Even with the additional spotlight of the appointment of Gert Smal as Director of Rugby and motormouth Waratahs coach Michael Cheika in the other corner, Coetzee has stood his ground.
“One has got to be realistic and if you look at the number of games left there are still 10 games for us to play,” Coetzee told a media briefing this week.
“We have lost all of our away games, but a lot of teams must still tour and we are still positive about the season.
“We are going almost into a full Currie Cup now, we are playing seven of our local derbies and the Waratahs, Highlanders and the Western Force back home – so there is still a lot to play for.
“I think what matters is winning your conference, irrespective of where you are now there are still seven games to play so the season is far from over.”
Coetzee pointed to his team’s proud record at home – they have lost just twice at Newlands in the last two years – as a reason to be optimistic about the remainder of the season.
2013: Waratahs won 21-15, Sydney
2012: Stormers won 19-13, Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 25-6, Cape Town (semifinal)
2010: Stormers won 27-6, Cape Town
2009: Waratahs won 12-6, Sydney
2008: Stormers and Waratahs drew 13-all, Cape Town
Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Mthetheleli Fuzani, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Michael van der Spuy.
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Jono Lance, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: To be confirmed.
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)