Stormers: Ref, injuries to blame

2013-05-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has told a high-powered delegation that poor refereeing and a high injury toll were big contributing factors to their struggles this year.

The Stormers returned on Saturday from an unsuccessful Australasian tour where they lost their last three games, against the Blues, Waratahs and Rebels.

Coetzee, assistants Matthew Proudfoot and Robbie Fleck, captain Jean de Villiers and team manager Chippie Solomon held talks with Stormers chairperson Sam Dube, managing director Rob Wagner and president Thelo Wakefield to discuss their ailing season, in which they have only won only four out of 11 games to sit 11th on the overall table.

Wakefield said the union’s leadership was backing the Stormers to “turn things around”, starting with a game against the Reds at Newlands this weekend.

“The purpose of the discussion was basically how to get the campaign back on track, and to find out what the obstacles were overseas.

“The reasons offered were in some cases poor refereeing, and then also injuries on tour to key players and in key departments,” Wakefield said, adding injuries to flyhalf Peter Grant and hooker Tiaan Liebenberg were big blows.

Stormers’ take on the Reds at 5.05 pm on Saturday.

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