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Players must take responsibility - JDV

27th February 2013 15:27

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Jean de Villiers: Time to step up

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said players should take responsibility for doing what is expected of them against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

The Stormers skiper was asked to reflect on the composition of the backline which failed to deliver in the opening Super Rugby match in Pretoria last week.

"The players, young and old, are selected because they are good enough to be included in the team," said De Villiers.

"It's simply a question of players taking responsibility for playing the role that has been entrusted to them."

The Capetonians had held out high hopes of Springbok centre Juan de Jongh reinforcing their three-quarter line in Durban.

However, De Jongh has not fully recovered from a hamstring injury.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said it did not make sense to risk De Jongh who is clearly not yet fully fit.

"After a 40-minute session Juan was not feeling comfortable yet," Coetzee told the media in Bellville on Wednesday.

"We need to make sure that he's 100 percent fit because there's no point in rushing him back (into action)."

The unavailability of the injured Jaco Taute has opened the way for the in-form Joe Pietersen to claim the number 15 jumper.

The Stormers have persisted with the out-of-form Elton Jantjies at fly-half while Peter Grant landed a spot on the bench.

"We have still to decide who will do the place-kicking against the Sharks but Jantjies was was kicking very well (at training)," Coetzee said.

"Peter is 100 percent after a season in Japan but the big thing is for him to settle in to the way we will be doing things this week."

In the pack, tightheads Pat Cilliers and Frans Malherbe swap places even though the Sharks have a highly experienced front row.

Coetzee explained that he was counting on the experienced Cilliers to come off the bench later in the match to perform a specific role.

"We've opted to start with Frans this time and he has stood up to some really good props in the past," said Coetzee.

"We'd rather have Pat coming on when we'll really need him in the second half."

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