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Stormers will be a force again : Coetzee

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Vodacom Stormers and ex Bok assistant coach Allister Coetzee is confident that the Stormers will perform at the level that they used to perform at when the Super 14 was the Super 12.


In those days the Stormers were South Africa’s best performing team having qualified for a home semi final in 1999. Lately however it has largely been the Bulls and the Sharks who have dominated South African Super rugby.


Coetzee however says that it will not take long for the Stormers and WP to once again become a force in SA rugby. ‘WP has a history of excellence and the type of rugby they play is what has people in ecstasy. ” he says on the Stormers website


‘The Province tradition is what draws people to Cape Town and what makes them support this union. It was not difficult for me to decide to become part of this setup and I believe we have the ingredients to turn things around.’


The Stormers play two friendly matches against Boland at Wellington on Saturday with the second on 2 February, against a Vodacom WP XV at Newlands and Coetzee feels that the two warm up matches will be enough to get his team sharp enough to face the defending champions, the Bulls, on the 16th of February.

 

‘We have two games and I think they are sufficient for what we want to achieve. ” he says.

‘We don’t want to peak in the friendly matches, but want to ensure we are ready for the first match against the Bulls. Our training sessions have been planned in such a way that there are enough contact sessions.


‘I think our planning is on course and I am completely at ease with how things are going. I am really enjoying it and the coaching staff work well together.


‘We are five guys ‘ Brendan Venter, Louis Koen, Gary Gold, Rassie and I ‘ who talk rugby all the time. Each one has his area of responsibility and we work together exceptionally well.’


Coetzee says that he is happy working with the Stormers which is a Western Cape franchise even though he has a long history Eastern Cape where he coached Eastern Province at Currie Cup level and also played his rugby for the union where he was born.


‘You must remember Rassie is also an Eastern Cape man and look where he is today! It is going really difficult in EP at the moment. One wants your home province to do well and to be on top, but they are really experiencing lean times there.


‘The Stormers job is a nice new challenge for me after my stint with the Boks. Life is about challenges and if I can contribute, I will try to. You don’t want to coach where there are no challenges, where everything comes easily.


‘The Stormers and WP have struggled the past few seasons, so the challenge is for me to make a difference. It is easy to coach where the team is riding the crest of the wave, but for a coach it is a challenge to coach where you need to turn things around.


‘To work with Rassie is also great. He is as passionate as I am about the game and his knowledge of the game is amazing. It is nice to work with guys who are on the same page.’

 

 

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