Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
9 May 2014
8:00 am

Stormers take another step

Rudolph Jacobs

The renaissance of the Stormers will take another step this weekend with the predicted crunch match against the Bulls at Loftus.

FILE PICTURE: Allister Coetzee. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Although suffering several setbacks to injury this week and taking a youthful squad to the blue fortress, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee, right, said they have made big strides.

They have been much better in the 29-28 win against the Highlanders than the previous week’s 35-22 defeat to the Cheetahs.

“There has been a massive improvement in our transition from defence to attack, that was much better than last week,” said Coetzee.

“The players made that step up in terms of backing what we are doing, some people might say we are sitting between two chairs by going for more attacking intent, then when you make a couple of mistakes you get into that fear of losing thing,” he said.

While they will be taking three debutants to Pretoria, the new culture in the squad was evident against the Highlanders.

“Hopefully, we can continue in this vein and keep getting better at what we do,” said Coetzee. “But maybe in a way, we shouldn’t be as results-driven.”