Stormers coach Allister Coetzee wants his team to ‘turn up the heat’ against the high-flying Reds when the two sides meet in a Super 14 crunch match in Brisbane on Friday.
Rugby 365 reports that Coetzee said the most impressive aspects of his team’s 49-15 hammering of the Chiefs at the weekend were the “physical intensity” and “speed” with which they played the game.
Those aspects will be just as important when they tackle a Reds team that dismantled the Bulls at the weekend.
The Stormers are now in third place on the standings, just one point behind the table-topping Crusaders and Bulls, who are both on 34. The Reds are three points behind the Stormers in fourth.
And this leaves the men from Cape Town well-placed to push for a place in the play-offs.
Coetzee said the Chiefs couldn’t keep up with the pace and intensity of the Stormers play last Friday.
The coach said it was important to trust the players and their ability to make the right decision at the right time.
“If I always want to discourage 50-50 passes and bring in a set rule that we have to kick from our own 22 we wouldn’t have scored that try,” he said in an interview on the Stormers’ website.
The try the coach referred to was the one by wing Bryan Habana, who finished a breathtaking movement in which several players featured.
“When you dominate the contact you can get the ball away like that. That is where the trust in the team and in one another comes true. IT was an unbelievable try. It was spectacular.”
The coach lauded his players and said he couldn’t remember if any team has previously accounted in consecutive games for the Blues and the Chiefs.
Coetzee said captain Schalk Burger deserves a lot of credit for the performance, as it was due to him that they pitched up for the game in the right frame of mind.
He also praised the forwards, who laid the foundation for the victory.
“We dominated the tight facets and the senior players put their hands up. Andries Bekker is having one his best season ever and Schalk was brilliant.
“Francois Louw was fantastic at the breakdown and Duane Vermeulen was just amazing. The substitutes that went on such as Deon Fourie and Anton van Zyl ensured that we retained the intensity in the second half.
“We would probably tweak our plan here and there this week, but need to make sure we play with the same intensity against the Reds.”Tweet