Coetzee: Our plan is working

2012-05-20 15:35

Cape Town - The Stormers may have largely retreated into their “demon defence” comfort zone in a second half once more, but senior personnel insist after the latest victory that grander goals remain firmly on course.

It is hard to seriously fault that logic, as they returned to top spot on the overall Super Rugby table following their 19-13 triumph over the Waratahs in Week 13 at Newlands on Saturday, despite a promising first 40 minutes of high-tempo and occasionally very creative play rather wilting once more into a slog-it-out mode to secure the win without a bonus point.

“There should only be one half,” coach Allister Coetzee quipped at the press briefing afterwards.

“But we are satisfied with the win; another hard-fought battle out there and again like a Test match. It’s the nature of the competition ... you’ve got to make sure you grind out your wins.

“Conditions were quite nice in the first half, nice and dry, and there was a big improvement in our attack. I was pleased with what I saw, and we roll on in the competition, making sure we win first.

“It’s not the final product yet and we still have work to do. The plans is working: 10 wins from 11 games, a Vodacom Cup side that is successful, winning it for the first time in 11 years, so it says a lot about the structures here in Western Province.

“It’s about moving forward as a franchise and union, and don’t under-estimate the depth we’ve created. It augurs well.”

Coetzee praised his troops for their customary defensive polish and the fact that “our physical game was right up there” on the chilly night.

“We made some pretty big hits on them and Eben (Etzebeth) was outstanding again tonight, and also another youngster like Steven Kitshoff who has been playing 80 minutes throughout the competition. Frans Malherbe made a big impact when he came on, too.”

Both the coach and captain Jean de Villiers admitted that the resurgent Sharks posed a major threat in a mouth-watering Durban derby next Saturday (19:10).

“The Sharks game is a massive clash against a quality side - they just got five points away to the Cheetahs which shows that,” said Coetzee.

As for Springbok centre De Villiers, he defiantly reminded Sport24 upon inquiry that if the Sharks have been on a healthy roll of late, “so have we”.

“I’m very happy with the performance today. The way we played in the first half was good; then there was a lapse in concentration soon after halftime with two players going out of structure on defence and allowing a try.

“Rain came down in the second half and we adapted to it with our kicking game. It was a better performance than last week (against the Cheetahs at the same venue) -- we handled the ball a lot more tonight, so things are heading in the right direction.

“We didn’t see the latest (Sharks) game, obviously, but they’re probably the team that’s impressed me the most in the last couple of weeks and a team playing with a lot of momentum and confidence and that’s dangerous.

“We’re under no illusions about what we face next week, a massive battle.”

Meanwhile Waratahs coach Michael Foley told Sport24 he felt the Stormers should remain strong contenders for the silverware.

“I think so; they have a very good squad. The set-piece is good, and their halves control the game well.

“Margins are especially fine at the sharp end of the tournament and the Stormers know how to win close matches; they’ve got to have a good shout.”

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  • reagan.titus.5 - 2012-05-20 15:58

    If AC is so sure About hiS gAMeplan why don't he bet his job on it the sharkS will be a real test for us nxt week

      StormerHJ - 2012-05-20 16:23

      Allister, is now enough of all sorts of plans, you must win the Super 15 for a chance.

      angelo.opperman - 2012-05-20 22:27

      Why should he? Would you expect any coach to "bet his job" on one game? Seriously? Go fly a kite you total Ignoramus!

  • Cavin - 2012-05-20 16:05

    It's going to be a bitter sweet clash but I back the SHARKS to take it by 7. They are coming into their own again and will be a big threat to any team right now. I cannot wait for the game!!! SHARKS forever!!!!

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-20 16:08

      GO SHARKS!!!

  • Eugene - 2012-05-20 16:21

    Mnr Coetzee ek is baie dankbaar dat u planne so ver uitwerk . Maar ek dink nie ek praat net van myself nie maar hou asb op om vir ons hartaanvalle ,hartversaking ongesonde drinkgewoontes en rook gewoontes te gee , in die tweede helfde . ;) wp en stormer ondersteuner.

      Eugene - 2012-05-20 16:37

      johan ek ken jou nie en wil jou ook nie ken nie maar is die moftus bus die een wat na loftus toe ry saterdae ?

      Vic - 2012-05-20 17:16

      Of course you are going to get all these heart problems because the Sharks are going to drill you. All season Stormers could only collect one bonus point so obviously they cannot score tries!!!! Go Sharks, black and white we are dynamite.

      Saffa - 2012-05-20 18:12

      Hello @Vic: Suddenly the Sharks have fans? Where have you chaps been all season? A few wins and suddenly the 'kief bru'/gold chain wearing gang is squatting here? Fair weather fan old Vic, or did you only get a modem last week? Just asking........ Instead of showing your support for the 'black and white' here, why not rally your troops and get to the stadium? The Stormers are not used to playing rugby in front of 15 000 people, they are used 40 000 plus (and they prefer it), so I would appreciate it if you Sharks fans would drag your 'kief bru' butts to Kings Park and actually 'fill' your stadium next Saturday. The Stormers thank you in advance.

  • Johan - 2012-05-20 17:36

    @Werner - kan nie wag vir jou stukkie snert kommentaar nie....Jy moet maar solank begin dink aan jou strategie volgende naweek van die Pienk Bulletjies weer vasval nie!!! Stormers Groete

      Eugene - 2012-05-20 20:18

      my appologie tot jou Johan oor my vroeer comment hier oor jou ek het geweet ek het met die fake johan gepraat .

  • stefan.hauptfleisch - 2012-05-20 17:39

    Guys...!! The Stomers did well...we've managed to score a massive 3 points over the last 80 minutes of the past two second halves ... isn't that great..? ...ha-ha-ha...wonder how scared the other teams must be...??...and wonder what AC will say after the S15..?..."well, uuu...we didn't came out tops in the second halves..."...

      Vic - 2012-05-20 17:59

      Are you a Stormers supporter or just dopped up?

      Jason Children - 2012-05-20 18:40

      no thats not wonderful! what is wonderful is winning all our games except one!

      David - 2012-05-22 10:30

      The stormers are going to choke,if they have to play against the chiefs or crusaders or bulls in a semi or final and they fall behind they are done,what will your defence help you when you are chasing a lead??? the stormers strat only works if they score first Once a good attacking side opens them up,they are finished.

  • gordon.p.jacobs - 2012-05-20 17:42

    If we are playing the wrong type of rugby, then 10 teams have been rather poor in not being able to show us the error of our ways.

      stefan.hauptfleisch - 2012-05-20 17:58

      Mr. Jacobs...we are not gonna survive the big games by scoring 0 (Cheethas) and 3 (Waraths) points in the second halves...what's AC and team's plans? Why on earth are we only scoring 3 points over 80 minutes..? 2nd halves are all about loosing / winning the quarters / semi's ... don't you think..?

      Vic - 2012-05-20 18:01

      One bonus point in ten games, you are rubbish and cant score tries. Your days are over. Shark frenzy has began.

      1amAlan - 2012-05-20 18:26

      Vic, Vic, Vic. 11 games dude. Where are the Stormers on the log? Where are the Sharks on the log? Your team is still playing catchup dude, and even if they do win the next round, despite all your bonus points you're still going to be playing catchup.

      gordon.p.jacobs - 2012-05-20 18:32

      Hi Stefan, my frustration stems from the fact that we not the finished article yet, not that we have the wrong game plan. I don't think any of us thinks our gameplan involves NOT attacking. It's just our execution needs work. Maybe the backline needs to ask the Vodacom team how it's done, because gee those boys know how to attack! But even so, I don't think that teams who couldn't beat us over a season will suddenly be able to just because there's a final tag to a game. But ya, I would be more at ease if we DID fire on all cylinders from here on out. Vic, these rubbishes are still on top of the pile. I'm glad your team is playing so well now, makes the prospect of beating them at the Tank that much more mouth-watering. Yum.

      Jason Children - 2012-05-20 18:36

      @Vic we are rubbish???? really? your astute rugby brain worked out the team topping the log is rubbish??? well i think we should all stop doing what we are doing and listen to you in anticipation of another pearl of rugby wisdom!

      Saffa - 2012-05-20 18:57

      Old up your buttons, take a deep breath and calm yourself down into a slow panic. Where have you been all season (you know when the Sharks were bottom feeding basement dwellers?) - Oh well, you are here I have one question for the man who calls the top of the log team "rubbish". Tell me BRU: How many Superugby 'cups' have the Sharks won? Oops, same as Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo: apart from the all you can eat buffet at some Dirtbin hotel, I see no feeding 'frenzy' just yet.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-05-20 18:12

    We need to have a chat to the marketing chaps as well.. We should be paying half price for tickets cause the players go to sleep after one half and therefore ticket prices should be halved. Two good tries and the first half..and then nothin!

      1amAlan - 2012-05-20 18:44

      The first half is for the Stormers to entertain you, then it's the turn of the opposition.

  • Freedom - 2012-05-20 18:14

    Nobody actually cares what you up country bumpkins think about the Stormers, a win is a win and I would rather win ugly than lose pretty. I will always be a South African supporter through and through but I am so disappointed to always read comments from Bulls and a few from Shark supporters with so much hate in their hearts for the only true free province in the whole of South Africa. I will never wish for a fellow South African team to lose, so you guys are not true South African’s. I really hope you guys take a long hard look at yourselves in the mirror and say is this the person I want to be? Go Stormers.........

      cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-05-21 00:46

      So true!!!

  • 1amAlan - 2012-05-20 18:32

    Alistair, if you want us to believe that then you should stop the cameras from focusing on you and Robbie in the box. You guys look a lot more stressed and frustrated than the rest of us at home are that do support the team, or is that just for the cameras?

      caitlyn.cannon - 2012-05-20 18:46

      I think you should just keep quiet .they doing the best they can nd we all know u cnt do a better job so maybe u shuld jst shut up

      caitlyn.cannon - 2012-05-20 18:48

      Tell me about one coach that sits in the box and laughs and smiles in the box.that's what cheetahs coach did in the box nd they lost the game .so next time just keep quiet cz u dno wat u tlking abwt

      1amAlan - 2012-05-20 18:50

      I'm not a professional player or coach Caitlyn. Just when someone says it's going according to plan it's going to take a little more convincing than what I am seeing. No, I'm not going to shut up.

      cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-05-21 00:44

      I think winning 10 out of 11 games means the coach plan is working!this is a tough tournament and the stormers know how to grind out a win!

      David - 2012-05-22 10:36

      @ Caitlyn, go look at coaches of teams who win comfotably,they usually smile and laugh...

  • Antoine - 2012-05-20 19:35

    Quite frankly, even though we won, the Stormers don't look like they are going to be doing much when it comes to the business end of the competition, jeepers, i was at the last 2 games, if i was at home watching this nonsense on tv, i would have done something else, really guys, you are my team, you are playing negative rugby, my concern is that you guys are not building confidence in what you do on attack, surely at some point this will bite you on your backside!

  • Jacobus - 2012-05-20 19:42

    go stormerssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

      Paul Botha - 2012-05-20 19:44

      Typo !

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-05-20 19:52

    Nee dit doen nie!!! Net soos die Bulls se plan met Spies op 8 en as Kaptein NIE WERK NIE!!!

      Saffa - 2012-05-20 20:25

      Toe Spies homself so isolate op die einde......het ek onmiddelik gedink, 'die arme Rinus gooi seker nou remotes en glase rond dat ek die slag nou nou in Stellies gaan hoor'. Bad luck met die verlies.

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-20 21:35

      I watched the Bulls game and I cannot find a good reason for making Spies captain AND no8. After the Cheetahs/Sharks game VD Walt moved Spies further down the pecking order for the Bokke No8 berth. And if Jebb wants qualification for SA.. the that poses and even bigger problem for the 'çonductor'

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-05-21 07:08

      hehehe Saffa - was nogal 'n Rice Crispies moment! Ek vermoed dis die tekens van die tye en as die Sharks 'n wen kan deurtrek die naweek dink ek dis tickets vir die Bulls... te minste nog 2 of 3 verlore oppad. :-(

      David - 2012-05-22 10:41

      Ja spies is n ferrari met n ford escort engine( nie warm gemaak) Die arme ou hardloop regop in die defence in,en dan wonder hy hoekom hy terug gedryf word of die bal verloor. Ek glo hy is n goeie ou en hy het baie potensiaal ma hy kort iets,iets wat anner nr 8s ini land gevind het. GO BULLS! Hou duime vas vir die nawek!!

  • Hans - 2012-05-20 21:28

    Stormers fortunate to have won against the Waratahs. I don't believe the ref had the best game, but that's how it goes. Stormers defense brilliant though. I don't see them being as fortunate against the Sharks this weekend.

      stefan.hauptfleisch - 2012-05-20 21:49

      For how long Hans? Read what I've said earlier...3 points in the last 80 minutes over two games both in the 2nd half...The big dogs are going to bite us - in the 2nd halves. There is NO game plan or prolonged planning not to score in your 2nd half...never been and never will be...You understand my worries..?...should be the team and AC's worries Hans...Thx.

      stefan.hauptfleisch - 2012-05-20 22:03

      Fully agree...It's going to be a Test up there! Beast & Bismark & Jannie (Springbok f-row)...hope our guys are ready for this...?? Sharks don't let go till the last minute....big prob's if we continue not scoring during our 2 nd halves...!!!

      Hans - 2012-05-20 22:41

      There is no plan, just fortunate. All they really have is good defense.

      Vic - 2012-05-20 22:50

      HI Hans, for how long can they put their bodies on the line. You can only take so much and then something has to give.

  • Vic - 2012-05-20 22:23

    @ Saffa, ok I have been out of town and I hope to see you at Kings Park. A friend and I flew down year before last to watch the game between Sharks/Stormers in Cape Town, we lost, but was so disapointed at your hospitality. You come to Durban, win or lose, after the game we forget, meet each other, have a braai and beer.

  • Pomene - 2012-05-20 22:53

    Things can still swing seriously around. Lets say it happens that the Sharks dip the Stormesr this weekend an das expected the Chiefs do the same to the Bulls it will mean the Sharks is just 2 points behind the Bulls. If the Stormers then do waht is expected of them and win the Bulls 2 June 2012 and the Sharks dip the Lions the all of a sudden the Sharks will be the no 2 team in SA conference and the Bulls will still have to play them at Durban and the Cheetahs at Loftus. It is easy to get the top but damn difficult stay stay there - watch out - two dogs fight over one bone and the third one snatch it - Go Stormers !!!

      Vic - 2012-05-20 22:59

      Agree, but go Sharks

      naz.cupido - 2012-05-20 23:11

      Good permutation,well what if the opposite happen sharks dip stormers and lions lose against bulls.stormers lose to sharks and bulls and win remainders ,bulls lose to chiefs win stormers sharks cheetahs. Whose in makes you think neh

      Pomene - 2012-05-21 06:55

      @naz - Could also happen - just again things can change in two weeks to a total confusion !!!

  • bfvillet - 2012-05-20 23:05

    every week teams man up against us and look good in the third quarter only to be snuffed out in the fourth.It is only when the stormers take their foot off the pedal that the opponent suddenly looks good.Lets hope that this week they will dominate all four quarters.If memory serves me right last year the stormers played their perfect game against the sharks.Every one thinks they have a shot against the stormers, yet they have lost only once if the coach says that it is going according to plan i think those who disagree do not see the plan.It is to win get to the final and win, the other things will come later, but first establish a winning culture

  • Franklyn - 2012-05-20 23:31

    Stormers will beat Sharks....15+

      Paul Botha - 2012-05-21 08:12

      Lol !

  • Morne - 2012-05-21 03:46

    I am all for winning but if we scored at least 6 bonus points by now we would be 2 wins ahead of 2nd place and 14 points ahead of the Sharks! Tight games a win is sufficient but against the weak teams we have failed to capitalise.

  • Sportmal - 2012-05-21 07:46

    It's great to keep winning, but the plan with ball in hand is not working, stormers are just playing from one sideline to the other, no one is running good lines or try to offload in the tackle, we just attack the centre channel making it easy to defend against. What happens when we host the saders in the semi's again and they take a 10 or 15 point lead? How are we going to get back into the game with this attacking game?

  • Craven - 2012-05-21 10:37

    Dear aunty Saffa, why are you such a mean lady? You always seem to personally ridicule peole who are different to you. I live in Cape Town and it's a lovely place, but there are lots of ladies walking around with scruffy leg and underarm hair and rings in their noses, my dad says they like to smoke lots of dagga. People from different cities are different and Capetonians are not perfect.

      Bossie - 2012-05-21 13:45

      @Craven- is dit weer n poging om te probeer funny wees?? Onsuksesvol..Weereens..

      Bossie - 2012-05-21 13:49

      Eintlik is jy net n Tokolos wannabe.. Die verskil tussen julle 2, is dat Tokolos partykeer skerp/snaaks/funny is. Nie vir jou beskore nie ou grote!

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-05-21 11:25

    Stormers have never scored 40 ore more tries in a season. They have a general problem with scoring tries. Fix it and you will win the trophy.

  • Anwil - 2012-05-21 18:34

    Liewers BORING AS KWAAD-win at all cost. GO STOMERS!!

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