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Coetzee hails important victory

14th April 2013 12:48

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Stormers boss Allister Coetzee has praised the character of his young side following their 22-15 win over the Sharks.

The win saw the Stormers close the gap between themselves and the Sharks to six points in the South African conference - with only their third win from seven matches so far this season.

Coetzee's side now have a bye week before commencing a four-match tour of Australasia.

"It shows the quality and character in our side," said Coetzee.

"It shows that the way we play and what we want to do is the right way. as long as you pitch up with the right attitude and physicality.

"This team has been under tremendous pressure. There are youngsters in the team and we have a long injury list, so they find themselves in a position where they are playing at Newlands in front of 40,000 people.

"This was important because we had our backs against the wall, to be honest.

"The way we played was the only way out, to fight back, and we did that well this evening.

"A lot of teams must still play tough opposition and the competition is not even halfway yet.

"Our back-up players like a Martin Bezuidenhout, Michael Rhodes, Gerbrand Grobeler, Gary van Aswegen and even Kurt Coleman got a run tonight. It was pleasing to see that they all stood their ground and did well.

"They were all part of this victory and it showed that the depth is good.

"When the top players come back they can change things around and it's pleasing to know that Bryan Habana, Rynhardt Elstadt and Gerhard van den Heever will tour with us, and maybe even Elton Jantjies."

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