Stormers looking to shore up defence against Blues



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The Stormers will be concentrating on defence this week ahead of their third round Super 14 clash against the Blues at Newlands on Saturday.

The Stormers conceded four tries last week against the Reds as the Brisbane team came back at the home team which saw the Stormers almost toppled.

Stormers assistant coach Gary Gold (pictured) says that the Reds comeback would serve as a timely wake-up call for the side.

The 27-24 victory over the Reds was the first time the Stormers conceded four tries in a match since Rassie Erasmus took over as coach last year.

“It was really disappointing. We regard it as a wake-up call,” said Gold, who also doubles as forwards coach of the Springboks.

“We are a team that defends well and maybe it was just over-eagerness that led to one or two players not staying in position in the defensive line.” he said on the Stormers website.

Gold pointed out though that one of the tries was a result of a kick from Andries Bekker that was charged down. “It is not ideal that a lock kicks the ball but that is something we need to work at.”

Gold did however praise the players for their effort on attack, although he lamented the fact they couldn’t get the fourth try to secure the bonus point.

“We kept a cool head after we conceded that early try and were clinical when we scored 27 points thereafter.

” Maybe we made the mistake of taking it as a given that the fourth try will automatically come. We lost concentration and balance in our game and started to run from within our own half.”

Gold who also doubles as forwards coach of the Springboks said that he was happy with the performance of the Stormers pack. “We scrummed well and took 46% of the Reds lineout ball.”

This week however he says that the Stormers will face a completely different challenge against the Blues particularly with All Black prop Tony Woodcock expected to be back from injury.

If Woodcock does return it gives the Blues an All Black front row, with Keven Mealamu at hooker and John Afoa at tighthead. “The Blues will pose a different type of challenge,” said Gold.

“Their physical presence is bigger than that of the Reds. Added to that their average age is higher and they have much more international experience.”

“When we did our analyses last season we found that they are the side who scored the most tries from first phase at scrums. That is mostly because of their deadly centres.

“We need to be more calculated against the Blues and protect our ball better.”

“We cannot play a lot of rugby in our own half. The Blues have world-class backs and it is difficult to defend against them from broken play.”

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