Rassie disappointed, but not down and out

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 3 Mar 2008 at 08:17

Disappointed and well beaten, but definitely not down and out. That was the verdict from Vodacom Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus after his side’s 22-0 defeat to the Crusaders at Newlands on Friday evening.

The Stormers are now without a win after three Super 14 matches and are bottom of the log. They departed for Australia early on Saturday morning and they take on the Reds this coming Saturday.

Erasmus said they still have a lot of hard work to be done, but he believes the competition can start now for his team, who had to face the top three finishers of last season first up.

“Disappointed and well beaten, without a doubt. We played well and we tried hard, but it was not good enough, so well done to them and harder work for us,” said the coach.

He however added that he still has a lot of hope for the Stormers. “ I am very concerned about three losses and only one try. The only thing you can take out of that is that we conceded only three tries, but that doesn’t win games.

“We have played one, two and three of last year now. That is no excuse and we need to adapt and work harder to score tries. I thought we attacked a little bit better, but we are far from getting it right.

“The next game is the Reds. It is nice to say that you have the tough teams are out of the way, but still now the hard work has to be done on the field. You can’t just expect to win games, especially if you don’t score tries and get points and we’ll have to get that right.”

Asked whether him and the team were feeling the pressure, Erasmus said pressure was part and parcel of the job and the competition.

“I was under pressure when I got here. It hasn’t exactly been a fairytale with the team playing semi-finals and finals the past two seasons. The team has been bottom of the log, so the pressure will be on until we get it right on the field. You have to get wins otherwise the pressure will be on.

“In a way it is a blessing to get away and as a team stay in the same hotel and go out and have supper together and really get to know one another. We haven’t really been together for a while and a tour is always good for that.

“We have a nice draw. We will be in Australia for two weeks, then two weeks in New Zealand and on our way back stop in Perth. So yes, I think the tournament can really start now, although we wanted to win right from the start. We didn’t wait for this (the tour).”

Trying to explain his team’s failure to score tries, Erasmus said: “The biggest thing without a doubt is if you defend for say 50 minutes the moment you get the ball you are so tired of defending that you actually cannot attack.

“I think you could see it against the Crusaders, because we tackled and tackled and tackled and when we got the ball the guys were out on their feet. So the thing is we should start to attack more and I think that will be the answer.”


  • I was planning to write a piece regarding the stormers but there are so many people to put the boot into its hard to know where to start.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.03.08 08:38:37 by Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • So true sauce,so true.
    Would have been nice if someone tried to run straight of Friday night.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.03.08 08:55:03 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • pjld – agreed, be nice if they ran straight, avoided contact, held onto the ball if they do make contact and stopped kicking aimlessly and remembered somewhere in the deep recesses of their minds that the purpose of the game is to score tries.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.03.08 09:41:12 by Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • this might sound wrong but these guys lost 22 – 0 and they played pretty decent, dammit the Saders are good

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.03.08 09:46:36 by djgap Reply

  • I wanted a spirited show from the Stormers and got it. I am satisfied with the way things are going at the moment. Now they have to go out there on saturday and klap the Reds big time.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.03.08 12:03:26 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Did you perhaps watch the WP game PB?

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.03.08 12:14:34 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Sorry I missed that one and only watch the high lights in All out rugby yesterday. Looked like a close one. Dollie had a goodie, like usual. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.03.08 16:53:48 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Something that is bothering me wrt the S14 fixtures….

    Why is it that the Crusaders get an 8 day break between their Stormers & Force encounters, whereas the Stormers have to travel further & get 1 days less rest… (Crusaders play the Force on a Sunday)

    Spare a thought for the Cheetahs who played on a Saterday, had to fly even further west to NZ, & play the following Saterday again.

    It’s a joke that the Crusaders get a further day to prepare, rest & recuperate. That’s another 5 points in the bag then 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.03.08 19:02:59 by Le Requinny Reply
  • you reckon it might be rigged? 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.03.08 19:19:29 by robdylan Reply
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