Preview: Stormers v Chiefs

Sevens skipper Liam Messam 1582057852
They go into this match without a win between them and the massive error rate in both teams is the obvious reason why. A sign of the mess the Stormers is in comes in the naming of their team � on Thursday it was still unsettled with 'possible changes' � this before a Friday game.

VENUE & TIME: Newlands, Cape Town, Saturday February 17, 05:30 NZT (18:30 Friday local).

HEAD TO HEAD: Played 10 � Western Province/Stormers 5, Chiefs 5.

LAST TIME: April 15, 2006 (Mt Maunganui) � Chiefs 30-20 Stormers.

WALKING WOUNDED: Joe van Niekerk is having further surgery on his troublesome knee, although this is only a clean-up and not a major operation, and is expected to miss four to six weeks. The Chiefs' tale of woe only grows longer; Sosene Anesi is done for the year after breaking two vertebrae in his neck (although it could have been much worse), Jono Gibbes out for several weeks with a calf tear, and Keith Robinson, Richard Kahui and Sione Lauaki are all still out as their various injuries are taking time to heal properly.

FORM: There's not much to write about if both teams in the match are 0 and 2. Both teams were dumb last week and played some incredibly na�ve football; the Stormers tried to play dry-weather rugby in the rain and the Chiefs simply didn't care enough about taking scoring chances. Both sides turned the ball over far too often and, if there is a repeat of such form, we could see a world record set for turnovers in a match.

WHO'S HOT: In Cape Town the heat is coming from the fans and the press, who are all over coach Kobus van der Merwe at the moment. Another loss will make his already unstable position almost untenable. Who�s playing well for the Stormers? Nobody � that's why they have lost both matches and have not yet scored a try. The Chiefs would also struggle to find a player who has given two good 80-minute efforts although both halfbacks, Jamie Nutbrown and Brendon Leonard, have looked sharp. Liam Messam had his moments last week but the set pieces need to be considerably more accurate than they have been. New Stormers wing Dylan Des Fountain has come from nowhere to make the squad after only three Vodacom Cup games and has plenty of fans in South Africa, but he will probably be attacked incessantly by the Chiefs.

WE THINK: It might not be pretty if there is not a massive improvement from both teams. Having said that the Chiefs have at least scored some tries, which the Stormers have hardly looked like doing, so we'll take the Chiefs by 5-10 points.


Stormers:1 � JD Moller, 2 � Tiaan Liebenberg, 3 � Brok Harris, 4 � Gerrie Britz, 5 � Andries Bekker, 6 � Luke Watson (captain), 7 � Schalk Burger, 8 � Robbie Diack, 9 � JP Joubert, 10 � Peter Grant, 11 � Dylan Des Fountain, 12 � Jean de Villiers, 13 � Corne Uys, 14 � Breyton Paulse, 15 � Conrad Jantjes.

Reserves: 16 � Schalk Brits, 17 � Eddie Andrews, 18 � Schalk Ferreira, 19 � Francois van der Merwe, 20 � Justin Melck, 21 � Bolla Conradie, 22 � Brent Russell.

Chiefs:1 � Simms Davison, 2 � Tom Willis, 3 � Ben Castle, 4 � Kristian Ormsby, 5 � Toby Lynn, 6 � Steven Bates (captain), 7 � Tanerau Latimer, 8 � Liam Messam, 9 � Jamie Nutbrown, 10 � Stephen Donald, 11 � Roy Kinikinilau, 12 � Tane Tu�ipulotu, 13 � Niva Ta�auso, 14 � Lelia Masaga, 15 � Dwayne Sweeney.

Reserves: 16 � Aled de Malmanche, 17 � Nathan White, 18 � Andrew van der Heijden, 19 � Marty Holah, 20 � Brendon Leonard, 21 � Murray Williams, 22 � Anthony Tahana.

REFEREE: Paul Marks

Sevens skipper Liam Messam 1582057852