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Coetzee rallies his troops

2011-04-11 12:56

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – “How will the Stormers react to this? That is the big question.”

With those words Stormers coach Allister Coetzee already started the task of motivating his side for their next challenge following their first Super Rugby defeat this year against the Reds at Newlands.

Prior to the weekend’s 6-19 loss, the Stormers were last defeated on their home ground on 26 February 2010. That is when the Brumbies beat them 19-17. The Stormers beat the Highlanders 33-0 the following weekend and then had an unbeaten home run stretching for more than a year.

Coetzee is now demanding a similar response from his side when they play the Lions at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

“We managed our first bonus-point victory after our defeat to the Brumbies last year. That is how I’d like the team to react. We’ll examine what went wrong, discuss it openly and then use the opportunity to put it right,” said Coetzee.

Even if the Lions appear to be a poor side, they are always motivated against Cape teams and it’s still fresh in the memory how they beat Western Province in a Currie Cup match in Johannesburg in 2009.

The danger for the Stormers going into this kind of game is that the opponents may view it in cup final terms.

That is why the goal will first and foremost be a victory, and we probably won’t hear the Stormers talking about bonus points this week.
There are more than enough things that the Stormers can work on this week.

“The Reds got us out of our comfort zone on defence. They managed to create time and space for Quade Cooper. His passing was excellent and there was more tactical kicking from them than usual,” said Coetzee.

“All credit to the Reds. They defended very well and we knew beforehand that they had a higher tackle completion rate than any other side.

“We were never able to keep the ball for more than six phases and that is unusual for this team. We have to learn the lessons and apply them. The Lions also gave us headaches with their rush defence a few years ago. This defeat was a wake-up call.”

One should nevertheless expect the Stormers to beat the Lions. After that they have a bye before they play the Sharks and Crusaders at Newlands on successive weekends. Then the Capetonians go on tour.

Discipline is bound to be emphasised this week after Duane Vermeulen and Deon Fourie got yellow cards against the Reds.

“The big thing about yellow cards is that the other players have to work harder and it ultimately has a significant effect. It’s a major thing to be reduced to 14 players for 20 minutes of the game,” said Coetzee.

He emphasised that the entire team should actually take responsibility for the yellow cards. Fourie, however, should reflect on his actions as it derailed the Stormers when they were just 6-9 down.

Coetzee may well have Jean de Villiers back this week after he missed the weekend’s match with a groin injury. The coach will then again have to make a difficult call about his centre combination.

Sport24

Comments
  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-11 13:11

    Sorry young Juan de Jongh - I rate you highly (very highly) but if Jean is available, he starts. Damn we missed the Iceman's composure. (Not that it would have changed outcome folk....before you dive in and attack...) Purely because of what the man contributes in terms of 'presence'. And yes, I want Jean to captain the Stormers (P Divvy take note - I want him to captain the Boks as well..) but to be honest, I'll just be chuffed to have him on the field again. And PS: Allistair, there should be no need for you to motivate our boys - they are paid professionals and surely know what's expected of them....do NOT let them become like the "entitled ones" up north.

      Steven - 2011-04-11 13:23

      Agree fully,really missed Jean's brilliance in defence and attack...should also captain the Bokke,has all the credentials and then some....

      Steven - 2011-04-11 13:24

      Agree fully,really missed Jean's brilliance in defence and attack...should also captain the Bokke,has all the credentials and then some....

      Steven - 2011-04-11 13:24

      Agree fully,really missed Jean's brilliance in defence and attack...should also captain the Bokke,has all the credentials and then some....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-11 14:05

      With you on that score Saffa. I really was not alarmed prior to the game however, in hindsight, JdV's calming influence was missed! Also, Juan did not have the best of games but I suppose that could be attributed to the fact that none of the boys had a particularly good game!

      boyd.lance - 2011-04-11 14:09

      Discipline and poor mistakes were serious problems. But this past weekend's defeat to the Reds stunk of bad tactics! And the only thing I've read after the game was how the defence was found out?? If you ask me, Grant was asked to play a kicking game. Every single time we got the ball it was kicked away...and when we did use the backline, we kicked it away in the 2nd phase. How on Earth can you hand the ball back to an opposition who loves to attack and just rely upon your defensive systems?? I'm a supporter of Allister Coetzee, but this time Coach McKenzie definitely got the better of him. AC, you better do your homework instead of complaining in the media...although the Reds did play "k@k vuil". But then again, we knew they were gonna play like that. Good win for them though, the Reds are a class act for sure. If we made it to the final I'd hope we play either the Saders or the Reds again. Let's bounce back Stormers!!!!!!!

      Steven - 2011-04-11 14:13

      Agree fully,really missed Jean's brilliance in defence and attack...should also captain the Bokke,has all the credentials and then some....

      Marius Swart - 2011-04-11 15:36

      Saffa-Cat waar is mumford en wattelife.Hulle was dan verlede week so betrokke by al die forums en hierdie week is hul stil.Hoop nie dit is die tipe ondersteuners wat hul is nie.As blou bul kan ek maar net se dit is beter om nou een te verloor het as wat julle dit doen in semi of final.Reds was maar net op die dag beter en kan mens niks daar aan doen.Oor my geliefde blou bul span kan ek maar net se dit was seer om vir 80 minute te kyk na wat gebeur het.Hierdie gaan lang seisoen word as daar nie verbetering is teen Reds nie.Hopenlik het julle hulle moeg gespeel en kan ons dalk wen in bewe hierdie week.Dit kan sekerlik net beter gaan met albei spanne hierdie week.Sterkte

      Raka13 - 2011-04-11 15:47

      Agree, Jean has a presence on the field

      watalife - 2011-04-11 17:15

      @ Marius Swart, I have been around. No boet i will always support the Stormers no matter what. they played KAK. The Reds outplayed them and thats that. what happend to the nulle??

      Jik - 2011-04-12 07:57

      lol.. Ya no sorry, that is funny.. the iceman... : ) And springbok captain nogals? Wow.. Always thought you knew what you were talking bout Saffa, objectively at least, but alas... As far as I'm concerned JF is much better than The Iceman (drives me to chuckles everytime), and JdJ is as average as any other centre/wing/FB or any other position your visionary of a coach, Icemaker, plays him at.. Paid professionals? If your drama queens aren't motivated enough they might not even pitch up to play.. AC should organise some baby oil and a photo shoot or book them into a spa or something, do their nails and get their hair did, or maybe reshoot the team announcement and have them roll their shoulders the other way? : )

  • Crusader Man - 2011-04-11 13:23

    few hard games to come..Sharks/Crusaders.. They wouldnt want to lose those games otherwise their tour could be a hard trip. Personally i think they have an easy tour this year.. So hopefully they lose the big 2 games coming up. so that they don't play well on tour.. I think they are a dangerous team with there great defence. Sorry Stormers supporters.. Respect your team. Just want the Crusaders to win.

      ZOLLIEZAP - 2011-04-11 13:37

      Mannenberg se homie wat met n gesteelde laptop stront praat

  • JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 13:52

    .....Emty trophy cabinet Stormers....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-04-11 13:59

      Put it on a DVD Johnny...save your energy!

      Bulldozer - 2011-04-11 14:53

      No cups - 10 years. At least Johnny the empies salesman supports a winning team.

      Raka13 - 2011-04-11 15:48

      0....

      Raka13 - 2011-04-11 15:50

      The Bulls scored 0 points last Saturday, not even the Cheetahs or Lions loose with 0 points. 0, nada, nothing F-all. Shame

      Lloyd - 2011-04-11 16:09

      Raka, your team has bno Superrugby cups at all. Shame.

  • boyd.lance - 2011-04-11 14:11

    Discipline and poor mistakes were serious problems. But this past weekend's defeat to the Reds stunk of bad tactics! And the only thing I've read after the game was how the defence was found out?? If you ask me, Grant was asked to play a kicking game. Every single time we got the ball it was kicked away...and when we did use the backline, we kicked it away in the 2nd phase. How on Earth can you hand the ball back to an opposition who loves to attack and just rely upon your defensive systems?? I'm a supporter of Allister Coetzee, but this time Coach McKenzie definitely got the better of him. AC, you better concentrate on doing your homework instead of complaining in the media...although the Reds did play "k@k vuil". But then again, we knew they were gonna play like that. Good win for them though, the Reds are a class act for sure. If we made it to the final I'd hope we play either the Saders or the Reds again. Let's bounce back Stormers!!!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-04-11 14:54

      & Arrogance.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 15:11

      ..stormers = losers....

  • Oukoos - 2011-04-11 14:23

    Kom ons wees maar eerlik: Die Stormers het K*K gespeel.

      Bulldozer - 2011-04-11 14:54

      Kom ons wees maar eerlik. Stormers is kak.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-04-11 15:11

      ...stem saam..!!

      RobinB - 2011-04-11 15:44

      @ bulldozer and @JohnnyBB .. Kommin Rubbish , altwee van julle!!!!

      watalife - 2011-04-11 16:53

      @ZOLLIEZAP, How can you talk about your mother so openly? disgrace to your family but then again its like the springer family.

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-04-12 06:42

      RobinB : Remember they are Bulls supporters , only 1 DNA available , they are all related , inbreeders heavan

  • milswanka - 2011-04-11 16:38

    Ratings after this weekends games: Sharks = Average Cheetahs = Poor Stormers = K@K Lions = More K@K Bulls = The K@Kest

      milswanka - 2011-04-11 17:04

      Die waarheid maak seer ne?!!!

      milswanka - 2011-04-11 17:23

      Sho? Is jy altyd so vinnig op jou perdjie?

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-04-12 06:43

      DUANEROCKS : come try , give me a time & place.

  • DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-11 16:47

    Good news is the Stormers are trying for a new record again this year. 11yr cupless. Go boys go, lets see if we can make it to 20.

      watalife - 2011-04-11 17:18

      the loss makes it even harder, they can do it and they will.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-04-11 17:35

      @Watalife - die nic stealer is terug......pathetic beyond belief.

      watalife - 2011-04-11 18:01

      @Saffa, terrible i say, I can just imagine what a small brain capacity IT must have? we all know the true Saffa & Duane...bulls...suck

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-11 18:38

      Very good Saffa and watalife, you two work as a team now. So maybe get 5 or 6 more players in and see if you can get the IQ to 20.

      watalife - 2011-04-11 18:47

      SAFFA, once upon a time in bull country alwyn kruger ran around with his long tail dragging behind his ass, but now his tail is right up his ass. He should know this PG 593 KDW....Mmmmmm...

  • DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-11 17:15

    Ek hoor as die Stormers om die veld draf dan sing almal saam: "Ons is dom maar ons werk hard." En herhaal, "Ons is dom maar ons werk hard"

      milswanka - 2011-04-11 17:30

      "ons is dom en ons is kak"

      DUANEROCKS - 2011-04-11 17:41

      Sjoe jy is vreeslik snaaks, jy moet "cover charge" vra

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