Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
25 Apr 2014
10:00 am

Stormers target intensity

Rudolph Jacobs

For every rugby player, the next game is the most important one, but when Stormers captain Jean de Villiers joins the cavalry, one should pay attention.

FILE PICTURE: Jean de Villiers. Picture: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images.

There’s been positive vibes down south after the Stormers won their first Super Rugby game in two months against the Lions, but De Villiers warned it should be followed up against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein tomorrow.

“A change like this doesn’t come from just one week or two weeks … or even three weeks,” he said.

“It’s something that needs time and it’s something you’ve got to keep on driving week in, and week out, which makes the next game against the Cheetahs the most important of the season.”

With South African teams taking a lot of flak at the moment and only the Sharks occupying a top-six spot, the Stormers are far from being in safe waters.

“We’re still far off the 80-minute effort we’re looking for,” De Villiers said. “But, without a doubt, that win was a step in the right direction. The key now, however, is doing it again.”

De Villiers said the Cape side’s inability to play for 80 minutes was again evident last week when they ran up a 18-0 lead at halftime.

“When you have a 15 to 18-point buffer, you can get away with it, but our lack of discipline has cost us this season and it’s not improving.”

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said the intensity of the side returned last weekend: “We’ve trained well this season, but the intensity has been lacking.”