Stormers troops take a break

2011-06-20 07:15

Stephen Nell

Bloemfontein – Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has given his team the week off after they secured a home semi-final with Saturday’s 44-34 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

This week’s quarter-finals will be contested between the Crusaders and Sharks (in Nelson on Saturday), and the Blues and Waratahs (in Auckland on Friday). The Reds and Stormers advanced straight through to the semi-finals as they finished first and second respectively on the overall log.

For the Stormers it’s a welcome rest, especially as they were clearly disadvantaged by the bye in the first round of the tournament. That meant that they have had to play 16 games over the last 17 weekends.

Coetzee confirmed that the Stormers would now have the entire week at their leisure and then start preparing for the Newlands semi-final next Monday. The Crusaders will be the Stormers’ opponents if they beat the Sharks. If not, the Stormers will play the winner of the quarter-final between the Blues and Waratahs.

“The players have the whole week off because they need to be physically and mentally refreshed. They have worked very hard for this and deserve the rest,” said Coetzee.

“The 18th week of the tournament is unchartered territory for everyone and I can see that the players need rest.”

Coetzee also has new challenges to face. Duane Vermeulen, who has excelled at No 8 and is a Springbok contender, will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the seriousness of his knee injury.

The expectation is that he will play no further role in the Stormers’ campaign. Vermeulen was stretchered off the field and was on crutches at the airport on Sunday morning.

Coetzee quite rightly described it as a “body blow” because the Cape side will miss Vermeulen’s work-rate, contribution at the breakdowns and powerful ball carries.

“Our loose-trio has been phenomenal the entire season, but I have to say that Nick Koster makes a big impact every time he is sent on. I just have to think about who we will bring in as the fourth loose forward. Duane’s knee is quite swollen.”

Scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage should be available for the semi-final. Coetzee was delighted with the contributions of rookie scrumhalves Louis Schreuder and Nic Groom, but Peter Grant’s cool head emphasised the value of experienced players in key positions in pressure games.

If everything goes according to plan, Duvenage and Grant will be paired at No 9 and 10 again in the semi-final.

Notwithstanding Vermeulen’s injury, there is a lot to be happy about from a Stormers perspective.

The weekend’s events confirmed the Stormers as the leading regional franchise in South Africa, even though they are not happy with letting in four tries against the Cheetahs.

They will look to address the system errors in their defence ahead of the semi-finals.


  • Rob - 2011-06-20 07:23

    They going to need it as the Sharks will be HUNGRY after kicking some Crusader ass in Nelson.

      Marx - 2011-06-20 07:26

      Rob, is Kaplan going with ??

      J D - 2011-06-20 07:32

      In which case we'll be playing the Blues or Waratahs. Sharks are the lowest qualifier and will be taking on the Reds in the semi final if they make it through. Hope they do. And that we get another all-SA final in Newlands.

      Marcell - 2011-06-20 07:33

      Dit gaan nou moeilik raak vir die Sharks en Chokers, ag ek bedoel Stompies. Kaplan, Plonker en kie word nie betrek by die 2 uitspeel wedstryde nie.

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-20 07:38

      @Marcell,jealousy makes you nasty!!!!!!!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-20 07:42

      Ek is 'n realist!

      Rob - 2011-06-20 07:45

      @marx: Sour grapes?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 07:48

      @Marcell - you amoeba brained tosspot. The Stormers are NOT playing this weekend playoffs for us, only a home semi next week. Our boys are off this week........

      Marcell - 2011-06-20 07:58

      SAFFA_CAT: Ek het altyd gedink jy is 'n goeie begryper! Dit is twee sinne. Die tweede sin is op die vraag van Marx. Die eerste sin is 'n opinie.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 08:14

      @Marcell - read what you wrote: Dit gaan nou moeilik raak vir die Sharks en Chokers, ag ek bedoel Stompies. Kaplan, Plonker en kie word nie betrek by die 2 uitspeel wedstryde nie. You included the Stormers in your statement mate. I interpreted it correctly. Now try and convince someone else of your "so-called" true intent.

      Marx - 2011-06-20 08:16

      Rob, never been sour, the game was very even, the last line-out summed up how the game was blown, unfortunately. The Shêks played some good footy and the Bulls never used their chances. Congrats to the Shêks anyhow. You're dreaming if you think the Saders will be a walk over !!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-20 08:16

      Marx lets be honest,Kaplan made mistakes both ways,The Kick and chase game we wanted to play cost us not the ref,i looked at the game a few times and the following were the reasons for our downfall.Morne up and unders only worked once when the ball were knocked by Deysel,Wynand breaking to the inside the whole game did not work.If we kept ball in hand like the previous 6 games it would have been a different outcome,we lost the Sharks deserved to win no arguing

      Marx - 2011-06-20 08:46

      Bloody, please read my comment again, "the Bulls never used their chances" The Shêks played some good that not honest??

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-20 08:59

      Marx you also asked if Kaplan is going with,Suggesting he was the reason for the loss?,if i am wrong i appologise,but we were our own downfall with a crappy game plan agains a Shark team who played exellent rugby

      RobinB - 2011-06-20 09:34

      @ Marcell...?? A Realist..?? n P**s if you ask me!!! Shut up you D**s!!!

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-06-20 15:03

      Marcell: Thats for sure , he is tired after trying to let the BULLS go through , but to no avail !!!

  • Sport-24 - 2011-06-20 07:32

    Morning All,great sporting weekend once again,pity about the Baby Boks,on a Stormers and Bok note I sincerely hope Vermeulen is not all that serious,hell he had a good game.Enjoy the rest boys!!!!!!!!!

  • Marcell - 2011-06-20 07:35

    Eish, Duane se knieg lyk soos 'n papsak vol wind.

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-20 07:38

      Eish,maar jy is 'n suur etter,hoe het dit gevoel Sat aand toe jy sien jou span word uit die S15 reeks uitgeskop op julle tuisveld????

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 07:46

      @Marcell. Both YOU and that sewer rat Effel are "enjoying" Duane's injury......Tonight I will pray that plagues of locusts 'nest' in your rectums. Frikkin disgraces to humanity the both of you.

      Marcell - 2011-06-20 07:48

      Gooinat: As enige ander span so knak gespeel het soos die Bulle sou die ref hulle gehelp het. Daar is nie verskonings nie. Swak besluitneming en spankeuse het ons die game gekos. Eindlik nie so sleg soos wat jy oor twee weke gaan voel nie. So naby maar tog so ver.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-20 08:01

      Jy's JALOERS- FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-20 08:01

      SAFFA_CAT: Is jy nog vol tik of wat? Ek geniet nie ander se beserings nie. Vra vir een van jou gabbas(gooinat/wpbefonk) vir 'n lee papsak. Blaas hom op en kyk hoe lyk dit. Blink en rond? Hoe lyk Duane se knieg? Blink en rond?

      Frik - 2011-06-20 08:58

      Wie is Duany?

      Gazza69 - 2011-06-20 09:02

      Duane's injury is a worry for SA rugby, not just the Stormers. He is the in-form player ahead of Kanko and Spies!!! Forget your pathetic provincialism and see the bigger pic!

      RobinB - 2011-06-20 09:36

      @ Marcell... Read my previous Comment !!! You are a ASS!!! So how about you shut up and leave the rugby talk to the big boys...!! Run monkey run!!!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 07:36

    I am officially gutted and distressed RE: Duane's injury. Imagine how he must feel - arghhhhhhh? Damn. 2nd Time an injury could cost him a Bok call-up (many of the Duane haters won't remember a back injury and operation which cost him a possible call up a few years back).Please rugby gods, may the man be healed and take up a DESERVED place in the Bok WC squad at the very least. Koster, although a different type of player, will slot in fine for the Stormers.....but I can't bear the thought of the Boks going to battle with fairies who can't hold on to a ball, can't tackle, and can't break tackles......Damn damn damn damn damn :( **howls at the unfairness of it all) GET WELL SOON DUANE!!!!

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-20 07:48

      @Saffa,morning to you,damn I feel your pain regarding Duane's injury!!!!!!!

      sparkies - 2011-06-20 07:49

      What other comments do you expect from Marcelle.He/She what ever the hell it is does not even support rugby or any side.Marcelle is the person that is copying everyone name!! Marcelle, you are true loser, why dont you just go and comment on politics(malema)!!Stormers you beauts

      Marcell - 2011-06-20 07:51

      It is official: Duane is to dof to feel pain!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 08:03

      Morning Sparkies and Gooinat - this damn EFFEL cockroach with his comments last night RE:Duane's injury made me feel physicall SICK. Marcelle the expat trash is just as bad......funny how it's usually the chaps who FLED South Africa, who are the most bitter and twisted.

      Marcell - 2011-06-20 08:12

      Ek dink dis te veel papsak wat jou siek gemaak het. Hoe kom jy by bitter en twisted uit? Dink net hoe baie dom mense sou daar gewees het as almal die Stompies ondersteun het. Die ander punt is dat dit dalk beter sou gewees het as daar net een span in die kompetisie was. Dink net, dan sou die Stompies dalk die beker kon wen. Voordat jy te veel praat. Onthou, die kompetisie is nog nie verby nie. Although I'm in this world, I'm not from this world!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 08:27

      @Marcell - your comments ARE bitter and twisted - end of. Take a leaf out of Alwyns gets bitter and twisted losers, then one gets civil and honest losers. You tick all the boxes for the "bitter and twisted" type.

      watalife - 2011-06-20 08:45

      @SAFFA-CAT Howdie Lady and how are you on this fine morning? I have said all season that the old game style of the bulls will cost them and sure as hell it did. Drop,skop & place bulls now have no alternative but to get stuck into playing the exspansive game and this will take them some time. The bulls must focus on next years vodacom cup and take it slowly and try and rebuild.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 08:51

      Morning Watalife. I will find out about tickets for the semi ASAP, and see what gives. Will let you know.

      watalife - 2011-06-20 08:51

      Marcell, Besides the fact that you are such a bad loser you also must rank the highest position for the biggest *oos ever. Your drop,skop & place bulls can focus on next years Vodacom Cup now and try and change there game plan.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-20 09:01

      Please Wattie,dont forget to add the D in front,lol

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-20 11:05

      Saffa, I saw that Effel/Marcell/Whatever character's comments last night, it's the ramblings of a real sicko. He/she/it should pray that Canada never does any psych profiling on Saffer expats, he/she/it will surely be locked up or deported. The slimy thing did not even have the decency to stay and slug it out in this beautiful country of ours, no, the coward packed up and ran. Now he's a Cuntnadian (Afr: Kanadoos).

  • Rob - 2011-06-20 07:44

    Oh will we not play Stormers if we win? Reds i'd prefer to face

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-20 08:29

      Only if you go through to the final, and they make it there too. Good luck :)

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-06-20 08:00

    And the Boys DESERVES it. Go Sharks and Stormers!!!!!!! Make us PROUD boys!!!!!!!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-20 08:13

      You are only the champion AFTER you have won the cup!

  • watalife - 2011-06-20 08:43

    @SAFFA-CAT Howdie Lady and how are you on this fine morning? I have said all season that the old game style of the bulls will cost them and sure as hell it did. Drop,skop & place bulls now have no alternative but to get stuck into playing the exspansive game and this will take them some time. The bulls must focus on next years vodacom cup and take it slowly and try and rebuild.

      Sport-24 - 2011-06-20 08:53

      Morning Boet ,howzit going,I was actually thinking of all you guys on Sat evening after the final whistle went!hehehehe

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-20 09:10

      @Gooinat - LOL - after the Bulls loss, I thought of Krugga and Effel.....and the bitter depression they were about to sink into. After the Stormers win, I thought of our fans...

      watalife - 2011-06-20 09:21

      I had so much fun teasing all my well bahaved mates who support the bulls, everytime the bulls touched the ball shouted drop,skop & place and sure as hell they did and it cost them. I tried to go-online to comment and catch up with you guys but the signal was kak. Bulls can now focus on next years Vodacom Cup.

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  • Gazza69 - 2011-06-20 09:00

    Stormers home semi......!!!! Fantastic......!!!

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-20 09:00

    Brilliant - now where are all those cocky Bull fans. Also getting a rest I suppose. A longer one... but a rest nonetheless.

  • wolverine - 2011-06-20 09:23


      Marx - 2011-06-20 09:38

      Waaroor moet ons nou rou?? Dit was die laaste game op Loftus, jammer dat die boys verloor het maar dit is mos maar deel van die lewe, of het jou span nog nooit verloor nie?? Die Saders in NZ is ñ bietjie groter probleme vir die Shêks as die Bulls in SA.

      Philip - 2011-06-20 09:59

      Saders in NZ is darem maar beter as geen game whatsoever vir die volgende 3 weke nie....

  • Apeface - 2011-06-20 10:38

    Does anyone know when tickets will be available for next week's game? And will it still be @ n/lands or will it move to CT stadium?

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