Stormers focus pleases Coetzee
Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee
praised his team for their focus, as the South African Super Rugby Conference
leaders ran in five tries to beat the Cheetahs by 42-12 at Newlands on Saturday
The Stormers all but secured the SA
Conference title in the process in their tenth win of the year, in fact, they
need just two more log points from their last two Super Rugby matches to record
an unprecedented third SA Conference title in five seasons.
“The players really stepped up in all
departments. The focus was there,” Coetzee told the Stormers’ official website.
“I think we did the basics very well, we
played in the right areas, we didn’t force things and adapted to the
conditions, and when we had to put pressure with ball in hand we did that.
“Of course there were a few opportunities
out there that we didn’t finish but it is still a work in progress.
“They say the road to success is always
under construction. There is never a complete game, but we’re certainly trying
our best to get close.”
When asked about any potential negatives
from their five tries to two victory, Coetzee admitted: “We need to finish
more, we are creating enough opportunities. One thing that was frustrating was
that our attacking ball was slowed down, that is something we need to work on.”
The only injury worry from the weekend is
hooker Scarra Ntubeni, who was forced to leave the field in the 19th minute
with a calf strain.
Ntubeni is set to miss this Saturday’s
clash against the Lions, but Coetzee is hoping to have powerful flank Michael
Rhodes (hamstring) and hard-running wing Kobus van Wyk (knee) back in the
“It is good to be in a position with all of
your players back at this stage of the competition. We have gone unbeaten
before and then we were scrambling for players (and we were forced to play a hooker
at No 8),” said the Stormers coach.
“We still need to rest Duane Vermeulen, we
still need to rest Eben Etzebeth once, but we have still got two games to do
“It’s not easy for me (selection-wise), we
have got Michael Rhodes and Schalk Burger coming back and the loosies really
“If you are playing behind a tight five
that is solid like ours then your loosies can really do their job.”
Meanwhile, Saturday’s match was Naka Drotské’s
final match in charge of the Cheetahs - he will be stepping away from the game
to pursue business interests - and Stormers boss Coetzee paid tribute to his
“Naka has been a real servant of Cheetahs
rugby, he has done a helluva lot with little resources over the years,” said
“From his playing days I can just pay
tribute to Naka and I’m sure Cheetahs rugby will miss him.”