Kaplan's advice to Stormers

2012-02-02 22:13

Cape Town - Use brains and not brawn.

That was referee Jonathan Kaplan's message to the Stormers in a discussion over the rules of the game.

"The Stormers are a very experienced group, but the same principle which applies to me, applies to them as well: No matter how much experience you've got, you have to keep on growing," Kaplan told Die Burger newspaper.

"The transition from good to exceptionally good won't be measured by how much kilograms you can push, but by good decision making on the field.

"You don't want to wonder after the match about what could have been.

"I'm not arguing that physical strength does not play a big role in rugby, but tactics and decision making determine the winner," said Kaplan.

Earlier this week, South Africa's refereeing boss André Watson said referees have been told to be very strict when handling the breakdown area in the upcoming season.

Kaplan discussed the rules in a constructive manner with the Stormers this week. "It's my job to provide them with information and the coaches' job to decide on the application."

Craig Joubert will blow the Stormers' pre-season match against the Cheetahs this weekend, which will show how much they have learnt from their session with Kaplan.

The teams can also expect to be punished when engaging too early at scrum time.

"There will be quicker action taken against a team that engages early. A penalty will immediately follow a free kick against the team transgressing. In the past we were much more lenient.

"Sometimes a free kick against the team transgressing is not enough punishment.

"If you have a situation where the two packs of forwards are equally strong, one team could gain an advantage if it wins the engagement.

"It's our responsibility to ensure that there's a fair clash."



15 Gerhard van den Heever, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Deon Carstens.

Substitutes: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Don Armand, 21 Nick Fenton-Wells, 22 Rohan Kitshoff, 23 Bolla Conradie, 24 Kurt Coleman, 25 Michael van der Spuy, 26 Berton Klaasen


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Lourens Adriaanse, 18 George Earl, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Ashley Johnson, 21 Marnus Hugo, 22 Sias Ebersohn, 23 Philip Snyman, 24 Rayno Benjamin, 25 Willie le Roux.

Referee: Craig Joubert


  • Glen - 2012-02-02 23:41

    Just a note Sport24, Rugby is governed by laws and not rules. So Kaplan would have been discussing the laws of the game! I'm just saying.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-03 07:48

      Pieter, die aap is Rambo se broer.......Rampiepie.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-03 08:18

      Ek wonder wie's die domste......Jan of Duanne?

      Glen - 2012-02-03 08:22

      @Jan, that really cuts deep brother. I do like your fighting talk!

      Brannas - 2012-02-03 08:42

      Duane is baie dom, almal weet dit, maar ek dink Rampiepie Jan beat hom

  • Pieter - 2012-02-03 00:30

    Kaplan should have just said: Stormers, prepare for another cupless decade you arrogant idiots. Arme Stompies, foeitog, daar gaan wragtag niks aan nie! Wie in sy regte "mind" kan nog vir die onnosel goed skree?????????

      Shistirrer - 2012-02-03 10:15

      Pieter, gaan die Kings julle weer op julle moer gee hierdie jaar?

      JP - 2012-02-03 18:15


      Pieter - 2012-02-03 22:01

      @JP Ou resieskuiken, is jy ernstig?? Lag ek my nou amper dood vir jou, jy doen seker nie modelwerk nie of wat se ek

  • kevin.rack - 2012-02-03 03:43

    Just dont get a kiwi or aussie ref and you will be allright. The S15 is a joke. Think Bryce Lawrence and Beast's made up penalty. Should I go on...

  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-03 05:12

    "Use brains and not brawn". Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      Jason - 2012-02-03 06:06

      U see bulls fans dont understand why you would need to use brains at all.

      Jason - 2012-02-03 06:07

      wait wait dont tell me - put out a campfire wif your face duh

      Jason - 2012-02-03 06:08

      no wait - u are abortion duh uh

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-03 06:21

      I don't repeat jokes. I've got lots of different ones for you alone.

      Pieter - 2012-02-03 07:42

      @Jason Not exactly Brad Pitt are u

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-03 08:19

      Die aap is met die lelike stok geslaan.

      Brannas - 2012-02-03 08:44

      Daar behoort n' wetgewing te wees om te keer dat lelike mense soos Jason kan kinders he', hulle besmet net die wereld

      Pierre - 2012-02-03 10:37

      The Bulls game is not so much brawn as discipline as it will be very tempting to pass the ball now and then to the centres instead of kicking it every time.

      Stefan - 2012-02-03 15:24

      Hahaha. Reading comments on rugby articels is hilarious. Is it only by chance that everyone having something bad to say about Jason's appearance are Bulls supporters and none of you guys have the balls to actually put a profile pic about yourself on? Hahahaha freakin chops.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-03 16:13

      Stefan, I have lots to say about your appearance as well.

      Pieter - 2012-02-03 22:04

      @Stefan Best is, with your looks you still have the guts to put it on here! Hats off to you for guts, but man, are u ever ugly

      Stefan - 2012-02-06 08:13

      @Bulldozer and Pieter, I'm sure you have lot's to say about your own looks as well, which would actually explain why you are to ashamed to have your faces seen on public websites. The fact that you support the Bulls may just as well also be the reason why you are ashamed to show your faces. I know I would have been...

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-03 07:34

    Just yesterday I looked at Schalk Burger saying there will be a lot of aggression and I thought ag hel tog hier kom die rooi kaarte weer. I hope Kaplans advice will assist all our teams

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      Bootman - 2012-02-03 07:51


      Pieter - 2012-02-03 08:05


  • james.kukard - 2012-02-03 08:42

    I don't mind being strict at breakpoints, just be fair pls. especially YOU, Kaplan!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-03 08:52

      I'm especially pleased with the way Djokovic won the breakpoints on Nadal's serve in last week's Aussie open final, when it mattered.

  • Pieter - 2012-02-04 19:30

    Stormers lost to Cheetahs!!!!!!!!!!!! BWA HA HA HA Just waiting for the article to be posted!

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