Smal: We must play 'WP rugby'

    2014-04-01 07:43
    Cape Town - Newly appointed Western Province Director of Rugby, Gert Smal, wants WP and Stormers teams to revert back to playing traditional 'WP rugby' in future.

    Under the guidance of coach Allister Coetzee, WP and Stormers team have become notorious for being a defensive-minded team which scores few tries.

    As an example, when the Stormers topped the Super Rugby log in 2012, they did so without once bagging a four-try bonus point victory.

    Smal, who coached Western Province to back-to-back Currie Cup titles in 2000 and 2001, said they should revert back to playing with the old flair WP teams of the past produced, but noted it would take time.

    "With the present (Stormers) team there is the burning issue of (a lack of) attack but one cannot change everything now," said Smal.

    "I would like to see us play a typical WP/Stormers brand of rugby.

    "I want to see players express themselves."

    Smal’s role at WP will see him head up rugby matters across the union, with the senior professional coaches, junior professional coaches and WP Rugby Institute management team all reporting in to him.

    For now, all coaching staff members' will stay on in their respective roles.

    The Stormers face the Waratahs at Newlands on Saturday (19:10 kick-off).

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