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Cheslin Kolbe confirmed as signing with the Stormers? Yay, I suppose. Must've cost us a tidy sum to get him out of his RCT contract? Play him at 15? Or are we going to see a backline of:

9 Jantjies / De Wet
10 Libbok
11 Zas
12 Pretorius / Mngomezulu
13 Nel
14 Kolbe
15 Willemse

21 De Wet / Jantjies
22 Mngomezulu / Wolhuter / Swiel?

Willemse at 15 and Kolbe at 14 would make more sense from a Springbok perspective but I wonder if I wouldn't prefer keeping Willemse at 12- he was so good there. I'm assuming here Mngomezulu would have a bit of an inside track considering he was leapfrogged into the squad end of last year with all our injuries at center. With he amount of players that could play across multiple positions we could even see:

10 Mngomezulu
12 Willemse
14 Kolbe
15 Libbok

I can't imagine Blommetjies was brought in as anything other than depth in experience and will be more featuring in a Juan de Jongh type role? IE a senior player at CC and if injury strikes can come up.
 
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Cheslin Kolbe confirmed as signing with the Stormers? Yay, I suppose. Must've cost us a tidy sum to get him out of his RCT contract? Play him at 15? Or are we going to see a backline of:

9 Jantjies / De Wet
10 Libbok
11 Zas
12 Pretorius / Mngomezulu
13 Nel
14 Kolbe
15 Willemse

21 De Wet / Jantjies
22 Mngomezulu / Wolhuter / Swiel?

Willemse at 15 and Kolbe at 14 would make more sense from a Springbok perspective but I wonder if I wouldn't prefer keeping Willemse at 12- he was so good there. I'm assuming here Mngomezulu would have a bit of an inside track considering he was leapfrogged into the squad end of last year with all our injuries at center. With he amount of players that could play across multiple positions we could even see:

10 Mngomezulu
12 Willemse
14 Kolbe
15 Libbok

I can't imagine Blommetjies was brought in as anything other than depth in experience and will be more featuring in a Juan de Jongh type role? IE a senior player at CC and if injury strikes can come up.
No other media houses have picked up on this, I cant trust it just yet, this youtuber has become a little click Baity after he showed initial promise
 

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R2 – Friday, September 23 / Saturday, September 24 / Sunday, September 25
DHL Stormers v Connacht

R3 – Friday, September 30 / Saturday, October 1 / Sunday, October 2
DHL Stormers v Edinburgh Rugby

R4 – Friday, October 7 / Saturday, October 8 / Sunday, October 9
Zebre Parma v DHL Stormers

R5 – Friday, October 14 / Saturday, October 15 / Sunday, October 16
Ospreys v DHL Stormers

R6 – Friday, October 21 / Saturday, October 22 / Sunday, October 23
Cardiff Rugby v DHL Stormers

R8 – Friday, November 25 / Saturday, November 26 / Sunday, November 27
DHL Stormers v Scarlets

R9 – Friday, December 2 / Saturday, December 3 / Sunday, December 4
DHL Stormers v Dragons RFC

R10 – Friday, December 23 / Saturday, December 24 / Monday, December 26
DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls

R11 – Friday, December 30 / Saturday, December 31 / Sunday, January 1
DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions

R12 – Friday, January 6 / Saturday, January 7 / Sunday, January 8
Glasgow Warriors v DHL Stormers

R13 – Friday, January 27 / Saturday, January 28 / Sunday, January 29
Ulster v DHL Stormers

R1 - Friday, September 16 / Saturday, September 17 / Sunday, September 18
Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers **Feb 3/4

R7 – Friday, October 28 / Saturday, October 29 / Sunday, October 30
Emirates Lions v DHL Stormers **Feb 10/11

R14 – Friday, February 17 / Saturday, February 18 / Sunday, February 19
Vodacom Bulls v DHL Stormers

R15 – Friday, March 3 / Saturday, March 4 / Sunday, March 5
DHL Stormers v Cell C Sharks

R16 – Friday, March 24 / Saturday, March 25 / Sunday, March 26
Leinster v DHL Stormers

R17 – Friday, April 14 / Saturday, April 15 / Sunday, April 16
DHL Stormers v Munster

R18 – Friday, April 21 / Saturday, April 22 / Sunday, April 23
DHL Stormers v Benetton


So that's the draw. Seems fair enough apart from the R16 trip to Leinster as a stand-alone which looks odd. I can certainly see us send the Currie Cup side even if it weren't Leinster seeing as we have all of the Bulls, Sharks and Munster either side of that trip.

Pity the SA sides play staggered again so we'll again see lopsided logs until late on though I expect for us it'd be a fair enough reflection as it seems our series will be more or less end loaded to a an extent in that I expect we'll probably drop a few games between Leinser, Munster and the oter two bigger SA sides while Ulster and Glasgow away fro home will also be big asks. So we really need to take advantage and rack up the log points early to build up some fat. I can fully see us being log leaders going into Round 10 given the fixtures. We'll probably have to top the log at that stage if we expect to make the play-offs again mind you. Round 12 onwards there are no "easy" games left.
 
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Pity the SA sides play staggered again so we'll again see lopsided logs until late on though I expect for us it'd be a fair enough reflection as it seems our series will be more or less end loaded to a an extent in that I expect we'll probably drop a few games between Leinser, Munster and the oter two bigger SA sides while Ulster and Glasgow away fro home will also be big asks. So we really need to take advantage and rack up the log points early to build up some fat. I can fully see us being log leaders going into Round 10 given the fixtures. We'll probably have to top the log at that stage if we expect to make the play-offs again mind you. Round 12 onwards there are no "easy" games left.

Think it feels a bit like a better draw for us this time than last. Allows us to get momentum/in the swing of things before some of the more intense games, but it does depend on whether Wales improves which would make the start harder (seems unlikely). Similarly I think the players gelled a lot more having played a year consistently with each other so hopefully none of the slow out the blocks we saw last year.

I think there could be some easier games at the tailend. Lions look a bit torn apart and Benetton at home should be seen as an easier game to end off on, but otherwise, yea that's a tough run-in.
 

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Yes, you're going to face stern opposition as often as not in this tournament. If you asked me whether they want it spread, or bundled at one of the halves, I'd probably have opted for a tougher run in than anything else. If only because I feel depth is our biggest concern and this gives you the opportunity to perhaps not go all in on your known XV every game and expose a new face here and there at the start half of the thing. So, I suppose apart from the one off Rd 16 its about as good a draw as one can reasonably expect. We'll see how it pans out. I still feel we overachieved last year. I'd be happy enough ending top 8- thinking we should aim for higher of course. My belief is we are a #7 team but with a bit of luck at the end you never know, we might fluke the thing a 2nd time.
 
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