Resilient Stormers pleases Coetzee

Sun, 02 Feb 2014 11:52
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Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee was pleased with his team's pre-season victory over the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday.

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee was pleased with his team's pre-season victory over the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday, but not only because of the favourable result.

The men from the Cape scored four tries to three – two from rolling mauls and two from backline players – as they bounced back from a 5-12 half-time deficit to secure the victory in front of a lively crowd at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

“I’m pleased with where we are as a team after our first pre-season match,” Coetzee told the Stormers’ official website on Saturday night.

“Firstly, it was great for us to get rid of the usual pre-season rustiness and get the cobwebs out. Secondly, it was good to put into practice – in a match situation – what we’ve been working on these past six/seven weeks.

“It was a good test for both teams. We ticked a few boxes [in what we’ve been working on], but it also showed us what we still need to work on.”

When asked to pinpoint aspects of his team’s game that impressed him most, Coetzee added: “Our conditioning was good, our scrumming was good and our line-out was good in the first half until Ruan Botha went off. That disrupted us a bit.”

The Stormers boss continued: “However, a big thing for me was the resilience shown by the team – they played for the full 80 minutes and secured the win two minutes from time.

“We never kicked for goal – except for conversions – and leading up to our last try the players stuck to their guns and kept hold of the ball instead of kicking for goal.”

The only injury worry from Saturday’s encounter was lock Botha who left the field after taking a bump to the head.

“At worst, it could be concussion,” reported Coetzee, “but, otherwise, there are no other injury worries – that, in itself, is also big plus for us.

“The Bulls suffered a serious-looking injury to [loose forward] Arno Botha, that didn’t look good, so we’re thankful that we didn’t pick up any new injuries.

“Players like Rynhardt Elstadt and Michael Rhodes, who are back from injuries, got some valuable game time too and Schalk Burger played a full 80 minutes.

“Damian de Allende and Kobus van Wyk showed up well on the wing, given that we played four centres in our backline, so, overall I am pleased with how today went.”

Coetzee, meanwhile, also praised the people of Polokwane for coming out in their droves to support this fixture at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Some 27,000 spectators packed into the stadium, with plenty of support for the visiting team.

“There was a lot of support for us, which was great,” said the Stormers boss. “I think it was a successful day in terms of bringing this fixture to Polokwane. The surface was great, the crowd was great and both teams enjoyed the day out.”

The team will travel to Port Elizabeth next Friday to take on the Kings, before they wrap up their pre-season preparations with matches against Boland in Wellington on Saturday, February 15.

The Stormers’ 2014 Super Rugby season kicks off against the Lions – in Johannesburg – on Saturday, February 22, with their first home game taking place against the Hurricanes on Friday, February 28.

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Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
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Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
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Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
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Sat, 04 March 2017
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Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
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Stormers v Jaguares 15h15 Cape Town
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Sat, 25 February 2017
Kings v Jaguares 26 | 39
Scotland v Wales 29 | 13
Cheetahs v Lions 25 | 28
Waratahs v Force 19 | 13
Crusaders v Brumbies 17 | 13
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 17 | 83
Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
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Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 1 1 0 0 4
Reds 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 1 0 0 1 1
Force 1 0 0 1 1
Rebels 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 5
Blues 1 1 0 0 5
Chiefs 1 1 0 0 5
Crusaders 1 1 0 0 4
Highlanders 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0