Coetzee still in firing line

    2014-04-10 16:37
    Cape Town - WP Rugby Union president Thelo Wakefield says the responsibility of the Stormers' Super Rugby results still rests with coach Allister Coetzee and not newly appointed Director of Rugby Gert Smal.

    "The positions should be clearly understood: Allister remains the senior professional coach and he, along with his lieutenants, Matthew Proudfoot and Robbie Fleck, are in charge of the team. The Director of Rugby's one is an advisory role," Wakefield told Die Burger's website.

    "If you don't have all the answers, then you ask for advice. Like (Albert) Einstein said, you can't do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. You should feel free to go and ask for help.

    "Gert is in charge of all rugby matters. The coaches report to him. As coach he has gained a lot of knowledge at international level and we want him to share it with our coaches."

    Wakefield also said Coetzee and Smal would work together to try and change the Stormers' playing style.

    "Gert has the ability to bring back a playing style unique to WP. It's the type of rugby we won back-to-back Currie Cups (in 2000 and 2001) with and also gave other unions hidings on their home grounds. Allister's game plan definitely needs to undergo some adjustments. I believe Gert will gradually introduce flair," said Wakefield.

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