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'Grinding' win pleases Jean

2012-05-20 22:55

Cape Town - The Stormers, outscored 10-3 in the second half, kept their composure to grind out a 19-13 victory over the Waratahs in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Cape Town on Saturday.

The win took the Stormers to the top of the Super Rugby standings.

The Stormers ran out buoyed by the Bulls' 16-11 loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin earlier in the day and they started out in a manner which suggested they were likely to score their first bonus-point win in 11 matches this season.

Waratahs coach Michael Foley said that after the first half which left them trailing 16-3, he felt that his side knew what they had to do to rescue the situation.

"We spoke during the half-time break about the things that we needed to adjust and we did put the Stormers under pressure (in the second half)," Foley said.

"The constant kicking on our part was a way of dealing with the Stormers, but then we gave away silly penalties.

"We expected the Stormers to use the ball well and I'm pleased with the way we made our tackles."

Foley's counterpart Allister Coetzee said the Waratahs had kicked at least 20 percent more than they usually do in the match because they felt a kicking game would work for them.

"It was important for us to grind out a win by adapting to their kicking game," Coetzee said.

"Adaptation is the nature of this competition and it was a typical 'Test' contest.

"We are grateful for this win and we certainly had a good crack at attack, but it was more important that we kept the winning momentum although we really would like to have scored four tries."

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said that although he was pleased with the team's performance he was concerned about the lapse of concentration after half-time.

"We were punished just after half-time because players were going out of our playing structures," De Villiers said.

"It came about because of a lapse of concentration but that apart I was happy with the overall performance.

"The rain started coming down in the second half and again we needed to change our game.

"You would have noticed that the Waratahs also did not throw the ball around."

The Stormers now head for SA derby showdowns against the Sharks and the Bulls in successive weeks, ahead of the mid-season break for the Test season.

Coetzee said the biggest concern would be the management of players who will be playing for the Springboks against touring England because that could determine the state of health in the Stormers’ squad when Super Rugby resumes at the end of June.

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Comments
  • Franklyn - 2012-05-20 23:21

    Cant rely on our forwards ALL the time,we need to be more creative from set play with our backs....not wait for Aplon,Pieterson and the guys to work magic in broken play, our opponents are trying to keep the play in our half-a la Crusaders(kicking game),Waratahs tried but went as clinical,we take ages to play the ball through the phases to gain ground and our backs just dont have the penetration you would hope for....our forwards are "monstering" the games but we need our backs to fire.

      Bpong - 2012-05-21 06:44

      With the Stormers backline, i cant understand how they cant score 4 tries, especially against the Cheetahs who have a relatively weak defense. I think saturdays game at the Sharks tank is gonna be a huge derby, boys are gonna be flying out the gates!!! GO SHARKS!!!

      Renny - 2012-05-21 07:21

      At the moment I think the Sharks are a better team & they are going to snatch the game on Saturday.

      Jason - 2012-05-21 07:28

      Guys Guys Guys! The Stormers are winning....................its doesnt matter how they win as long as they win! Sharks will battle against the Stormers defense..............2+3 brothers will get frustrated and Grant will kick the penalty's. Its going to be a great game!!! Stormers 4 life

  • bob.norris.581 - 2012-05-21 03:12

    Boring - the plan is to put everyone to sleep early on a Saturday night and it is working.

      Lionel - 2012-05-21 06:48

      Then don't watch then",that simple!!!!!!!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-05-21 07:29

      Funny how the most boring team in the competition is at the top of the log! And if you were a true rugby fan you would know that watching a great defensive effort is just as exciting as watching a try fest!!!

  • Jack - 2012-05-21 04:50

    One has to give credit where it's due. The Waratahs are not a bad team and the fact is that the Stormers had a bigger winning margin over them than the Bulls (Bulls only beat them by 3 points). Massive runaway victories are becoming scarce in the S15 (Crusaders totally smashed the Blues {who beat the Bulls} this weekend). A lot of the bonus points "earned" by other teams are for losing within 7. The simple fact is that there's nothing wrong with grinding out a win over quality opposition.

      Renny - 2012-05-21 07:24

      The difference is the bulls beat the Tahs on their home-ground, I think the stormers were very lucky this weekend, the game could have gone either way.

  • inus.basson - 2012-05-21 06:39

    Who's idea is the senseless untactical kicking used by the Stormers. Can the coach and his 100 assistants not see that this is nearly costing you the game every time.

      Lionel - 2012-05-21 06:50

      Have to agree with you on this one,that "tactical"'kicking is driving me up the wall,specially when nobody bothers to chase!!A more attacking team like Saders will run back at us time and time again!!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-05-21 07:32

      "nearly costing you the game every time" yet we are still winning!! Oh and by the way.....The Bulls kick on average every 34 seconds during this season............FACT! which means they kick more than any other team in the comp!

      Shannon - 2012-05-21 08:25

      But yet the bulls have scored the most tries in the comp,so your comment about about the bulls kicking the ball to much is irrelevent cause why the bulls do it effectively unlike the stompies

      Jason - 2012-05-21 08:58

      @Shannon, when did I say the Bulls kick too much??? I stated the fact to bring into perspective the Stormers kicking game!

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-05-21 07:20

    Geluk aan die wp en stormers met die naweek se games.

  • Shannon - 2012-05-21 08:30

    Unfortunately this weekends game against the sharks the only thing the stompies will grind is a hiding at kings park then to the house of pain \loftus\...good luck stompies you'll certainly need it!!

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-05-21 08:31

    a better team will punish us if we have another lacklustre 2nd half which always seems to be the case

  • Frankie - 2012-05-21 09:34

    Jean jy man aleen is dir rede dat die wP ni tries score ni! Jy hou te lank vas an die bal en as jy pass staan die ander senter amper stil! Brian kry nooit meer die bal op spoed ni en as hy hom kry is hy reg teen die kantlyn! Hang jo stewel op maat want nog n Worl Cup saam jo wil eki sien ni! En JA ek is n WP ondersteuner!!

  • Eugene - 2012-05-21 14:28

    Ja, Jean, hulle het nie die bal rondgegooi nie, maar hulle het julle vasgedruk in julle kwartgebied. Se maar dankie vir Craig Joubert en maak seker sy tjek is in die pos.

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