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Lions’ den looms large for Stormers


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 12 May 2008 at 06:48

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus, already sweating over the fitness of prop Brok Harris (should) and wing Wylie Human (ribs), admits his team faces a “huge challenge” when they play their final Super 14 round robin match against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Following their 13-all draw against the Waratahs at the weekend, the Stormers are in fourth place and require a bonus-point win over a much-improved Lions outfit to stay in the play-off race.

Phil Coetzer of Rugby 365 writes that while the draw, against the Waratahs at Newlands. certainly hurt the Stormers, Erasmus said his team is not down and out.

“It [the race for a top four finish] is in our hands,” Erasmus said.

“If we win the next game – which is going to be a very tough game – and we keep the points difference the same, we still end fourth on the standings, which in a first year as a group coming together is not too bad.

“There’s many permutations that can happen – maybe we can end third, maybe even second. However, it’s a relatively successful season.”

But the trip to Ellis Park, to face the Lions, looms large – a must-win game for Erasmus’s team.

“We now have to go to Johannesburg and play the Lions at altitude,” said Erasmus of his team – who played their last five games in the home comforts of their Newlands stadium.

“They [the Lions] settled in, even though they had a bit of jet lag – you could see that in the last 10 to 15 minutes [of their 33-27 against the Chiefs].

“It will be tough, but it is in our hands to see how far we can go in the competition,” the Stormers coach added.

Erasmus felt the Lions will pose a huge threat to his team at the breakdown, which could cause problems for their counterattacking game.

“Certain teams’ strengths compliment other teams’ weaknesses,” Erasmus said, adding “The strength of the Lions is the breakdown and how much they compete at the breakdown. The strength of the Chiefs is turnover ball, and the Chiefs didn’t get a lot because the Lions are awesome at the breakdown.

“For us it is a huge challenge with how the Lions performed [against the Chiefs at the weekend] and also earlier in the season.”

Both Erasmus and captain Jean de Villiers said that while there was a measure of disappointment in not getting a win against the Waratahs, they can take heart from the fact that they were competitive against one of the competition’s top teams.

“We’re not jumping out of our skins [with the 13-all draw], but we knew it would be tough and the conditions didn’t help either. It was probably a fair result,” the coach said.

He admitted his team would have learnt from holding out against a powerful attacking team like the Waratahs, should they reach the play-offs.

“If we make it into the play-offs and this is the teams we play against, obviously it gives you confidence,” he said of the fact that the Stormers now know they can compete against the best.

“This team [Waratahs] is third on the standings and if you get to the play-offs these are the kind of teams you’ll play.

“Obviously we’re not used to the wet weather and they are pretty experienced in it [having played eight of their games in the rain this season] and we’ll take a little bit of heart out of that.

“We’re confident that we will be in with a chance if we play a team like that.

“I spoke to Les Kiss [the Waratahs defence coach] and he feels the same. Although you don’t get all the points [on the standings] that you want, the confidence you take out of these games is the same as getting the points.”



30 Comments

  • Must say I was pretty disappointed with the draw. :cry: Beating the Lions will be hard on Ellispark. just hoping they draw a bigger crowd on the weekend. Sad to see empty stadiums in SA.

    One player we had to play is Ollie.

    pretty sad at the moment about the raping of our best player sister. Some shocking news in this part and sad.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.08 11:43:38 by PaarlBok Reply
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  • PaarlBok care to share which player and is there any write up on the incident..?

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.08 15:11:30 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
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  • I am interested to know which player it was, but please remember that discussions about the wider crime situation in SA probably shouldn’t happen here.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.05.08 15:16:41 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • csb,

    The family has requested that they get some privacy.

    I, for one, think we should respect that.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.08 15:33:39 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • But csb, if you really want to know just read PB’s post again. He makes it quite clear who it was…

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.08 15:35:15 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • ok – Vin is actually spot on. Guys, let’s consider this discussion closed now.

    CSB – I’ll mail you

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.08 15:57:58 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Yeah guys,you can figure it out for yourself and i agree we should give the peoples some privacy

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.08 16:09:10 by Slayton Caville Reply
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  • I agree…
    Privacy…

    Sad though….very sad…
    Not cozz she is a Bok sister….but that it happens to anyone…anywhere…no matter the fact that it happens in SA more frequently elsewhere…it is no more of a shame than any other country…

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.08 16:52:25 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Hmmm – los dit, samblief.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.08 16:53:29 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • All I can say is that we had a special prayer for the family in church yesterday. Hope them the best for the future and hope and pray they will recover from this one.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.08 17:00:58 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Glad Rassie is acknowledging the impact of the LIONS at the breakdown and mentioning that this was a constant in their season…

    Crappy backline and lack of everything else was their downfall…

    Very dif call but hope Baywatch at least makes the practice squad…he has been a thorn in many sides at the breakdown for a good few seasons now and his def has just added a lot to that….

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.08 17:03:22 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Robd…not starting something don’t worry…
    Just mentioning that it is sad that it happens anywhere in teh world no matter the frequancy…thus even once is sad….

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.08 17:04:48 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm: Actually agree with you. Baywatch has been Mr Consistent for the last 3 seasons. He probably deserves to be first in line now that Schalla is out

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.08 17:05:36 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • And adding to that…this coming from the coach of another team who is a powerhouse at the breakdowns….

    Should mean a lot…

    Plus Baywatch was not playing in a team that has been consistent or imposed themselves in the forwards at all…at best stood their man…

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.08 17:13:39 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm: They’ve never really gone backwards, though… Who is the forwards coach of the Lions? Done a lot with quite limited resources, IMO

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.08 17:15:39 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Considering the above and the importance of this game lets not forget the mutual feelings these two unions must be feeling for each other – Rose’s, Joe van Niekerk, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, Ricky Januarie, Janjes ) throw in afew disputed contracts and some skulduggery and you have the makings of a tantalising sabre rattling dust up that will be deserved to be watched by 60 000 live spectators. This could just be the derby of the year.

    Weirdly enough, after this weekend I think the Lions are really licking their lips for this game.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.05.08 17:21:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid: What’s the bet slightly less than 60 000 show up, given where it’s being played… ;)

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.05.08 17:26:46 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Yeh I agree Robd…but as I said they were not imposing themselves on anyone…merely holding their own…

    Not sure who that is…but agree…barring Heinke in the tight 5 I donno who else is really worthj mentioning as a season standout…

    And Heinke himslef can improve on his general play a bit if you wanna ask me…

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.05.08 17:27:46 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Salmonoid: Agreed….

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.05.08 17:28:31 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!):
    Sad to say you are right and they will propbably be happy with 20 000. My heart really went out to the Lions and their supporters on Saturday – must say that sparse crowd sure did make enough noise.

    Surely the GLRU must start looking at alternatives even if those are much smaller and not as comfortable as Ellis Park.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.05.08 17:31:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Hmmm: Heinke needs to improve a lot in general play. Maybe it’s cos he’s holding up the opposition tight five on his own? Must get pretty tiring ;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.05.08 17:32:20 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Cheers chaps.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.05.08 17:34:30 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid:
    They are looking at alternatives…

    At the end of the year a few parkades would be erected for safe parking with walkway to the stadium…

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.05.08 17:51:25 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!):

    LoL yeh maybe…

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.05.08 17:51:58 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Salmonoid:

    Cheers…

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.05.08 17:52:33 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 23) : That would make a huge difference.

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.05.08 18:05:36 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Yeh it would Robd….and the construction is already in progress…@robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 26) :

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.05.08 18:11:05 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Ok I see you changed the view of the reply buton…that’s why it showed as if it was not active…

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.05.08 18:12:15 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Sorry dudes I actually thought it was common knowledge and it appeared in the news..
    I understand the need for privacy.I’m just interested cause I actually can relate to an incident like this.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.05.08 19:04:45 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 29) : No stress, dude

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.05.08 19:18:44 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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