Charge-down a 'game-changer'

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:10
Large allister coetzee arms folde Large hurricanes v stormers2 Large allister coetzee presser3 Large hurricanes v stormers Large hurricanes v stormers3

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee pin-pointerd Bok Bryan Habana's charge-down and the team's character as key in their 18-16 win over the Hurricanes.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee pin-pointerd Springbok Bryan Habana's charge-down and the team's character as key factors in their 18-16 win over the Hurricanes on Friday.

The victory saw the Stormers start their four-game Australasian Super Rugby tour on a high.

The Stormers edged out the 'Canes in a hard-fought game which produced four tries in total, with fullback Joe Pietersen adding eight valuable points through his trusty right boot.

"I think that's the most important thing - to win your first game up. It showed a lot of character," said Coetzee from Palmerston North on Friday.

"We've lost some close games this season, to the Crusaders and the Cheetahs, winning a close one like this is an important step for us in the right direction."

When asked about their game-related positives, Coetzee added: "First and foremost, our set-piece functioned well in tough conditions.

"Then, obviously, I thought our tactics worked well for us - I think we adapted better than the Hurricanes on the night.

"We took our opportunities well. Yes, we left a few out there and that's something we'll work on, but a helluva lot of credit must go to the pack and I also thought our defence did well again.

"Bryan's charge-down [of the conversion] was obviously a big moment," continued Coetzee.

"I haven't seen that done in a long time... but that shows you the class of Bryan - he's always thinking, always using keeping his head in the game."

On a disappointing note, flank Michael Rhodes - one of his team's two try-scorers in Palmerston North - could be on his way home after picking up an ankle injury.

"It's unfortunate for him - he's done his ankle," said the Stormers boss.

"It's not looking good at this stage. We're sending him for X-Rays... he might be on his way home. It's quite painful (for Mike) at this point in time, but Mike's injury aside it's looking good for us and it was also pleasing to see how the senior players stepped up."

* Meanwhile, Coetzee also confirmed that flank Siya Kolisi - a late withdrawal from the team on Friday with a groin injury - would hopefully be able to rejoin team training from Tuesday of next week.

There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Fri, 16 October 2015
Blue Bulls v Western Province 17h00 Pretoria
Connacht v Zebre 18h30 Sportsground
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 18h35 Scotstoun
Scarlets v Leinster 18h35 Parc y Scarlets
Edinburgh v Ulster 18h45 BT Murrayfield
Fri, 09 October 2015
New Zealand v Tonga 47 | 9
Western Province v EP Kings 45 | 14
Pumas v Blue Bulls 24 | 25
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 16 11 0 5 52
Brumbies 16 9 0 7 47
Rebels 16 7 0 9 36
Reds 16 4 0 12 22
Force 16 3 0 13 19
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 16 14 0 2 66
Highlanders 16 11 0 5 53
Chiefs 16 10 0 6 48
Crusaders 16 9 0 7 46
Blues 16 3 0 13 20
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 16 10 1 5 45
Lions 16 9 1 6 42
Bulls 16 7 0 9 38
Sharks 16 7 0 9 34
Cheetahs 16 5 0 11 26