Stormers strive for perfection

    2013-03-24 22:16
    Cape Town - Despite their impressive win over the Brumbies, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee and captain Jean de Villiers feel they must improve.

    The Cape side claimed a 35-22 bonus-point win over the Super Rugby log-leaders at Newlands on Saturday night.

    They ended the Brumbies' unbeaten run this season with an impressive physical display, but the two men in charge at the Stormers want to see them get better in the coming weeks.

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    “We’re very happy with the win, especially after our bye week - it was a fantastic effort. I think to get the bonus point try too," Coetzee told the Stormers' website. "It showed great character by the team and it showed what we stand for - that physicality we spoke about all week.

    “Our set-piece was good, and continues to improve, but it was by no means a complete performance. Yes, credit to us for scoring those four tries against a quality defence, a rush defence that puts you under pressure, but we can still improve in many aspects of our game and we will continue to strive for perfection.

    “In the first half we were very accurate and our execution was spot-on. In the second half, they came out firing and put us under pressure and we couldn’t get our continuity going. There’s a few areas I’d like to look at this week, like the breakdown, but credit to a player like George Smith who gave us a few headaches (there)," said Coetzee.

    De Villiers said they still made some silly errors, which must be attended to, especially with a match against the Crusaders at Newlands looming this week.

    “We used our opportunities but I thought we made (some) crucial mistakes at crucial times, that could’ve let them back into the game, so there’s still a lot of hard work ahead for us and, next week, there’s a pretty good team coming to Newlands."

    The one worrying aspect from the match was wing Gio Aplon being forced to leave the field in the 49th minute after the elusive speedster came off second best in a clash with bruising Brumbies No 8 Fotu Auelua.

    However, according to Coetzee, Aplon was recovering well afterwards. “Gio is okay," said the coach. "He’ll have to do a CogSport test (for concussion) this week, so hopefully he’ll be available for us next weekend.”

    The Stormers will also wait nervously on the hearing of prop Steven Kitshoff, who was cited for alleged foul play. Kitshoff is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (e) for dangerous tackling when he made contact with Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua.

    Their clash against the Crusaders at Newlands kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday.

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