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Last season ever at Newlands: ‘We’ve got 7 Springboks and a new playing style'

14 January 2020 9:52 AM
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Springboks
Stormers
Cape Town Stadium
Newlands Rugby Stadium
Siya Kolisi
Refilwe Moloto
Damian Willemse
John Dobson
Herschel Jantjies
Varsity Day
SuperHero Sunday
Get Cape Town Smiling
Refilwe Moloto interviews Stormers coach John Dobson and his scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies and flyhalf Damian Willemse.

Ag shame! It’s going to be a long season for you! [upon hearing Moloto is a Shark]

John Dobson, head coach - Stormers

The 2020 rugby season – the last one ever at iconic Newlands - kicks off on 1 February.

The Stormers started their pre-season in Ravensmead with “Varsity Day”, playing against university teams, in front of a great crowd.

They play a warmup game against the Sharks in Soweto (“SuperHero Sunday”) on Saturday.

Refilwe Moloto interviewed Stormers coach John Dobson and his scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies and flyhalf Damian Willemse.

They spoke a bit about the upcoming season and the Stormers team campaign – “Get Cape Town Smiling” – which focuses on rewarding fans for their loyalty.

From left to right: John Dobson, Refilwe Moloto, Damian Willemse, Herschel Jantjies

We have a new head coach. There’s a fresh energy in the squad and I’m looking forward to the game model that we’re trying to implement this year…

Herschel Jantjies, scrumhalf - Stormers

The Springboks who did so well… they’ve bought in… Siya… the way he’s bought in, all these guys, we had to make a team. We can’t just have these superstars, you know. We had to flatten the team, but still, use their enthusiasm and what they did in winning the World Cup.

John Dobson, head coach - Stormers

It’s our last season at Newlands! We’ve got seven guys who just won a World Cup. We’ve got some exciting changes in how we want to play… We’re playing on the 1st of February against an All Black-laden team with World Cup-winning Springboks…

John Dobson, head coach - Stormers

“Get Cape Town Smiling” … there’s so much bad news… Our fans [the demographics] have changed… We need to reach out… let’s run hills in Bo-Kaap, let’s go do a session in Delft… It’s just been brilliant!

John Dobson, head coach - Stormers

We’re excited about the move to Cape Town Stadium…

Damian Willemse, flyhalf - Stormers

Listen to the interview in the audio below.


14 January 2020 9:52 AM
Tags:
Springboks
Stormers
Cape Town Stadium
Newlands Rugby Stadium
Siya Kolisi
Refilwe Moloto
Damian Willemse
John Dobson
Herschel Jantjies
Varsity Day
SuperHero Sunday
Get Cape Town Smiling

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