) and Eben Etzebeth (injured), Carizza partners Rynhardt Elstadt with the Puma being elevated after Ruan Botha was injured against the Bulls last week.

“Our conditioning against the Bulls was good, our scrumming was good and our line-out was good in the first half until Ruan went off.

“That disrupted us a bit,” said coach Allister Coetzee.

A keen eye will also be kept on the new centre combination of Damian de Allende and Michael van der Spuy coming in for regular captain Jean de Villiers (rested) and Juan de Jongh (injured).

With Gio Aplon tying the knot this weekend, Jaco Taute returns for the first time at fullback after his serious knee injury of last season.

“I don’t think we should expect too much of Jaco, he is been out for a while but it will be good for him to get out there,” said Coetzee.

Kings caretaker coach Robbie Kempson has done well with the side with losses of 36-21 against the Cheetahs and 19-12 against the Lions, showed they have a lot of fighting spirit in them.

Lock Steven Sykes takes over as skipper after Darron Nell suffered an elbow injury.

“We’re not here to just make up the numbers. The team is looking to go out and give them a very good go and a run for their money, ” said coach Kempson.