Stormers catch sheep!

    2013-12-20 11:19
    Post a comment
    Cape Town - The Stormers used alternative methods of training as part of their pre-season preparations for next year's Super Rugby competition.

    As part of team building and conditioning, the players had to catch some sheep and carry hay bales upon a visit to a nearby farm.

    Coach Allister Coetzee said something different was needed to improve team spirit.

    "Pre-season training is a tough part of the season, so we have mixed things up a bit - taking the players away from the HPC at least once a week and giving them activities at the beach, on a wine farm; it's all about making it more enjoyable," Coetzee told the Stormers' official website.

    The Stormers squad are now on leave before reconvening on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

    It's called a "maintenance phase of conditioning" with the players still expected to keep themselves fit.

    "The players that have been here training deserve this break over the festive season, but they will have to do a bit of work too and maintain their fitness during this period of active rest - as we also like to call it," said Coetzee.

    The Stormers will play their first pre-season match against the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday, February 1, followed by clashes against the Kings and Boland on successive weekends.

    Their 2014 Super Rugby season kicks off against the Lions - in Johannesburg - on Saturday, February 22.

    Stormers pre-season fixtures:

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

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

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

    Team-mates look on as centre Juan de Jongh catches a sheep at Diemersdal Wine Farm outside Durbanville (Picture: @Juan_De_Jongh - Twitter)

    Nice team training @THESTORMERS @diemersdalwines #TeamSocial #Goodtimes #itiswhatitis @brokharris @skara2ntubeni  - @Juan_De_Jongh

    Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Sport Talk


    25 April 2014
    • Blues v Waratahs, Auckland 07:35
    • Brumbies v Chiefs, Canberra 09:40
    • Sharks v Highlanders, Durban 19:10
    26 April 2014
    • Hurricanes v Reds, Wellington 09:35
    • Western Force v Bulls, Perth 11:40
    • Cheetahs v Stormers, Bloemfontein 17:05
    02 May 2014
    • Blues v Reds, Auckland 09:35
    • Melbourne Rebels v Sharks, Melbourne 11:40


    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014


    Rank Team P W Pts


    “As we head into Round 11 of Super Rugby, an alarming stat is that South African teams crop up the bottom of the tries scored category.”

    Opinion Poll

    While the Sharks look like sure winners of the SA Super Rugby Conference, the "battle" for the wooden spoon could well develop into a four-team race. Who eventually props up the table?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.