Smal: Don't confuse the players

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:15
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Gert Smal has started his second week as Director of Rugby by having a meeting with the Stormers and Western Province coaching staff.

Gert Smal has started his second week as Director of Rugby by having a meeting with the Stormers and Western Province coaching staff.

However, there won't be any major shake-ups or a massive shift in the Stormers' tactics in Super Rugby.

The crestfallen Stormers - who slumped to a fifth consecutive loss (11-22 to the Waratahs at the weekend) and their sixth defeat in seven games - looked a pale shadow of the team that topped the South African conference in 2011 and 2012.

They are propping up the foot of the Super Rugby table, an unfamiliar position for a team that also played in the 2010 Final.

The Stormers have a bye this week, with their next match scheduled for April 19 against the Lions at Newlands.

Smal, who on Monday met with the coaching staff in Cape Town, is keen to have a look at the systems in operation.

However, he has already made it clear he will not invoke mass changes.

While he would like to see some changes, he is also well aware that drastic alterations to the game plan will just cause more harm than good.

"I would like to see us play a typical WP brand," Smal said after his appointment - making it clear he is not talking of a "run-at-all-costs" approach.

"It will take some work to get it through, because players have been coached for the past 10 years in a very structured way," Smal said.

"It is how we will equip the players to have the skills to do that, that will also be a challenge."

He also hinted that he would look at brining in some consultants to help with upskilling players.

"We are quite fortunate in the Western Cape in that we have a fair amount of coaching intellect," Smal said, adding: "If need be I will touch base with them and see if they want to be involved or not.

"It will be good to get those guys behind us as well, because normally the former players are your biggest critics. It will be good to touch base and get their ideas.

"I won't let them tell me how to play the game, because as coaches and assistant coaches we will sit down and see how we can take the game forward."

Asked what he thought was "typical WP and Stormers rugby", Smal described it as a winning 15-man game, which is unpredictable.

"It is the type of game where players can express themselves. However, it is easier said than done [to implement]."

Smal will also use the experienced gained the past four years as the forwards coach of Ireland, where had a chance to tap into the intellect knowledge of a broad ranged of experts.

He said he took up the position in Dublin to improve himself.

"It was the right decision," the Stormers boss said, adding: "It was very stimulating to work with different international coaches, different cultures - how they see the game.

"There were Australians, New Zealanders, Englishmen and Irishmen.

"It was very stimulating to see how everyone thinks about the game and also how they see us as South Africans.

The experience I gained in the Six Nations will assist me greatly in terms of what I can do here [in Cape Town].

"I can share that with the team."

By Jan de Koning

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19