Henry gives Coetzee advice

    2013-05-14 09:02
    Graham Henry (Getty Images)
    Cape Town - The Stormers may adopt a more attacking approach in their Super Rugby clash against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

    The Stormers have lacked ambition on attack over the last two seasons, and this was again evident in their 21-15 loss to the Waratahs in Sydney last week where they failed to score a try. They have bagged a four-try bonus point on only one occasion over the last two seasons.

    Die Burger's website reports that coach Allister Coetzee recently had an informal chat with former All Black coach Graham Henry after his side lost to the Blues in Albany two weeks ago. Henry is currently helping the Blues in an advisory capacity.

    "He (Henry) told me it doesn't bother him if mistakes are made on attack, as long as you create opportunities," said Coetzee.

    "If 50% of those opportunities are converted into points, then it doesn't matter if it sometimes leads to errors."

    Coetzee will in all likelihood encourage his players to express themselves more this week.

    "If you sit back and hide within the system, then it's already a failure. But if you keep on trying, then you'll convert a few, even if there are mistake along the way."

    Die Burger further reports that Coetzee could pick Louis Schreuder and Elton Jantjies as halfbacks for Friday's clash, in an attempt to up the ante on attack.

    The injuries to Duane Vermeulen en Rynhardt Elstadt could mean that Don Armand en Nizaam Carr start at flank and No 8 respectively.

    Carr is an exciting player that likes to link up with team-mates on attack, unlike Vermeulen who is more direct and physical.

    Deon Fourie could also be tried as loose forward, but he first needs to pass a fitness test on Wednesday after injuring his shoulder against the Waratahs.

    The Stormers' clash against the Rebels, the last game of their Australasian tour, kicks off at 11:40 (SA time) on Friday.

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