Erasmus wants Stormers to improve



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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus admitted that the Stormers second half was not as good as he wanted in the Stormers 20-10 Super 14 victory over the Brumbies at Newlands on Saturday.

Eramus has even gone as far as to say that the poor second half performance was a cause for concern ahead of the Stormers clash against the Waratahs at Newlands on Saturday.

‘It was a terrible second half,’ Erasmus says on the Stormers website.

‘The effort wasn’t good enough, and the tactics weren’t good enough. Every player knows this, and we need to move forward from here. There’s plenty of work to do in the next week.

‘The scrum was disrupted and credit to the Brumbies. It’s an area we didn’t get right as far as channeling is concerned, and we’ll look at that ahead of the Waratahs game.’

Earsmus, however, also pointed out positives in the win against a team who have been the Stormers’ Nemesis over the years.

‘I was very happy with the first half,’ he said.

‘You have to be happy with the result considering we haven’t beaten the Brumbies in 10 years.

‘They also picked up some momentum in recent weeks, and we always knew it was going to be a tough one.’

A big area of concern for the Stormers is that they keep missing out on the bonus point and it could yet prove decisive in determining the four teams in the play-offs.

Erasmus however isn’t overly concerned about the lack of bonus points.

‘We can’t let the bonus point influence the way we play. Our aim is to win the next two games. If we get the bonus point, then that’s great, but our first goal is to win.

‘It’s been quite a week for us. Losing Schalk Burger was a big blow and then we had a few new faces in the team (Pieter Myburgh and Wylie Human). Making seven changes was always going to affect our rhythm.’

‘The criticism (over the lack of bonus points] does seem unfair at times, but it goes to show what a passion the people in Cape Town have for the Stormers.

‘It is something to be talking about this now. I think if you’d offered me sixth place at the beginning of the season I’d have been happy.’

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