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Jack to be kept 'in the dark'

2010-04-27 08:25

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – The Stormers will stick to calling their lineouts in Afrikaans to prevent Crusaders lock Chris Jack from using his inside knowledge in Friday’s Super14 match at Newlands.

Jack played for Western Province for a few months in last year’s Currie Cup and formed a good lock combination with Anton van Zyl.
Adriaan Fondse and Andries Bekker were injured then, but are now the Stormers’ lock duo.

“Chris knows WP’s approach and philosophy and I think it will be important to speak Afrikaans this week. He’ll have to guess what we are doing,” Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said with a smile.

“We have changed a lot since the Currie Cup. It’s important that our lineout calls are accurate and in a language he does not understand.”
Coetzee also confirmed on Monday that loosehead prop JC Kritzinger has a calf muscle injury that will sideline him for a while.

“JC is definitely not available for Friday and it looks as if the injury can sideline him for three weeks or more. We have three fit props in JD Moller, Brok Harris and Eusebio Guinazu.

“There are guys like Michael De Neuilly-Rice and Lourens Adriaanse in the system. Janro van Niekerk (Boland) has also been talked about.

“We’re lucky that Brok has kept going at tighthead. We have to look for another tighthead to ensure we are covered.”

Moller for Kritzinger may well be the only change to the line-up that started last week’s 13-16 defeat against the Reds.
“There is no panic and no reason to make changes,” said Coetzee.

“What we need to get right is our game discipline on attack.”

Coetzee studied the Stormers’ defeat to the Reds on Monday morning and believes his players simply did not make the most of their opportunities in a game they dominated.

“Our three defeats have been by one, two and three points against Australian teams. The question is why we are putting ourselves under pressure in tight games. There is a tendency to make unforced errors,” said the coach.

“The next three games will all be tough because we are playing against three of the top sides. The Crusaders are one of the most successful teams in the competition.

“We must improve our execution. Game discipline is the key this week. It’s something we had against the Blues and Chiefs – to get in the right attacking positions and use the ball effectively.”

Crusaders captain Richie McCaw will be playing his 100th game for his team. Coach Todd Blackadder hopes this inspires the team.

“It’s Richie’s 100th game. It’s a big week for the players … there is a great focus,” Blackadder told stuff.co.nz.

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Comments
  • ROOIES - 2010-04-27 08:46

    XHOSA KLASSE IS JULLE VOORLAND

  • JOHAN JOUBERT - 2010-04-27 08:46

    BAKGAT !!!! DIT SAL JULLE LEER OM NIE MET HUURSOLDATE TE SPEEL NIE. EK WEET NIE HOEKOM DIE SHARKS EN DIE STORMERS ALTYD MANNE VAN ANDERKANT DIE GROOT ENGELSMAN DAM MOET GEBRUIK OM HULLE TE HELP NIE. ONTWIKKEL ONS EIE TALENT MAN!!!!! KYK BYVOORBEELD NA "NAKALAKAKI" - DAAR MOET BETER INS ONS EIE LAND WEES.

  • What's the big deal ? - 2010-04-27 09:05

    SA teams have been calling lineouts in Afrikaans forever, so why is this such big news ?

  • renegade - 2010-04-27 09:07

    Alle voorspoed aan die stormers vrydagaand!Julle gaan getoets word die vlg 3 weke. Dit is waneer die manne van die seuntjies geskei word! Of julle oor hierdie hekkie gaan kom? Bloubul ondersteuners, aan die ander kant, glo in hul span en raak nie paniekerig waneer die skroewe aangedraai word nie. Afrikaans bo!

  • Deonic - 2010-04-27 11:28

    About my beloved Stormers team and those 3 close losses. As far as I am concerned, there are 3 reasons involved, and the Bulls are simply doing those 3 things better. First is the Australian teams' intelligence in "buying" penalties. The Reds bought a penalty at a late scum in their own 22 by having their tight head reversing and disengaging, which caused our loosehead to go to ground. This was a major let-off for them. This happened 2m in front of the referee. Then there was the disengaging at the lineout in our own area, which resulted in the truck and trailer situation, or a separated mall - it is not clear, but ended in a kickable penalty. This was just mentioning 2 occasions. The Stormers/WP need to develop some more intelligence as a scum-unit, since the referees tend to award scrum penalties on a 50-50 basis, and the weaker scrum get some undeserved penalties. It is just a ref thing. The same happened in the Currie Cup final when the Blue Bulls got a 3 pointer from a scrum where the WP was basically demolishing the Bulls scrum. That one was the real controversy in that game. The second difference is that the Bulls stick to their game plan, knowing that it will bring points, whilst the Stormers do stupid things under pressure. Remember JD Moller trying to clear at the base of the scrum against the Reds? He didn't know what to do, and that foray ended in a disaster a few moves later. Stupid. The last is captaincy. All the opposition know that Schalk can be ruffled if singled out for some special treatment, and the Force was brilliant with it. Obstruction, hanging onto his jersey, pushing, shoving and talking. Whilst the ref was a bit ridiculous, the Force game was lost because Schalk lost the plot, and as a result, the whole team fell apart. As much as I like Schalk, he should not be captain. People like Bobby and Luke could stabilise things, even after they have lost their cool. Andries has shown, with that first kickable penalty that was not taken against the Brumbies, that he is not up to captaincy at this level yet, but I suspect that he will still become an iconic captain in the Cape. At this stage, the captain can not be changed, but should Schalk be injured, we have to consider Jaque. The Bulls, the Crusaders and all the Aussie teams are just better coached in the aspects mentioned above, and that is what brings them their extra win or two in a tournament. The mentioned three close games basically hinged on one or two penalties, and the Stormers are not good enough in the more intelligent and disciplined aspects of the game to pull it through in a tight last 20 minutes. Sorry guys, there is some work to be done in the classroom. You are going to be in three tight games, and recent history indicates that all three opposition teams are better in the last 20 minutes as far as discipline and decision-making is concerned.

  • Carl Muller - 2010-04-27 16:28

    I hope the Stormers make to 2nd for the finals. Two semis in South Africa would be fantastic. Bull.

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