Mental break important for Stormers
Cape Town - The Stormers will enjoy their
second bye week of the 2015 Super Rugby season for more than one reason.
Not only will the players be able to rest
their bodies, but their minds will also get a welcome break from the daily
That is the view of Stormers coach Allister
Coetzee, who, wisely, has given all his players - except those few recovering
from injuries - the week off from training.
“We won’t have any problems with
conditioning and players losing fitness at this stage of the season - the
players certainly don’t need any rugby this week!” Coetzee told the Stormers’
“The big thing is to also give the guys a
mental break. Hopefully they will be back next week with a lot of energy and
feeling really freshened up.
“A lot of our players have recently come out
of a Springbok training camp - they were busy with rugby for most of last week
with the Brumbies game (too), so it really is important to make sure that they
get a mental break as well this week.”
Injury-wise, Michael Rhodes is making good
progress from the serious hamstring injury which has sidelined him since April
The plan is for the powerful loose forward
to rejoin team training next week, before hopefully being available for
selection against the Cheetahs the following weekend.
“Michael Rhodes is doing his individual
rehabilitation still. He will join team training in the week of the Rebels game
and he will be back in selection contention for the Cheetahs match (the next
week),” explained Coetzee.
“(Vodacom Cup loose forward) Sikhumbuzo
Notshe is also part of our plans going forward, so we are happy with the cover
at loose forward.”
Coach Coetzee still has to balance resting
back row bruisers Schalk Burger and Duane Vermeulen in the coming weeks, but he
is confident that the correct planning will stand the team in good stead - as
it did when Vermeulen was boldly, and successfully, sent home from the Stormers’
tour of Australasia as part of his required SA Rugby rest period.
“I know I have got to rest players - that’s
why this week’s rest is so important,” said Coetzee.
“We definitely have a plan, but I don’t
want to divulge (the plan) at this point in time,” the coach added.
“We will continue making sure that we
adhere to the well-being of our players, as we have done all season long, and
we will (also) see how far they are from needing a break.”