Bok snub suits Coetzee


Stormers coach Allister Coetzee had plenty to be pleased about after his side’s 19-14 victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday in the last Super Rugby match before the June recess.


Coetzee’s side cemented their place at the top of the SA conference and will go into the break in a commanding position.

While Capetonians are enraged that only three players from the Stormers side were selected for Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s squad of 32 for the upcoming Test series against England, this played into Coetzee’s hands.

The majority of his team will now be able to recuperate over the next three weeks, while many Bulls and Sharks players will be involved in the bruising Test series.

“We haven’t achieved yet as a team but we are in a good position,” Coetzee said.

“With the three-week break and having most of our team it will help for better planning come the next couple of games.”

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers was visibly relieved after the brutal affair and said they were well aware that the match could have swung either way.

“Games like today can go either way,” De Villiers said.

“If the ball stuck to JJ Engelbrecht in the first half for a try it could have been different, and if they kicked for poles it would have different, so it is those small margins that make the difference.

“I suppose we are just lucky to take the win tonight.”

Coetzee lauded his team for the character they showed to get the result against a quality Bulls side at their Loftus fortress.

“I think it is a great result for us,” he said.

“It is always a big challenge to beat the Bulls at Loftus. It’s one thing you can never underestimate, so it is a special effort by the team.”

He believed their greatest achievement this year was that his charges now knew how to win irrespective of scoring tries and clinching bonus points.

“That is what we want to do and what we do well,” he said.

“We’ve done that. We defended well and at times we kicked well.

“When we had the opportunity we took it and I think that is important in any competition, so I am really pleased.”

While the Bulls were disappointed, coach Fans Ludeke believed they were still in the running to win the competition.

“There is still a lot of rugby to be played,” Ludeke said.

“We’ve got three vital games left and we are going to work hard to make sure we still have the opportunity to win the competition.”

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  1. Stormers snubbed as if their entire team were filled with Brent Russells. I think this will change after England though. That was a great game and Habana came to take no prisoners.

  2. Only Kolisi, Aplon & JdJ IMO have grounds to feel snubbed.
    I don’t rate Grant at all as a 10 and the front row are ok in their role but they are no Beast, Coennie, Bismark, Strauss etc. in open play.

  3. JT, no ways can Jano Vermaak be better than Duvenhage. And Elstad as a solid flanker is completely underrated. Strauss is shite, but unfortunately none of Deon Fourie or Tiaan Lieberberg deserves higher honours.
    And whatch Grant again in Saturday’s game – he was MILES better than Steyn. Not the complete package yet, but what he’s doing with limited resources and gameplan of the team, is remarkable.
    If HM knew that 5 of his selected squad will be there just for the experience, he could easily have taken Kitshoff and Malherbe – instead he picked his golf buddies. Nepotism at its ugliest!!!!

  4. The Saders VS Highlanders game was a high pressure afair yet both teams played enterprising rugby and defended equally well.

    Bulls V Stormers was nothign but a one-dimensional stampkar getjommel with neither teams really knowing what to do with the ball.

    For the best example check Habanas great break after collecting from the air. All that momentum! Yet Duvenhage passes the ball 10m back to Etzebeth who stood at 10!

    Fok the fact that Arno Botha and Potgieter is suddenly the big guns in SA rugby – our playing petern and our mentality is once more miles behind New Zealand. We play defensive rugby born out of a deep rooted inferiority complex – very much like we did pre-2004.

    Meyer has his hands full in so many ways…

  5. Reply to Bekke @ 8:53 am:

    Strauss (Adrian) I was refering to is better than Fourie and Liebenberg IMO,
    Grant can’t get regular distance kicking from hand in open play – not good enough for test rugby IMO.
    Kitshoff is at the JRWC
    Jano IMO is better than Duvenhage on last years form but maybe current form Duvenhage has the egde but ONLY because Vermaak gets little game time. Hougie, Vermaak and Ruan are probably the best 3 to pick. I watched the Tahs game yesterday and Super Sarel was Super kak so that ends that debate

    Ai – it feels like 4 yeras ago all over again! I am justifying the coaches decisions even though I don’t like most of them :mrgreen: At least this time I will have some more support at the start but if results don’t go HM’s way I will be alone with ollie and Morne defending the coach…

  6. I disagree that Strauss is shyte. He has been brilliant for the cheetahs on attack, defense and inspired them as a leader.

    I agree Duvenhage is beeter than Jano, who struggles to outplay Hougaard at the Bulls.

    I can understand everyone is excited about Lolisi, but hell give the guy another season in super XV, you know how it goes, after the first season the hneymoon comes to an end and the opposition knows you better, ost beleived it is too early for Johan Goosen to step into a springbok jumper the same applies to Kolisi.

  7. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 8:44 am:

    Nah I think Grant over Jantjes EXCEPT if Jantjes is an AA appointment… in which case Aplon and JdJ have grounds to complain.

    Reply to Bekke @ 8:53 am:

    Crap man… Duvenhage is a decent CC scrumhalf at best. Vermaak has been a Bok so why go with a poor scrumhalf as opposed to a Bok…

    Grant I agree with BUT as a second choice behind Steyn.

    I have no issues with the flankers except Jacques Potgieter and Elstadt is a second choice WP lock so no to him as well. I would have drafted Derrick Minnie ahead of Potgieter. And Strauss is the best hooker playing in SA at the moment. If you cannot see that dude then your accusation to HM of being blinkered is pretty ironic.

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 8:57 am:

    Dude have you actually watched the Cheetahs, Bulls and Lions play this season?

    Yes they are not getting it right and it’s a huge adaption but all three are the ones playing your “total rugby” or trying to at least.

    I agree there are some bizarre selections and noteworthy missed selections… but not Stormers though. For my money the layers who could have been drafted are Derrick Minnie of the Lions ahead of that Jacques Potgieter guy and Willie Le Roux should have been there.

    As it is between Basson, Habana and JP Pietersen he has the best wings we have

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 8:57 am:

    Dude the Highlanders lost to the Bulls and Stormers and the Saders lost to the Bulls but beat the Stormers so in four games of Kiwi champagne vs Boere Stampkar getjommel the stampkar getjommel won 75% 3/4..

    Any further kak remarks?

    Inferiority complex is born from ESSA’s not Boere…

    Make the choice

    ESSA’s say we Boere are too arogant if we believe our team should win 80% and beat the AB’s more often than not, but if we adapt a style that suits dispruption of AB’s and Aussies and force them to lay like us we have an inferiority complex…

  8. And I do not know what “jassas” mean, unless you think a distortion of the Son of the Creator will not count as blasphemy – in for surprise there mate…

  9. It wasn’t me swearing YotC – will gladly keep to rugby matters if all does!
    And those thinking that Vermeulen would be in the team if he was not injured, just read HM’s latest comments “Pierre Spies is a classical eithtman” FFS!!!! he’s clearly living life with his head up his arse – no wonder he could not make it overseas and had to run back…

  10. The biggest gripe is no Brussouw… that’s a WTF!

    Even having a bad year he offers more than any other Bok 6…

    And I’m presuming that Mvovu who cannot pass, kick, step or play another position is there over Aplon as he’s ‘ethnic’?