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Stormers aiming to improve week after week

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee and captain Jean de Villiers

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Article Published: Monday 25 March 2013|

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee and captain Jean de Villiers were both pleased with their 35-22 victory over the previously unbeaten Brumbies but they both believe that the Stormers can improve over the coming weeks.

The Stormers outscored the Brumbies by four tries to one but they were made to work hard for their bonus-point victory - especially in the second half.

"We're very happy with the win, especially after our bye week - it was a fantastic effort. I think to get the bonus point try too... it showed great character by the team and it showed what we stand for - that physicality we spoke about all week," said Coetzee said on the Stormers site.

"Our set-piece was good, and continues to improve, but it was by no means a complete performance."

"Yes, credit to us for scoring those four tries against a quality defence, a rush defence that puts you under pressure, but we can still improve in many aspects of our game and we will continue to strive for perfection."

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers agreed with his coach and said, "It's nice to score four tries, but we've still got a lot to work on.

"We used our opportunities tonight but I thought we made (some) crucial mistakes at crucial times, that could've let them back into the game, so there's still a lot of hard work ahead for us and, next week, there's a pretty good team coming to Newlands!"

While Coetzee says that he would like to see the Stormers improving every week he did see things in the Brumbies macth that pleased him.

"In the first half we were very accurate and our execution was spot-on. In the second half, they came out firing and put us under pressure and we couldn't get our continuity going. "

"There's a few areas I'd like to look at this week, like the breakdown, but credit to a player like George Smith who gave us a few headaches (there).

"It doesn't get easier in this competition. You need to plan well every week and you need all your players to be on the same page too - like we were tonight," added Coetzee.

"The biggest thing for me, aside from the tactical and technical aspects, was how imposing we were on the gainline tonight. "

"We physically dominated there, on defence and on attack - the players pitched there tonight, which you have to do against a top side like the Brumbies. That's what the Stormers stand for and I was very proud of that aspect of play tonight."

One worry for the Stormers is the fitness of Gio Aplon who was forced to field in the 49th minute after he clashed with Brumbies No.8 Fotu Auelua.

Coetzee says that he is not too worried about Aplon though "Gio is okay," said the Stormers coach, "he'll have to do a CogSport test (for concussion) this week, so hopefully he'll be available for us next weekend (against the Crusaders)."

Coezee was also pleased with the effect the replacements like Jaco Taute had on the game when they came on inthe second half.

"The bench made an impact," said Coetzee. "The plan was (always) to get players like Deon Fourie, Nizaam Carr, Nic Groom and Jaco Taute onto the field to bring some additional energy and I think they did that.

"I guess one would like to see fewer mistakes and that they apply the killer blow - along with that energy and intensity they brought with them - but they all certainly made an impact when they came on."

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