Australia vs Wales

Bash to give Stormers some clout?

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:10
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After playing off the bench twice, experienced Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant is eager to get more game-time against the Brumbies this weekend.

After playing off the bench twice in New Zealand, experienced Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant is eager to get more game-time against the Brumbies this weekend.

The 29-year-old - who has 92 Super Rugby caps and nearly 850 points behind his name - flew straight from Japan earlier this month to join up with his teammates for the start of their tour and he was limited to cameos in the defeat to the Crusaders and the Chiefs, with Demetri Catrakilis starting both games.

However, Grant is keen to make more of an impact, with speculation building that he will be preferred in the No.10 jersey this weekend.

"I was buzzing when I came off the field against the Chiefs," Grant said from his team's base in Coogee on Tuesday, "it was great wearing the Stormers jersey again after a year away.

"Just to be part of this team again... it's always a great honour to be involved with the Stormers and I'm really looking forward to more game time in the coming weeks."

His on-field abilities aside, as a no-nonsense defender and accurate goalkicker, Grant knows that he also has a big role to play off the field as a long-time and experienced member of this squad.

"The young guys seem to have some respect for me," said Grant, half-chuckling at the notion.

"But I don't think it's about me arriving here and just barking orders. It's about backing up someone like Jean de Villiers, who does a lot of the talking, and also (backline coach) Robbie Fleck who I have a good relationship with.

"In the past we had myself, Jean, Bryan Habana, Jaque Fourie and Dewaldt Duvenage all being able to contribute as experienced players - now it's myself, Jean and Gio Aplon who the younger guys are leaning on and we have a responsibility to help them where we can.

"Last weekend, against the Chiefs, I was actually a bit too frantic at times - probably because I was overly excited to be out there playing again! - and it's something I admitted when speaking to (coach) Allister Coetzee earlier this week. We must remain calm and it's up to us more experienced players to lead by example in that department.

"I think I will find my voice more as the season progresses, so, for me, game time will be key. I didn't play a helluva lot in this recent stint in Japan, between my early-season injuries and (later on) with the two-foreigners per team rule, but I'm hungry to play more and to contribute on any level for the Stormers."

Grant made his Super Rugby debut back in 2006 - against the (then) Cats - and he toured Australasia for the first time as a Stormers player later that season.

The team won two from four on that tour (two wins in Australia and two defeats in New Zealand) and the experienced Stormers No.10 sees a lot of similarities between then and now.

"My first two tours as a Super Rugby player, 2006 and 2007, were tough for us as a team but I remember that the older players around us simply kept telling us younger guys to remain calm on the field. No matter what.

"We still have two games left on this tour and our aim is to pick up two wins, which would mean we could return home from a tough tour with another nine/ten points to go with our home win over the Hurricanes, which would be a huge boost ahead of seven home games between then and July.

"It won't be easy, but we can do it," he added.

"We've had a great week at training thus far, with another busy day tomorrow, but we've been in both games so far (against the Crusaders and the Chiefs) only to slip up late in the piece, so we certainly know - and believe - that we are capable of winning on this tour."

Australia vs Wales
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Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 16 11 0 5 52
Brumbies 16 9 0 7 47
Rebels 16 7 0 9 36
Reds 16 4 0 12 22
Force 16 3 0 13 19
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 66
Highlanders 16 11 0 5 53
Chiefs 16 10 0 6 48
Crusaders 16 9 0 7 46
Blues 16 3 0 13 20
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 16 10 1 5 45
Lions 16 9 1 6 42
Bulls 16 7 0 9 38
Sharks 16 7 0 9 34
Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 26