Coetzee sees Bok potential

2012-03-06 20:30

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee believes their four young guns, who signed on until the end of 2015 on Tuesday, are on their way to become Springboks one day.

Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, Siya Kolisi and Eben Etzebeth have all signed contracts with Western Province to ensure that they remain in Cape Town for the foreseeable future.

The Stormers made the contracts announcement on Tuesday afternoon at the NY 49 Stadium in Gugulethu, where hundreds of fans turned out to watch the Super Rugby SA Conference champions in action.

The Stormers pitted all four 20-year-olds against the Sharks at Newlands last week and their run of impressive performances have earned them contracts with Western Province.

Lock Etzebeth is rated as the leading rugby talent in the country and showed his worth again at Newlands when he bossed the Springboks in the Sharks pack in the forward exchanges.

Prop Kitshoff went up against Bok Prop Jannie du Plessis and his performance drew generous applause from Coetzee.

Kolisi was a tower of strength in the loose as his physicality stopped many a Shark sortie dead in its tracks, and he showed that is capable of securing turn-overs as well.

Malherbe is a solid scrummager and has become the anchor for the Stormers' tight five as they set about imposing themselves upfront.

"It is no secret that there were unions who were prepared huge amounts for these players," said Coetzee. "They've all been given long-term contracts and its fantastic to see that our young players have been secured for the future.

"We made a decision based on the fact that we saw their future here in Cape Town after they came through the ranks at the WP Institute.

"The role players in our system as well as the Institute have all played a major part on their development.

"Although they are all 20-year-olds they are all on their way to becoming Springboks."

"Coming to Gugulethu is one of our many community projects, where people get the opportunity to see the players," said Coetzee. "The people here will enjoy a first-hand experience and get to meet the players.

"After this outing in Gugulethu we'll bring some of the youngsters to Newlands where they can see the players in action."

Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Andries Bekker and Etzebeth all had niggles and were spectators at the training session. The Stormers have a bye this week and resume their Super Rugby programme in two weeks' time against the New Zealand outfit, the Blues.

"The bye couldn't come at a better time as after the first two weeks of the new season, many players have niggles and that's why you saw some of them had a break this afternoon. There were no injuries from our matches and we'll be ready for the Blues.


  • Keith - 2012-03-06 21:19

    Well done Toetie and the management.Keep our talent in the Province and lets continue to grow more of the same.Province is having a bright future if we going along this way.

      S - 2012-03-07 11:36

      Japjap, jy dink miskien altyd aan tottie terwyl jy jou pienk truitjie dra, maar hier in die Kaap is ons nog reguit.

      Jack - 2012-03-15 10:57

      Make all the Stormers Boks!!!

  • Christo - 2012-03-06 21:38

    Hene Alistair die outjies is nog nat agter die ore en nou is hulle op pad om Bokke te word. Malherbe die ankerman vir die vaste 5...sjoe dis groot woorde en baie te vroeg daarvoor. Wen vir ons bekers met die manne dan neem ons jou ernstig op - en die onderrok wys maar oor Sadie en kie nie so nie?

      Boer - 2012-03-07 00:56

      Groot praat is maar nog altyd 'n Stromer trademark.

      Johannes Goeda - 2012-03-07 09:55

      ek se coetzee is reg want die jong speles is die toekoms

      S - 2012-03-07 11:38

      Christo, dit het vir Ludeke net twee games gevat om Sadie en JJE te verander van toekomstige "stars" na "disastars".

  • Marius - 2012-03-06 22:40

    Only problem is that Coetzee has absolutely no clue on how to make Springboks out of youngsters . The only thing he is great at is to coach great Springboks bought from other franchises in such a way that he turns them from heroes into zeros within one season.

      henco.swart - 2012-03-06 23:02

      Please excuse my ignorance, but why do you guys not rate Coetzee? Where is his flaws as a coach? Is it technical, work ethic, or something else that is missing?

      Saffa - 2012-03-06 23:04

      @Henco ZERO trophies

      Francois - 2012-03-07 00:06

      Saffa please allow me to futher explain to Henco: Henco, Allister's grasp of discipline is the same as your grasp for English. His flaw is that he has not coached one team to win one single trophy at the end of a kick out phase of a tournament - ie the last day when the whistle blows and that whistle says: "It is now the end of S15 or Currie Cup", his team was either not playing (CC 2011) or were trailing thus lost (CC 2010 and S 15 2010) and he always has the best excuses, He meets every week with Greame Smith to find new ones. So let us see how long Titus will bat for him. Even two New Zeelanders that did not coach internationally fares better than him in domestic rugby. What is his excuse this time?

      Bootman - 2012-03-07 07:24

      Francois it is clear that you dont know what you're talking about. Who are the two New Zealanerds you are refering to?

      Rinus - 2012-03-07 07:28

      This is from an article published last year and says it all: "True to form, Allister Coetzee dished out the same excuses that have become his trademark response after failing to win games. Coetzee was quoted in an Afrikaans newspaper as saying that they learnt a lot from the game and would take that forward into the next encounter. This sequence of events is as common as a winter cold and the supporters would like someone to flip the vinyl and change the record. The brain trust at this union has to understand that their loyal fan base is fed-up with the team losing, claiming they’ve seen the error of their ways and repeating the same mistakes the next week."

      Jason - 2012-03-07 08:00

      @Francois, what about the Conference Cup last year, This is Super 15 conference Rugby and the conference Cup is important, Oh and there is a little Matter of a Rugby World Cup in 2007! So what you are saying is that every other Coach In Super Rugby that has not won the tournament are crap Coaches??? You are blinded by your unjustified hatred for the man! Totally Unnecessary!

      Francois - 2012-03-07 09:00

      John Mitchell and Plumtree? I don't hate the man, I just think he cannot coach a team to win.

      Bootman - 2012-03-07 10:49

      Francois I would then assume that you didnt know that John Mitchell coached the All Blacks and was assistant coach for England..........hence the statemant that you dont know what you are talking about.

      Francois - 2012-03-07 15:26

      Thanks for enlightening me, Bootman. You saved some time looking up Mitchell's pedigree. The fact that he did coach internationally does not take away from the fact that Allister cannot coach a domestic team to a cup, but Mitchell can.

  • Clive - 2012-03-07 07:00

    @Dozer. "Kaptein Pierre het al meer achieve as die hele Stormers span saam" Crap! He has ridden on the back of the proper rugby players. He is a joke.

      Riaan - 2012-03-07 07:32

      Dozer and Saffa are probably the 2 most ignorant "Nou die Blou" jokes on this planet. Dont think they realise how stupid they sound. Laughing stock!

  • Marius van der Sandt - 2012-03-07 08:09

    SA Super Rugby conference champions competed for is trophy enough for me, since that is the title the Stormer holds at the moment. Geen nut om te kla oor lee trofeekaste nie. Die bulle se trofeekas is ook leeg op die oomblik want hulle het geen erkenning vir prestasie behaal in 2011 of sover in 2012 nie. Mag ek herhaal:"SA Super Rugby conference champions competed for is trophy enough for me, since that is the title the Stormer holds at the moment. Los die bulle mentaliteit, dit dryf julle spelers na pienk truie.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-07 09:29

      Jy maak 'n goeie punt, op die oomblik is die Bulle se trofee kas leër as die Stormers sin.

      Johannes Goeda - 2012-03-07 10:02

      ek stem saam die bulls het ook niks in hulle kasie

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-03-07 16:32

      se ek ook mos

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  • Johannes Goeda - 2012-03-07 09:59

    coetzee ek stem met jou werk gaan jy net aan daar sal altyd mense wees wat jou gaan af druk gaan jy net aan jy gaan beruik in die toekoms dhl for life

  • Johannes Goeda - 2012-03-07 09:59

    coetzee ek stem met jou werk gaan jy net aan daar sal altyd mense wees wat jou gaan af druk gaan jy net aan jy gaan beruik in die toekoms dhl for life

      Francois - 2012-03-07 15:37

      Johannes, hoe lank moet ons vir Allister kans gee en wat moet hy beruik (die walm wat oor Nuweland se lee trofeekas hang) of moet hy 'n trofeeoorwinning bereik? Jy kan jou pakkies laat koerier met wie jy wil. Kom laat ons sommer die konferensietrofee ook probeer uitsorteer: Kom ons vra vir mense wat kapteins was van spanne wat gespeel het in die CB en die Superkompetisie soos Corne Krige, Anton Leonard, Stefan Terreblanche, John Smit, Bob Skinstad ens ens en vra hulle wat hulle dink van die trofee waar as jy die ongelukkige wenner van 3 sterk NZ spanne is om teen te speel en daar geen uitklop is nie. Kan ons al die kapteins kry en laat hulle vir ons se of die konferensiebeker iets vir hulle tel. Dit sluit Schalk uit, maar hy het nou nie op 'n bus gery in Adderleystraat af om die trofee vir mense te wys nie en Kaapstad het nie vir hom met blomme gegooi nie.

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