Long road ahead for Stormers

2012-03-18 12:18

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has toned down the excitement in local circles after his side claimed their third Super Rugby win in as many games at Newlands on Friday.

There were several impressive individual performances in the Stormers' 27-17 win over the Blues, but Coetzee said there was still a long season ahead.

"We understand we're in the month of March and this competition ends in August," said Coetzee. "That is something we understand and we're striving to be more accurate in our execution.

"I thought were really accurate in the first half, as we showed with the set-pieces.

"I think that laid the platform for our backs to be as direct as they were.

"I think it was a victory for execution. I'm pleased that in the first half we gave them nothing."

Coetzee said the side had some anxious moments in the second half when the Blues' fightback yielded two tries in the space of five minutes.

"My feeling is that what brought them back into the game was when we became a little bit inaccurate by conceding penalties and unforced turnovers."

For the Blues, the result was a come-back-to-Earth moment after they shocked the Bulls at Loftus a week ago. Coach Pat Lam said his side succumbed to the Stormers' relentless pressure.

"We were disappointed in the first half because we lost possession too often and for a lot of that we have got to give credit to the Stormers because they put a lot of pressure on us," said Lam.

"Certainly they had the advantage of being fresher, they were very physical and we didn't meet that initially. We started to work ourselves into the game but discipline cost us in the end too."

Blues captain Keven Mealamu praised the Stormers for their spirited performance.

"We've got to give credit where it's due and the Stormers did came out strong right from the first whistle," said Mealamu. "We needed to come away with more points in the first half.

"We worked hard in the second half and were able to get ourselves back in the game. But it was a tough mountain to climb with so many points to claw back."

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said that he was mindful that the victory had been achieved against a side that had been disrupted by injuries.

"We have to be realistic, they've suffered a massive amount of injuries coming into this match," said De Villiers. "Yes, it was an unbelievable win for them last week and they are a quality side but they are missing a helluva lot of players so as the Stormers team we have to put it into a bit of perspective.

"It was not the perfect showing. It's possible that if the game was five or ten minutes longer we might not have won this one."

Next week the Stormers will be away to the Lions, while the Blues will host the Hurricanes at their home ground in Auckland.


  • Francois - 2012-03-18 12:38

    Allister, you have used this excuse so many times last year, even after the game against the Hurricanes this year. When are you going to start to coach the Stormers on how to concentrate and play for 80 min or get rid of those players who do not?

      Jason - 2012-03-18 13:46

      Francois, the team are winning are they not?

      Francois - 2012-03-18 20:55

      JasonEye for Stormers coach! They are winning matches, but not cups or do I have it wrong? The Stormers' sponsor should be Wonderbra: All play, all support - no cup! The fact is that this has been a shortfall of the Stormers for last season as well and everytime Coetzee has an excuse. AFter the Hurricanes game he had almost the same story. The question is, why does he as coach not do anything about it? The Bulls lost one game, but they are only 2 log points behind the Stormers. Thus the next Bulls game will be one of pressure for the Stormers whereas if the Stormers concentrated and put 4 tries against the opposition, they would have been in a more comfortable position. Come play off time, then all these won games, without bonus points will, as in the past 3 seasons, count against them. Let us see the log before the round of 6 and then see how critical those two log points were or maybe the weekend before the round of 6 when the Stormers must win to qualify - then let us listen if Allister mention this start of season.

      Francois - 2012-03-18 21:36

      Oops, JasonEye, apologies for being juvenile, but did you not mean, "The team is winning, is it not?" Jason for Stormers Coach, but not for MEC of education in the Western Cape, well come to think of it....

      Jason - 2012-03-19 08:24

      Petty, but you are correct, the team is winning not are winning.............................i must seriously stop hanging around my Afrikaans mates ;) . As for no Cups, how many times must we say.....we won the conference cup last year. Its sits proudly in the Western Province Trophy Cabinet. You are welcome to Google it there are images of it to see there. And that was for being the TOP SA side in Super Rugby last year. Now we haven't won a Super Title yet and as a WP supporter I really hope we do. But the Stormers are one of the best performing franchises in Super Rugby over the last few years, surely that speaks volumes about the man as a coach! Its not the coaches job to win Cups, he can only do so much. Its the teams job and they failed. The fact that Heyneke wanted AC as an assistant coach also speaks volumes. Besides AC is the only active coach in SA with a World Cup winning medal. All im saying is show the guy a little more respect.

  • Rene - 2012-03-18 12:57

    Congrats to Stormers, Sharks and especially Cheetahs for winning on foreign soil. (Congrats to the Bulls/Lions for getting 4 points and doing nothing) Good weekend for SA teams in general!

      Robsschele - 2012-03-18 13:29

      Stormers still unbeaten after 4 weeks. Hope they can do that for a couple more weeks.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-03-18 18:29

      @Robssschele - No, hope they can do that for the whole season. Don't be so pessimistic....

      Francois - 2012-03-18 21:47

      Good comment Rene! Let us hope that four SA teams make it to the round of 6! Go South Africa, except off course for the Lions Stormers game! For that let us take out the banter for the rest: Bulls paint the Reds, blue; Sharks, the Waratahs is ready for another killing and to the Cheetahs - please repeat last year's performance against the Crusaders.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-18 16:15

    I still havent seen the backline fire yet.. Kick a few players up the jack and then kick Fleckie as well, since that is his dept. What was heartening was the cohesiveness of the tight five and i would not read to much into the scrummaging since the blues had a lot of disruptions. The proof is whether they will be on the button this weekend coming!

  • Joan - 2012-03-20 10:18

    Like that players /coaches celebrate win for only ONE day then start WORK preparing for next round

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