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Stormers get out of the blocks


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Stormers, Super Rugby on 16 Feb 2015 at 13:40
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Stormers Coach Allister Coetzee must be a pretty happy man after his side  opened their 20115 campaign with an inspired performance against the old enemy at Loftus on Saturday evening.

Not only did his side come through the fixture without any serious injury concerns but they won on the back of a forwards display that you would normally associate with the men from Pretoria.

At the time of publishing Coetzee should be smack bang in the middle of a video session that would no doubt have Matt Poudfoot beaming as the Stormers forwards laid the prettiest of platforms for the backs to performs but the highlights reel will definitely be made up of the scrum exchanges. The Stormers pack, for years known as the “Light 5” (admittedly until the arrival of Matt Proudfoot) were never a dominant force at scrum time, at best they would achieve parity and the odd scrum penalty but on Saturday they were a force to behold. Lead by off season signing (and Bulls discard) Vincent Koch the Stormers proceeded to frog march the more highly respected home pack all over the Loftus turf.

The lineout also went well with , Ruan Botha was handed a tough assignment going up against Victor Matfield but came away with a good pass as his side took all 10 of their own lineouts. Although not much was said in the build-up this area must have been a massive concern as the Stormers lost both Eben Etzebeth and Manuel Carizza to injury in the warmup game against Cheetahs with Kleyn and Botha still injury concerns themselves. Both players were substituted early in the second half, Kleyn in the 42nd minute and Botha in the 50th.

Damian de Allende was the pick of the backs and picked up the Man of the Match award for his efforts although the inexperienced back three of Kolbe , Kotze and Lleyds performed admirably on the night.

The victory signalled the first opening fixture victory for the DHL Stormers since 2012 and also brought to an end an impressive home ground victory run that stretched to 2013 but Coetzee was quick to point out that his team would not get too caught up in the euphoria away saying ““It is only the first match of the competition and we are not going to get carried away by this, we have the Blues next week at home and that is how you roll in this competition and start all over again.”

The Stormers play the Blues at 17:00 this Saturday at DHL Newlands

Qoute courtesy of www.thestormers.com 



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