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Le Roux not in Rassie’s plans

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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus is expecting another tough battle at Newlands on Saturday when his side takes on the Waratahs, who also have their sights set firmly on a Super 14 semifinal berth.


After training on Monday Erasmus said: “The Waratahs are always good on defence.


‘They have conceded the same number of tries (18 in 11 matches) as we have done this season.”


Former Springbok defence consultant Les Kiss who worked with Springbok coach Harry Viljoen’s coaching team is now an assistant coach of the Waratahs.


Statistics show they have scored 30 tries to the 25 of the Stormers.


“They have individual brilliance,” Erasmus says on the Stormers site.


“Their halfbacks (Luke Burgess and Kurtley Beale) are special players.”

 

The big question on Monday however was whether former Free State and Springbok Ollie le Roux would be joining the Stormers for the last part of their campaign.

 

Le Roux has been in Ireland playing for Leinster who won the Magners Cup on the weekend.

As Le Roux’s contract ended on Saturday there has been much speculation over whether Le Roux would be playing for the Stormers.


An official from SA Rugby however said Le Roux would not be eligible for the semi-finals, as he didn’t play in the compulsory four league games.


He added that if a team was decimated by injuries an exception to the rule could be made.


“Ollie is a good friend and he is coming out to visit me. He is not part of my plans,” Erasmus said.


“If the need arises, we may call upon him. He can only add value but I’m not sure when he will be here.”


Commenting on the scrums, Erasmus said he didn’t think the Stormers scrum went backwards. He said it was more a problem with the control and channelling of the ball.


‘The scrum was actually moving around, not so much backwards. It wasn’t a stable scrum. That will be a focus point this week and we’ll get it right.


‘Gary (Gold) will get it right. But well done to the Brumbies. They really put the heat on us there. The scrum was a phase we thought would be one of the easiest facets of the game and they came at us.


“At the end our control of the scrums wasn’t that great, but it didn’t go backwards that much – it just was not steady enough.”

 

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