Coetzee lauds team character
Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has praised his team's character after
their 18-16 win over the Hurricanes, as the Stormers started their
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The Stormers edged out the Hurricanes in a hard-fought game which
produced four tries in total, with fullback Joe Pietersen adding eight
valuable points through his trusty right boot.
“I think that’s the most important thing - to win your first game up.
It showed a lot of character,” said Coetzee from Palmerston North on Friday.
“We’ve lost some close games this season, to the
Crusaders and the Cheetahs, winning a close one like this is an
important step for us in the right direction.”
When asked about their game-related positives, Coetzee added: “First
and foremost, our set-piece functioned well in tough conditions. Then,
obviously, I thought our tactics worked well for us - I think we adapted
better than the Hurricanes on the night.
“We took our opportunities well. Yes, we left a few out there and
that’s something we’ll work on, but a helluva lot of credit must go to
the pack and I also thought our defence did well again.
“Bryan’s charge-down (of the conversion) was obviously a big moment,”
“I haven’t seen that done in rugby in a long time...
but that shows you the class of Bryan - he’s always thinking, always
using keeping his head in the game.”
On a disappointing note, flank Michael Rhodes - one of his team’s
two try-scorers in Palmerston North - could be on his way home after
picking up an ankle injury.
“It’s unfortunate for him - he’s done his ankle,” said the Stormers boss.
“It’s not looking good at this stage. We’re sending him for X-Rays...
he might be on his way home. It’s quite painful (for Mike) at this point
in time, but Mike’s injury aside it’s looking good for us and it was
also pleasing to see how the senior players stepped up.”
Meanwhile, Coetzee also confirmed that flank Siya Kolisi - a late
withdrawal from the team on Friday with a groin injury - would
hopefully be able to rejoin team training from Tuesday next week.