Stormers target fast start

2012-07-24 07:50

Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says it's important that they get off to a good start in their Super Rugby semi-final against the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers have struggled in recent years to win games in which they started slowly. In last year's semi-final against the Crusaders they were 23-3 down in the first half and were never able to recover. Also, in the 2010 final against the Bulls they were 16-0 down after 25 minutes before losing 25-16. This year they also lost 25-20 to the Sharks in Durban after trailing 25-6 early in the second half.

However, on the other hand, they hardly ever lose when they start well. Die Burger reports that in 10 games this year the Capetonians built up a strong lead in the first half and went on to win every single time.

Therefore it is understandable that Coetzee wants his charges to come out of the blocks flying, but he's also urged them to keep it up, especially against a dangerous outfit like the Sharks.

"We have to stick to the recipe of starting well, but we have to keep it up over 80 minutes," he said.

"That's the challenge in a semi-final. You have to play towards your strengths and not get stuck in your own half. The execution should also be clinical. It can cost you dearly if you don’t play towards your strengths."

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 07:55

    Choking is the stormers art, and they are about to paint their masterpiece!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 07:59

      Waar het jy die kar gesteel?

      jakes.stormer - 2012-07-24 08:09

      Maakdiebulle almal bokke, jou great bulle het omtrent elke game wat hulle die eerste 10 jaar in die super reeks gespeel het gechoke. Dis hoekom hulle omtrent elke jaar heel onder aan die log geeindig het. Gelukkig het die stormers nod nie daai eer gehad nie ...

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 08:15

      Is die tickets so goedkoop ?Seker oordat hulle die mense aan die slaap speel

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-24 08:19

      Suurgat Bul

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 08:26

      Jakes, Jy kan net in n uitspeel wedstryd Choke. As die Bulle n tuis, uitspeel wedstryd het het hulle elke keer gewen! Die stormers Choke!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 13:32

      @caravan, 16 years and counting !

  • ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-07-24 08:03

    Guys just be confident, and play well, then A hiding is on the cards for the in form sharks

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 09:33

      Stormers haven't given anyone a hiding this season

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-24 09:39

      And the Bulls got a hiding from a couple of teams! and twice from the Stormers..

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 10:10

      And still no Super trophy

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-24 08:06

    The Sharks are looking pretty impressive,but that's how far it will go for you when you come to Newlands.The Stormers will come down on you Sharks like a ton of bricks.Bring it on you Sharks I'd say.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 09:34

      Ton of bricks?more like a brush of a feather

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 10:11

      SEAN you meant to say like a sack of sh t

  • gareth.bird.56 - 2012-07-24 08:14

    @ isak, Die sharks het n harde pad gehad! En verdien hulle semi... Lets see what happens! but believe you me, as julle wen gan dit nie met meer as 3punte wees nie!

      bulla.loftus - 2012-07-24 09:21

      Hulle hou van walk in the parks... Vra maar vir Andries Bekker

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 10:13

      Wie gaan Parkbench Bekker nou weer in n park raps?

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 12:21

      Caravan trash waarna verwys jy as jy van n eland praat, en wat het jou comment in elk geval met rugby uit te waai? Ek hoop die Sharks maak julle grootbekke saterdag stil maar as dit dalk nie gebeur nie weet ek dat die Saders dit volgende week sal doen

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-07-24 08:18

    Problem is that when the Stormers start badly they do not have the fire power to score tries and win a game. Both games they lost this year is testament to that. I hope that the Sharks fwds take control in the 1st 20 odd minutes and lead by 10, then I can't see the Stormers coming back and winning it. However if the Stormers get those 10 points early I can't see the Sharks winning , specially with the defense the Stormers have.

      cape.maori - 2012-07-24 08:35

      Agree that the stormers cannot chase a game! The Sharks were really impressive and offered a well balanced display of attack and defense. Think the Sharks might be a handful for the stormers unless the jet lag gets to them. Sharks will attack the weak scrum of the stormers! Bismarck immense in the set pieces as well as ability to carry the ball over the gain line. Will be at Newlands on Saturday cheering on the Sharks and trust that the Saders will thump the Chiefs to set up a final in Christchurch with Sharks to fly back! We know what will happen if the Chiefs or Saders must come to Newlands for a final. I really want to save the stormers from that humiliation.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-24 12:56

      as far as I can remember we came back from behind to beat the bulls at Loftus with that try from Habana...

      MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-07-24 14:52

      Well we all know what happened to the bulls now don't we. They havent been the best team in the world this season so I wouldn't read too much into that

  • deon.fouche.3 - 2012-07-24 08:23

    Dit sal n baie goeie wedstryd wees, maar ek glo die Sharks sal wen met so 5-8 punte. Om dan weer te vlieg en in NZ te gaan wen dink ek is net bietjie te veel vir die Sharks, maar die tyd sal leer. Die Sharks speel baie soos NZ se spanne, fisies en hard, en dit sal hulle die wedstryd laat wen teen die stormers.

  • Alan - 2012-07-24 08:29

    STORMERS = CHOKERS!!! Go Sharks!!!!!!!!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 08:37

      Choking is their Forte !

      cape.maori - 2012-07-24 08:39

      @Isak- I'm not sure whether you are confident, over-confident or just arrogant? History is against the stormers when it comes to semi's or finals! The traveling factor might hurt the Sharks, but otherwise they are peaking at the right time and display excellent footy in attack and defense. Think the Sharks will aim for a fast start as jet lag might get to them in the last 30 minutes. In any event, the best team (on the day and not the season!) will go to the final!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 08:43

      @maori, sakkie is drunk as always.

      ray.stadlerjd1 - 2012-07-24 08:47

      Go Isak

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-24 09:41

      @ Cape Moari.. The stormers have been in the semi's for the 3rd year in a row.. What history are you talking about..

      cape.maori - 2012-07-24 09:43

      @Stormkaap - that's the point! Being in the semi's does not mean you are the S15 cup winners! The history suggests that the stormers choke in the semi's! Finish and klaar! That's the point!

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 10:09

      @sakkie, The stomers dont play in the playoff's, they choke !

      orrinf8 - 2012-07-24 12:44

      THE MIGHTY STORMERS don't choke, fools !! the only chokers in super rugby are the 'pink cows' .. the guppies are not gonna beat THE MIGHTY STORMERS at NEWLANDS on Sat ! THE MIGHTY STORMERS are going to win the s15 this year !!! SSSTTTOOORRRMMMEEERRRSSS 4 LIFE - 2012-07-24 13:32

      I am loving all this newfound admiration and mutual back patting between Sharks, Bulls, Crusaders fans and all other loslappies who have no team. Kumbaya stuff this. Thankfully the Stormers don't give a damn.

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 14:23

      SAFFA the not giving a damn is evident for 12 years already

  • backstabber.adder - 2012-07-24 09:23

    Newsflash. I e-mailed a buddy in Canada to check on the credentials of "Dr." Johan Spies. Apparently there is no Dr. Johan Spies, Orthopedic Surgeon, registered in British Columbia! Well well well, that explains why "Dr." Johan Spies the Bone Surgeon" has so much time to troll this website. The only bone he has ever touched is his own... Bwahahahaha.....

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 09:36

      That was so lame. Seriously u r not even remotely funny. Worst troll of all time

      maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-24 09:46

      It's a alias

      chris.groenewald.56 - 2012-07-24 09:54

      @backstabber.adder Jy sal agterkom dat as die Bulle verloor is die Dr baie stil en hy comment onder ander name. Na die eerste verloor op Nuweland was die Bluedozer glo in n motor ongeluk. Dr, ek dink die Bulle was n goeie span die jaar en het baie goed gedoen om die uitspeel games te haal. As hulle miskien hulle spelers meer roteer het kon hulle miskien beter gedoen het...die manne was uitgebrand teen die einde. Die Stormers is stil(net Isak is nie) wat n goeie teken is. Sharks lyk goed maar ek weet nie of die REDS so goed is sonder Cooper nie.

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-24 10:32

      @backstabber, OK now I've read/seen everything. Do you really think his name is 'Johan Spies'??? WoW!!!!

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 12:22

      Caravan are you refering to the shape of your head?

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-24 19:02

      Taurus, "Johan Spies" makes lots of claims, but he prides himself most in his claimed occupation and all the money and toys that flow from that. He even posted his degrees, where he got it and when he got it. Seems like the above info also does not gel with the credentials of Dr. Paul van Zyl, who is registered as an orthopedic surgeon in BC. The amount of time Spies spends tolling this site, and the crassness of his comments just does not fit the profile of a professional. And real rich people do not flaunt it. Anyway that is my body evidence. Do not try and second guess the depth of my analysis Taurus you twat. Hehehehe...

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-24 22:34

      yeah, adder = also did a bit of research - one of his claims is that he got his m med (orto) in 2005 from Stellenbosch. the only guy who got that particular degree in that year was a Dirk Nell... who is also not registered in BC...

  • tyron.greunen - 2012-07-24 10:06

    @isak,when the sharks win on Saturday you think anyone will care about the win/lose ratio through the competition?It's finals rugby,the winner goes to the Final,not the team with the better stats through the season.

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 10:31

      Last year and in 2010 the Stormers had a good win ratio but thebhard reality was that they still do not have a Super trophy or title! Now that mus be because they are rugby,s chokers

  • tyron.greunen - 2012-07-24 10:13

    I've heard this talk before from supporters,first Stormers when Sharks hosted them in Durban.Sharks aren't in the same league as Stormers and look what happened...Bulls vs Sharks,it was said the forward pack of the Bulls is a push too far for the Sharks,look what happened....Reds vs sharks betting odds were against Sharks massively,Reds supporters were already trying to book their semi final tickets,look what happened....If anything,id be very worried now if i were a Stormer supporter.

  • tyron.greunen - 2012-07-24 10:24

    again @isak:if you want to talk history then let's talk it,i can assure you the Sharks record is more distinguised than that of the Stormers. Runners Up:1996,2001,2007 Semi Finalists:1997,1998,2008,2012 Stomers Runners Up:2010 Semi Finalists:2011,2004,1999,2012

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 10:29

      Sakkie is past the fact stage he has consumed TIK since early morning and nothing that you say now will make sense to him apart from the word Stormers or Chokers

      cape.maori - 2012-07-24 10:38

      @Sakkie - did you get a clean audit? If not, go back to work!

      tyron.greunen - 2012-07-24 12:02

      well if we counting runner up stats with semis then let me rephrase the Sharks semi final history... 1996,2001,2007,1997,1998,2008,2012....... - 2012-07-24 13:48

      Yet just like the Stormers, you have never won the title. So all of those stats mean nothing for either side. Moving on.

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 14:25

      Saffa at least the Sharks won the CC, not like a certain team from the Cape who are only dreaming about a major trophy the past 12 years

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-24 10:27

    why the bull fans stil commenting on STORMER articles???? MMMM the bulls suck since the superugby started..with all ther bonus point..they stil useless

      cape.maori - 2012-07-24 10:49

      @Isak - did you get a clean audit? If not, go back to work! - 2012-07-24 13:50

      FakeMaori - Isak is in the Western Cape as far as I can recall, and living here yourself, you shouldn't have even asked the question. We only do clean audits here.

  • luke.sportify - 2012-07-24 10:30

    Fast start, you better hope so or else the Sharks will run away with it Crappest side to ever top the log Great defence but very average rugby AC yours and Robbie's time is surely up

      cape.maori - 2012-07-24 10:45

      @Isak - did you get a clean audit? If not, go back to work! - 2012-07-24 13:52

      14/16 wins. Pure crap for sure. Now tell us a little about the sad sack teams who didn't manage to beat the Stormers, what do you call them......

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 14:58

      cannot wait for the sharks to silence u. if they do not, u will be silenced by the crusaders

  • luke.sportify - 2012-07-24 10:31


      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-24 11:07

      VRYSTAAAAAAAAAAAT B !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cavin.snyman - 2012-07-24 10:39

    I see the Stormers are getting desperate. They are even saying that they should win so that SA has a better chance of lifting the cup. I think they all silently know that there is a 75% chance that the Sharks will beat them on Saturday. It is going to be a tough game and the result will only be known on Saturday evening. I will always support the Sharks but I will not be so arrogant as to think that they are unbeatable. May the team that wants it more win on Saturday. Go Sharks!!! Sharks forever!!!

      orrinf8 - 2012-07-24 12:00

      lay off the DP, pal !! ha ha ha ha ha .. 75 percent chance that the guppies beat THE MIGHTY STORMERS at FORTRESS NEWLANDS ?? GET REAL !!! HIER GAAN JULLE WEER PAK KRY !!! HERE WE GO STORMERS, HERE WE GO !!!!!

      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-24 14:15

      The Stormers only advantage is home ground and the Sharks travelling. With regards to form at the moment it is the Sharks that are playing brilliant rugby. To say you are going to give us a hiding is just your heart talking cause you are a Stormer supporter but when thought of clearly without bias you would not be putting your team in such high esteem as you are doing now. Wait for Saturday and we will see. Sharks forever!!!!!!

  • Richard - 2012-07-24 11:41

    Tough to call......but looking at the backs, think Stormers have the edge in experience and talent and X factor, but it is close. In the forwards, scrum time maybe sharks have the edge. So that leaves line out Stormers CAN dominate, and loose play if the mark Marcel Coetzee and Bismark....oh hell it will be a tight game. No idea who will win.

  • tyron.greunen - 2012-07-24 12:13

    As much as i would like to see the Sharks win this one on saturday,I'm more interested in the BMT from Sharks and Stormers.sadly the Bulls players are not in form for the Rugby Championship which leaves Sharks and Stormers players to pick up the slack in the Bok camp till Bulls find their form again.I really want to see the Boks perform against the All Blacks and Wallabies.We have the talent and the game on saturday will be a good indication as to how our Bok players perform when the pressure is on.Rest assured the Stormers were bitten once,they won't try win this game against the Sharks forwards which makes up 80% of the Bok forwards,instead i think they will adopt an attacking game putting the ball behind the Sharks going for territory.Guys like Daniels and Kankowski only play well when the ball is going forward,if i know that the Stormers do.I just hope the Sharks have a gameplan for that.

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-07-24 12:54

    as a BUL supporter I fully support The Stormers this coming Saturday...................and for the title as a matter of fact !

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 12:58

      @mack Shut up jou breinlose idioot

      elandrevanwyk.m - 2012-07-24 13:16

      haha johan. j is duidelik een van daadie bul ondersteuners wat naargat is omat di bulle uit di kompetisie is nu is j teen di span oor wi j di jaloerste is. . seker omat j windgat was ani bgin vani seisoen en vi al j vriende gse ht di bulle gan wen. . in di gval ht j anggan oor hoeveel beter di bulle as di stormers is en toe eindig dinge so op dat j span vloor teen hule en nou prob j nogstds op een of ander manier wen deur di stormers wn hul ondersteuners sleg t se en ag blah blah so on. . . raak groot wnt regtig. . - 2012-07-24 13:35

      What is wrong with your Bulls my old friend. (Apart from your coaching team, gameplan, captain Spies, Steyn, Olivier, J Potgieter, Greyling and W Kruger - there must be something else up as well?)

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 14:59

      you are not a true blue bull supporter. we do not support those fools. ever even if they were the last team on earth

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 12:56

    Dokter gaan van more af bietjie aftoer deur Washington na die Oregon kus en sal dus nie beskikbaar wees om julle weseltjies te antwoord oor die naweek nie. Kom ons wys bietjie goeie sportmanskap en laat rugby die wenner wees: Go Sharks, Go Crusaders, Go Chiefs

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-24 12:57

    Who are the Stormers?

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-24 13:02

      uhm... die span bo aan die punte leer, die een wat jou geliefde bulle twee keer gewen het... laat ons eerder vra - wie is Dr Johan Spies?

  • herman.vermaak.77 - 2012-07-24 13:34

    Sad to say but this is the end of the road for the stormers. Kanko,marcel,alberts,biz,beast,jannie and keegan just too much powerhousing.

  • sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 14:34

    Ek gaan eerder die game tussen Volksrust hoerskool en Pietersburg Hoerskool se o 15 kyk dit behoort meer driee en beter rugby op te lewerE

      sagrys.haasbroek - 2012-07-24 14:41

      o en voor ek vergeet,Go Volkies maak die Beeld trofee julle sn

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-24 17:43

    gogogogo stormerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, cupppppppppppppppppppppp

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 23:21

      gogo = isaan in bangkok's workplace

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