Stormers to take hard road



There seems no respite for the Stormers as they prepare to take the difficult course back to “winning ways”.

Gert Smal’s appointment as director of rugby at Newlands is unlikely to impact on the immediate fortunes of the Stormers, who will attempt to snap a five-match losing streak when they host the Lions on Saturday. Stormers’ head coach Allister Coetzee said at Monday’s media conference that the team’s objective was to turn their season around.

He added that no one could expect Smal’s appointment to bring about a drastic change of fortunes. “It is not as if Gert (can) wave a magic wand and things will change dramatically,” said Coetzee. “We are grateful for Gert’s input at the management meetings and we (the management) were pleased to see that we were working on things that he identified as problem areas.

“It’s good to have Gert on board because he sees things from the outside.” Last weekend the beleaguered Stormers had a bye, and Coetzee said the management used the break for “stock-taking” in an effort to find solutions to the side’s dreadful form, which has marooned the franchise at the bottom of the log. “We know that teams can go through (bad) patches and we’ve done stock-taking to look at our (game) plans,” said Coetzee.

“It’s about getting the problem areas right and this team is up for it. We’ve honed in on the basics and we are process-driven. “This team is not down and out and that is a big positive for me,” he said. “This is a challenge for this group and they trained with great enthusiasm at training today (Monday).

“I’m looking to players to take responsibility (for the way they play).” The Stormers will spend time working on the set-pieces ahead of the Lions match. “If you get the set-pieces right, you give yourself a good chance to win any game,” the coach said.

“The Lions have done well to disrupt opposition line-outs and we know what we’ll be up against,” he added. “It’s not a matter of having plan B but rather a matter of handling our options.” Coetzee said victory against the Lions was crucial for the team’s well-being for the rest of the season. “We want to get back to winning ways in order to build momentum, because we still have to play seven (South African) derbies,” he said.

“It’s so important that we get a win under our belts because that will help with the confidence.  ‘We’ve played well in patches and this team has shown that they can be competitive.

“A win would offer extra value in terms of getting the belief back.”

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  1. In an exclusive interview with Idiot sports this weekend, Alistair Coetsee expressed his joy at the bye. ‘We were in a bit of a difficult position, having 5 losses in a row is not the ideal way to compete in superrugby. The bye came at just the right time, we had a good off week.’ Asked how they spent the off week, he replied ‘We had a really good off week, we’ve used this week to focus on certain areas off the game and also take a long hard look in the mirror, some guys, like Jean spent too much time infront of the mirror, so had to be forcefully removed.’ When asked if they sorted anything out, he is quoted as saying ‘ Fans would be glad to hear we are back to winning ways, we’ve played 5 friendly 20 min games against a local primary school’s first team, and won our last 2 games.’ Only 2 games? Reports suggest that the other team left the field after half time, due to the lateness of the game and them having school the next day? ‘Allthough this is true, we came back from behind in both those games, it showed a lot of character from the guys to come from 30 down and win both games. The first 3 games were lost, so it shows we are headed in the right way.’

    There you have it folks, no need to panick just yet, the Stormers are back to winning ways, we thank you for tuning in today.