Stormers to up physicality

Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says they need to win the physical contest if they are to get the better of the Blues in their Super Rugby clash in Albany on Friday.

The Blues have some exciting attacking backs like centre Rene Ranger, wing Frank Halai and fullback Charles Piutau - all players who prefer to keep ball in hand.

However, this is something Coetzee's side could exploit with their strong defence.

"The way to beat the New Zealand teams is to dominate them physically - and we're aiming for exactly that against the Blues," Coetzee told Die Burger.

"They are effective when they shift the ball wide and in Piutau and Halai they have guys who can step. They don't kick very often.

"Physically and mentally we have to be ready for the demands this game will put on us defensively."

The Reds, who beat the Blues 12-11 in Brisbane last Friday, had to make 217 tackles to get the better of the Kiwis.

The clash at the North Harbour Stadium kicks off at 09:35 (SA time) on Friday.
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Chumani Ngcokovane 2013-05-01 09:33:25 AM
Gary van Aswegan #10
Gary Doyle 2013-05-01 09:34:55 AM
The Stormers have the physicallity to match the Blues, they also have a better structured game so if they can apply that together with their solid defence while maintaining good discipline they should win this game.
Tertius Devereaux 2013-05-01 09:35:07 AM
Physical met sulke klein spelers??? Die Blues gaan jule steamroll! Auckland outfit met 15...
Sboniso Gumbi 2013-05-01 10:01:45 AM
Will be nice watching the Blues go backwards :-)
CAPEGTOWN 2013-05-01 10:11:45 AM
Tight game - either sides to lose.
Bulletjie BulBul 2013-05-01 10:43:00 AM
Who are the Stormers?
Robert Reeve 2013-05-01 11:04:19 AM
If Janjies doesn't start at No.10 we will stand a chance to win. I'm not saying he is useless, but I do believe he would make a better centre replacement for the Kings per se. You never know, the Lions might even take him back? All wishes granted I'll hope for a 3 point stormers' win.
Melt Esterhuizen 2013-05-01 11:05:54 AM
Dit is Woensdag en kyk wat kry ons vir middagete??????? Allister asb asb hou nou op strooi gesels en gaan kyk na die NIKE advertensie ....as ek dit reg het se hulle net ...........LETS DO IT !!!!! Die Reds het 200 tackles gemaak omdat hulle gestaan en wag het vir die teenstanders. Gaan haal die manne en tackle hulle sodat omkeer besit moontlik is. Hoop eerlik dit gaan goed die naweek. Vir die biltong verkooper daar by Loftus....wanneer die Bulle se span Saterdag daar verby jou loop se asb vir M. Steyn hy het die beste agterlyn in SA gebruik hulle, moet nie skop nie, blykbaar is sy afrigter te bang om dit vir hom te se!!!!!!
Buksie Bota 2013-05-01 11:35:24 AM
Blues dont need to fear a bottom of the log team
Barney Klaasin 2013-05-01 11:48:19 AM
Rene Ranger is a player to take not off.it going to be a tough contents,but the stormers can pull this one though,Goodluck boys