Stormers sticking to their gameplan

Tue, 21 May 2013 20:26
Large allister coetzee presser3 Large jean de villiers gestures Large allister coetzee arms folde Large jean de villiers   allister Large allistercoetzeepresser3

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says they will not deviate from their much-maligned gameplan as they prepare to confront the Reds on Saturday.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says they will not deviate from their much-maligned gameplan, as they prepare to confront the Reds at Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers’ defensive approach earned them back-to-back South African Conference titles in 2011 and 2012, but the Cape side have managed just four wins after 11 games this season.

They find themselves in 11th place on the log and fourth in the South African Conference, which has forced the management team to take a hard look at their gameplan.

Coetzee on Tuesday said they have full faith in their strategy and will stick to their structures against the fourth-placed Reds in their first match back from their disastrous Australasian tour.

“We’re not doubting ourselves and nothing has changed [as far as strategy is concerned],” said Coetzee.

“Unforced errors have been the most disappointing aspect of our game but it’s definitely not a gameplan problem.

“We would like to make sure that we utilise turnover possession more effectively by keeping ball in hand and having a full go. That’s one part of our attack that we need to improve.”

Coetzee said the team will continue to put the emphasis on set-piece play.

“It’s important for us to improve on our set-piece. You can’t have a good attack if you don’t have a proper scrum on the right shoulder and you can’t have a line-out attack if you don’t get clean ball, and that has improved,” he said.

“Scoring off first phase is first prize but you can’t do it with a dominant set-piece.”

Coetzee conceded that the injury-ravaged squad are low on confidence after winning just one match on tour and said it’s vital that they break their three-match losing streak this weekend.  

“It’s one of the most difficult tours I’ve experienced. What made it so difficult was the way we lost. We lost a number of games in the last five minutes, which is tough to absorb and understand when you have the momentum swing and you can’t put your finger on where it went wrong.

“Losing is never easy. It’s the first time we’ve gone three on the trot in a long while that’s why this weekend’s game is important, to get back to winning ways. We’re playing against one of the best sides in the competition, we realise that, but we have to get back to winning again - it doesn’t matter how.”

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Brumbies v Jaguares 06h05 Canberra
Racing Metro v Munster 14h15 Paris
Fri, 27 April 2018
Munster v Ulster 22h00 Thomond Park
Kings v Cheetahs 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Treviso v Zebre 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Dragons v Scarlets 22h00 Rodney Parade
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Leinster 22h00 Sportsground
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 22h00 Sixways
Wasps v Northampton Saints 22h00 Ricoh Arena
London Irish v Saracens 22h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Bath 22h00 Kingsholm
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 22h00 Sandy Park
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 7 4 0 3 21
Brumbies 7 3 0 4 14
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Blues 7 2 0 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14
Jaguares 6 2 0 4 8