Stormers out to correct errors

2012-03-29 11:33

Johannesburg - Stormers captain Jean de Villiers believes that Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby derby against the Bulls at Newlands will be about making up the ground that was lost when last the two teams played each other last June.

On that occasion the Stormers simply failed to pitch, producing one of their most error ridden performances of the year and being unable to engage any kind of gear until the last minutes of the match.

By then the Bulls had gone more than a score ahead thanks to a lineout overthrow that had landed in Bulls scrumhalf Francois Hougaard’s hands for him to complete a soft try.

In the end the Stormers nearly stole it at the death as they swarmed all over the Bulls in the last 10 minutes, the first time in the game where they really played, and there was a feeling in the Stormers coaching staff that they should have been awarded a penalty when Bryan Habana was caught in front of the Bulls posts after a Stormers breakout off the last move of the match. There were three points separating the teams then and a penalty would have drawn the game.

But while the way the Stormers came back might provide some encouragement for them and their fans ahead of Saturday’s confrontation, and they did only lose by three points on a day where they could hardly have been poorer, De Villiers says it was a big step back.

“We went to Loftus last March and won there for the first time in a long while, and when we did that we felt we had gone through a psychological barrier. We put a big emphasis on away derbies last year, and a few weeks later we also beat the Sharks in Durban,” recalls De Villiers.

“But we did feel we ruined all the good work when we then came back to Cape Town and in a game where we were expected to win, we lost to the Bulls on our home ground. We are trying to improve every weekend and our aim is to learn from our mistakes. We did well at Loftus last year and in that sense I don’t think there is any longer any psychological barrier, but we took a step back at Newlands.

“We need to learn from the mistakes we made in that game. That is the ship we are in at the moment. I remember last year’s game as being a 50/50 contest. It was very close and in the end the teams were separated by that overthrow into Hougie’s hands. It will come down to the bounce of the ball again on Saturday. It will be another 50/50 game.”

When he was reminded of it, De Villiers got some confidence from remembering that there were many factors that worked against the Stormers last year. Apart from the fact they had just arrived home from a tough tour and were feeling the effects of the travel, they also started that game with their fourth choice flyhalf in the form of Kurt Coleman, who lacked experience.

“That is true, and it will be good to have Peter Grant, our first choice flyhalf, wearing the No 10 jersey, but no matter who is lining up for us, it still comes down to what we do on the day. Peter has a lot of experience and ability, but he needs to use that against the Bulls for it to be any good to us.”


  • Pieter Arno Burger - 2012-03-29 11:51

    its going to be a cracker, cant wait. its going to be like a test match... going with Stormers bq 5... GO BOYS

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-29 12:35

      @pieter- test match..??? please maaan. its weepee, in different colours-like toilet paper in another colour- same thing??..and you know what to do with toilet paper..??

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-29 13:16

      @ Ja aap..dont get the colors confused pink is far closer to brown than blue!

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-29 13:34

      @stormaap- huh huh huh danki stormaap wou nog altyd geweet het, ni-werk jy by dulux of speel jy net baie in die.. -op di plaas??

  • John - 2012-03-29 12:00

    Stormers taking a gamble starting with Elstadt at 7. He is a bit of a penalty machine or at least he was last season. He has not played at flank for a long time & adjusting at 7 will not be easy despite what Coetzee says. I'm expecting him to give a few away. If Coetzee's plan was always going to play him at 7 in this game he should have done so in the 2 Voda Cup games he played this season. I think this is a reaction to the Reds game. Hope it works!

      Lionel - 2012-03-29 12:25

      Its only because Elstadt is more physical than Koster!!!!!!!

      Gert - 2012-03-29 12:28

      In previous seasons some other teams also beafed up their pack for games against the Bulls. It does not always work though. The Bulls forwards are not only big, they are mobile as well. Benoude katte maak benoude spronge. Don't know if Rassie would have been so nervous.

      Jason - 2012-03-29 12:36

      Its purely a size thing, Stormers Loosies are a big unit at the moment. And Koster with his speed in the last 20, going to be a great game. May the best Stormers win!

      Byron - 2012-03-29 12:45

      Ah cotzee has already said its because the physicality the bullz took to the reds.....If u watched the Vodacom cup games u would know that elsradt is looking hard, mean and amped to get his place back... he was putting big hits in... its a good decision in my opinion... koster will come on at 55 min

      Saffa - 2012-03-29 15:57

      @Jasoneye But nothing is a bigger unit than you, holy you are massive.

  • Lionel - 2012-03-29 12:29

    Not to worried about the game being played in the rain,Im worried about our braai beforehand:):):)

      Lionel - 2012-03-29 12:38

      As are the Stormers backs my friend:):)

      Lionel - 2012-03-29 12:46

      Come now,play nice:):)

      Jason - 2012-03-29 12:51

      No Rain please no rain, it will put a damper on thing!!!!!

      Lionel - 2012-03-29 12:55

      Jason,forecast says rain today(sure looks like it)and tomorrow with Saturday drying up!!!! I would also prefer a dry ball and an exciting running game!!!

      John - 2012-03-29 13:27

      Lets hope no rain - we don't want the boys from Moftus getting their pink outfits dirty.

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-29 12:30

    How will they correct these 15 hoolla hoop errors that run around on the playing field..?? By playing their first choice players in their respective position and not this 4th grade fairy team?? But then again they really don’t have first, second or third team players, do they?? Weepee jou leke deng

      Andre - 2012-03-29 12:43

      Japjap soek jy nie miskien n bietjie Janlap nie, ek dink jy het dit nodig!

      Riaan - 2012-03-29 12:49

      Japjapjap. It is obvious you are a nonsensical idiot with verbal diarrhea. None of your statements carry any weight but is rather the rantings of a ignorant troglodyte. Back in the cave schmuck!

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-29 12:59

      @andrekie- sies man, sies.. berre jou jan flappi en gaan kuier eerder op daai funny weepee sites.. @crap- sheeeeees,.. troglodyte?..,cave schmuck? daai water wyser crapdetector slaan jouself seker gereeld onder di kennebak..??

      Riaan - 2012-03-29 13:22

      Japwhatever. You are still not making any sense? Whats wrong with you?

  • Pieter - 2012-03-29 12:44

    I'm chuffed,the Bulls in PINK my beloved Newlands !

      Pieter - 2012-03-29 12:53

      @raven, say it to my face !

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-29 12:56

      Pietertjie, hou jou smoel.

      Neutedop - 2012-03-29 13:06

      Blue - 'n klein ietsie pienk het my al baaaie opgewonde gemaak in my lewe.....

      Neutedop - 2012-03-29 14:52

      Blou ..... klink of jy uit ondervinding praat? (en ek praat nie van windbuks skiet)

      Lion - 2012-03-30 07:54

      Pietertjietjietjie... Jou "verloofde" sit heel moontlik langs jou terwyl jy tik. Dis hoekom jy so sterk is. Dit maak "haar" seker opgewonde as jy so groot praat. Jy moet minder testosteroon spuit ou perd, die roids maak jou bek en jou armpies groot en jou piepietjie klein. GO BULLS!!!!

  • - 2012-03-29 12:55

    Sigh Jean, trying to make up lost ground against the Bulls, i see he relies heavily on Peter Grant and rightly so, especially if the field is going to be wet. In that case much is going to depend on the form of the 2 half pairs of Duvenhage/Grant and Hougaard/Steyn. Time spend in the oppositions half will be essential, as the game may be decided on penalties. The Bulls have the superiour aerial game, as was shown on Saturdays poor attempt by the Stormers agianst the Lions in the second half.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-29 13:06

      As die Stormers gaan rely op Peter 10 meter, vir territorial advantage, dan moet hulle nie eers worry om optedaag nie.

      Lionel - 2012-03-29 13:11

      Maar die monde is groot,ek like dit!!!!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-29 13:16

      Ag Lionel, dis maar die excitement.

      Lionel - 2012-03-29 14:02

      Excitement Dozey lol,first time at Newlands???? Blue,can you imagine saying something nice about Isak hehehee

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-29 14:19

      Lionel, it will be the first time that I'm sober while there.

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-03-29 12:58

    "Stormers out to correct errors" Beteken dit Dewaldt Duvenage, Duane Vermeulen, Brok Harris en Tiaan Liebenberg gaan gedrop word ?

      Lean - 2012-03-29 15:18

      Are you saying Vermeulen, Tiaan and Dewaldt aren't good? Must have missed the last few games, and last 2 years of Super Rugby games hey. Anything can happen on the day, anyone can win this one. Being Arrogant or a Poor Sport get's you no where.

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-29 13:12

    Hierdie fotokie van jeanie, waar hy nogal baie soos sy ouma lyk.. ek dink dis geneem NA saterdag 31maart 2012, se game?? amazing

      Riaan - 2012-03-29 13:25

      The best way not to sound stupid is to keep your mouth shut. Trust me this is good advice.

  • Johan - 2012-03-29 13:31

    Huil julle nog steeds oor daai verloor! Pateties!

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-03-29 13:50

    stormers are well prepared,well drilled and well on their way to never wrong...STORMERSSS

      Neutedop - 2012-03-29 14:11

      Jap - ek is bekommerd oor jou - jy is darem baie obsesief met poofters? Is dit onderliggende onderdrukte emosies? Elke comment van jou herhaal jy die heeltyd die woord.....scary!

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-29 14:22

      @neutedop- jys reg, ek gebruik dit heeeltemal te veel, maar jy moet in ag neem.. ons praat van di weepee, ne? maar dit sal minder word- jammer daaroor.

  • dominique.dhotman - 2012-03-29 13:56

    Bring it! - 2012-03-29 15:25

      Not in your wildest dreams

      Gert - 2012-03-29 15:26


  • Chris - 2012-03-29 19:53

    Het die Stormers/WP al ooit 'n wedstryd teen Bulls/Blou Bulle met Craig Joubert aan stuur van sake gewen?

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-29 20:50

      Het jy al ooit n pakslae gekry?

      Saffa - 2012-03-29 22:14

      @Chris Met of sonder Craig, dis BITTERLIK selde dat die WP/Stormers die Bulle wen. Die Bulle is SA se "flagship" span soos jy weet

  • thys.bester - 2012-03-31 10:24

    Kyk manne, op die oomblik gee ek nie om wie die game wen nie...Ek sit in Saudi, en het speciaal vir my 'n OSN Stelsel gaan koop (soos DSTV), NET om die rugby te kyk, en dis LEKKER... Vanoggend het die Cheetahs gewen, en die Arabiere het my skeef aangekyk, hulle verstaan nie die game, ek't AL die games opgeneem, en gaan dit vanaand kyk...Voorspoed vir al die Suid Afrikaanse spanne, julle doen almal goed!!!

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