Captain’s call for benefit of Stormers

April 20, 2014
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Jean De Villiers

Jean de Villiers has revealed that he kept his team playing with ball-in-hand all the way to the end of game against the Lions, despite the coaches advice.

The Stormers captain was thinking what was best for the team going forward when he decided not to play defensively or resort to a tactical kicking game in the last 15 minutes of the Stormers 18-3 victory over the Lions.
 
The coaches box sent calls down to the field that the end of the game should be carefully managed and played down in opposition territory in order to hold out for the much needed win.
 
The Stormers have been suffering from a lack of confidence and it was De Villiers desire to get his team comfortable with the ball again – even though they rounded out the second half with zero points.
 
De Villiers has said, even though he made the call to continue attacking the Lions with a 15 point lead, it was not something that would have been wise in all situations.
 
The 15 point gap was the primary reason for De Villiers decision to defy his coaches orders, but he has admitted that, in terms of game management, it was detrimental – but in terms of turning the corner for the Stormers, it was vital.
 
“I think our approach was definitely to keep on playing, to our own detriment, in the second half,” De Villiers said.
 
“We probably played too much rugby in our own half in that second half and didn’t manage to play enough rugby in their half.
 
“The calls came from the coaching box that we should try and play more of a kicking game in their half for the last 15 minutes or so.
 
“I sort of over ruled that in a way – I thought that we should go with this approach so we sort of continued with it.
 
“In a tighter game I wouldn’t have done it but just with the attitude towards this game I though we should continue with ball in hand.
 
“[We should] try and get the confidence back and I don’t think we will get the confidence back by just sitting down and playing a conservative game.
 
“From a game management point of view, probably not the right call but I thought from where we are as a team it was the right call.”
 
De Villiers, although happy with his teams performance and intensity was quick to echo coach Allister Coetzees words on discipline
 
The coach was straight forward in stating his teams discipline was not good enough and they were lucky to get away with not conceding more from their indiscretions.
 
“I am not happy with the discipline in general to be honest,” Coetzee said.
 
“At times, for some of it, we were 100 per cent spot on but obviously the 50-50 stuff I would want to have a look at that.
 
“Jean [De Villiers] can elaborate on that but there are things that are inexcusable – like off the ball stuff, and we cant afford to have that.
 
“We were just lucky that tonight, because we had such good intensity and such good clarity in terms of what we want to do, we scored two tries with 14 men – it shows that the team was really on the same page tonight.”
 
The captain backed up what his coach had to say: “I have to agree with Allister [Coetzee], I don’t think our discipline is good enough.
 
“It is some thing we need to improve on – when you have got an 18 and 15 point buffer then you can still get away with it but that has been the cause of a lot of our losses this season.
 
“It is not improving so it is definitely an area we need to look at,” concluded De Villiers 
 
By Darryn Pollock

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3 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 20th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    You can overrule him overrule for he is and idiot with a paycheque who still believes the game plan of four years ago will win championships.

    Why don’t you sommer take over the coaching in total

  2. avatar out wide says:
    April 20th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    @Jacques(Bunny): Bunny, know you are not a fan of the coach but nice to know the captain can make his own call from the field. Shows maturity. I liked JdV’s reasoning as well. You only have to look at how the Crusaders confidence has returned following their 2 wins on the Highveld.

    Now getting the Stormers back into try scoring mode must be the aim.

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 20th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    @out wide: ja me a little bit of suurgat in my team always playing this shit gameplan, and me not AC biggest fan and a bit fedup, any change now a days lets me feel we are atleast trying to get back on right track and start to move to be one of the teams people will take notice off…

    This is me just hoping it is the start of change within the province….with or without AC, one should just admit when you are wrong and must be able and willing to move with times and changes

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