Coetzee: Tour was 'satisfactory'

    2015-04-19 10:01

    Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee praised his team's character after they finished their 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby tour with a gutsy 13-6 victory over the Force at Perth's nib Stadium on Saturday.

    The Stormers led 10-6 at half-time, after leading 10-3 after 10 minutes, and they were forced to withstand a serious onslaught in the final few minutes from their hosts before finishing their tour on a high.

    It means the men from Cape Town will return from tour with 10 log points - a satisfactory haul made up of two wins (one with a bonus point) and a losing bonus point.

    Coetzee told the website: “It wasn’t our best performance, but I am pleased with the result.

    “Our fundamentals were poor (on the night),” added Coetzee.

    “We created a lot of opportunities with ball in hand, but we lost the ball on attack a lot.

    “(But) it’s important to keep on winning, especially to build on our fantastic win over the Waratahs. I thought the guys showed plenty of character to win a dog-fight... our will to win was certainly there.”

    The Stormers will return to South Africa in sixth position on the overall Super Rugby log and in second place on the SA Conference standings – just two points behind the Bulls, who, of course, are due in Cape Town next week.

    “We are right up there on the log, in sixth place, with a string of home games ahead of us - starting next week against the Bulls at Newlands.

    Kick-off is at 19:10.

    “We’re looking forward to heading back home after four weeks on the road and we’re looking forward to playing in front of our home fans again.”

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