We’re the Stormers: no wins, no bags

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 4 Mar 2008 at 11:02

By Ashfak Mohamed

The Stormers had a nightmare start to their tour of Australia and New Zealand after a large part of their baggage went missing on arrival in Brisbane on Monday.

n addition, assistant coaches Gary Gold and Allister Coetzee, as well as kicking coach Louis Koen and media manager Frikkie Erasmus, only joined the team on Monday after a marathon 24-hour journey from South Africa.

Team manager Chippie Solomon commuted between the airport and the team hotel several times in a bid to find out what had happened to the team’s luggage.

“It is a total mess. More than half of our luggage is missing,” he told the Cape Times from the team hotel in Surfers Paradise, an entertainment hub about 80km outside Brisbane.(Eds note – They just can’t stay away from the party now can they)

“The biggest problem is that we have none of our training kit with us, so we couldn’t have a normal practice yesterday. The Australian cricket team was with us on the flight from Sydney to Brisbane, so I suspect that with all their cricket kit, our baggage may have been left behind in Sydney. It has thrown out our schedule entirely. We are three to five hours behind with what we had planned to do by now.”

Frikkie Erasmus said that the Stormers’ week will be severely disrupted because of the late arrival of some of the team management. Stormers players and coaches were not available to speak to the media because of the travel problems. The majority of the team had left Cape Town on Saturday morning and had travelled via Hong Kong and Sydney before reaching Brisbane on Monday.

“Everything is all over the place,” said Erasmus. “I have just had to go through a 24-hour trip to get here. It is almost 11pm here (3pm SA time) and Rassie is about to have a meeting with the other coaches who arrived with me. This is disrupting all our plans.

“We haven’t been able to do any preparation for the match really. Some of us are only checking into the hotel now, while others are already in bed. We hope to have a ‘normal’ day tomorrow, but a lot will depend on whether we can get our missing baggage back in time for training.”

After losing their first three matches, the chaotic start to the week does not bode well for the Stormers. They will take some solace from the fact that they haven’t lost to the Reds since 2003. This includes one-point and four-point victories in Brisbane in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

But they are under huge pressure to win in Brisbane on Saturday. Another defeat, to a Reds team that they should beat on paper, will intensify the pressure and scrutiny on Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus. As they face far tougher opponents in the Chiefs, Blues and the Western Force on tour, the Reds fixture is the one the Stormers have to win to save some face.

But based on the evidence of their performances thus far, it is hard to see how the Stormers will suddenly be more creative on attack and start scoring tries. In addition, Erasmus has insisted that he is backing his misfiring inside backs. He said after the Crusaders match last week that he would “never throw a player out of the window” until he has tried everything to get that player performing at his best.

Former All Black flyhalf Tony Brown, who could bring a semblance of flair to the backline, is only due to join up with the team for next week’s clash with the Chiefs in Hamilton.


  • That’s the Stortahs for you – ALL BALLS BUT NO BAGS! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.03.08 11:45:51 by Kal-El Reply
  • Some might dispute they even have that…. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.03.08 11:51:02 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • JDV said they showed balls, but all I could see was pap tr$%#

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.03.08 11:54:23 by Kal-El Reply
  • KE they may have pap tr$%# but if it was nt for a [email protected] ref they would have beaten the Sharks with stywe tr$%#le! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.03.08 11:59:48 by PaarlBok Reply
  • Ah a big bite!!!…I spoke too soon

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.03.08 12:00:59 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • Kal-El

    Do yourself a favour and hold your cursor over YOUR first comment on THIS thread in the RECENT COMMENTS bar.

    AND then pat yourself on the back. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.03.08 12:04:06 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • It was the tr$%# that caught me again. πŸ™„

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.03.08 12:04:42 by PaarlBok Reply
  • KSA,

    Only displays the title of this thread. What am I missing?

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.03.08 12:09:12 by Kal-El Reply
  • Kal-El

    at the end of the title there should be a comment number. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.03.08 12:19:23 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • Okay to clarify.

    look in the status bar at the bottom of the window.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.03.08 12:22:44 by KSA Shark Β© Reply
    KSA Shark Β©
  • He get the 10kth comment?

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.03.08 12:23:45 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Kaalgat Stormers 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.03.08 12:25:48 by Charlie Reply

  • okay i’ll put you out of your misery. πŸ™„

    THIS is what you should see.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.03.08 12:27:10 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

    KSA Shark Β©
  • KSA is so helpful – guides you around the site so patiently. πŸ˜€

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.03.08 12:27:50 by Nessa Reply

  • :mrgreen: Nessa

    I have two little children so am pretty used to having to explain things a few times. πŸ˜† 😳

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.03.08 12:34:40 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

    KSA Shark Β©
  • I think it is such an endearing quality – your wife is very lucky! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.03.08 12:37:46 by Nessa Reply

  • Having their luggage go walkabout (or not) is one thing and largely beyond their control but the fact that the half the support staff appear to have been booked on different longer flights speaks of poor planning the Stormers part.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.03.08 12:50:22 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
    Salmonoid the Subtle
  • Salmonoid – very bad planning. What happens if their kit doesn’t arrive in time for the game?

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.03.08 12:57:38 by Nessa Reply

  • Uhm, while on the subject of navigating the site…why is there a penguin on the pic??

    Did I miss something, lion, bull, shark, disa & cheetah I get, but a penguin?!?

    Picadilly Penguins ❓
    Flotska Flippers ❓

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.03.08 13:00:50 by Namboer Reply

  • They will play in their Calvin Kleins. Jean de Villiers will be in his element πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.03.08 13:01:20 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • Stormers didn’t plan it – apparently SANZAR does the flight arrangements. Crusaders took Quantas one time straight, as the Stormers will do on their trip back.
    Think I got that from SS, will go check…

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.03.08 13:02:03 by Namboer Reply

  • namboer – someone will be along shortly to explain the significance of the penguin, I’m sure πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.03.08 13:02:03 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
  • “The Stormers went to Brisbane via Hong Kong and Sydney, and spent the whole weekend doing it, eventually landing on Monday morning after taking off from Cape Town International on Saturday morning.

    β€œIt is not us who made these travel arrangements, they were made by Sanzar,” said Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus.

    While the Stormers took the long way around, the champion Crusaders on Monday embarked on the short route home on Qantas.

    This is explainable though by the fact that the Crusaders play the Western Force in Perth at the weekend, as indeed the Stormers do on the way home in three weeks’ time, when they too will take the old, quicker route back to South Africa.

    Some of the Stormers management were forced to travel separately from the rest of the team. Assistant coaches Gary Gold and Allister Coetzee, kicking coach Louis Koen and commercial manager Frikkie Erasmus flew out two days later and although the journey also took them 24 hours, they were at least able to arrive on the same day as the team had, just much later.”

    From Superrugby

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.03.08 13:04:33 by Namboer Reply

  • I understand why so few people have respect for the Stormers when you read things like this, losing ones luggage is no excuse for doing nothing, a 30 minute visit to the local sports store would have solved the issue while someone else kakked the airline out.

    Eish,i think its time to go back to supporting the Blues.

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.03.08 13:07:17 by Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • β€œIt is not us who made these travel arrangements, they were made by Sanzar,” said Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus…..

    I think it was more the NZAR bit then SA bit…. on the other hand Darren the SA bit has been know to shoot its own in the foot….and leg….and stomach…in fact most of our injuries are self inflicted…

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.03.08 13:12:53 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • 04.03.08 13:07:17

    Its so damned simple i didnt dare post it when i thought of it earlier.

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.03.08 13:15:40 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Ok PJLD – 😯 what happened to you?

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.03.08 13:42:08 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • i grew long hair and a beard because of the stress

  • Comment 28, posted at 04.03.08 13:47:42 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Your clippers got lost at the airport?

  • Comment 29, posted at 04.03.08 13:48:59 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • What’s with the rod PJLD.

  • Comment 30, posted at 04.03.08 14:07:30 by Namboer Reply

  • And who’s gonna tell me about that durn penguin?! πŸ™„

  • Comment 31, posted at 04.03.08 14:08:36 by Namboer Reply

  • Here we go, a little riddle of sort of my own.

  • Comment 32, posted at 04.03.08 14:19:01 by Namboer Reply

  • Namboer.

    I think i have an answer to YOUR riddle.

    You support the mountain goats?

    I have no idea on the penguin though. has something to do with thinking you live in the antarctic or something.

  • Comment 33, posted at 04.03.08 14:22:46 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

    KSA Shark Β©
  • Aah, thanks KSA – another angle on my riddle, didn’t even think about that!

    That over there is a boerbok, and if you look closely you’ll see it’s Namibia in the background…

  • Comment 34, posted at 04.03.08 14:30:15 by Namboer Reply

  • AHHH


  • Comment 35, posted at 04.03.08 14:46:52 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

    KSA Shark Β©
  • Nicely done KSA – jy kan ‘n goue sterretjie op die voorkop kry! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 04.03.08 15:07:56 by Namboer Reply


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