Stormers seek winning culture

2012-01-22 16:29

Cape Town - Young players in the Stormers setup can stake their claim for a place in the Super Rugby squad if they perform well in this month's warm-up matches, according to lock De Kock Steenkamp.

Steenkamp, who led the Stormers to a 45-14 win over the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington on Saturday, said selectors were keeping a keen eye on their practice matches.

"It's a time of the season when players can alert the selectors who are on the lookout for new faces," Steenkamp said.

"Boland provides the sort of opposition that's really testing on the character and it's a great chance for new faces to show they're ready to make the step up."

The Stormers square up against the Lions in the opening match of a pre-season series in Cape Town on Friday - the second of their four scheduled warm-up games.

"It was important to start off the year with a win because the idea is to build a winning culture, Steenkamp said.

"The next step would be to build on this performance when we have a hit out against the Lions.

"It's all about working harder over the next few weeks."

Veteran scrumhalf Bolla Conradie produced a stand-out performance against Boland and showed a fair amount of enterprise at the base of the scrum, setting up attacks on Boland's defence.

"I'm at a stage where I play for fun but I'm working hard by training twice a day," said Conradie, who captained the Cavaliers to the Currie Cup First Division title last season.

"I am prepared for a good pre-season and nobody knows what will happen, as long as I keep working hard."


  • Brannas - 2012-01-22 18:11

    Hi Boetie, You cannot buy a winning culture, you have to play for it and the stormers were not able to do it in 11 years. Shame!! all the teams wants to be like the BULLS, Dream on boytjie.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-22 18:42

      Dronkie.. wurry bout your mof bulletjies... Meerder coke en minne Oom Tas

      Francois - 2012-01-22 19:51

      It kind of is ironic that the Bulls are also buying players, but let us first go back a bit. Matfield? Was he not bought or brough back from Griquas? Wikus van Heerden in the first year the Bulls won the S14 along with Habana ( the guy who then still could score winning tries) - mmm Golden Lions? That Sadie guy who is about to play for the Bulls, did he not play for the Stormers last season. Sure Brannas, you cannot buy a winning team, you to coach it, thus their is a bit of a paradox in your statement, but the whole issue of Province wanting to create a winning culture is a bit of an irony. The important thing to note, as you have correctly insinuated, is that like NZ who waited 24 years and WP who is now waiting 11 years, you need to win just one match to be the champion - that is the final. The moment that Province does not spend time on writing stuff like this on a blog and Allister stops to think that he is Larry King, that moment it will go better.

  • Jan - 2012-01-22 19:13

    If so, why did they let Rassie go?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-22 19:36

      WP is in a shambles. The amateur side is dictating to the professional side. When the President tells the CEO what to do you know you have a problem.

      Francois - 2012-01-22 20:01

      Rassie does not even qualify for a Wonderbra sponsorship - the latter had support and a cup. Rassie had neither.

  • Akk3d1s - 2012-01-23 06:49

    mmm....the pre-season talks. Why does this feel so familiar?

  • Nico - 2012-01-23 08:45

    When Jacques Fourie moved from the Lions to province it was because he wanted to be part of a winning culture. Now it seems that they are searching for the winning culture?? going backwards???

  • Patrick - 2012-01-23 13:25

    is his name really "de kock"??? WOW

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