Result secondary for Stormers

2012-01-25 09:23

Cape Town - The Stormers have lined up most of their big guns for the Lions' visit to Newlands for their warm-up match on Friday evening.

The match is Cape side's second Super Rugby warm-up outing, with coach Allister Coetzee saying the match was all about the side's collective form rather than the result.

"In terms of our objectives for the match it is more about form than the result," said Coetzee.

"One of the objectives will be to ensure that the players (in the starting XV) get at least 60 minutes of rugby.

"At this stage it is the strongest side that we can send out and it's in line with building a side that will be the best possible.

"The rugby aspect of this match is that it will be important for players to know our set-piece and the attack systems, while ensuring that we build on the momentum from last week's friendly at Boland."

The Stormers three-quarters have a distinct Springbok look about it with the midfield pairing of Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh, while Bryan Habana and Gio Aplon are out on the wings.

There was a feeling that Coetzee might use one of the new midfielders alongside the established players but Coetzee said there were more pressing concerns.

"At this stage it's most important for combinations to be in place," said Coetzee.

"We have to get it right in the quickest possible time. Other players will get a chance but the objective is to get the best combinations going."

Stormers captain, Schalk Burger said the demands of the modern game were such that play had to be structured because play was becoming increasingly intensive.

"It's no longer good enough just to know the set plays and the moves," Burger said.

"The team structures has to be good because opponents will test you often.

"Also, the ball remains in hand for greater periods of time, and there's emphasis on going through phases.

"This squad has had a long lay-off and there's nothing better than a match situation to check what we've done up to now."



15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Louis Schrueder, 8. Nick Koster, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Deon Carstens, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Don Armand, 20. Reuben Johannes, 21. Nizaam Carr, 22. Nic Groom, 23. Burton Francis, 24. Marcel Brache, 25. Gerhard van den Heever, 26. Danie Poolman


15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon Van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Doppies La Grange (vice-captain), 11 Michael Killian, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Josh Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco Van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Greeff, 20 Ruan Botha, 21 Cobus Grobbelaar, 22 Doppies Le Roux, 23 Anthony Volminc, 24 Dylan Des Fountain, 25 James Kamana, 26 Andries Coetzee.


  • Nico - 2012-01-25 09:32

    hahahaha, not even on the field yet and they start with their excuses :) GO LIONS!!!

      Lionel - 2012-01-25 09:38

      Nico,you are really enjoying In a certain way I agree with Coetzee,its not about the result but to see certain combinations but a win for me will also be good......Go Stormers!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Nico - 2012-01-25 09:41

      hehehe, yeap, I am enjoying it, been a LONG time!! I also agree bout combinations and stuff, it is a warmup game, but then, whenever a team does not go onto the field to win they should not go on at all! it's about getting used to winning, no matter the combinations.

      Lionel - 2012-01-25 09:48

      To true!!!!! I really hope the Lions do do well this year and cause a few upsets(Bulls:))along the way!!!!!

      Nico - 2012-01-25 10:11

      @Lionel, i think there will be more than a few upsets, the camp is confident on going to the playoffs. they might not win the SA Conference, but i'm sure they will end in the top 6 :)

      acdcdclm - 2012-01-25 11:10

      "the match it is more about form than the result". Sorry AC but 99.9% of the time a result is indicative of your form.

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  • malcolm.molver - 2012-01-25 09:35

    As usual the Stormers get all the pre-season hype. And as has happened in the last ten years, I wouldn't be surprised if it all amounts to nothing.

  • Meyer Du Plessis - 2012-01-25 09:36

    Yip the result won't matter much x Cause the lions wil kick them again.....and where wil habana play this year at scrum half???only place he woil fit with old man bolla their only othe option....

  • Faheem - 2012-01-25 09:36

    I second AC on that the result is secondary but i have no doubt that the Stormers will get the result none the less.!!! GO STORMERS.!!! :D

      Chris - 2012-01-25 10:23

      Sounds like the same attitude they have towards tournaments: trophies are secondary.

  • Dave - 2012-01-25 10:43

    Is the game going to be on TV?

  • Max - 2012-01-25 10:53

    I have a bad feeling about the Stormers this season and think they going to have one of their worst seasons in a while. Not happy with the boardroom rumblings, media hype before the season has even started. Player transactions imo very poor as usual, bring in marginal big paycheque players that have not proved themselves for other unions and/or passed their sell by date and at the same time succeed in getting rid of all the local upcoming talent.

      Meyer Du Plessis - 2012-01-25 12:58

      Ha ha yes...just love it that the stormers best young players are now with the bulls....

  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-25 11:50

    ''Result secondary for Stormers''. For the last 11 years.

  • Hoo - 2012-01-25 11:51

    @alister- "In terms of our objectives for the match it is more about form than the result..." Is dit nie presies wat die anc se leuse OOK is nie,.. "ons gee nie om oor die eind resultaat nie, net sodat ons mooi saamwerk..."in die afgrond in. WP, kry vir julle 'n coach en vinnig!

      Bootman - 2012-01-25 12:00

      Hoo it looks like you're white and unhappy with the ANC (yawn). If so, why dont you go out and fight and die for what you believe in like the thousands of people who died in the fight against apartheid. Instead you sit in front of your pc and moan like a little girl. Typical............should have called youself BooHoo.

      Chris - 2012-01-25 18:40

      @Bootman: 99% of these fools on the forum still believe it was Rassie that was responsible for the success of the Stormers over the last two years. No credit to Allistair at all. Rassie had this cozey office job, taking all the credit for everything that went well, while AC was working his butt off on and off the field getting the blame for everything that went wrong. Forgive them, they are white...

  • Dawie - 2012-01-25 18:19

    Would like to know who this idiot is that wrote this article. Typical of the media to ensure the knives are out first thing in the season and which team is the most likely to be targeted .............. correct Stormers !!!!!!!

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