Stormers to up attacking intent

2012-03-27 22:37

Cape Town - Stormers forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot has acknowledged that they'll need to start attacking more if they want to beat the Bulls in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday.

The Stormers were guilty of trying to defend their lead against the Lions last week, which nearly cost them after building up an 18-0 advantage early on. In the end they just managed to sneak home 24-19 at Coca-Cola Park.

But Proudfoot told Die Burger a replication of their effort last week won't suffice this time round, no matter how strong their defensive structures are.

"The Lions used the phases really well and it was a good lesson for us to learn: for how long you can use the ball and how to stay patient.

"But the Bulls are a whole different prospect: one knows they storm hard and consistently at the advantage line until they get momentum.

"Very few teams on earth can hold out against that for 80 minutes. So we'll have to make sure that they defend for at least the same amount of time as we do.

"Their defence at the advantage line is top notch, but so is ours.

"Nowadays you can't dream of being one of the big teams if your defence is not up to scratch," said Proudfoot.

The clash at Newlands kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday night.


  • Saffa - 2012-03-27 22:51

    BWA HA HA HA Epileptic attack maybe

      Jason - 2012-03-28 07:38

      We will have to wait and see this weekend. Hopefully yea who laughs last will laugh the longest.

      Burtfred - 2012-03-28 07:54

      Stormers to win by 12.

      Riaan - 2012-03-28 09:33

      I have been a WP/Stormers fan all my life. But they have not played any rugga for three years now! And I don't think saying it in the media will change anything... They have a very good defensive structure but they are very light on attack, just like might I say it the Boks in the WC off 2011. Sorry to say Saturday there will be no celebrations for the Stormers!!!

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-03-29 11:17

      @Riaan - sorry boet, that is not the way to support your team - if the entire stormers team were injured and they were desperate enough to pick an 80 year old man to play alone against the All Blacks(I know the all blacks is not a team in super rugby, but it is the idea that matters), and he had both arms tied behind his back, was blindfolded and broke his leg in the first minute, I would still support my team with all my heart, passion and I would never accept defeat before the game was even played. If that is not the way you support your team - no matter if they are the bulls, stormers or any other team, you are not a true supporter and just wasting everyone time.

  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-27 22:52

    Mnr Proudfoot, dit gaan baie vat om die Bulle Saterdag te wen. Met alle respek, ek dink nie jou span gaan dit maak nie. Bulle met 7+

      Jonathan Rose - 2012-03-28 06:51

      stormers by 20

      Johan - 2012-03-28 09:02

      Die stormers se ENIGSTE voordeel is hulle tuisveld - maar gaan dit genoeg wees?

  • Saffa - 2012-03-27 23:17

    Hi All, Just wanted to say I'll be less frequently on here in future. Rene has put me in my place and that doesn't do the chip on my shoulder any good. I'm planning to spend way more time in my new kitchen. Ciao Ciao

      Pomene - 2012-03-28 08:08

      Will just be back again in one of the other 50 fake not be fooled by this declaration !!!

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-03-27 23:41

    thats what you thought about the BLUES @ blou..... i cant wait for the game !!! :)

  • Peter - 2012-03-28 00:28

    @saffa Than goodness and good riddance Now we won't have to read your drivel any longer Doing what ,scrubbing the floor and washing the pots and pans ? Maybe somebody should have told you blowup dolls cannot perform those duties

      Lion - 2012-03-28 08:34

      @Saffa... Skerp my maat. Ek het gewag vir die comment op daai post van jou oor die chip en die kombuis en daar val ou Peter reg in die slagyster. @Peter... Jy moet oplet in die klas my ou. Verstaan jy nie sakasme nie. Gaan kyk weer mooi na daai post. Jy is 'n PLANK!!!

  • Ben - 2012-03-28 05:11

    And to attack they will need the ball. If you watch where the Stormers forwards are when the ball goes loose, it is not difficult to predict that they will not have enough clean ball on Saturday. This reduces the team to a defending unit where the backline does most of the work. Crucify me for saying this, but it has been the pattern for many years that the Stormers forwards stand in the backline and wait for the ball while one or two has to compete for possession against four or five of their opponents. This makes the best forward unit in the world pretty ineffective.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 06:21

      ''best forward unit''. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ben - 2012-03-28 06:37

      Bulldust, you dont seem to be very clever. I did not mean that the Stormers pack were the best, but this way of playing would affect the best pack in the world. Forwards are supposed to play, not to watch. I prefer my looks to your big mouth anyway.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 07:06

      Bulldust. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      John - 2012-03-28 08:06

      Disagree - this is precisely what the problem is. The Stormers defensive mindset in the last 2 seasons has made them too structured. What I'm saying is players are not given the freedom to roam a bit. I would like to see players like Bekker, Koster, Kolisi, Liebenberg coming into the backline & punching holes up the middle instead of this constant taking it up around the fringes of the scrum. Bekker is one of the most talented players we have in this country and he is being bottled up. He has been very effective out wide in the past. I'm not saying these guys should do it as much as they used but rather get a balance. We have to breakdown the defence in the midfield and free up the speedsters who arte currently getting no space.

      Lionel - 2012-03-28 08:12

      @John,just as long as the likes of Brok Harris stay the hell out of that backline!!!

      Ben - 2012-03-28 08:38

      John, what you are suggesting is to have two opposing lines of players across the field and that does not work. It amounts to stampkar rugby. If the forwards are in the backline, does that mean that the ref must pick up the ball or the back line. That is why the Stormers keep on defending. They dont get balls to run with. Those that come out of a line-out gets kicked into the opponents' hands.

      John - 2012-03-28 08:52

      Nope that is not what I'm suggesting. I mentioned 4 players & at no time said all 4 should be in the backline the same time. When last did you see Bekker hurtling down the touchline. What I am saying is there is variation in our tactics. It is all too predictable. When the ball does go wide the backs have no space at the moment. The strat up to now is for the forwards to create pressure and kick the penalty. It's worked so far but what Proudfoot is saying is they will come unstuck versus the Bulls - so surprise them!

      Ben - 2012-03-28 09:01

      We feel more or less the same but please watch on Saturday what happens at the breakdown and we discuss it afterwards.

  • Riaan - 2012-03-28 05:41

    All the same guys ( eg. Saffa & Blou Daan ) who predicted a win for the "mighty bulls" against the Blues are up to their old tricks again. Getting ahead of yourself is a dangerous game mate. Come on Saturday!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 06:22

      Like your buddy, Isak?

      Riaan - 2012-03-28 07:28

      Yes like Isak!!! He has got it right so far this season and you haven't. Lets think who's the knob in this tale...yes it's "the bulldozer".

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 07:40

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Awesome chirp, buddy. Just awesome!

      Riaan - 2012-03-28 07:59

      @ Bulldozer. Thanks. You make it really easy though. A battle of wits with a unarmed person. Shame buddy.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 08:02

      That's cool buddy. I'm glad I could help.

  • Riaan - 2012-03-28 05:43

    And just to refresh my memory Saffa who is at the top of the log again? Is it the bulls?...Oh! that's right...STORMERS!!!!!

      Schaun - 2012-03-28 06:19

      no wonder u r called crapdetecter, did nt u notice people r so tired of being on top of log for 12 years and only got a tin coffee mug to show for a cup, either way, i m so excited about the game on saterday, good luck, atleast bulls dont have to say on monday we lost against bumble bee and ant, lol we just have to wait and see

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 06:23

      Top of the log, no cups (11 years).

      Riaan - 2012-03-28 07:22

      @Bulldozer. Is ha ha ha ha ... etc. the extent of your wit? Your are a comedic genius, sorry i meant an comedic idiot.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 07:29

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

      Riaan - 2012-03-28 07:35

      @ Bulldozer. That's what I thought! If the bulls lose are we going to see another bottle throwing incident by a classy bulls supporter like yourself?

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 07:41

      No, we only throw bottles at Loftus. Nog iets?

      Riaan - 2012-03-28 07:57

      @ Bulldozer. No nothing else. You do my work for me. I do like that you said "we" only throw bottles at Loftus. Painting all bulls supporters with the same stupid brush. Nice work!

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 08:03

      Thanks buddy. You is awesome.

      hugo.naude - 2012-03-28 09:07

      @Crapdetector ... no matter how much crap u throw at the fan boet it will NOT remove the stains on Stormers record --- NO CUP IN 11YRS and still the ONLY team in S15 history to lose 2 semi's AT HOME and to top it all to STRIKE FOR MORE PAY AND STILL LOSE ... Now u know as well as anyone that the reason the Whirlwinds from Skaapstad cannot win this competition and the main reason are your own "support base" who mostly support NZ teams ... now how can u be expected to win anything with such a bunch of "wynkoppe" in the stands ... a papsak or 2 and they dont know who they are supporting anymore ... So go and detect some crap somehwere else boet ... maybe visit your girl on the flats ... u can share a papsak afterwards --------------------------- Bulls by 10

      Riaan - 2012-03-28 09:51

      @ Hugo Naude. How are things in Danville where the woman are pregnant, the Ford's are fast and the brandy is cheap? I assume Bulldozer and Saffa are you neighbours? Do you now feel you stood up for your buddy or is Bulldozer and Hugo Naude the same person? Anyway I hope I manage to avoid the bottles.

  • peter.julies - 2012-03-28 07:39

    I'm proudly supporting the stormers. They doing good. If they keep this up they would win the super 15 of which I am betting on!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-03-28 07:50

      I really hope you are not in charge of your family's assets, just saying !

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-03-28 08:09

      @Isak, for the sake of your ulcer's and stress levels I really hope you are right mate, but I just can't see it! Your lads are really not playing with any passion. The only thing I keep on hearing is how the Bulls lost to the Blues, would you really bank on Morne' having 2 bad days in his whole life (nevermind a year) ??? Have you heard that old saying, what doesn't kill you make's you stronger ! I don't think the stormers adapt (Bulls are famous for it) or have anything new to offer and the good teams know this and use it to their advantage. Defence might win you a world cup, but this is Super Rugby mate and if you see the title holders from the past you will see that winners are generally the top try scorers. That being said, enjoy the game and have a wee tequila for every tackle your team makes and I promise you it won't hurt as much :)

      Rene - 2012-03-28 08:54

      @Jimmy, you have to feel for @Isak, he is losing it BIG time - it's anything from +20 to +5! Like I said on a previous blog, I hope he is near a hospital if his team loses! The other problem they face, they don't know which game plan the Bulls will bring - I think the Bulls can vary their game plan, depending on the situation! Win or lose, you have to love the new look Bulls team! Exciting times ahead

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-03-28 09:22

      Jimmy what do you know about family assets you still stay with your mom.

      Jimmy - 2012-03-28 09:44

      @Paul, I know, it's sucks a lot !!! Hence I can speak with experience, my brother told me for the last 11 years to bet my xmas bonus on the stormers winning something.... long and the short of it is that I'm still with my Mom :( Could be worse though, could be living @ Newlands !!!

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-03-28 10:11

      @ Jimmy that's funny bt this year you must bet all your xmas money on STORMERS!!

      Erik - 2012-03-28 12:14

      I also used to be harsh on those I feared most!! Goodluck to the Stormers, Bulls and all South African teams!!

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-03-28 07:42

    Go Stormers!!! Stormers all the way

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-03-28 07:47

    Bull's by about a thousand.... The only problem with this is that Mr Spies and co. will still be fresh for the Saders next week and that sucks a whole bunch !!!

      Rene - 2012-03-28 07:54

      @Jimmy, NOW that's a game that I cannot wait for! Quality vs Quality!!! Champions vs Champions!!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-03-28 08:12

      Isak you just said stormers by 20, are you having doubts mate ? Morning Rene' :) Can not wait for next weekend....

      Lion - 2012-03-28 08:40

      Jimmy... With all due respect my friend. Get past the LIONS first!

      Rene - 2012-03-28 08:49

      Morning @Lion, the problem is, the Crusaders travels well - remember last year when the beat, not beat, but thrash the Stormers in the semi-final (after they've spent half their time traveling back & forth)...... The Lions are doing great on the park considering amount of injuries they have - But keep the faith, things will turn for you guys - it HAS to!!

      Johan - 2012-03-28 09:12

      Jip, en die Bulls gaan die Crusaders vir voorgereg en die Lions vir nagereg eet!

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-03-28 09:24

      @Rene don't you have any dishes to go wash?

      Jimmy - 2012-03-28 09:34

      @lion, I have the greastest respect, would rather play province than the Lions. (We actually have our worst record at Ellis Park) Your team is suffering with a crazy amount of injuries and yet are still dangerous. I do still think that the Bulls are SA's strongest team and at the end of the day are the ones we will have to beat to win the trophy. Many games to go and I can tell you it won't be Provinve, Brumbies and the Highlanders as conference leaders come play-off time :) Anyways best of luck on Saturday.

      Rene - 2012-03-28 09:46

      @Paul, naaah! I have someone like you (not knowing much about rugby), doing it for me! Why? Are you volunteering? Anyway, thanks for worrying about my dishes!!! Really appreciate it

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-03-28 10:17

      @Rene hahahaha even people like me that don't know much about rugby know that the STORMERS are gonna win. I'm so confident that I will wash your dishes if the bulls win. lol

      Jimmy - 2012-03-28 10:55

      Paul I'll take that bet on behalf of Rene, remember I live with my Mom, so worst comes to worst she can do them ;)

      Lion - 2012-03-28 14:10

      Jimmy. Same to you my friend. The Crusaders are a well respected team in SA and we all know it takes a huge effort to beat them. My team is lost at this stage although the games we lost was close. Saying that, we have nothing to lose and that makes the Lions a difficult team to play especially at Ellispark as you said. If you are a stats man... everything is against the Lions. But so was everything against them with the Stormers game and they nearly pulled it off with their 3rd XV. I have the greatest respect for the Saders and they always play good entertaining rugby. At least you have Dan back but you guys are going to miss Richie this weekend. It's anybody's game on the day and may the best team win.

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-03-28 08:21

    Attack with a backline that contains 3 centres. Once again we having Brock Harris trying to play centre. Brock please stay up front with the rest of the tight 5.

      hugo.naude - 2012-03-28 09:13

      I believe Brock was hiding in the backline ... it is a Stormer forward trademark that when it gets to tough up front u can go hide in the backline ... and I predict there will be MANY more Stormer forwards in the backline come gameday ... Bulls by 10

  • Daniel - 2012-03-28 09:21

    Matt Proudfoot, you can wish to attack all you wish, but if the Stormers forwards goes into rucks and mauls like they did for 60minutes on SAT the Stormers can forget about keeping ball to attack with...also if Brok Harris pops up at flyhalf on a quick ball and tries to jink his way through midfield...that aint gonna work. Hopefully for Stormers they are working on this...

      verweyc - 2012-03-28 09:59

      I have to support what you are saying about the forwards in the backline. We have some of the best attacking players in our backline, but the ball are to slow getting to them. Forwards should ensure we dominate the contact area and not be in the backline. it is going to be a very long day at the office if the guiys do not sort this out before Saturdays game.

      Gert - 2012-03-28 10:02

      @Peter en Isak. Probeer om iets oor rugby en/of die stormers of Bulle te se wat sin maak. alles wat julle se maak of nie sin nie of is afkrakerige opmerkings(seker oor julle sulke mooi ouens in julle opinie is). los die opblaaspoppe en "my siel my lewe en my alles" vir die huis. ek daag julle uit om iets kwyt te raak wat sin maak. As dit nie werk nie kan julle dalk bymekaarkom en oor julle ongelukkige verlede praat. terwyl ons so op afkarakery is Peter, jy sal vir Isak kan raadgee want jy lyk die meeste na Dr. Phil.

  • Keith - 2012-03-28 10:26

    Stormers vs Bulle was nog altyd hard- die een gaan nie anders wees. Beide spanne besig om SA trots te maak. Op vorm is Bulle miskien 'n kort kop die gunsteling, maar op die dag kan alles anders verloop.Vir diegene wat die vel verkoop voordat die bok geslag is wil ek se; stop die bus dit gaan weer kliphard wees. Die span wat die voorspelerstryd wen gaan die game wen. Maak ons proud boys.

  • Steven - 2012-03-28 11:08

    WTF????? am i drinking crazy pills or what? Stormers dont stand a chance. They only managed to beat the Lions Second team by 5 points. 11 first choice players are injured in the Lions sqaud and all they could do was beat the Lions by 5.... 3/4's of the Springboks only manage by 5 against the Lions second team.....good luck you daisies its gonna be a long afternoon. the boys in pink are going to make you blush on saturday...

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-28 11:12

    I am surprised at this statement.. my idea of a game was to score as many points as possible, soccer(goals), Rugby(TRIES), Cricket(runs)..and the other team the least. The whole idea was/is to win. Then came along a spider an and said you dont have to play with the ball. Defend, defend and hopefully the other team will make a mistake or give away a penalty and then you will probably score from the resultant penalty. My point is you cant play without the ball if the other team has it! You need to attack Matthew! You need to score tries.. because if you defend all the time you WILL concede points either by way of penalties or defence WILL be breached and Tries will be scored against you. It is simple.. But AC, Fleckie and Matthew you need to play rugby with the ball to score!

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