SR: DHL Stormers 11 Waratahs 22


imagesThe knifes are out, the critics want blood. But Stormers coach Allister Coetzee is far from ready to throw the towel in.

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.

Recent results:
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)

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  1. You have been kak for the last 4 years.

    I hope that this heralds the end of this dreadful time in WP’s proud history.

  2. @Jacques(Bunny):

    Will they? Its high time Cape press and fans all realize just how bad things are. The Cape should by virtue of talent easily push two Super Rugby sides, but can only deliver one who tackles and mauls all day long.

    Then again you have Morne argue their only sin is to be bad at ‘finals’ rugby.


  3. of course then we have the cheetahs who are brilliant at scoring phenominal tries and plenty of them too…..and even better at conceding them

  4. Fact: Meyer is not going to take momentum into 2015. We will lose more experience and more young stars and what we have left will not be as skillful or fit as the kiwis or Ozzies.

    The man is a great coach but he is not offered much support at all.

  5. Write down the players in Bok set up who are best in the world.

    2 Positions? Maybe 3?

    Then write down who is on form?

    Our WC prospects are dire. But they were same in 2006….

  6. The joys of AA…cant fire me no matter how kak I am.

    Seriously all my mates in CT slated me for ditching the Stormers for the Sharks…the writing was on the wall long before that. Fair weather supporter blah blah…I call it blind dom faith like voting for the ANC and then striking the very next day because its shit.

    Simple stop going to Newlands you donkeys and boycott The Stormers…once Newlands was known for its intelligent supporters

    The joys of the mediocrity mentality of entitlement and AA.

    He will f@ck it into the ground, blame apartheid. One wise sage on this site reckons AC is a great coach, Eish.

  7. @Cheetah Glory:

    really been bad for 4 years? Do you count ending in the top 2 twice in those 4 years and winning the SA conference poor? It is not poor at all, the Stormers have been massively hit by injuries in crucial positions the last 2 seasons, maybe their gameplan contributes to this, I dont know. But they have hardly been poor for 4 years, that is a bit melodramatic. But I’ll leave you guys to your complaints.

  8. @Aldo: Those were the best years…..i think there is a song in that.

    Biggest and most supported union….thats all I can say is nothing short of lifting the trophy is good enough.

    Despite their lack of silverware over the years, their home stadium, Newlands, typically draws the highest average attendance figures of any ground in Super Rugby. Wiki

    Its rumoured that Western Province is one of the biggest unions in the world? Figures….?

    Team City/Area Championships Runners-up
    New Zealand Crusaders Christchurch 7 3
    New Zealand Blues Auckland 3 1
    South Africa Bulls Pretoria 3 0
    Australia Brumbies Canberra 2 4
    New Zealand Chiefs Hamilton 2 1
    Australia Reds Brisbane 1 0
    South Africa Sharks Durban 0 4
    Australia Waratahs Sydney 0 2
    New Zealand Highlanders Dunedin 0 1
    New Zealand Hurricanes Wellington 0 1
    South Africa Stormers Cape Town 0 1

  9. @Aldo:

    They got some results. I will grant them that. But they have been playing a cynical and pragmatic game that is taxing not only on their own players but also omn any neutral viewer.

    Good riddance that this style of rugby is no longer successful/

  10. As said by others the difference between success and failure is very small.

    The Stormers could have won this match if they had a 10 that could kick. Grant’s out of hand kicking has always been poor, but yesterday it was just diabolical. Catrakilis should have been on before half-time.

  11. Just a few meters more on the clearing kicks would have taken the penalties out of range for Beale. Combined that with landing your own sitters and the match was won.

    Without Folau, the Waratahs are pretty ordinary on attack also.