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    Coetzee: Stormers must adapt

    2013-12-11 09:04
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    Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says they need to adapt to what the opposition throws at them if they are to achieve Super Rugby success.

    The Stormers have become renowned for their sound defensive game, and Coetzee feels it has led to teams opting to outmanoeuvre them with tactical kicking instead of employing a running game.

    Teams like the Reds and Crusaders have done that successfully in the past and the Sharks also outfoxed Western Province in that manner when they won the Currie Cup final at Newlands in October.

    In an interview with the Rugby365 website, Coetzee said the fact that teams do not want to "engage" with them is something they'll have to deal with in next year's Super Rugby competition.

    Coetzee said teams respect their defence so much that they look to go the aerial route in order to get the better of them.

    He said they expected the Sharks to kick behind their wings in the Currie Cup final but were found out when "they kicked from middle ruck which was something different and someone who had an insight into the way we defend worked it out".

    The WP players were unable to adapt on the day and were soundly beaten, but Coetzee insists they have learned from that and expects them to deal with it in the upcoming Super Rugby season.

    The Stormers will play three pre-season games before starting their season-proper against the Lions in Johannesburg on February 22.

    Stormers' 2014 pre-season fixtures:

    Saturday, February 1:
    Bulls v Stormers, Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane) - 17:00

    Friday, February 7:
    Southern Kings v Stormers, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth) - 19:00

    Saturday, February 15:
    Boland v Stormers, Boland Stadium (Wellington) - kick-off TBC

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