Coetzee wants 'angry' Stormers

    2014-02-27 14:29

    Cape Town - Both the Stormers and the Hurricanes will essentially be fuelled by desperation in their Super Rugby fixture at Newlands on Friday.

    The two teams will run out on the backs of defeats in their opening matches last weekend.

    Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said some of his players came away from last week's game against the Lions admitting that they delivered their "personal worst individual performance" and he was heartened that they were so forthright.

    "So that is encouraging as it should mean they all come out in a very angry mood and (will be) determined to put it right against the Hurricanes," said Coetzee.

    "We need to respond to that performance (against the Lions) by playing like a team that is angry at itself."

    Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett was expecting a Stormers backlash but felt his side would be equally desperate to rake up their first win of the season.

    "We're expecting them to be fired up, but we're no different," Hammett said.

    "We're very proud of how hard we've worked to get to the starting point of our season and we lost by 18 points, so we are no different, I assure you."

    Wing Cory Jane, one of four All Blacks in the Hurricanes backline, also spoke about the team's desperation.

    "It should be an interesting game where both teams are desperate to get a win, but more so us," said Jane.

    "We're at their home ground, we're in South Africa and we definitely want to come away with some points."

    Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said the challenge facing his team was to focus on the match, rather than reflect on last week's outing.

    "I think every team, after a loss, will feel that they need to bounce back," said De Villiers.

    "The key is not to look at the end result [of the season] and semi-final spots and things like that.

    "It is about focusing on the game at hand. The fact is that the performance last weekend was well below par for us and concerns us we felt we prepared really well and that the guys were up for it."

    De Villiers has also spoken about the need for the team to start well, so that they don't end up chasing the game if the opposition are able to score prolifically early in the match.

    The Stormers have brought in fullback Jaco Taute and his performance will be crucial in the opening minutes. It will be his first taste of competitive rugby in a year and there will be concerns about his match fitness.

    The Hurricanes have made two changes to their tight five after they were out muscled by the Sharks last week. They have brought in John Schwalger and Mark Reddish for tighthead prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen and lock Mark Abbott respectively.

    Their loosehead Ben Franks will run out for his 100th Super Rugby game, although most of these have been for his former team, the Crusaders.

    Kick-off is at 19:10 on Friday.



    15. Jaco Taute, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Gio Aplon, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Pat Cilliers, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Ryno Eksteen


    15 Marty Banks, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 John Schwalger, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben Franks

    Substitutes:16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19 James Broadhurst, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Alapati Leiua, 23 James Marshall

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    Comments have been closed for this article.
    Live Video Streaming
    Sport Talk
    Most Read


    No results are available


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Which South African franchise stands the best chance of winning this year's Super Rugby title?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.