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Erasmus: I will resign

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 2 Mar 2009 at 07:54
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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus has said he will walk away from the team if he senses the players no longer believe in his ideas.

“The moment I feel the players no longer believe in what we do, I will resign. It’s as simple as that,” Erasmus said on Saturday night after the Stormers again disappointed a home crowd of 40,000 by losing 8-14 to the Blues at Newlands.

“If I believe the players can see we are on the right track and improving in the areas where we are weak, it’s just a matter of time before everything comes together.”

But while Erasmus may believe the latter is currently the situation, the Stormers were not better than they were in the previous week’s narrow win over the Reds. If anything, it appears as if the handling errors are increasing, with even stars such as Schalk Burger and Andries Bekker making elementary mistakes.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that the one big positive Erasmus is hanging onto is that the Stormers are creating opportunities. They should have been out of sight by half-time, but simply don’t put enough points on the board when they get scoring chances. One also gets the impression the Stormers view the incredible support they get at Newlands as a hindrance rather than trying to draw strength from it. Can it be that everyone should just learn to relax?

The Stormers did attempt to play the game less in their own territory than was the case against the Sharks and Reds. Ricky Januarie’s boot was used for this, but like his colleagues his execution was not always good. One such high kick led to the try he ended up scoring himself, though.

The Stormers were under pressure up front from the first scrum of the day, with the likes of All Black front rowers Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu and John Afoa having a field day. Deep in the second half both JD Moller and Brian Mujati had left the field, which resulted in uncontested scrums. However, the ploy backfired as they could not compete for possession in the last scrum. It’s an open question whether the props were really injured …

Whatever the situation, the whole episode of 80 minutes was enough to send the blood pressure of Stormers fans soaring. Not to mention the prospect of visiting Loftus this coming weekend …


  • Why would they complain? They look good running around in the backline.

    Why don’t you rather say you will resign if you end lower than 7th?

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.03.09 07:59:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Well Rassie, nothing is holding you back so I suggest you make like a tree bru!!! 👿

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.03.09 08:04:02 by wpw Reply
  • “If I believe the players can see we are on the right track and improving in the areas where we are weak,

    Dude, our FRONT ROW is weak and has been for the last DECADE and yet you continue to sign loose forwards and wingers.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.03.09 08:10:56 by wpw Reply
  • Schalk Burger was the worst player on the field on Saturday

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.03.09 08:22:59 by Claytie Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 4) :

    Do you think Rassie will drop him though???

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.03.09 08:24:42 by wpw Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 4) : @wpw (Comment 5) : It appears he’s injured and might not play against the Bulls anyway.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.03.09 08:42:45 by McLovin Reply

  • Rassie = Drama queen 🙄

    Just make sure your boys understand rugby positions and structures…beat the Bulls …and then you can resign…

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.03.09 08:44:08 by blackshark Reply

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  • I will tell you why we are not playing well.

    Too many forwards in the backline who think they are gamebreakers…

    Brits needs to start doing what is expected of him as a HOOKER and Bekker should concentrate on being a lock forward.

    Our front row is also useless!! 👿

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.03.09 08:51:48 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    But as long as they are buying into the gameplan that Rassie has then all is cool. 🙄

    And obviously Rassie’s game plan allowes for them to do that, becasue if they are doing it and he is not happy with it then he should have booted their arses out of the side ages ago.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.03.09 08:59:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Saw the extended highlites yesterday…

    Bekker is useless – I don’t see how he is planning to hold on to his Bok blazer…

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.03.09 09:18:16 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 10) :

    I think the coach is weak!

    How the hell can you allow your tight forwards to hang around in the backline all the time.

    I HATE it when tight forwards think they are backline players!! 👿

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.03.09 09:23:30 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 11) :

    Bekker is probably the biggest believer – so he is safe! :mrgreen:

    I can just see what happens during the Stormers “secret” sessions.
    Rassie lines them up and asks ” Do you believe?”

    Those who say YES make the squad….and they all break into a chorus of ” I’m a believer”…

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.03.09 09:32:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • Why does Rassie have his hooker chasing up and unders?

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.03.09 09:47:20 by Claytie Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 13) :

    Commentators asked the same question. The guy is like a foot shorther than the backs he has to compete against to catch the ball.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.03.09 09:49:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ja well, said it from the beginning that Rassie would cause damage to W.P. rugby… 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.03.09 09:56:13 by Charlie Reply

  • Is it just me or is Rassie talking the biggest load of kak under the sun??????????????? Especially the portion in Bold.

    Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus defended his players after the game, but admitted that his team were making too many basic mistakes.

    “It was very disappointing in the sense that, and we said it last week, we’ve created enough opportunities in the last two games,” he said. “From a coaching staff (perspective), it is definitely not the players. I think it is also the coaches’ fault too. When you create so many opportunities, you must get to a stage where you actually use them. You can’t make basic handling errors like that.

    “While I’m saying that, I’m definitely not pointing the fingers at the players. It is not them losing, it’s us losing. So it is something we’ll work on this week and can hopefully get it right the next week.”

    But as much as the players made all those handling errors, the Stormers’ tactics were also questionable on the day. The most dubious was the continued use of up-and-unders by scrumhalf Ricky Januarie, especially from lineouts. In most instances, the Stormers were unable to win the ball in the air, which meant that clean lineout ball was needlessly kicked away.

    Erasmus’s explanation for the tactic was even more baffling. “If you go and count the kicks, you’ll see that the Blues did it just as much. From the lineouts, and there were a lot of lineouts, kicks from there were from inside our own half,” he said.

    “If you experience playing at Newlands and you do a kicking game when you are stuck in your own half is fairly tough. I compare the box kicks from their scrumhalf and our scrumhalf and they were very much the same.

    “It is because with the new laws, you can only win your own lineout with front ball, and the only thing you can do with that is a box kick. That is the way nowadays to get out of your own half. Maybe we didn’t execute it as well as them, on that I’ll agree. But I don’t think we did it more than them.”

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.03.09 10:02:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Like Big Fish said on another thread… It seems Rassie is being found out – he is not as good a coach as people make him out to be.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.03.09 10:06:21 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : Rassie must choose his words carefully… A few Stormers fans here want to take him up on his offer!

    BTW Logging in ok now

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.03.09 10:18:19 by rahul Reply

  • Glory Glory MAN UNITED!

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.03.09 10:24:26 by rahul Reply

  • @rahul (Comment 18) :


    BTW did you have a look at the Fantasy league? 😛 😎

    Cameron Shepherd you beauty.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.03.09 10:25:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 19) :

    😆 Hey!!!!!!!!! You are a Rangers fan!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.03.09 10:25:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rahul (Comment 19) :

    Dude, you on the wrong site!!

    Oh and if you EVER mention UTD again well let’s just say that I don’t have ‘banning rights’ for nothing… :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.03.09 10:31:12 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : Time to strike a deal…. If you win the FL and fly me to durban, I’ll take you with to the game
    @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Rangers fan by birth.. Man United by choice 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.03.09 10:34:35 by rahul Reply

  • @rahul (Comment 23) :

    You put the wink next to the wrong comment 😆

    I already have two tickets to the game. 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.03.09 10:37:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : Oops… Forgot torres was on this site. Can I mention Middlesborough ❓ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.03.09 10:40:10 by rahul Reply

  • @rahul (Comment 19) : 😛

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.03.09 10:41:23 by Claytie Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : I should be in my own league… only SA players in my team 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.03.09 10:45:44 by rahul Reply

  • @rahul (Comment 23) : oops sorry again… mention Man United in that post

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.03.09 10:46:31 by rahul Reply

  • @rahul (Comment 28) :

    😥 🙁

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.03.09 10:48:46 by wpw Reply
  • @rahul (Comment 25) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.03.09 10:49:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Seriously now… what other major injuries were there apart from BH and Juan.. How long will Juan be out for?

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.03.09 10:52:29 by rahul Reply

  • @rahul (Comment 31) :

    Apparently the Stormers front row suffered some injuries as well. Serious enough to warrant uncontested scrums. I will be keen to see how well they recover before being folded into envelope size by the Bulls.

    Juan will be out for a LONG time I reckon and Habana is estimated at 3-4 weeks.

    Deysel is also a major injury worry for my Fantasy league team. 🙁

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.03.09 10:56:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : I expect some uncontested scrum from them again this week.

    Official uncontested scrums that is. 🙄

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.03.09 11:09:45 by McLovin Reply


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