Stormers get out of the blocks

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Stormers, Super Rugby on 16 Feb 2015 at 13:40
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Stormers Coach Allister Coetzee must be a pretty happy man after his side  opened their 20115 campaign with an inspired performance against the old enemy at Loftus on Saturday evening.

Not only did his side come through the fixture without any serious injury concerns but they won on the back of a forwards display that you would normally associate with the men from Pretoria.

At the time of publishing Coetzee should be smack bang in the middle of a video session that would no doubt have Matt Poudfoot beaming as the Stormers forwards laid the prettiest of platforms for the backs to performs but the highlights reel will definitely be made up of the scrum exchanges. The Stormers pack, for years known as the “Light 5” (admittedly until the arrival of Matt Proudfoot) were never a dominant force at scrum time, at best they would achieve parity and the odd scrum penalty but on Saturday they were a force to behold. Lead by off season signing (and Bulls discard) Vincent Koch the Stormers proceeded to frog march the more highly respected home pack all over the Loftus turf.

The lineout also went well with , Ruan Botha was handed a tough assignment going up against Victor Matfield but came away with a good pass as his side took all 10 of their own lineouts. Although not much was said in the build-up this area must have been a massive concern as the Stormers lost both Eben Etzebeth and Manuel Carizza to injury in the warmup game against Cheetahs with Kleyn and Botha still injury concerns themselves. Both players were substituted early in the second half, Kleyn in the 42nd minute and Botha in the 50th.

Damian de Allende was the pick of the backs and picked up the Man of the Match award for his efforts although the inexperienced back three of Kolbe , Kotze and Lleyds performed admirably on the night.

The victory signalled the first opening fixture victory for the DHL Stormers since 2012 and also brought to an end an impressive home ground victory run that stretched to 2013 but Coetzee was quick to point out that his team would not get too caught up in the euphoria away saying ““It is only the first match of the competition and we are not going to get carried away by this, we have the Blues next week at home and that is how you roll in this competition and start all over again.”

The Stormers play the Blues at 17:00 this Saturday at DHL Newlands

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  • The Stormers pack was very impressive. Koch at 3 is a great addition and that young lock pair of Kleyn and Botha were outstanding.

    de Allende at 12 showed why Meyer was a fool for not showing more faith in him last year.

    Play Jan at 12 and de Allende at 13 for the Boks

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.15 14:24:25 by Saffex Reply
  • @Saffex (Comment 1) : De Allende was very good, he has been given more play making responsibility and he thrived on Sat. I still think the Bulls did a lot right just too many individual errors

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.15 14:44:53 by SheldonK Reply
  • I don’t see where the media get this impression that Bulls were favoured higher than stormers? Bulls won a pre-season against Sarries (depleted) but other than that had a poor super series and poor CC (except for the last few games). Stormers at least showed a regain of form after their awful s15. In my book those consistent improvements and wins in CC from Stormers, rate much higher than a once off game against saracens. Ditto for Sharks scrape by win against Toulon, although the Sharks did show an incredible turn around in CC with the new team it doesn’t constitute a full return to form we are all still in rebuild and good on the cheetahs for being out of the starting blocks first.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.15 14:46:20 by coolfusion Reply
  • @coolfusion (Comment 3) :

    I think it had more to do with 6 debutantes and the lack of any of Etsebeth (and aboput 14 other locks), Fury, Kolisi, Schalk, de Villiers etc.

    That said, once Spies took the field it was in the bag.
    What sort of self-respecting player loses to a side with Spies in it?
    I cant believe there was a time when some thought he was better than Vermeulen.
    Just shows you how thick some fans can be.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.15 17:34:27 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 4) : Agreed! Vermeulen has really evolved to the point where he is almost as good as Kanko…

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.15 17:55:13 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 4) : Pretty sure only a few misguided Bulls fans have sticked to their guns on that one. Well them and the Bok coaches 🙂

    Stormers were great on Saturday evening. Very enjoyable game to watch.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.15 17:57:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 5) : Well it’s Tera, Bothma, Kanko, that NZ bloke that Keo likes so much and then Vermeulen if you want to get all technical 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.15 18:00:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • If Alister Coetzee is still coaching the Stormers in 20115…THAT would be impressive! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.15 20:45:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good start for the Stormers…

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.02.15 20:47:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 1) : Big agree on the tight 5 comment. Koch looks a great buy!

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.02.15 20:48:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.02.15 20:50:06 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : That man, if he stays injury free and in the country, is going to be the rock on which future bok packs are built. What a beast. Pin intended.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.02.15 21:44:45 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 12) : Pun…

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.02.15 21:45:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 5) : In the words of an infamous bok coach – put them in a room together and let them decide who gets the number 8 jersey… Lol

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.02.15 21:46:57 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 12) : You may very well be right!

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.02.15 22:12:54 by pastorshark Reply
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