Stormers “stepped up” - Coetzee
DHL Western Province Stormers Coach, Allister Coetzee, has said that he is very happy with his team’s performance, when they beat the Toyota Free State Cheetahs 39-31 in their pre-season friendly match on Friday.
The Cape Town based side scored five tries throughout the match, four of them in the first half.
Juan de Jongh, Huw Jones, Scarra Ntubeni as well as Nic Groom each scored a try, with left-wing, Dillyn Leyds, scoring the fifth in the second half.
The Stormers have performed well in their pre-season clashes, with Coetzee saying that his team has improved since their opening friendly game against SWD Eagles in George last weekend.
“It was a big step up (from last weekend),” Coetzee said.
“We were very clinical in the first half and stepped up across the board. We scrummed well, our breakdown work was good and we exited well - all the things we trained (worked on) went well. I thought our physicality was good too - that’s always a good thing for us as it’s a strength of ours.
“We weren’t that clinical in the second half, but we did camp in their half for most of the second half.
Unfortunately, there were a few injury blows to the team, as locks, Eben Etzebeth, who took a blow to his chest, and Manuel Carizza, who has a shoulder injury, as well as wing, Kobus van Wyk, who injured his calf muscle, all had to be pulled off the field.
“The biggest concern for us is the injuries. Three guys will have to go for further treatment and to be checked out (and have scans),” Coetzee admitted.
“Kobus’s calf is looking alright, but we will have to undergo a scan (first). EW Viljoen took a knock to the head but he is fine, it was just a concussion test.”
“They all seem to be fine, but you never know what is going to come out of the scans (which they all need to undergo). We won’t be guessing until we see our medical reports and we certainly won’t be panicking right now.”
The Stormers will next be facing the Boland Cavaliers in their last pre-season match at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
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