Stormers expect stern test

2012-02-23 17:00

Cape Town - It’s been nearly six years since the Hurricanes last won in Cape Town and if the Stormers have their way, the team from New Zealand’s capital will keep on feeling the heat at Newlands on Saturday.

The Hurricanes last beat the Stormers at Newlands in 2006, but since then the Capetonians have improved dramatically, reaching the Super Rugby final in 2010 and winning the South African conference last year.

But that doesn’t guarantee anything and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is well aware that his team needs to hit the ground running if they are going to replicate their feats of the last two years.

“The Hurricanes have always been a team with good open field runners and counter-attacking capabilities. They live of turn-overs, but I also think (Hurricanes coach) Mark Hammett has brought more structure to their play since taking over last year, so we’re expecting much-improved set piece from them,” said Coetzee.

“This game will be a huge challenge in all aspects. It’s the start of the season and our aims are to get a fair share of the possession, play in the right areas on the field and take our scoring opportunities. It’s exciting that the competition is finally starting. It will be highly competitive in all departments.”

The history between these two sides is very even, with the Stormers ahead by 7-6 in matches played. The figure is very similar for encounters played at  Newlands, where the home team has won four of the previous seven matches in Cape Town.


  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-02-23 17:31

    im a neutral SA rugby supporter , but this back-line of the Stormers turns me on...hehehehehe.. and that Andries Bekker dude, it will be great to see him back in action.After all is not supposed to be our new Bok Lock in the same vain as Victor M...anyways, a mouthwatering game with 2 very mobile back rows... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...As a SAfrican,,,GO STROMERS-Jou lekker Ding!!!!

      Francois - 2012-02-23 23:02

      This should be a five pointer for the Stormers. If they score four Allister will say that they will take the win and if they draw Allister will say it is better than a defeat and if they loose, Allister will say August is a long way away. He will not get the yellow carded players out of the team and will say a lot of youngsters have been exposed to the game - we take it week to week. There is your speech Allister.

      Papa-storm - 2012-02-24 08:04

      noudieblou jou naam moet verander na noudiepienk ,van julle was blou

      Bootman - 2012-02-24 09:32

      Papa, daai grappie is nou al vervelig, nes ek.

  • WP - 2012-02-23 17:54

    STORMER jou leka Ding

  • Bootman - 2012-02-23 18:22

    Stormers to walk this one. Habanna at centre should be interesting. Never thought I'd be cheering for Shadow. Got my tickets. Here we go Stormers, here we go.(sound of 50 000 pairs of hands clapping and feet stomping)

      Bootman - 2012-02-24 08:15

      I know Ken.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-24 12:19

      Bootman how do you know Ken?

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-02-23 18:54

    is Stormers and Newlands the best supported team and stadium over the years ? anyone know who is and where that stats are?

      Jason - 2012-02-24 12:37

      Yes they are!

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-02-23 18:59

    oh i found the stats....yes Newlands is the most supported and popular stadium of all... Newlands, home of Province and Stormers Rugby, has become world renowned for being the most supported teams in the modern game, regardless of log position – with its spectators now commonly known as “The Newlands Faithful”. In 2002, Newlands welcomed its millionth spectator, to watch a Stormers match, through the gates, with more than 2 million fans having come out to support the popular Super Rugby franchise over the past 12 years. In both 2008 and 2009, Newlands recorded a total annual attendance of more than 500 000 spectators, with an average of 17 rugby fixtures a year. 2010 saw 666177 of the Faithful through the gates, with the Stormers attracting an average crowd in excess of 43000 per game. (capacity 48000)

      Paul Ramncwana - 2012-02-23 21:00

      Its nt just a game its a lifestyle. I'M A STORMER!!!

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-23 21:25

      @Paul Jou filosoof

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-02-23 19:35

    hehehehe...i really wouldv thought these 'big-mouthy' Bulls guys and there beloved Loftus wouldv been the best supported. Obviously they just blow hot air and not true Rugby Blood.... hehehehe, shame, it must be a hurtful statistic to them this :-) .

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 21:44

      Noudieblou dit smaak my jy's n bietjie verveeld.

      corrie.vandermerwe3 - 2012-02-23 21:47

      Statistieke soos die se niks. Daar is nog nie n stormers naam op enige koppie van Super Rugby nie.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-23 21:54

      @fake Bull Sandput toe

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-23 21:54

      @Corrie Amen

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-23 23:10

      Jislaaik Shane. Die nuwe profile van jou is maar pateties hoor. Ek het jou die kans gegun, jy't dit laat verby gaan, nou is dit oorlog.

      Bootman - 2012-02-24 06:33

      I'm a no-good failure. I accuse people falsely and steal their profiles when I can't match their wit. It's what I do. I've got nothing else to offer. Even a blind man can see that the person I'm accusing and the person who actually copy my profile, writes in totally different ways. It's just a pity I'm too ignorent to see it.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-24 12:22

      Bootman thats amazing. You have just described me. We have a lot in common. We should hook up. Do you like man love as much as I do?

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-02-23 22:10

    shame. it must be hard to accept that even winning cant make you popular!! hehehehehe....see Corrie and Noudieblou , even in our slum era , we are still the most popular rugby side and stadium in the WORLD!!! hehehehehehehe.... nothing you could say can change the stats...solid facts heheheheheheh...shame booitjie

      Mark - 2012-02-26 22:38

      i thought you were a nuetral SA rugby supporter, as you have written in your first collumn.

  • bernhard.b.baatjies - 2012-02-23 22:13

    so you can put your name on 100 cups , tea cups, coffee cups and your brandy cups and still you will will play second fiddle to the worlds most popular and well supported team ;-) you feeling there boys? a bit BLUE!????? hehehehehe

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-24 00:45

      @bernhard leekop I'd rather have a 100 cups and be unpopular than be popular but useless. Anyway, you probably can't count to there, so nothing more to say to u.

  • Johan - 2012-02-24 13:04

    HURRICANS KICK SOME STORMERS BUTT!! allister makes me want to vomit!

  • Jenny - 2012-02-24 13:06

    "winning the South African conference" - The WP achievement in the last 11 years, which counts for pretty much what the team is worth. F@KoL

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