The Stormers’ Pokomela is eager to confront his former colleague and coach

The Stormers’ Pokomela is eager to confront his former colleague and coach

Junior Pokomela, a loose forward, is excited to play against former comrades when the Stormers take on the Glasgow Warriors on Sunday in Scotland.

Pokomela was named in the Stormers’ 28-man roster for their European tour. Pokomela will face former teammate Sintu Manjezi in this weekend’s URC encounter against the Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium, should he be included in the match 23.

Additionally, the Stormers have recalled Feinberg-Mngomezulu for their next European tour.

Both played for the Cheetahs in 2019, with Pokomela heading to Cape Town in 2021 and Manjezi signing a two-season contract with Glasgow in June.

STORMERS STAR JUNIOR POKOMELA EXCITED FOR REUNION: “Sintu is my friend, and he’s a tremendous player,” Pokomela said. “I played alongside him for the Cheetahs and against him for the Bulls.

“We played excellent rugby together with the Cheetahs, and I’m pleased to see him thriving in Glasgow, playing every week. Pokomela explained, “I’m looking forward to fighting him this coming weekend and catching up with him afterwards; I’m genuinely quite enthusiastic.”

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Under former Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith, the sixth-placed Warriors appear to have turned a corner in 2022/23, as they have won back-to-back URC derby matches.

Pokomela’s time spent playing for Smith from 2017 to 2019 has provided him with insight and essential information regarding this matchup.

Pokomela remarked, “I have nothing but immense regard for Franco; when he coached me with the Cheetahs, I played arguably of my finest rugby ever.”

“He has turned around Glasgow, and they are playing excellent rugby.” I watched both of their games against Edinburgh and they played quite well.

“They are a free-flowing squad, but I would imagine that due to the weather circumstances in the northern hemisphere, Franco is sometimes unable to play as he would want. Franco is an offensive-minded coach who likes to play rapid ball.

Pokomela concluded, “Therefore, we will prepare well and do our homework to ensure that we are ready for them.”

The Stormers are second in the URC standings, trailing only Leinster of Ireland.

 

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