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Coetzee: 120 min per player

2012-02-06 22:15

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says his biggest task will be to ensure that his players are not underdone by the time their 2012 Super Rugby season kicks off against the Hurricanes at Newlands on February 25.

"With the warm-up matches one has to ensure the best players get enough game time," Coetzee said on Monday.

"We're looking around 120 minutes per player during the period of the four friendlies.

"We must ensure that we are not undone by the time the season start. It's also a tricky start to the season because we've drawn a bye after two rounds. If players still need to get match fit they'll have to take outings in the Vodacom Cup competition."

The Stormers, who fielded a largely second string combination against the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday, suffered a rare defeat in a pre-season match.

Coetzee acknowledged that his side's attack was not what it should have been.

"The pressure got to some (young) players at Newlands on Saturday, and those players would have realised they need to learn lessons quickly at Super Rugby level," said Coetzee.

"I now know who the best players are and we'll announce our 2012 squad on Wednesday."

One concern that has regularly been raised with the Stormers' management is the position of specialist fetcher which the franchise prefers not to select.

"We play without a specialist fetcher and my view is that by including a player specially for 'fetching' duties we are limiting ourselves. We have several players who can play that role, and who can do it rather well," he said.

"We use our defensive system to turn-over ball and our breakdown performance is improving with every outing.

"I can't say the same about our general attack play but we're looking to show a big improvement in that area this week."

The Stormers' pack will be considerably beefed up this week for the Kings encounter in Port Elizabeth with lock Andries Bekker and eighthman Duane Vermeulen finally returning to action after a long lay-off.

Another lock Rynhardt "Rocky" Elstadt was eased back into action over the weekend and he is likely to enjoy a longer stint on Saturday.

The other key player in the running for inclusion on Saturday is scrumhalf Dewald Duvenage.

"We have a management plan with the players returning from injury and Duvenage is doing a fair amount of work, but we are still not sure whether he'll play on Saturday," said Coetzee.

"We'll do an assessment again on Wednesday."

Stormers captain Schalk Burger has been given a break  for "personal reasons" and he'll return to the squad later in the week.

SAPA

Comments
  • Bulldozer - 2012-02-06 22:50

    It's gonna make no difference whatsoever.

      Kosie - 2012-02-07 16:15

      always the first one to comment on a stormers page. but loving it

      Jason - 2012-02-07 16:22

      After reading all the comments i came back to the top to post this small request. Please comment on the rugby this season! Im so sick and tired of listening to the Bulls Stormers guys having pissing contests. talk rugby! its not difficult except you actually have to watch the games, and also understand the sport! Bring on the rugby. Stormers 4 life!

  • Brannas - 2012-02-07 05:40

    The stormers are doomed. If they think Parkbankie Bekker and Dom Duane is going to beef up the team, then they saddling up a losing horse. Pathetic to say the least

      Melt - 2012-02-07 06:00

      Hi die drie maketeers is reeds vroeg op die aanval, ne? Brannas, Pieter en Bulldozer, ek hoor gereeld van 10 en 11 jaar terug n koppie gewen......dit is n feit en niemand kan verby dit redeneer nie. Verseker is geen Stormer trots daarop nie, maar wat se julle van die Bulle se 7 de plek op laasjaar se log? Nog swakker 5 de op die CB log? Sien ons verwys nie na julle onlangse patetiese vertoning nie, ons se daar is n nuwe jaar, nuwe spelers en ons sien uit na nuwe games. Vergeet nou van die verlede en spits julle toe op die jaar, lewer kommentaar oor vandag se game lig die plaat wat vasgehaak het se naald en beweeg na die vl song. Julle al drie het voorheen al goeie kommentaar gelewer wat sin gemaak het en lekker was om te lees, so laat ons rugby gesels en oor elke game voorspellings waag en na die game mekaar gas gee. Ek luister graag na julle . Gte

      Brannas - 2012-02-07 06:45

      Melt, Correction. "The three must have beers"

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-07 08:03

      @Bullpozer, julle moet julle self maar voor berei vir die bulle se teleurstelling, want as julle net met 4punte oor die kings wen sien ek dat hierdie gaan n baie lang seisoen wees vir die bulle..en n geen s15 seisoen volgende jaar want die kings gaan julle plek vat..pateet

      Melt - 2012-02-07 10:15

      @ Bulldozer, jy leer vinnig jy praat reeds van die toekoms en nie die verlede nie........nou om te sien of jy sin praat of nie, sal ons wedstryd vir wedstryd vat en kyk wat gebeur. Julle het die Sharks op hande as ek reg is so baie sterkte dit is n sterk span om mee af te skop.

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-07 13:03

      en dit moet my nou pla wanneer jou ma dood is, en op die ou end van die saak is jy nogsteeds die pateet!! meer na n pedofiel wat op ander seuns se profile rond krap!! my maat wat gaan jou vrou hier van se? toema sal haar gou vra sy's nou hier by my!! as ek vir jou goeie raad kan gee ou man!! gaan lewer eerder jou comments op die flou bul berigte want op die ander praat jy net nonsens!!!

      ruan.geldenhuys - 2012-02-07 13:39

      ag nee shame ek sal van my "MAAITJIES" vir jou stuur want ek kan sien jy't bietjie nodig..jy kan nie met die volwassenes praat nie want jy maak comments wat pas gebore baba's lewer as hulle gebore is..

      Melt - 2012-02-07 13:52

      Joooooiii Bulldozer jy het belowe om rugby te gesels , Ruan, kom ons bly by rugby ou maat. Wat dink julle van Spies vs Vermeulen? Dink julle regtig Brussow is goed of word hy deur die pers opgehemel omdat hy familie van n redakteur is?

      Kosie - 2012-02-07 16:21

      @ melt, nou weet ek ook dat hy familie van n redikteur is, maar voordat ek dit geweet het, het ek nog altyd gedink hy is goed. maar dis nou nie rugby praat nie dis huisgenoot stories, die redakteur gedeelte

  • Dawie - 2012-02-07 05:47

    Kyk wie comment eerste weereens - die scumbags - Kanada Aap, TLB en Brannas - Dis wat n mens pathetic en obsessie noem !!! En die comments verskil niks van 2009/2010 en 2011 nie - selle woordeskat, selle mentaliteit en selle IK - Go Griekwas - klim in by Cheetahs en leer die idiote n deeglike les !!!!!!!

      Dawie - 2012-02-07 06:09

      TLB - Griekwas se trofee kas was in 1970 laas afgestof as ek reg onthou - jou punt is ???

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-07 06:28

      Hierdie is n artikel oor Super rugby en die Stormers. Ek het na hulle laaste Curriebeker sukses gewys om nice te wees. 11 Jaar geen CC klink baie beter as 'nooit ooit enige Super rugby cups nie'. Jy moet vir my dankie sê. Nog iets?

      Dawie - 2012-02-07 10:58

      @TLB - Yes - jou redenasie vermoe is nogsteeds verdag en "under par" - nog iets !!! Jy kan nooit in jou lewe nice wees met enigeiemand behalwe jouself nie so moenie andere probeer bluff nie !!

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-07 11:19

      Dawie, jy probeer my sleg sê deur my iets te noem wat ek nie eers weet wat dit is nie. Dit het geen effek op my nie.

      Dawie - 2012-02-07 22:07

      @Fake Dawie Word groot p@ephol

  • Frankie - 2012-02-07 07:21

    Sodra hy loop sal ons weer begin om iets te wen!. Verkeerde game plans,swak afrigtings metodes! Kan nt die game goed praat mt die mond! Die man sit hoeveel jaar nou met van die top rugby spelers in SA en kon nog niiks wen ni!

      Brannas - 2012-02-07 07:39

      Ek is bly om te sien dat iemand in die Kaap darem "commen sense" het en sien dat hule n' verlore stryd voer.

      Stefan - 2012-02-07 07:43

      Ek sal dit nie op die coach blameer nie. Die Stormers speel al heelwat beter vandat hy afrig. Die spelers moet net leer om klaar te maak. Hulle speel champ rugby regdeur die seisoen, maar brand om een of ander rede altyd vas in die semi's of finals. En julle supporters leer ook nie uit julle foute nie. Jaar na jaar mis julle net uit op 'n beker, maar jy kan verseker weet dat wag maar net vir twee games in die volgende seisoen dat het julle alweer klaar die beker gewen. Julle gee die Bulle supporters ammunisie om julle mee te kap en val elke jaar vir dieselfde strik.

      Marius - 2012-02-07 08:02

      Wonder hoekom die Stormers 'n second string gekies het teen die Cheetahs wat al reeds jar lank Super Rugby speel, maar kies hulle sterkste span teen die Kings. Of is hulle dalk bang om die grap van die jaar te word as hulle miskien verloor deur 'n second string te kies.

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