Coetzee in buoyant mood

2012-01-23 09:03

Cape Town - Allister Coetzee spent the whole of last season trying to play down to his team’s prospects to a Cape media too eager to install his Stormers side as champions when the job hadn’t been done, so the upbeat front he put on in Wellington at the weekend was meaningful.

There has been a lot of negativity around the Stormers and Western Province since the resignation of Rassie Erasmus resigned as director of rugby, so Coetzee’s eagerness to grab the opportunity to be positive was almost palpable after the 45-14 win over Boland Cavaliers at a sweltering Boland Stadium. And there was good reason for him to be upbeat for the match showed that while some star players have like Erasmus left the franchise since last season, there is a lot of young talent coming through.

You had to be at the game to understand just how hot it was, so those who watched on television might consider it a bit over the top to suggest it was an excellent game – but for the time of year and the conditions it certainly was an encouraging start for the fringe players against a team that won the Currie Cup first division last season.

“It was 39 degrees before kick-off and I was a bit nervous about that. We consulted with Boland conditioning coach Jorrie Jordaan before the game and we agreed to monitor the situation closely, so I thought the guys coped with the situation really. Fortunately there was a bit of a breeze blowing,” said Coetzee.

“We had frequent water breaks and alerted the players to the importance of staying well hydrated throughout the game. But I was very impressed with the fitness levels of the players and all things considered it was a good contest. Boland certainly provided us with a higher intensity work-out than the university teams have in the corresponding fixture in previous seasons.”

The Stormers team was also a lot more organised than in the corresponding fixtures of recent seasons, and of course they were up against a Boland team that has played together often. Boland did enough in the match to deliver another of Coetzee’s wishes – he wants his players to stay grounded and them to know at this stage that there is still work to do.

“This Boland team is very deadly off turn-over ball and they provided something for our youngsters to learn as they got both their two tries from turn-over ball,” he said.

Nonetheless, it was a comfortable win for the Stormers, who showed pleasing intensity when they took early control of the game, young forwards Eben Etzebeth and Frans Malherbe carrying the ball well and hammering themselves across the advantage line. Etzebeth, who was already an impressive specimen but has now bulked up even more, played most of the game and should have been one of the players to most please Coetzee.

“You know I don’t really like singling out names, particularly after a game of this nature, but Etzebeth, Nizaam Carr and JP du Plessis, while I was also pleased with the way the two flyhalves Burton Francis and Kurt Coleman controlled the game,” said Coetzee.

Asides from Etzebeth and veteran Bolla Conradie, the other stand-out was Du Plessis, a player who went to Australia to play rugby league after finishing school but has now returned to the Cape after a short stint with the Melbourne Rebels. With Jaque Fourie, Johann Sadie and Tim Whitehead all now playing elsewhere, the form shown by Du Plessis and to a lesser extent inexperienced midfield partner Adrian Kritzinger was very encouraging.

“The different centre pairings all impressed me and that is a good thing for it shows we do still have pleasing depth in that area,” concurred the coach.

The Stormers will play the Cheetahs in their next Super Rugby warm-up game - the first of what this year is known as the DHL Series - at Newlands on Friday night.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 09:25

    Motto in Stormers' dressing room: "If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards."

      Lionel - 2012-01-23 09:55

      Morning Bull,do you guys play the Kings in your warm ups????

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 10:25

      More gooinat. Al wat saak maak is wie ons in die final speel.

  • Steenbra - 2012-01-23 09:37

    Watched the game and very impressed with Carr, JP Du Plessis, EtZebeth and Groom amongst others. Perhaps Brannas and Bulldozer should send their buyers to Cape Town and sign up some more of the CT youngies.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 09:45

      Nou dat ou Heyneke al die Bulle Bokke gaan maak, sal ons moet.

      Saffa - 2012-01-23 09:53

      @Dozey.....Hehehehehehehe, Even the 'walk on blue water' Heyneke Meyer is not that foolish. The man will be on a 2 year performance based contract......He won't last long with a Bok team including Spies, Steggies, Zano, Meisie etc etc etc....

      Steenbra - 2012-01-23 10:10

      Dozer of is dit Dozey of the seven dwarf's fame.. Ek dink nie daar is een bulletjie wat tans die bok span sal maak nie.. Carr sal beslis Spies na die cleaners to vat in die skills dept..

  • Garth - 2012-01-23 09:37

    much like the bulls last season

  • Saffa - 2012-01-23 09:49

    This is exactly why I am not 100% convinced of all the panic regarding Jaque Fourie's departure (sure he was the defensive general in the backline and that will be missed...) BUT: young du Plessis and Kritzinger(who was a MONSTER for UCT last year before injured) shouldn't have 2 many problems making the step up. Young Carr is continuing where he left off last yea(awesomeness) - dear rugby stars will someone please educate the mental midget commentators as to his NAME!!!! EbenE looks ready to rumble in a big way. Was also impressed with Reuben Johannes and Bolla Conradie (while not young, certainly seems to be reborn) - The only problem now......who makes the final squad cut....

      Lionel - 2012-01-23 09:55

      Morning that young Du Plessis a rising star or what,jees but that boy takes a gap well!!!!!! I was also impressed by Frans Malherbe,he looks ready!!!! yes,who to leave out.......gonna be a tough decision!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 10:04

      Julle tweetjies is forever chuffed met die youngsters, maar hulle achieve nooit niks nie.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-23 10:12

      Wonder if that Du Plesssis is realted the the Du Plessis brothers( Willie, Carel and Michiel)

      Brannas - 2012-01-23 10:18

      Bolla Reborn you say, How can he be reborn if he was never born. He was never a scrumhalf, only there to make up numbers and a quota player like the rest of the stormers.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 10:23

      Soos quota Vermeulen, quota Burger en quota de Villiers.

      Brannas - 2012-01-23 10:27

      Bulldozer, Yes die hele kaboedel is quota spelers en has beens..

      Saffa - 2012-01-23 10:55

      Morning chaps :) and Spongebrain jean pant (Brannas). If I were the Bulls fans....I would worry more about who will be holding Ludeke's hand once Meyer leaves......

      Kosie - 2012-01-23 11:02

      onthou dit bulldozer, want jou ou spannetjie het nou ook net younsters.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 11:13

      Remember SAFFA, Frans won the Super 14 in 2009 when Heyneke was just returning from the North. Kosie, jy is reg. Die Bulle is n jong spannetjie, maar jy hoor nie elke dag hoe hulle geloof en prys word nie. Ons Bul ondersteuners is realisties oor die klomp jongelinge.

      Saffa - 2012-01-23 11:22

      @Dozey....I would put that victory down to Victor Matfield....... You see this is what I don't get about you Blue chaps. P Divvy was not afforded ANY credit for ANY victory, as it was all down to Fourie du Preez, Vic Matfield and John Smit 'apparently'. Victor says in his book that he and his cohorts refused to play the rugby Divvy wanted and ran the show.So it is NOT inconceivable that Victor ran the show in Pretoria as fact it is probable - so by virtue of you chaps arguments that the Vic and Fourie were responsible for ANY Bok success, it seems they are responsible for any Bulls success as well. So will Ludeke be coaching the Bulls or will Victor be? And will the great Heyneke Meyer (who I do like) be able to mould a new look Bok team without his stalwarts....Victor and Fourie dup. Exciting times.

      Lionel - 2012-01-23 11:29

      If I was a Bull supporter(and thats a BIG if)I would hope Ludeke does not do to the Bulls what he did to the Lions!!!!!!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 11:49

      SAFFA, the Bulls played excatly the same rugby under both of them. Besides, you lot gave all the WP players credit for the Boks' wins, Like the Sharks supporters did with their players. At least the Bulls achieved some success regardless. Something you lot wouldn't know much about. Gooinat, Ludeke won 2 Super rugby titles and a Currie cup as head coach. Better than any Lions or Stormers coach for that matter.

      Saffa - 2012-01-23 11:54

      @Dozey - if Ludeke was so great, why was his name never mentioned as the new Bok Coach? Not by fans, not by experts, not by players, not by anyone in fact. With the stats you give he is by a hicksville mile the most successful provincial coach in SA - ever, yet his name wasn't even whispered as a Bok coach? I find that weird don't you?

      Bames - 2012-01-23 12:07

      Anyone remember what Coetzee did with EP when he was appointed their coach..? No comparison.

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 12:20

      I couldn't care less why his name was never mentioned by you, or Balsak or anyone. His CV tells a story. How about your coach's? By the way, the 'stats' I gave are facts. Can't argue with that. I never said he was the best coach ever, try again. I simply said that no other S.A. coach (besides Meyer) can compare. Pretty straight forward.

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-01-23 12:21

      @bulldozer..and when the blou masjien sy gat sien wat nou gereel gebeur..hahahahaha..dan verdwyn sy ondersteuners ook!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hahahahahahahahaha

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 12:26

      Ag ou Ruantjie, ek kan sien jy is nuut hierso. Stormer supporter, nê?

      Saffa - 2012-01-23 12:32

      C'mon Dozey.....You know I am asking a legitimate question. WHY was Ludeke not automatically touted as the next Bok coach? In any other rugga playing nation, a coach that has won as much as he has would be a SHOO-IN for the National coaching spot. You are correct, his CV is 2nd to none (if you ignore his stint with the Lions of course...). In fact, with a CV like his - surely he would be in demand the world over, not just SA? So my question is: why isn't he? Does he not ask himself this as well?

      Saffa - 2012-01-23 12:36

      Sorry to add @Dozey - I don't recall many Bulls fans pushing Ludeke for the Bok job either? They have all been punting Meyer - when the 'facts' as you state clearly prove that Ludeke has been more successful than Meyer...... So if Bulls fans can overlook Ludeke so easily, when he is fact more successful on paper than Meyer - surely something is rotten in the state of Denmark? I'm seriously just asking......

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 13:07

      Remember the state of Bulls rugby when Heyneke took over? He built up a dynasty and was always the favourite to become the Bok coach after Jake. Why all of a sudden must all Bulls supporters change their minds regarding his ability to coach the Boks, just because another Bulls coach was successful after him? I don't know why Ludeke's name was never mentioned. Maybe he stated early on that he wasn't interested. It really doesn't bother me.

      Saffa - 2012-01-23 13:20

      Ans therein we might have the answer @Dozey. Ludeke built 'nothing': he rode on Meyer's dynasty and the gifted 'once in a lifetime players' Heyneke stuck with (Matfield, du Preez, Bakkies etc). In the same way that P Divvy exploited Jake's 'dynasty'. So to answer my own question re: Ludeke, perhaps this season will be the 1st time we get to see HIS input? And because no-one has seen his input at the Bulls to date - people were wary of putting of his name in the hat for Bok coach. IF Ludeke can develop his OWN dynasty, without any involvement from Meyer, perhaps he will be taken more seriously?

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 13:28

      I can't even remember how this discussion started. But whatever, let's see. Time to take a drive.

      Bames - 2012-01-23 13:45

      ...and even a better question would be, does Coetzee have anything to offer now that Rassie has gone? Everything good about WP these last 2 seasons were because of the vision of Erasmus. I agree with you Bulldozer, lets see how they perform and then talk.

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-01-24 07:50

      @bulldozer.. natuurlik is ek nie n bul ondersteuner nie, jyt n beter kans om swanger te raak, ons sal sien hoeveel ACHIEVE julle YOUNGSTER di jaar..maar as ek jy is om jou enige verdere verneedering te spaar sal ek eerder maar net stil bly..

  • Bames - 2012-01-23 11:27

    It doesnt matter if WP sign Usain Bolt as a wing, with the captain of the ship gone the Province boat has no direction.

      Chris - 2012-01-23 15:31

      @Nic: Ons ou volkie is so geneig om onsubstansiele opinies te he! Waar kom jy daaraan dat WP/Stormer-sukses aan Rassie toe te skryf is? Sover my kennis strek het Rassie 'n lekker 'cozy' office job gehad terwyl AC die harde werk op die veld saam met die spelers gedoen het. Eintlik moet ons dalk reguit se ons verkies om alles wat "wit' is die krediet te gee en alles wat 'n ander kleur is af te skiet!

      Bootman - 2012-01-23 18:40

      Chris I remember quite well how great the stormers were when Rassie was coach. Didnt they end 7th one year?

  • herman.pio - 2012-01-23 13:12

    @bulldozer julle is nou grootbek tot julle nie eers die top 8 haal nie

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-23 13:43

      Nou sien ek wie het al die pies gevriet.

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