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Stormers brace for onslaught

2012-03-14 21:32

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee expects the Blues to target their set pieces when they clash at Newlands on Friday night.

The Blues were impressive in that department last week when they beat the Bulls 29-23 at Loftus Versfeld.

"We saw last week how they put the Bulls under pressure at set piece.

"They'll come (out) to disrupt our scrums and our lineouts; so accuracy for us is very important this weekend, especially set-piece accuracy," Coetzee said via a video clip on the Stormers' Facebook page.

The Capetonians should, however, back themselves in those departments.

With Andries Bekker at 2,08m and Eben Etzebeth at 2,03m, the Stormers boast one of the tallest second row combinations in world rugby and their scrums - so often their Achilles heel in recent years - also seem to be an ever-improving aspect of their game.

In fact, it was their scrum which pulled them through against the Sharks two weeks ago. Youngsters Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe were instrumental in the latter stages of that game, laying the platform for flyhalf Peter Grant to kick a late winning penalty.

The 20-year-old Kitshoff, especially, made headlines when he troubled seasoned Springbok Jannie du Plessis.

"The scrums were a big factor in our victory. We were criticised for our scrumming in the warm-up matches but it's nice to see how positively the front row and pack responded," Coetzee was reported as saying after the 15-12 win over the Sharks.

Loosehead Kitshoff will again start against the Blues, with Brok Harris starting at tighthead but Coetzee will hope to again add Malherbe to the mix later in the game.

The coach also emphasised the need for extra physicality, especially against the Kiwis.

"You can't afford to make mistakes against any New Zealand side, but I think the long and short of it is you've got to be physical.

"We've got to make sure that we're direct and (earn) the right to go wide once we've gained forward momentum," said Coetzee.

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 19:10 on Friday.

Teams:

Stormers:

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

Blues:

15 Lachie Munro, 14 David Raikuna, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Sherwin Stowers, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tom McCartney.

Substitutes: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Brad Mika, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Hadleigh Parkes, 22 Ben Lam.

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Comments
  • Saffa - 2012-03-14 21:46

    Should be an interesting clash

      Francois - 2012-03-15 07:08

      I am usually astounded by AC's profoundness - which team does not target yhe other's set pieces? Oops, the Stormers is not going to target the Blues set pieces, especially the line outs, they are not going to contest even???? No, AC, are you once again preparing the excuse in advance? Is the only coaching skill that you have learned from Jake is to pretend that SA public knows nothing about rugby? Let us get to the point: Do you have a plan for the Stormers to score 4 tries and what have you done to make them concentrate the whole 80 min?

      Jason - 2012-03-15 07:48

      Francois, you know very little about rugby obviously! Often in games where the opposition has an excellent line out maul, the team will not oppose the lineout but wait for the maul. Or if the scrum is strong they wont try to get the upper hand. In the Blues case he is saying they will target the set pieces with the aim of getting the upper hand against the youngsters........................im just saying!

      Francois - 2012-03-15 13:53

      JasonEye for Stormers' coach!

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-03-14 23:13

    I believe we will win it. The Pink Bulsl or is it kapaters, now that the chiefs castrated them....have under estimated the chiefs and over estimated themselves after the win against the cheetahs. The Stomers will be more then ready.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-15 06:11

      Underestimated the Chiefs? No, we'll under/overestimate when we actually play them, dingbat.

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-03-15 07:27

      Clearly you don't know much about anything it would seem...the pink fairies in pretoors stad where castrated by the BLUES. As dozer said DINGBAT. Furthermore a castrated BULL is an OX. A "kapater" is a castrated goat... also known as a stormer supporter

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-15 10:13

      Pleaseee doze, uwe, don’t confuse these poor kp's, they enjoy a little rugby=Bulls every now and again...remember rugby is not big in the fairyest cape...

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-15 10:50

      You are right, Jap. They only play to enjoy, not win.

  • Smell - 2012-03-15 06:08

    Go Stormers !!! - the team representing the fairest Cape of all.

  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-15 06:11

    Go Blues!!!

      Francois - 2012-03-15 07:04

      Get with the programme.

      Bluey - 2012-03-15 07:19

      @Bullpozer: Thanks bro, I knew you'd come right in the end. Keep up the good work. Was your change of heart before or after the Blues beat the Bulls? All is forgiven mate

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-15 07:44

      Bluey, whenever I feel down there is one thing that cheers me up. The thought that when the icebergs are eventually done melting, you and your fellow hobbits are the first lot to get licked.

  • Priester - 2012-03-15 08:04

    Complacency was the key in the Bulls defeat and I am confident that they learned from this lesson and will emerge stronger than ever. I do hope the Stormers won't fall in this trap and win the game, but then the Stormers are known for their windgat attitude and ability to spectacularly fail. Having said this, I will supporter the papsakke on this one. Blou Bul Groete!

      Rene - 2012-03-15 09:41

      @Priester, welcome back!!!

      Priester - 2012-03-15 14:37

      Merci Ma'am René

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-16 12:11

    So by Friday all the Bull's supporters came out of their holes at last. I am sure the comments by Dozer and Blue Crow earlier this week were done by someone else because there were some sense in those.

  • Pomene - 2012-03-16 17:07

    The time has come to show what you are worth Stormers.You are at home, you are playing one of the weakest NZ teams,you have world class players and................................you have all the Bulls supporters on this forum cheering you on by making serious negative comments about you - the time has come - do what you do best, play decent rugby and stay on top of the log - 5 tries is just what is ..........a bonus !!! Go for a win at all cost !!!!

      Pomene - 2012-03-17 06:15

      Jip was toe reg..............The time has come !!!!!!!!!!! Nou die Lions en dan die pink ossies !!!

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