Stormers coach Erasmus takes Blues loss on the chin



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Stormers head coach Rassie Erasmus feels the team’s coaching staff must share the blame for the defeat at Newlands at the hands of the Blues in their Super 14 clash at Newlands on Saturday evening.

The Stormers’ 14-8 defeat was their second defeat this season and the team is nothing near the team who at the start of the season were tipped as potential semi-finalists this season.

“We cannot just blame the players, the coaching staff must also take the blame,” said Erasmus.

“The way we played today there were some tries walking around there today.

“May be the coaching staff staff should put the players under greater pressure at training.”

Erasmus said that it was a disappointing result, considering teh Stormers created so many opportunities.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers seemed unmoved by the latest setback at the team’s Newlands fortress which was their second defeat in three outings at home.

“We see it as one win in three outings at Newlands,” De Villiers snapped back at the media.

“The players must also take responsibility for the defeat.

“We have a great coaching staff and they are all very capable. “We have to learn to play as a team rather than play as individuals.

“There is still a belief in this team that we can be successful.”

The Blues coach Pat Lam said the difference between the two sides on the day was that his Blues used their opportunities.

“The Super 14 is all about taking your opportunities, and that’s what we did today,” said Lam.

“We’re just pleased to be coming away with a win.”


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