More pressure on Stormers for opener – Muller

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 22 Jan 2009 at 13:41
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The pressure will be squarely on the Stormers when they kick off their Super 14 campaign at Newlands on February 14 against the Sharks, reckons Johann Muller.

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The Sharks captain says his team could not have been given a tougher assignment than beating Rassie Erasmus’ super-charged Stormers because the Cape Town side knows only too well the debilitating affect of losing home games at the start of the season.

“They lost their first three games last year and that put them under enormous pressure,” Muller said. “They did very well to recover later on but couldn’t quite make up the lost ground. They obviously will not want a repeat of that bad start. They are going to be incredibly motivated to beat us, and that puts the pressure very much on them.”

This is not to say that the Sharks are not equally interested in victory.

“That is stating the obvious,” says Muller, who on Monday was appointed captain for 2009 by coach John Plumtree.

“What I am saying is that in this extremely tough competition, you have to win your home games if you want to do well, and then you try and pick up as many away points as possible.

“We are hungry to beat them, but as it is an away game we are not under the same pressure as them and we can give it a full go – we will not have their terrible fear of losing and can really give it a crack,” Muller said. “We can’t wait for the game. There is a lot of excitement about the occasion it promises to be.”

The Sharks and Stormers are widely tipped to be South Africa’s best bets for the Super 14 title this year, but Muller says his team will distance itself from the hype. “It is very much something we would like to achieve (the title). I said to John Smit yesterday,’There is just one medal outstanding on your mantlepiece; you have won the World Cup, Tri-Nations and Currie Cup’.”

“But we’re not going to put pressure on ourselves by proclaiming we are going to win the title. Our goal is to play as well as we possibly can each week, and then take it from there.”


  • I thinks he’s right. 😐

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.01.09 13:51:28 by McLovin Reply
  • No doubt we’ll soon see some articles on how both teams are the underdogs. :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.01.09 13:52:23 by McLovin Reply
  • And so the ‘mind games’ begin… 🙄

    STORMERS!!! 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.01.09 14:01:31 by wpw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : I don’t think Muller is really saying the Sharks are the underdogs. He’s just saying they can afford a slip up more easily than the Stormers can. The Sharks cannot be anythign but favourites going into this game. It’s a mantle they’ll have to learn to live with this season.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.01.09 14:05:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Not saying he is saying it in this article. Just meant we’ll soon see statements form both camps claiming underdog status. 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.01.09 14:08:16 by McLovin Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    I woulda thought the psych warfare would only be around in the week before the game.

    It’s good to get your blows in early. 🙂

    If it escalates from here it is going to be a cracker of a match.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.01.09 14:25:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    I’M not saying we deserve that mantle but I can tell you we will have to get our heads right if we do have that mantle all the time.
    And without a mind guru onside it is going to be a big ask of the guys.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.01.09 14:30:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : Winwey, winey, wine gums…. 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.01.09 15:03:31 by Charlie Reply

  • i would rather there being big pressure on the sharks, because pressure and heat make diamonds. and diamonds shine.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.01.09 15:13:56 by try time Reply

  • “They are going to be incredibly motivated to beat us, and that puts the pressure very much on them.”

    I read this several times, and still don’t get it. I am not a psychologist, but I would have thought that a motivated Stormers outfit would put the pressure squarely on the Sharks shoulders. A motivated Stormers team at Newlands, coached by Rassie, captained by JdV jislaaik, any team would be under pressure to overcome that. The Sharks can certainly win, and I believe will win this one, but they will be under pressure to do so.

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.01.09 16:14:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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