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Gold eyes mid-season revival

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 1 Apr 2009 at 06:53
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Stormers assistant coach Gary Gold says they are not panicking about playoff permutations ahead Saturday’s crucial clash against the Waratahs in Sydney.

Rugby 365 reports that the Stormers are currently in tenth position on the Super 14 standings and they are yet to win back-to-back matches in this year’s tournament. The Cape franchise will be hoping to emulate their 2008 form by turning their season around on the Australasian leg of the competition.

However, Gold stressed that the Stormers don’t view the Waratahs match as a must-win one.

“No, all we can do is concentrate on the next game and we cannot get carried away by how many games we must win. We will try as hard as last week and the week before when we won by almost 50 points,” Gold said in an interview on the Stormers’ website.

“I would be quite worried if the focus is elsewhere and anywhere but the job on hand. Saturday night is all we are worried about right now.

“I have a clear recollection that last year we were in the same situation and we won a few games on the trot and the next thing we were semi-final contenders.

“Funny things can happen and if the Bulls do not win a game on tour they could be in the same situation.”

Gold said that the mood in the Stormers camp is good and the players and management have put the defeat to the Crusaders behind them and are looking forward to Saturday’s match.

While Gold is wary to place too much emphasis on beating the Waratahs, this game is crucial as it could determine the Stormers’ fate in this year’s Super 14.

The Stormers performed well below standard against the Crusaders in Christchurch and will be looking for huge improvement this Saturday.

“All of us were very disappointed after the game, but there is no time to celebrate or mourn for too long in this competition.

“We put that in the past and at training everything went well. The mood in the camp is good and we are looking forward to a good performance on Saturday.”

Wing Wylie Human has joined the team in Sydney after scoring two tries for Western Province against Boland last weekend. Gold stressed that the call-up of the veteran wing was on merit and form alone.

“Sireli [Naqelevuki] had a bad bump in Saturday’s game and we had to make a decision immediately after the game. We could not wait until Wednesday and Rassie [Erasmus] made an executive decision quickly. Sereli was in a lot of pain and we felt the need to bring in a replacement.

“We only came on tour with 24 guys. Wylie is playing great rugby at the moment and when a player is playing well he needs to be rewarded. It makes sense.”


  • It is 1 April after all, so let him have his dream. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.04.09 06:56:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • How can you NOT view this game as a ‘must win’???

    Seems Gold also attended the Erasmus school of bullshitting!! 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.04.09 08:20:49 by wpw Reply
  • I have looked around this morning and it seems this is about as close as we are gonna get to an April fools article. 😉

    I am either more gullible than usual or there are very few April fools news articles out there.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.04.09 08:22:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    The one doing the rounds on the wpclubrugby website is that Cheeky Watson has just been appointed as Springbok Manager.

    Yeah right!!! 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.04.09 08:31:31 by wpw Reply
  • i pay no creedance to the stormers saltwater revival.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.04.09 08:35:40 by try time Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    😆 Sheez they must think the Stormers guys are high on tik ALL the time if they are expected to believe that. 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.04.09 08:39:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Executive decision? 🙄

    Is it me or does The Erasmi (Including Gold et al) seem to be taking themselves just a little too seriously? Heavens above. 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.04.09 09:24:46 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    All sorts of words and all sorts of statements will be forthcoming in the next few weeks when things go to pot on the tour. 🙁

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.04.09 09:34:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : With Kallie Woekie things go to ‘pot’ quite often. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.04.09 09:40:33 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    You on a roll today aren’t you?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.04.09 09:46:36 by wpw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :


    I wonder if that is why he LOOKS so slow when he is actually running pretty fast.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.04.09 09:52:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 10) : Have to keep spirits up. G20 is in town and some people don’t seem too chuffed about it. 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.04.09 09:55:21 by McLovin Reply

  • “Funny things can happen and if the Bulls do not win a game on tour they could be in the same situation.”


  • Comment 13, posted at 01.04.09 10:01:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • “We could not wait until Wednesday and Rassie [Erasmus] made an executive decision quickly.”
    I love that sentence – it sounds so decisive. 😉
    He does seem to be at pains to convince us that Wylie Human is a form selection – why?

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.04.09 10:02:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) :

    I think he is more trying to convince us that if Human doesn’t shape in the game then “it was an executive decision” i.e. He had nothing to do with it, it was Rassie’s decision. 😳

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.04.09 10:05:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :
    I thought of that, but he does say that Wylie is showing great form – I wonder if any one of the Stormers coaching staff has seen Wylie play a single Vodacom game this year considering that their games havent been televised and that they have played away from Newlands.
    I personally dont have too many problems with Wylie Human- he will at least be playing in his normal position, or will he.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.04.09 10:59:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) :

    I also think he is quite good and WAS good last year when Chavs got the inevitable injury. 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.04.09 11:13:23 by wpw Reply

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