De Villiers warns team-mates

2012-03-25 22:11

Johannesburg - Despite a 24-19 victory over the Lions, Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers is unsatisfied with his side's display in their Super Rugby encounter here on Saturday.

The coastal outfit enjoyed an 18-point lead after 26 minutes, but a valiant fightback from the hosts saw them once again relying on their famous defensive structures.

The Lions progressed to within two points of the Stormers, but two late penalty conversions sealed victory for the visitors.

"I think we played really well for 20 or 30 minutes and then I think we got a little bit complacent," De Villiers said.

"We will take the four points away from home, but when I heard that result at Loftus [their next opponents, the Bulls beat the Reds 61-8], and if we play like this next week, the result might be the same for us."

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said the Lions forced them to fight until the end to secure their first away victory.

"We will have to be able to put two halves together with great accuracy against the Bulls next weekend," he said.

"It is never easy to come and win here [at Coca-Cola Park] and it is our first match away from home and at the Highveld."

Coetzee was encouraged by his team’s fitness and ability to keep a resurgent Lions side from scoring the match-winning points.

"Our fitness is unbelievable," Coetzee said.

"If we can still defend as we did at the end when the Lions kept the ball through so many phases and kept us under pressure then I am very satisfied with the defensive session we had.

"It is a great defensive performance and one thing that a Stormers side will always pride themselves in and keeping them out those last 10 minutes was something special.

"For us, it is a about building on the momentum and it is important to take your points because if you lose, you have to work so much harder to get back to winning.

"I don’t think we have to feel guilty for being unbeaten as it is because of the hard work we've put in."

Lions coach John Mitchell said he was heartened by his side’s spirited fightback, but felt that they needed to work some more on their set piece play.

"I think just clearly, set piece accuracy, if you look at the first lot of three points came from set piece accuracy, your restart, attacking lineout and a scrum," said Mitchell.

"Fortunately, we are having to build a new forward pack right now and our level as a forward pack certainly in the set pieces is not at the level of the Stormers and that is where they hurt us.

"We displayed character, we worked very hard for each other which were extremely pleasing, and we forced them and put them under a lot of pressure."

Mitchell said a spate of injuries translated into a lack of team cohesion as they built a new team.

"We are maximising with exactly what we’ve got so let’s not be ridiculous here and be unrealistic.

"We are dealing with some players who are learning to play Super Rugby and are building a new team.

"The character that they displayed as a group was phenomenal."


  • Claud - 2012-03-25 22:26

    Wp hier kom die Bulls...voorspel n great game.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-25 23:36

    No question oupa Jean, the arrogant CT idiots are gonna bleed this Sat

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      Jc - 2012-03-26 11:23

      Hey fake Saffa Doc. I see you're having conversations with yourself now. You know what they say... It's okay to talk with yourself, but you know you have a problem when you answer yourself!! I cannot, for the life of me, understand what perverted joy you get from copying the profile of someone else. Everyone knows it's not Saffa Cat commenting. Her posts makes sense & are well written, unlike the drivel that comes from you!

      Saffa - 2012-03-26 15:10

      @JC Who is fake?

  • Wesley - 2012-03-26 02:59

    Jean, your game was also not up to scratch

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 05:50

      It never is.

      Ian - 2012-03-26 06:24

      I suppose if Stormers had played a team that went home in the 2nd half, they would also have won by 50points.

      Jason - 2012-03-26 07:39

      Thats disgusting. Typical brickhead comment. Alistair Coetzee is a great coach and the quota comments are uncalled for racist rubbish. Fact is that Stormers have won all their games, we beat the team that beat the bulls and narrowly escaped the sharks. Bulls are just another team, there is nothing phenomenal about them and on the day it can be anyones game.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 07:55

      Balsak, haal jou kop uit jou gat uit. Ek het gesê HEADCOACH jou ongeletterde idioot. Jayded, I referred to Jean de Villiers as a quota player as well, brickhead.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 08:24

      Ek het gesê 'headcoach'. Enige idioot kan n assistant coach wees.

      Marius - 2012-03-27 05:39

      @Isak. Coetzee was so goed as backline coach van die Springbokke in 2007, dat Eddie Jones sy job moes kom oorvat en vir hom doen 3 maande voor die WC. Daai WC medalje van Coetzee behoort eintlik aan Eddie Jones nie aan hom nie. Gelukkig kon Eddie Jones in 3 maande reg maak wat Coetzee oor 3 jaar opgeneuk het.

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  • Toby - 2012-03-26 06:48

    Come on stormers stop the useless kicking

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-03-26 07:14

    Bulls by about a thousand !!!

  • Herman - 2012-03-26 07:41

    Good warning Jean, but warning means nothing if your team is not capable of performing. Bulle gaan Newlands omdolwe!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-26 07:51

      For a team apparently not capable of performing we're sitting really pretty on the log

      Chris - 2012-03-26 11:52

      Ek wonder wat die stormers se verskooning die keer gan wees?

  • Jason - 2012-03-26 07:44

    The Lions played very very well, they may be building but you can see why they are the current Currie cup champs. I dont think that you can be to hard on the Stormers, perhaps they did get complacent but it can also be said that the opposition just turned up angry in the second half. The Bulls are going to get a taste of real competition this week, they can of course sit on their previous trophy rubbish but you can bet in their camp this week they are preparing for a proper assault. Gonna make for some awesome watching.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 07:56

      ''a taste of real competition''. Like the last 11 years.

      Jason - 2012-03-26 08:15

      Boring dude. Sitting on those dusty old trophies again. No matter which way you look at it you better pray your defence holds and your point machine Morne is on target.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 08:25

      Boring but true.

      Jed - 2012-03-26 08:27

      Well at least we have never lost every game in a season, not so Bulldozer. I mean a side has to be UTTER kuk to do that.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 08:34

      & Utter good to win 3 cups in 4 years. Nice balance.

  • Leon - 2012-03-26 07:47

    Kom ons wees realisties . Ek neem niks weg van die Bulle nie, dit verg konsentrasie om teen die Reds 60 punte aan te teken , maar na halftyd was die Reds reeds met een voet op die vliegtuig. Dit sal dwaas van die Bulle wees om hierdie wedstryd as maatstaf te gebruik vir die toekoms.

      David - 2012-03-26 08:16

      The Bulls were great but they had to win-the Reds,with all their injuries,could afford a loss.

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-26 07:58

    We are definitely going to have to up our second half performance against the bulls. We were nowhere to be found. It's going to be a massive game. Looking forward!!

      Lionel - 2012-03-26 08:07

      Things can only get better for us after Saturdays performance!!!!!!!!On the positive side, the Stormers are not playiong good rugby but still winning!!!!!!

      Jason - 2012-03-26 08:16

      I for one cannot wait to take on the bulls.

      Lionel - 2012-03-26 08:21

      King,me to.........bring it on!!!!!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-27 10:33

      It's going to be a bitter pill to swallow should we lose this one. We'll be beleaguered with rants from our stunning bulls counterparts on this forum the whole season on their unquestionable superiority

  • David - 2012-03-26 08:14

    For decades WP was the home of back line play,with a weak tight five. Now the tight five (perhaps Brok is the exception?),can hold its own,yet there is no rhythm in the backs-could the problem be Fleck?

      Jason - 2012-03-26 08:32

      A real highlight for me has been watching Habana. Love it when he is on form

  • Jed - 2012-03-26 08:32

    From a Stormers supporter, If we play like we played on Saturday against the Bulls we will get Hammered.

      Lionel - 2012-03-26 08:36

      Agreed but we will lift our game big time!!!!!!

      zane.blignaut - 2012-03-26 10:17

      finally.. someone with some sense... as a bull supporter, I think your statement is very true, but i doubt the Stormers will be the same side as Saturday, and on Paper the Stormers are a fantastic side. if they get it together this coming Saturday, the game will be like the final of the S15. I am nervous about the game cause WP always play their best rugby against us.. Its a great feeling that the 2 best sides in S15 come from SA

      Lance - 2012-03-26 12:04

      ja I will agree with that we can only hope they do get better, at least Etzebeth really played for the team!

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-26 09:14

    Kan iemand asseblief net die lions bietjie krediet gee. Miskien het die stormers nie so bad gespeel nie miskien was die jong lions manne net goed!

      Lionel - 2012-03-26 09:28

      Morning,read my comments above and on the other articles,If I was a Lions supporter I would be extremely proud of them!!!!!!!!

      Rene - 2012-03-26 09:32

      @Firehawk07, meeste van die Bull ondersteuners op die blog het 'gerant & rave' oor hoe goed julle gevaar het na die game. Not to shabby considering all the injuries. Jy kan baie trots op jou span wees.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-26 09:37

      Dan is ek bly Lionel en Rene dit voel net altyd vir my wanneer die leeus goed speel teen 'n sterk span dan word daar gese die ander span het swak gespeel. Ek kan julle nou al se die game teen die stormers en bulls gaan ook close wees. Ek dink nie mens moet either die stormers of die bulle onderskat nie. Gaan 'n taai game wees en dis op nuweland

      WP - 2012-03-26 09:48

      Credit ?? Whahahahahaha

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-26 09:52

      @WP julle span het amper julle gat gesien teen 'n span wat 11 beserings het so ek sal nie my bek rek as ek jy is nie. Niks om oor trots te wees nie! As dit nie vir 'n paar dom besluite was nie het ons julle gewen. Nou gaan speel met jou karretjies op die highway asseblief!

      WP - 2012-03-26 10:02

      Firehawk07 ,as requested, the Lions didn't suck that much

      Jc - 2012-03-26 11:37

      WP, word groot, man! Jy gee ons WP/Stormers ondersteuners 'n slegte naam. Die Leeus het goed gespeel en ons het gaan slaap in die 2de helfde.

  • aisielana - 2012-03-26 09:40

    Stormers gaan Schalk mis Saterdag... Ons forwards was nie opgewasse teen die jong Lions nie. Hulle sal hulle game baie moet lig om Bulls te tem. Stormers backs het die oorhand dink ek.

  • Lance - 2012-03-26 11:54

    the team will tackel till the end of time beacuse they don't have fetcher in the team!! a real problem in thier game.

  • Andre - 2012-03-26 14:10

    haai julle papsak ondersteuners-geniet die top of the log vir die laaste 5 dae.

      Jason - 2012-03-26 16:51

      As ons veloor sal ons wees net so pap as julle is nou. Brickhead.

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