The Stormers http://thestormers.com The official website for the DHL Stormers Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:07:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 ACC Final tickets: Phase two http://thestormers.com/2014-acc-final-tickets-phase-two/ http://thestormers.com/2014-acc-final-tickets-phase-two/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:07:24 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7838 With season ticket holders having had until Wednesday, October 22 (at 12h00) to purchase their regular seats for the final (SEE THAT INFORMATION HERE), those remaining seating tickets will now be released for sale back to the general public – from 09h00 on Thursday.

Phase two of the Currie Cup Final sales will officially commence on Thursday, October 23 at 09h00, with tickets going on sale online at wprugby.ticketpros.co.za, from selected PostNet outlets (see here) and the DHL Newlands box office in Boundary Road, Newlands (09h00 to 16h00).

TICKET PRICES FOR THE 2014 ABSA CURRIE CUP FINAL ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SEATING
Category 1 – R 350
Category 2 – R 250
Category 3 – R 150
Category 4 – R 350
Category 5 – R 200

STANDING
Category 6 – R 100

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2014 Absa Currie Cup Final: Public tickets http://thestormers.com/2014-absa-currie-cup-final-public-tickets/ http://thestormers.com/2014-absa-currie-cup-final-public-tickets/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:30:40 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7828 All the DHL Western Province teams, the Under-19s, Under-21s and the Senior side, will be involved in ALL THREE finals at DHL Newlands next Saturday – a great achievement for the union.

Tickets can be purchased online (wprugby.ticketpros.co.za), from selected PostNet outlets and the DHL Newlands box office (Tuesday 12h00 to 16h00, Wednesday-Friday 09h00 to 16h00).

The ticket prices for 2014 are unchanged from 2013, as DHL WP get set to host a second successive Absa Currie Cup Final at DHL Newlands.

TICKET PRICES FOR THE 2014 ABSA CURRIE CUP FINAL ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SEATING
Category 1 – R350
Category 2 – R250
Category 3 – R150
Category 4 – R350
Category 5 – R200

STANDING
Category 6 – R100

* URGENT: 2014 DHL Newlands season tickets ARE NOT VALID for the final. If you are a 2014 DHL Newlands season ticket holder, PLEASE CLICK HERE NOW!

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2014 Currie Cup Final: Important season ticket information http://thestormers.com/2014-currie-cup-final-important-season-ticket-information/ http://thestormers.com/2014-currie-cup-final-important-season-ticket-information/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:26:19 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7824 Thank you for your continued support as a DHL Newlands season ticket holder.

The 2014 rugby season is set to end with a bang at DHL Newlands, as the DHL Western Province team looks to go all the way in the Absa Currie Cup competition. Of course, this weekend’s victory over the Blue Bulls means we now have the right to host the 2014 Currie Cup Final at DHL Newlands.

URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: 2014 DHL Newlands season tickets were valid for the home semifinal, but ARE NOT VALID for the Absa Currie Cup Final on Saturday, October 25. You do however, as the season ticket holder, have the right to purchase your seats. (PLEASE NOTE: ALL Scholar Season Tickets are valid for the final!)

Please carefully follow the steps below should you wish to purchase your seats. Note you must action this by Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12h00. Should you not take up your tickets by the cut-off date your tickets will be released for general sale.

THE TICKET PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS (UNCHANGED FROM 2013):
(Your ticket price is determined by the category into which your seat/s falls.)

Category 1 – R350
Category 2 – R250
Category 3 – R150
Category 4 – R350

RESERVING YOUR SEAT(S) ONLINE VIA TICKETPROS before Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12h00. PLEASE NOTE this facility opens on Sunday, October 19 at 12h00.

You will need a credit card, an internet connection, your Member ID (as above your name on your season tickets) and seat numbers (please try to avoid the EFT function as certain banks do not release the money in time and you might lose your tickets due to non-payment).

Navigate to ‘Season Ticket Holder Final’ with the following link: wprugby.ticketpros.co.za – click on the ‘Season Ticket Final’ button and follow the steps to book your seats. Tickets can be collected from your nearest PostNet outlet. (See that list HERE.)

RESERVING YOUR SEATS AT WP RUGBY OFFICES, DHL NEWLANDS RUGBY STADIUM:

You will need a credit card, cash or debit card, your season tickets and a valid ID.

Times: Monday & Tuesday (October 20 & 21) from 09h00 to 18h00; Wednesday (October 22) from 09h00 to 12h00.
Venues: Ticket Office, Boundary Road, Newlands (next to official DHL Newlands Rugby Shop) Cash, Credit & Debit Cards (Master or Visa), Stadium Office Entrance (under Grand Stand in Boundary Road) only Credit Cards (Master or Visa).

STILL HAVING PROBLEMS?

Contact us at:

Telephone (office hours): 021-6594600 – have your Member number (as on your season tickets) ready, as well as the name of the Season Ticket holder.

Please remember that should you not take up your tickets by Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12h00, they will be released into the system for sale.

Thank you for your continued support as a DHL Newlands season ticket holder.

Enjoy the game!

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Pretoria opener for DHL Stormers http://thestormers.com/2015-pretoria-opener-for-dhl-stormers/ http://thestormers.com/2015-pretoria-opener-for-dhl-stormers/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:29:16 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7793 The DHL Stormers will face up to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on the opening weekend of the 2015 tournament (Saturday, February 14), before playing host to the Blues, from New Zealand, at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 21 (kick-off 17h05).

***CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the FULL 2015 Super Rugby draw***

Thereafter, the team will head to Ellis Park on February 28 (against the Lions), before hosting the Sharks (March 7) and the Chiefs from New Zealand (March 14) on successive weekends at DHL Newlands – where they will continue to play their Vodacom Super Rugby match fixtures at DHL Newlands, despite a media report to the contrary on Wednesday.

The Stormers will have a bye on the weekend on March 20-22, 2015, before embarking on their four-match tour of Australasia, which will see them take on the Highlanders, the Hurricanes, the defending champion Waratahs and the Force in the space of four weeks.

The Men from Cape Town will be back at home in late April, which will then see them play five matches at DHL Newlands in eight weeks ahead of the play-offs which start at the end of the June with the 2015 Super Rugby Final set for Saturday, July 4.

Commenting on his team’s draw for next year, DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told www.iamastormer.com: “There’s no such thing as an easy match in the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament. It might sound like a cliché, but I really mean it.

“We start with a tricky trip in Pretoria and then we have an equally challenging first home game against the Blues before two more SA derbies and then another difficult one at home, the Chiefs (the winners in 2012 and 2013).

“It’s a tough start,” he added, “but we’re excited about the challenge which comes with playing in a tournament like this.”

The DHL Stormers won’t be playing against the Crusaders (of New Zealand) or the Reds (of Australia) in 2015, but Coetzee dismissed the notion that it made their schedule any less demanding.

“I definitely don’t think that it makes things any easier (not playing against the Crusaders or the Reds),” he said.

“All the teams in the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament are evenly matched, with all the sides – across all the conferences – having shown a huge improvement in recent years.

“That said, squad depth and experience are more crucial in a gruelling tournament like this one. Having your best and battle-hardened players fit for the big games, especially when it comes to challenging for a play-off spot, is more important than weighing up whether or not your draw is a favourable one (or not).”

The DHL Stormers’ 2015 Super Rugby fixtures:
(All kick-off times local (SA time); home games in bold)

Saturday, February 14: Bulls v DHL Stormers Loftus Versfeld (Pretoria) – 19h10
Saturday, February 21: DHL Stormers v Blues, DHL Newlands (Cape Town) – 17h05
Saturday, February 28: Lions v DHL Stormers, Ellis Park (Johannesburg) – 19h10

Saturday, March 7: DHL Stormers v Sharks, DHL Newlands (Cape Town) – 19h10
Saturday, March 14: DHL Stormers v Chiefs, DHL Newlands (Cape Town) – 15h00
March 20/21/22 – BYE
Saturday, March 28: Highlanders v DHL Stormers, Forsyth Barr Stadium (Dunedin) – 08h35

Friday, April 3: Hurricanes v DHL Stormers, Westpac Stadium (Wellington) – 08h35
Saturday, April 11: Waratahs v DHL Stormers, Allianz Stadium (Sydney) – 11h40
Saturday, April 18: Force v DHL Stormers, NIB Stadium (Perth) – 13h45
Saturday, April 25: DHL Stormers v Bulls, DHL Newlands (Cape Town) – 19h10

Saturday, May 2: Cheetahs v DHL Stormers, Free State Stadium (Bloemfontein) – 17h05
Saturday, May 9: DHL Stormers v Brumbies, DHL Newlands (Cape Town) – 17h05
May 15/16/17 – BYE
Saturday, May 23: DHL Stormers v Rebels, DHL Newlands (Cape Town) – 19h10
Saturday, May 30: DHL Stormers v Cheetahs, DHL Newlands (Cape Town) – 17h05

Saturday, June 6: DHL Stormers v Lions, DHL Newlands (Cape Town) – 17h05
Saturday, June 13: Sharks v DHL Stormers, Kings Park (Durban) – 19h10

Super Rugby Qualifiers:
Friday/Saturday, June 19/20 (TBC)

Super Rugby Semifinals:
Friday/Saturday, June 26/27 (TBC)

Super Rugby Finals:
Saturday, July 4 (TBC)

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2015 Vodacom Super Rugby fixtures announced http://thestormers.com/2015-super-rugby-fixtures-announced/ http://thestormers.com/2015-super-rugby-fixtures-announced/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:08:40 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7789 Seven-time champions, the Crusaders, will get the 2015 Super Rugby season underway when they welcome the Rebels to AMI Stadium on Friday, February 13, 2015. The match is the first of an opening night double-header with a fierce Australian derby between the Brumbies and Reds following in Canberra.

The Sharks and the Bulls will launch their seasons at home with derbies against the Cheetahs and DHL Stormers, respectively, on Saturday, February 14, whilst all eyes will also be focused on Allianz Stadium as the defending champion Waratahs meet the Force the next day (February 15).

***Download a PDF version of the 2015 draw.***

With the Anzac Centenary occurring in 2015, SANZAR has orchestrated the draw to ensure five matches involving Australian and New Zealand teams are played across this hugely significant weekend.

Back-to-back fixtures between Chiefs v Force and Brumbies v Highlanders on Friday April 24 see the round commence with clashes on either side of the Tasman before a pair of key derbies take centre stage on Anzac Day.

The Blues travel to Christchurch to renew their rivalry with the Crusaders before the Waratahs host the Rebels at ANZ Stadium in a battle between two traditional Australian foes who will vie for the Weary Dunlop Shield, a trophy bearing the name of a hero whose name resonates loudly throughout rugby and the armed forces.

SANZAR Chief Executive Greg Peters said: “A great deal of thought and planning has gone into the 2015 draw and we are absolutely thrilled to have produced an outcome that sees Australian and New Zealand teams all in action across the Anzac Centenary weekend.

“It will be a tremendous occasion for people to come together to reflect on the significance of the day beyond the rugby field and we expect this will be a highly poignant and memorable occasion.”

All five matches of the 2014 Super Rugby Finals Series will recur during the 2015 Regular Season – including a rematch of the record-breaking final when the Waratahs and Crusaders return to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium in Round 15.

The season commences on the same weekend of February, but concludes one month earlier to allow national teams adequate time to prepare for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which kicks-off on September 18. As a result, there will be no June Test window in the 2015 Super Rugby season.

With some venues unavailable due to a clash with other events, New Zealand teams are taking the opportunity to consider delivering their Super Rugby fixtures to alternative locations, particularly in regional areas.

Peters concluded: “The 2015 season marks the final year of Super Rugby in its current format before the competition expands into a bold new era from 2016.

“As we plan for the future, we also eagerly look forward to seeing how the coming season pans out following one of the most competitive years in the history of Super Rugby.”

TEAM-BY-TEAM 2015 SUPER RUGBY FIXTURES:
(Each team plays home and away derbies within their own conference, plus the following cross-conference matches in the 2015 Super Rugby season)

Brumbies: Chiefs (A) Cheetahs (H) Blues (A) Highlanders (H) Stormers (A) Lions (A) Bulls (H) Crusaders (A)
Force: Hurricanes (H) Bulls (A) Sharks (A) Cheetahs (H) Stormers (H) Chiefs (A) Blues (A) Highlanders (H)
Rebels: Crusaders (A) Lions (H) Hurricanes (A) Chiefs (H) Blues (H) Stormers (A) Sharks (A) Bulls (H)
Reds: Highlanders (A) Lions (H) Bulls (A) Cheetahs (A) Hurricanes (H) Crusaders (A) Sharks (H) Chiefs (H)
Waratahs: Highlanders (A) Blues (H) Stormers (H) Hurricanes (A) Sharks (H) Crusaders (H) Lions (A) Cheetahs (A)

Blues: Stormers (A) Cheetahs (A) Lions (H) Waratahs (A) Brumbies (H) Force (H) Rebels (A) Bulls (H)
Chiefs: Brumbies (H) Stormers (A) Sharks (A) Cheetahs (H) Force (H) Rebels (A) Bulls (H) Reds (A)
Crusaders: Rebels (H) Lions (H) Cheetahs (H) Bulls (A) Sharks (A) Reds (H) Waratahs (A) Brumbies (A)
Highlanders: Reds (H) Waratahs (H) Stormers (H) Brumbies (A) Sharks (H) Lions (A) Cheetahs (A) Force (A)
Hurricanes: Lions (A) Bulls (A) Force (A) Rebels (H) Stormers (H) Waratahs (H) Reds (A) Sharks (H)

Bulls: Hurricanes (H) Force (H) Crusaders (H) Reds (H) Blues (A) Chiefs (A) Brumbies (A) Rebels (A)
Cheetahs: Blues (H) Crusaders (A) Chiefs (A) Brumbies (A) Force (A) Reds (H) Highlanders (H) Waratahs (H)
Lions: Hurricanes (H) Blues (A) Crusaders (A) Rebels (A) Reds (A) Highlanders (H) Brumbies (H) Waratahs (H)
Sharks: Chiefs (H) Force (H) Crusaders (H) Highlanders (A) Hurricanes (A) Waratahs (A) Reds (A) Rebels (H)
DHL Stormers: Blues (H) Chiefs (H) Highlanders (A) Hurricanes (A) Waratahs (A) Force (A) Brumbies (H) Rebels (H)

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Super Rugby match fixtures at DHL Newlands http://thestormers.com/super-rugby-match-fixtures-at-dhl-newlands/ http://thestormers.com/super-rugby-match-fixtures-at-dhl-newlands/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:02:55 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7780 The 2015 Super Rugby fixtures will be released by SANZAR tomorrow and will be published on www.iamstormer.com by 07h00.

DHL Newlands will host the Absa Currie Cup encounter between DHL Western Province and Griquas on Saturday (kick-off 15h00), whilst the September 27 Castle Rugby Championship Test between South Africa and Australia will also be taking place at DHL Newlands.

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DHL Stormers beading for Madiba http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-beading-for-madiba/ http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-beading-for-madiba/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:14:24 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7734 Yes, this was not a battle on a rugby pitch; it was instead a ‘bead-off’ for Cape-Town based social enterprise Relate Bracelets at the IKamva Labantu Noluthando 1 Seniors Club in New Cross Roads as a fun event to highlight the importance of South Africa’s elders in the run-up to Mandela Day.

Six of the senior centre’s fastest bracelet beaders went head-to head with members of the media and some very good sports from the DHL Stormers, Juan de Jongh, Nic Groom, Kurt Coleman and Cheslin Kolbe in the bead-off, which was hosted by Smile FM presenter Tracey Lange. It kicked off at noon, after which the participants threaded beads as fast as they could for 33½ minutes. This was then doubled up to see how many they would have threaded in 67 minutes.

The idea behind the timing was that 33½ minutes doubled equals 67 minutes – the number of years Nelson Mandela served this country so selflessly. The halving of the time was not for the sake of the seniors, but for the rugby players, because finger fatigue is a problem for those who aren’t used to threading beads.

Lauren Gillis, co-founder of Relate Bracelets, said: “As the first Mandela Day since Tata Madiba’s passing, we believed it was right to highlight these remarkable seniors who, like Nelson Mandela did, are still contributing so much to their country, their communities and their children and grandchildren.

“Rugby players are some of the most lauded – and physically powerful – people in South Africa society. The fact that they were beaten hands-down in this event demonstrates the power and the value of these senior citizens, and in fact all senior citizens, who, like Tata Madiba did in his golden years, do so much for the society at large.”

The seniors of the IKamva Labantu seniors clubs are the ones who bead the miles and miles of elastic string used to make the Relate Bracelets and in the last four years they’ve threaded more than 50 million beads, which has raised R17.5-million towards investment in earnings and skills training for bracelet-makers, the creation of enterprise development initiatives in South Africa, and funds donated to 56 charitable causes.

When blitz-beader and overall winner Nozolile Mjodo held up her string from the bead-off race to show how much she’d done in 33 ½ minutes, the measurement came to 4.2m. In contrast, the fastest rugby beader Juan de Jongh managed only 1.7m.

A smiling De Jongh told the official DHL Stormers website afterwards: “These ladies… they’re amazing! I have huge respect for their work ethic but also to Relate Bracelets for giving these senior citizens an opportunity like this and for doing so much good with this project.

“For us, as DHL Stormers and Western Province players, it’s just a small way to make a difference and, of course, doing our bit for Mandela Day.”

The Bead Off event was held a few days ahead of Mandela Day this year to inspire others to do their bit on Friday. Every year on July 18, the Nelson Mandela Foundation asks people around the world to devote 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr Mandela’s public service – to something that helps and serves others. The bead-off enabled everyone involved to do something good and acknowledge the importance of these valuable but often overlooked members of society – our elders.

Most of the 200-odd seniors who thread for Relate Bracelets at Ikamva Labantu’s centres are elderly women who are living on government pensions but support entire families – in numerous cases raising their grandchildren alone. The bracelets, which carry individual pewter ‘R’ beads of authenticity, provide the threaders with extra income. It also gives them an opportunity to get together with other elders of their community and talk, laugh and make connections.

Neil Robinson, COO of Relate Bracelets, said: “In our quest to make a difference and change lives, we make many different bracelets. But the thread running through all the bracelets is the people, mostly senior citizens, who string all the beads at townships around the Western Cape.”

Relate is a 100% not-for-profit social enterprise that creates opportunities to change lives through the making and selling of handmade bracelets. Relate’s uniquely sustainable business model sees approximately one third of bracelet proceeds* donated to specific causes, one third providing earning opportunities and skills training for local bracelet-makers and supporting local enterprise development initiatives, and one third covering material and running costs. (*Approximate portions are based on our wholesale price excluding VAT.)

* Visit www.relate.org.za for more information on Relate Bracelets.

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Q&A with Gio Aplon http://thestormers.com/qa-with-gio-aplon/ http://thestormers.com/qa-with-gio-aplon/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:35:10 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7725 Did you ever think the day would come where you bid DHL Newlands farewell?
“You have it in the back of your mind that your career will reach its conclusion, but you can’t prepare for it. I’m very emotional and there are lots of memories. It’s something that takes time to sink in.”

You advanced through the WP club structures, didn’t you?
“Yes, I did. I played for Maties, the WP sevens team, the amateur team and then in the Vodacom Cup, before I played in the Absa Currie Cup. I never thought I would become a professional player. I went to the University of Stellenbosch to study to become an accountant. I was fortunate enough to be spotted and eventually become a Springbok.”

Do you recall your DHL WP debut against the Natal Wildebeeste in 2005 vividly?
“Yes, I do. I played club rugby the weekend before and was then picked to play for an SA Students team. I prepared with them on the Monday and Tuesday, but on the Wednesday WP’s director of rugby at the time, Nick Mallett, called. Gaffie du Toit had been injured in training and he said I should be at Newlands by 1pm. I couldn’t get there quickly enough! It was an amazing feeling when we travelled to Durban on the Friday. I was blessed to score a try that day too.”

Ucinga ukuba yayiyintoni amagqabantshitshi obomi bakho emboxweni?
“Umdlalo wam wokuqala neWildebeest eThekwini kwaye kufanele ukuba xandiqibelisa ukudlala ndigagane neSharks. Ukuketwa yiWestern Province yinto ongenoyicinga nasemaphuphweni. Yayiyimincili ufundwa kwegama lam kwiqela leSpringbok ngo2010 kweye andinakulibala nomdlalo vavanyo wam wokuqala sidlala neFrance eNewlands. Kwakumnandi nakumdlalo wokugqibela weSuper Rugby sidlalo neBulls eOrlando kwakulonyaka. Sayiphumelela neCurrie Cup ngo2012 kodwa kukokonke oko, ngabahlobo eWestern Province nexesha elimnandi ebaleni nangaphandle.”

Ungathanda ukukhunjulwa ngantoni?
“Ndingathandwa ukukhunjulwelwa ukuza nento engaqhelekanga emboxweni. Ngethemba khe ndiyabanika nabadlali abatsha inkolo yokuba nabo bayoze baphumelele emboxweni.”

Ngubani ocinga ukuba angathatha intabo zakho njengomonwabisi eNewlands?
“Ngaphandle komngabazo nguCheslin Kolbe. Uzibonakalisile izinto akwazi ukuzenza. Ndiyathemba nokuba udlalela nakweliphi inqanaba akunawuthiwa ‘mncinci kakhulu. Unesipho kwaye nekhono lokudlalela iqela lesizwe iSpringboks.”

Gaan jy dit mis om met Juan de Jongh te ‘dans’?
“Ja, ek gaan! Ongeag waarheen jy gaan sal die rugby dieselfde bly, maar die vriende wat jy maak bo alles uitstaan. Ons het baie goeie vriende geword oor die jare en vermaak verskaf. Hopelik ontmoet ek iemand met dieselfde waardes en beginsels in Frankryk.”

Is dáár iets wat jy nog in jou loopbaan wil bereik behalwe om in Frankryk te speel?
“Ek sal graag weer vir die Springbokke wil speel, maar dit gaan natuurlik nóg moeiliker wees wanneer ek daar is. Grenoble sal ook vir my ‘n nuwe uitdaging bied. Die omgewing is anders. Jy speel meer dikwels in reën, op swaar velde en moet óók leer om Frans te praat. Ek gaan buite my gemaksone moet beweeg om die uitdaging te trotseer.”

Is daar enige mense wie jy graag wil bedank vir die rol wat hulle in jou loopbaan hier gespeel het?
“Ek dink eerstens my ouers, wat groot opofferinge gemaak het. My vrou was ook baie ondersteunend en Mnr Bradley Gillion het my op skool deurentyd aangemoedig. Paul Treu het as afrigter van die Springbok-sewesspan ook ‘n merkwaardige invloed op my gehad. Peter de Villiers het my ook die geleentheid gegee om toetsrugby te speel. Dit lê my ook na aan die hart dat ek in die WP ‘n geleentheid gegun is in beroepsrugby, ondanks die feit dat ek aanvanklik nie veel meer as 60kg geweeg het nie. Ek is ook baie dank verskuldig aan Allister Coetzee en Robbie Fleck (onderskeidelik die Stormers se hoof- en agterlyn-afrigter). Dr Phil Pretorius het, as afrigter van die Maties, ook vir my ‘n kans gegee toe ek nog by die 60kg geweeg het.”

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Allister Coetzee: Plenty character in this team http://thestormers.com/coetzee-plenty-character-in-this-team/ http://thestormers.com/coetzee-plenty-character-in-this-team/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:01:33 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7721 The DHL Stormers, the 2011 and 2012 SA Conference winners, finished 11th on the standings this season – via seven wins and nine defeats – with Saturday’s 10-34 defeat at DHL Newlands against a hungry Sharks side signalling the end of their 2014 campaign.

“It was not a good way to finish (the Super Rugby season), but credit to the Sharks who will take a lot of confidence out of this match,” said the DHL Stormers coach on Saturday night.

The Stormers lost the gainline battle for most of the way and their attacking intentions were foiled by a string of penalties.

“The breakdown was difficult and we could not play without quick ball,” Coetzee added.

“The Sharks had the upperhand at the breakdown and then it did not help our cause that so many penalties went against us. In the end, we gave away two soft tries, but the match was much closer than the final scoreline reflects.”

Looking back at a tough 2014 campaign, which saw the DHL Stormers fight a tough draw and numerous injuries to some of their top players, Coetzee told www.iamastormer.com: “I wish I could have had a say in the amount of injuries we had, but unfortunately that was out of my control.

“Every season you learn a few things and it is just tough not to be in the play-offs. For us, as the DHL Stormers, it’s not good enough.

“The fact that we turned things around shows the character of the side, it shows the leadership that is here. If I look back I look at that Crusaders game (in Christchurch in early March) which could have turned our season around if we had won that one (but we lost by a point).”

Whilst No.8 Nizaam Carr and centre Damian de Allende, both still young men and relatively new to Super Rugby, once again put their hands up for the DHL Stormers, the likes of Ali Vermaak, Oli Kebble, Sti Sithole, Stephan Coetzee, Michael Willemse, Ruan Botha, Jurie van Vuuren, Jean Kleyn, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Dylon Frylinck, Cheslin Kolbe, Devon Williams, Michael van der Spuy, Seabelo Senatla and Kobus van Wyk all made their debuts at Super Rugby level this year.

“For any coach you have got to look at the volume that you expose your players to, and try and curb that because volume is definitely one of the big things that leads to injuries,” said Coetzee.

“I have done my best to rest and manage players like Duane Vermeulen and Jean de Villiers. it is not just about how much they play, but also during the week managing the players properly.

“Once you build momentum in a competition, you play your best players. It is proven that if you play with the same players 75% of the time you will get the right result.

“Look at the (table-topping) Waratahs and see how many times they have rotated this year, they are log-leaders and they have played with a similar side throughout the competition.”

Meanwhile, DHL Stormers skipper Schalk Burger – who will head to Japan now but return to the Cape for the 2015 Super Rugby season – praised the Sharks ahead of the upcoming play-offs.

“They had three try-scoring opportunities and scored three tries,” said Burger. “We kept them deep in their half for almost the entire second half, but could not put any points on the board.”

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2014 Super Rugby wrap – Rd 19 http://thestormers.com/2014-super-rugby-wrap-rd-19/ http://thestormers.com/2014-super-rugby-wrap-rd-19/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:32:25 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=7718 The KwaZulu-Natalians were crowned South African Conference champions after their 34-10 win at DHL Newlands, which was the biggest away victory in Cape Town in more than seven years, but also the Cell C Sharks’ first win in South Africa since Round 10.

The Cell C Sharks will host the Highlanders, the only Australasian team that managed to beat them at home this year, at 17h05 at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, July 19.

The other qualifier will take place on Saturday at 11h40 in Canberra, where the Brumbies will host the Chiefs in a replay of last year’s final. The team from Waikato snuck into the top six thanks to a 11-8 win over the Blues on Friday, while the Brumbies finished strongly at home against the Force.

The two top teams in the competition are the Waratahs, who finished comfortably at the top of the standings, and the seven-time champion Crusaders. Both these sides will enjoy a break next weekend.

It was only the fourth time the DHL Stormers had lost at home in a South African derby in the last six seasons. The Capetonians had been impressive in their matches leading up to this one, but they came unstuck against a side that had their eye on a momentum-building win before heading for the play-offs.

Earlier on Saturday, the Lions set a number of records as they romped to a 60-25 victory over the Toyota Cheetahs at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, outscoring their former Cats-partners by eight tries to three in arguably their best performance of the season.

On Friday evening, the Vodacom Bulls secured second spot in the South African Conference when they scored four second-half tries to beat the Rebels by 40-7 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

2014 Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifiers:

Qualifier A: Brumbies v Chiefs
Date: Saturday, July 19 (2014)
SA time: 11h40
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra

Qualifier B: Cell C Sharks v Highlanders
Date: Saturday, July 19 (2014)
SA time: 17h05
Venue: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Vodacom Bulls 40 (12) Rebels 7 (7)

The Vodacom Bulls kicked into gear in the second half against the Rebels and scored four converted tries without answer as they romped to a 40-7 win in their final match of the Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Hard-working lock Paul Willemse crashed over twice to compensate for a silly yellow card he conceded in the first half, while Francois Hougaard, playing at wing, and replacement prop Dean Greyling also got on the score sheet.

Handré Pollard contributed 18 points to the Vodacom Bulls’ tally as they finished the season unbeaten at home – the fourth time the team from Pretoria did not lose a single match at Loftus Versfeld.

But for the first 40 minutes they struggled to get into gear and at the break, the Rebels had scored the only try of the match, with Pollard’s four penalty goals the only points for the home team as the Melburnians paid dearly for ill-discipline.

The second half was much better from the home team’s perspective and although they finished the season on a high, the Vodacom Bulls will not be entirely satisfied that they missed out on a place in the play-offs, with a dismal away-record – they could not win one game outside of Pretoria this year – probably to blame for their ninth place on the log.

Scorers:

Vodacom Bulls: Tries: Paul Willemse (2), Francois Hougaard, Dean Greyling. Conversions: Handré Pollard (3), Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Penalty goals: Pollard (4).
Rebels: Try: Jack Debreczeni. Conversion: Debreczeni.

Lions 60 (27) Toyota Cheetahs 25 (13)

The Lions finished their best-ever Vodacom Super Rugby season with their biggest victory yet when they beat the Toyota Cheetahs by 60-25 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.

The home team scored eight tries, with three of them going to Lionel Mapoe on the right wing.

Ross Cronje, Robbie Coetzee, Warren Whiteley, Andries Coetzee and Corné Fourie all got in on the try-scoring action as the Lions played an attractive brand of attacking rugby which had the Toyota Cheetahs’ defence at sixes and sevens.

Only once before had the Lions scored more points and more tries in a single match – in 2010 against the Chiefs – but amazingly enough, they lost that encounter by 72-65, with both sides crossing for nine tries each.

This time, however, the result was right as the Lions recorded a record seventh win of the season to finish 12th on the log.

The bulk of the damage done to the Toyota Cheetahs’ cause came in two 10-minute try-scoring frenzies in either half. During these 20 minutes, the Lions accumulated six tries and 42 points, which basically knocked the stuffing out of the visitors.

For the Toyota Cheetahs this was a bad end to a disappointing season. Cornal Hendricks and Willie le Roux scored their tries, but apart from that there wasn’t much to get excited about.

Scorers:

Lions: Tries: Lionel Mapoe (3), Ross Cronje, Robbie Coetzee, Warren Whiteley, Andries Coetzee, Corné Fourie. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (7). Penalty goals: Jantjies (2).
Toyota Cheetahs: Tries: Willie le Roux, Cornal Hendricks (2). Conversions: Johan Goosen (2). Penalty goals: Goosen (2).

DHL Stormers 10 (10) Cell C Sharks 34 (19)

The Cell C Sharks delivered one of their best performances of the season when they beat the DHL Stormers by 34-10 in a brutal derby at DHL Newlands in Cape Town to ensure they go into the Vodacom Super Rugby play-offs on a high.

***CLICK HERE for a photo gallery from the match.***

Before kick-off, the Durbanites could still overtake the Crusaders into second spot on the log, but to do that, they had to win by 35 points and secure a bonus-point.

In the end the Cell C Sharks came close but didn’t do enough, although they will be happy with the biggest away-victory in Cape Town for more than seven years. The last time the DHL Stormers got such a big hiding, was way back in 2007 when the self-same KwaZulu-Natalians won by 36-10.

It was clear from the outset that the Cell C Sharks were looking for their first win since Round 15 and although the home team was under the cosh for most of the match, the DHL Stormers were not going to go down without a fight.

The home team scored the first try of the match when the always-impressive Nizaam Carr drove over, but the visitors hit back shortly before the break when Paul Jordaan scored after the ball was kicked through by Charl McLeod.

The DHL Stormers came out fighting after half-time as they dominated possession and territory in the second half, but the Cell C Sharks’ defence held firm while they also made life difficult for the home team at the breakdown.

When the visitors finally got their opportunities late in the second half, they grabbed them with both hands and scored two late tries – S’bura Sithole rounded off a brilliant attacking move before Stefan Ungerer, a late replacement for Cobus Reinach, went over in the corner.

Scorers:

DHL Stormers: Try: Nizaam Carr. Conversion: Kurt Coleman. Penalty goal: Coleman.
Cell C Sharks: Tries: Paul Jordaan, S’bura Sithole, Stefan Ungerer. Conversions: Frans Steyn (2). Penalty goals: Steyn (5).

Other results – Round 19:
Blues 8 Chiefs 11 (Auckland)
Brumbies 47 Force 25 (Canberra)
Crusaders 34 Highlanders 8 (Christchurch)
Reds 3 Waratahs 34 (Brisbane)

* CLICK HERE for the final 2014 log standings.

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