Same again but Coetzee still believe

March 29, 2014
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DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee was again left lamenting crucial mistakes after his team’s 17-22 loss to the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday, but he was proud of the effort that his players put into their final tour match.

The DHL Stormers will fly back home to South Africa on Sunday after four narrow tour losses in Australasia, but Coetzee told his team’s official website: “We played so well at times (against the Reds)… only for crucial mistakes to cost us again.

“I still believe that we have the ability to beat any team (we play against), unfortunately we’re still making the same mistakes at crucial moments. It’s been our trend, but it’s something that we can rectify.

“Our line-out let us down today and we made a few mistakes in trying to run the ball back from deep in the second half, but I cannot fault the players’ effort… the effort is there!

“Not many teams can come back from 10-22 down against a Reds team in Brisbane and very nearly come away with a victory. We picked up two losing bonus points on this tour, which shows how close we’ve been on two occasions and, of course, we conceded late tries against the Chiefs and Brumbies to lose out on bonus points.”

The DHL Stormers have 10 league matches to come, seven of which are at home between now and mid-July.

“We’ve played at home just once this year, in six games,” Coetzee told www.iamastormer.com.

“Yes, it’s been a tough tour and, yes, we were unable to come away with a win on tour, but we’re all looking forward to getting home to our families, seeing familiar faces and building some momentum back at home at DHL Newlands.”

Unfortunately, experienced backline star Gio Aplon will be out of action for some time with a dislocated elbow, having left the field in the 23rd minute after falling awkwardly in a tackle.

“Gio dislocated his left elbow and, at this stage, it seems that he will be out of action for six to eight weeks,” said Coetzee. “It’s obviously a blow to lose someone of his ability and experience, but one bit of solace is that it’s not a dislocation.

“(Lock) Jurie van Vuuren also fell awkwardly on his shoulder and had to come off, but he should be good to go for the Waratahs game.”

The DHL Stormers will land in Cape Town on Sunday evening and will resume training on Tuesday.

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5 Comments

  1. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 29th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    “Gio dislocated his left elbow . . . but one bit of solace is that it’s not a dislocation.”

    Sounds like Piet Helium talking there.

  2. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Pity this ref did not watch the Reds last week or read the refs notes as the Ref in Bulls game as the Reds first try should have been a penalty for the Reds 12 clearly play the Stormers loose forward defender off the ball on the try line so his player can drive through

    Same old S15 rubbish and if you have a really good ref then both the Reds and Crusaders are ordinary.

    The Chiefs are something else they dont need to cheat.

  3. avatar Aldo says:
    March 30th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I think Coetsee is trying his best to get a Cell C sponsorship with all his believing. Sounds that way and good luck to him on this new venture. Obviously he’s seen he isnt the right coach for the team so he has cleverly devised a plan to lure the Cell C guys in as head sponsor for the Stormers in the future, to prove his worth in Marketing. Good on you Alistair, I like a forward thinking type of guy.

  4. avatar Adrian Bruwer says:
    March 31st, 2014 at 11:20 am

    We suck in so many ways it's unbelievable. What a shocker against a pathetic Reds team. We need more than a Smal change in Stormers rugby. We should at least replace Robbie Fleck IMMEDIATELY. The man is useless as a backline coach. And please buy a hooker. I can't stand another lineout loss with a skew throw in by Deon Fourie. I think little one-armed Aplon will do better as a hooker.

  5. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 31st, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    @Adrian Bruwer:

    why use the hooker to throw in – any player can do the throwing into a line-out! get the squad to have a throw in competition and take the best to do the Line-out throwing!!

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