Coetzee grills Stormers

2012-03-20 07:46

Johannesburg - The Stormers coach Allister Coetzee had an expanded squad working at full tilt at the franchise's training headquarters in Bellville, on Monday and it was noticeable that the session was far more intense than the usual.

Coetzee said he was "pushing it a bit" as the players had an extra day off because of their Friday match.

"Usually we play on a Saturday but because of the Friday match there is more turn-around time," said Coetzee. "The emphasis now is on working hard to look for consistency in performances. This session was quite stiff and we were pushing it a bit. We want to maintain fitness levels.

"It's also a time to consider the depth (of the squad) because injuries can strike any time and we're just two weeks away from a long tour.

"We've done well in terms of closing out matches and that's a sign that the match fitness is there. We have to make sure that we don't fade and be conditioned well enough to come back when its necessary.

"Last week we did well because of the level of accuracy and execution was right up there."

Several key players like Andries Bekker (lock), Peter Grant and Bryan Habana (wing) did not participate in the afternoon session but Coetzee said there were no question marks hanging over their fitness.

"It's usual for players to have the odd niggle or stiffness after a match and we give players a chance to recover fully as a way of managing them.

"All the players did, however, do the gym training in the morning session."

Coetzee said one area of concern, which will have to show improvement against the Lions this week will be the ability to convert scoring chances.

"Last week we were up 17-3 at one stage, but then we didn't convert opportunities because one or two players go out of the playing systems," said Coetzee.

"There is internal motivation to do things right and we're know that the Lions clash will be a typical derby game.

"It is going to he hard, physical and it is about playing for 80 minutes on the Highveld.

"We would like to put our opponents under pressure when they have ball in hand."


  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-20 08:04

    "...we're know that the Lions clash will be a typical derby game." Jeez AC, didn't know your english was that bad. You almost sound snor city-ish.

      Francois - 2012-03-20 09:02

      What is wrong with his English?

      Dirk - 2012-03-20 09:12

      @ hvanderlinde - I'll go ahead and assume that he said, ''we're know...'' in a thick Russian accent.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-20 10:01

      Raven, te naby. Ek trek mooi aan oor naweke en bly net by die huis.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-20 10:02

      Dirk: Imagine that!

      Saffa - 2012-03-20 10:17

      @Raven - speaking of snor city, Loftus and the like....Did you read Jake White's book? Silly question, I'm sure you did....Do you recall the little comment he made, and I quote, "Only the Bulls players in the Bok team enjoy playing at Loftus"? (or something to that effect). Why do you think that is? Is it due to the stand up chaps and model citizens who frequent the area/stadium? I reckon Hannes has it spot on - if you find yourself living up north, stay home. (A Man with taste and decorum is Hannes)

      Dirk - 2012-03-20 10:18

      @ Blueraven - Ek hoor daar is baie spieƫls in Centurion Mall :)

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-20 10:39

      haha Raven, whatever dude. Saffa, we're a rare breed up here.... very rare. In fact so rare, it is considered to be evolutionary blunders. Anything without a mullet, snor, bad engrish or blue balls hanging from their vehicles are frowned upon and chased with stakes. You guys have it really good down there

      Saffa - 2012-03-20 10:49

      @Hannes - I have advice for you.....Chase them away with a bar of soap....(it has the same effect on the REAL snor city residents, as what garlic has on vampires.....)

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-20 11:19

      Saffa, LOL! Raven, daar is seker vir my werk in die Kaap maar die lang en kort daarvan is dat ek van die laeveld af op gekom het om te studeer. In my tweede jaar het ek werk by 'n baie goeie maatskappy gekry en ek werk steeds vir hulle. Intussen het ons baie dom en kommin afrikaanse musiek begin skryf en die reaksie was so goed dat ons besluit het om te trek net nie 'n opsie was nie

  • Lionel - 2012-03-20 08:08

    Two bruising weekends ahead for my beloved Stormers but we should be ok,only concern for me is Tiaan Liebenberg having to play week in and week out,any news on Deon Fourie yet???

  • Clive - 2012-03-20 08:23

    According to my dictionary, to grill is to cook over a gridiron or to subjject to severe questioning. Please, News24, elaborate on which of these processes the Stormers were put through. And then fire the headline writer.

      Clive - 2012-03-20 12:24

      Why all the thumbs down responses? Is such nonsensical English now acceptable to most Seffricans, even if it is becoming fairly normal on News24? Apologies for the double-j, by the way. Yes, Isak, they were no doubt dripping in the Cape Town heat - dit verstaan ek!!

  • Keith - 2012-03-20 10:14

    Coach wat van die volgende back three vir die Lions game: Gio op 15 met Gerhard en Bryan op vleuels.Laat ons daai laaities stukkend hardloop.

  • Ignatius - 2012-03-20 13:40

    Go Lions!!!!!! Go Bulls!!!!! Go Sharks!!! Go Cheetahs!!! Sorry Stomers!!!!

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