Coetzee predicts tight contest

    2013-05-30 11:08
    Cape Town - With heavy rain predicted for Cape Town on Saturday, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee expects a close Super Rugby encounter against the Kings at Newlands.

    The Capetonians have claimed only one four-try bonus point win in the past two seasons, but with a game against the bottom team in the South African conference looming, this weekend's clash would have provided the ideal opportunity for them to break their try drought.

    However, with 100% chance of rain, it's unlikely that too many tries will be scored.

    "Heavy downpours and a soaking wet Newlands are predicted. The rain is always a great leveller. It will come down to the quality of your set pieces and good tactical kicking," Coetzee told Die Burger's website.

    Coetzee also lauded the Eastern Cape side for the character they have shown in their debut Super Rugby season.

    "The big thing is the attitude and determination they play with. It makes them a dangerous team, regardless of who they're facing."

    Stormers captain Jean de Villiers also admitted that the Kings have surprised him.

    "I think they showed that you can achieve success if you have a committed group of players. There are games they lost that they could easily have won."

    The clash kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.



    15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Deon Fourie, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

    Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Don Armand, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.



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