No excuses for sluggish Stormers



Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said that the players should take full responsibility for their heavy defeat to the Lions at Ellis Park.

It was the first game of the season for the Cape side and their campaign could not have got off to a worse start in what their captain described as ‘the worst performance in six or seven years’.

De Villiers was fuming after the match which saw Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff kill off Stormers hopes with his deadly accurate boot.

While he lambasted his side for their lack of commitment, De Villiers credited the Lions for playing clever rugby by playing in the right areas.

“I just don’t think that performance was good enough, first of all to compete in this competition and secondly for what we stand for as a team. It must be the worst performance in six or seven years, the biggest loss we’ve had in about seven years, and it just wasn’t good enough.

“At times like this the players must take responsibility and own up to what we dished up out there today,” he said.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee admitted his side had no answers to Boshoff’s long-range drop goals and the Lions’ inspirational defensive efforts.

“The most important thing for me is not to make excuses, but to give credit to the Lions, the way they play, and I mean 29 points from Marnitz Boshoff, says a lot,” Coetzee said after the match.

“He’s done really well. There is nothing much you can do about a guy that stands 50 metres back and slots the drop goals.”


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  1. You damn right no excuses, but cannot see them getting better…gonna be a long season for the Stormers…..we just don’t have the quality in this team…

    They can be glad their is no relegation match at the end of the season.

  2. Back row not even close to “good enough”!! Too many spectators at rucks – Deon Fourie was significant when he came on. What a disgrace when your replacement hooker perform better as a loose forward than your 3 “Boks”….
    And how stupid to even consider Coleman on this level. No-name Lions pack showed pansies that attitude and skill will always beat arrogance.
    But Stormers deep-down happy with outcome, as it does not interfere with their Monday round of golf at Mowbray…

    I am afraid only a few players are missing. Taute, Steenkamp, De Jonge and Etzebeth the only first choice players out injured. I think Peter Grant is also on his way back but not a guaranteed starter.

  4. If there was ever a need for the Stormers to wake up and get over the sluggish start it is the next 6 weeks of fixtures. A schedule from hell with 3 of the stronger kiwi sides and 3 of the stronger Oz sides awaiting them. They should focus on rediscovering the art of attack v the Hurricanes at Newlands on Sat., try to come away from the away games v the Crusaders and Chiefs with a point a game and target the away games v Brumbies and Reds for wins or the season could be over come 6 April when they host the improved Waratahs at Newlands.

  5. @JT_BOKBEFOK!: Good point. The Cheetahs seemed to enjoy their trip downunder last year and won a lot of admiration for the rugby they played. Let’s hope they can repeat it after Saturday’s victory in Bloem.