Brumbies' 'Kamp Staaldraad'

2011-05-23 07:28

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – A mini "Kamp Staaldraad" and the Jake White-factor could potentially make the Brumbies tougher opponents in Canberra on Saturday than the Stormers might have anticipated prior to embarking on their Super Rugby tour Down Under.

It may not be a coincidence that the Brumbies displayed some mental steel at the weekend as they drew 13-all with the Western Force – just last Tuesday they had a tough evening training session in ice-cold conditions.

According to website Rugbyheaven, not even loose forward Rocky Elsom, who had a hamstring injury, was spared the session in the cold with shorts and singlets.

The session followed a scathing attack on the Brumbies by acting coach Tony Rea following their recent defeat against the Lions. He described them as soft and the training session was apparently aimed at toughening them up mentally.

White, the former Springbok coach that takes over as head coach from next year, also slotted in with the Aussies early last week. However, he is apparently not yet involved in a hands-on capacity with the team.

He and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee won the Rugby World Cup as coaching team in France in 2007 and their knowledge of one another could also bring about an interesting dynamic on Saturday.

The problem the Brumbies have is that seasoned players such as Matt Giteau (flyhalf), Adam Ashley-Cooper (utility back), Mark Chisholm (lock) and Salesi Ma’afu (prop) will be playing their rugby elsewhere after this season.

A team’s focus could easily suffer if it stands to lose so many senior players.

However, the rest of the players should be eager to impress White ahead of next season. Apart from that motivation, the Brumbies only have pride left to play for.

Meanwhile, the Stormers travelled from New Zealand to Australia at the weekend. They have set up camp in Sydney and will travel to Canberra on Friday.

While there is still likely to be some euphoria among supporters about the stirring comeback win over the Blues, an objective analysis of the game will show that the Stormers did not play well for large periods.

Coetzee was also not blind to the fact afterwards.

As an example, the Stormers lost three lineout balls inside the first six minutes and also made bad decisions by running the ball from their own 22m-area. There were also numerous handling errors.

“There is still a long way to go in the tournament and hard work ahead. We are now entering the toughest phase of the competition and our goal remains to make the play-offs. The win over the Blues was important for our confidence,” said Coetzee.

He may well have the option of a specialist flyhalf on his substitutes bench this week as Kurt Coleman has been asked to travel to Australia to replace the injured Lionel Cronjé in the squad.

Western Province director of coaching Rassie Erasmus has also joined up with the team.

Dewaldt Duvenage fared well as replacement flyhalf on Friday, but Coetzee will breathe a sigh of relief should his medical team inform him that Peter Grant is over his ankle injury ahead of Saturday’s game.


  • Neo - 2011-05-23 07:34

    Sorry Jake ... Stormers gonna blow them Brumbies away!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-23 08:11

      Wrong attitude! We cannot take the Brumbies for granted. They may be going through a crisis but, if the Stormers think that all they have to do is to pitch up, then they will be making a huge mistake. Fortunately, AC is astute enought to know this.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-05-23 08:21

      Ja, I think the Stormers thought along similar lines when they faced the Chiefs, look where that ended. Brumbies have a lot to play for.

      Hannes - 2011-05-23 08:38

      No Mike, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having faith in your teams ability. Neo showing unwaivering confidence in the Stormers does not mean he thinks they only have to pitch up to win the game or that he is taking them for granted. We just beat the top of the table team in a magnificent showing of skill and determination. Do you really think the Brumbies are going to outsmart or outplay us? We've got the momentum and a massive confidence boost from the Blues game, if anything, we are going to build on that. And that means.... Sorry Jake ... Stormers gonna blow them Brumbies away!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-23 08:56

      Yes Hannes, so did we, going into the second half against the Chiefs. Nothing wrong with confidence....but statements like ...'we are going to blow them away', is like asking for trouble. I am also confident that the Stormers should win but, they still need to pitch up and play the game properly and respect the Brumbies.....not too much, mind you :)!

      Neo - 2011-05-23 09:26

      @Mike. That goes without saying .... we know what happened with the Western Force last year ... supposedly an easy win .... we have learnt from that. Stormers are going to blow them away. The wind in CT today is nothing compared to what's gonna hit them Brumbies ;o))

      Hannes - 2011-05-24 11:59

      Soooo, there is concensus that we have to pitch

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-23 07:40

    It's too late. We respect ALL teams, but our aim is always to DEMOLISH our opponents on the field and after the game we're friends again. Stormers will definitely blow these guys away. Stormers by 15 and Cheetahs to win a very TOUGH and PHYSICAL battle by 10. Bulls are looking good, but sorry it's also too late for MAMMA!!!!!!

      Jacky - 2011-05-23 07:43

      Is soe WPBEFONK... could not said it betta Go STORMERS.......

  • rugby_guru - 2011-05-23 07:41

    Sorry not trying to be funny, but it's going to take a little more than a few days to give the Brumbies an edge over the Stormers... Good luck Stormers!!! Good luck Cheetahs, you going to need it, Lions sorry you probably have no chance but good luck, gooooo SHARKS :D

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 07:54

    I would not take the Brumbies or Rebels lightly. Senior players: Bekker, Louw, Vermeulen and Deon Fourie need to sit out one of the Aussie games at the very least, or else there will be problems in the final stretch of the tournie. Allistair, please rest these men. Liebenberg, van Zyl, Koster, Sadie, de Jongh etc are more than capable. Let's see what the powers decide.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-23 07:58

      Agree, NEVER write off/take any opponenet lightly

      Kaapie - 2011-05-23 07:59

      Deon looked of the boil in the pst two games. Throwing in at lineout has not been good enough

  • RGL - 2011-05-23 08:16

    "The session followed a scathing attack on the Brumbies by acting coach Tony Rea" - Is this to assist with feigning injury ?

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-23 10:13

      I think the Bulls also have an acting coach. The way Matfield and FdP can carry on with the ref is sometimes worthy of an Oscar.

      Clayton - 2011-05-24 09:01

      @Shitster.... What does this article have to do with the Bulls? Your comment bares no relevance to anything. R-tard!

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-23 08:20

    Go Jake!!! Go Brumbies!!!

      Hannes - 2011-05-23 08:39

      GO CHEETAHS!!! drol

      watalife - 2011-05-23 08:45

      @Lloyd Congratulations on your teams effort. the flo nulle eventually beat a side that was ranked higher than them on the log. The Mighty Stormers can certainly beat the brumbies provided they dont just rock up on saturday thinking the game is won. The flo nulle are in for a big surprise against the Cheetahs and this could spell the end to there S15 campaign. Go Cheetahs. bulls...suck

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 08:45

      GO BULLS!!! drol

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 08:49

      Stormers = Nulle cups for 10 years.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 08:58

      @Watalife - Morning! Reading the drivel from certain "Bulls" kenners, has made me appreciate the fact that most of these 'sparkplugs' reside 1460 km's away. Can you imagine the 'social development/sheltered employment' budget the DA would have to come up with just to bring these ''chaps" up to some sort of civilized level if they lived in the Cape?

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 09:56

      Most Stormers supporters' parents have got the same Mitochondrial DNA.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 10:06

      @Lloyd - at least we have parents, and were born of humans(regardless of their mitochondrial DNA)

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 10:56

      Must suck to only have one grandma to start with.

      watalife - 2011-05-23 10:57

      @SAFFA Morning, You can take national budget and spend it all on those clutch plates you will never get anything right. As the old saying has it a leopard can never shed its spots.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-23 11:55

      Leopard never 'changes' it's spots, jou idioot.

      JustinD - 2011-05-23 12:36

      Go suck your boyfriend off you droll

      Whoosa - 2011-05-24 06:30

      @ watacvnt, congratulations on your teams performance. the stormers eventually beat a side that was ranked higher than them on the log...

  • Wikus - 2011-05-23 08:25

    I have always been a big Jake White fan and I will be and even bigger fan if he can get the Brumbies to beat the Stormers. Go Jake!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-23 09:07

      I am a big Cheetahs fan......

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 09:35

      @Mike, I am a big fan of declaring Cape Town a republic thus ensuring chaps like Wikus stay out.

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-23 10:16

      Saffa, I've heard they are putting up a border post at Leeu Gamka on Wednesday.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-23 11:11

      @Shistirrer - oh happy days :)

      eh eh eh - 2011-05-23 17:17

      More like kamp draad trek than staalraad for the B's

      Clayton - 2011-05-24 09:09

      you okes can enjoy Cape town and its Hippie mentality, us guys from Gauteng will keep the economy going by making the money :)

  • Amratian - 2011-05-23 08:53

    Staldraad? "Staaldraad"!

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-05-23 09:50

      mmm - lol -yeah, picked that up as well. Staldraad means stable wire...

      Met Uysh! - 2011-05-23 11:50

      So the Brumbies are a bunch of happy campers...;)

      Neo - 2011-05-23 14:27

      Nee net draad trekkers...

  • flowing river - 2011-05-23 09:45

    Watch the traitor give the Stormers a rugby lesson!

  • JC - 2011-05-23 11:21

    Kamp Staaldraad vir die Aussies? Ag sies tog, hulle sal nie eers opdaag vir die game nie.

  • Clifton - 2011-05-23 12:35

    Brumbies is our bogey team...we have beaten them only once in Super history!!!

      JC - 2011-05-23 12:58

      Really? Well, I'm sure that bogey will be broken this year... the Lions already did that. If they don't win then their confidence will take a SERIOUS hammering

  • DeonL - 2011-05-23 13:01

    This should be an easy game for the Stormers, but if they have another off day anyone can win this one.

  • Scaramouche - 2011-05-23 13:04

    And Rocky Elsom now confirmed out for the remainder of the season, it is not going to get easier for the Brumbies!

  • Francois - 2011-05-23 15:35

    Jake het 'n huge challenge hier geneem, ek hoop die man doen goed

  • Mafaka - 2011-05-23 15:55

    You Stormers are a strange breed indeed. Apparenly there is a Snor in every Stormer Hannes: "We just beat the top of the table team in a magnificent showing of skill and determination." WPBEFONK: "We respect ALL teams, but our aim is always to DEMOLISH our opponents on the field and after the game we're friends again." watalife: "bulls...suck" (this guy is obviously top of the echelons of Stormer intelligence) Sounds to me like there is way to much "blowing" going on in the poofter capital of SA. Makes one wonder what they mean when they say they are going to "blow" the Brumbies away...

      Hannes - 2011-05-24 12:02

      What the mafaka are you on about

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