The Stormers’ flawless line-out display on Saturday, which saw 18 takes from 18 on their own throw and four poached from Lukas van Biljon, ensured plentiful first-phase possession and is a tribute to the intensive pre-season coaching effort of Technical Director and line-out specialist Gary Gold.
Gold, who impressed during his stint at London Irish by performing admirably with scant resources, has been operating in the relative shadows since returning to Cape Town.
As assistant to head coach Kobus van der Merwe in the Currie Cup and now in his guise as Technical Director, the spotlight has not fallen on him. Van der Merwe believes, however, that the recognition is long overdue.
“Our lineouts were fantastic on Saturday, we didn’t lose a single one and how often does that happen in the Super 14?” We can be very proud of that effort, particularly Gary [Gold]. He prides himself on the line-outs and it is remarkable that even after the near-perfect display he still wasn’t happy. That says a lot about his professionalism,” Van der Merwe told keo.co.za
Van der Merwe praised both Gold and assistant coach Jerome Paarwater for their work with the forwards.
“Our tight five were very good in Johannesburg and in those conditions our guys really gave the perfect response to everyone who has written them off. They had to stand up and they did, and both Gary and Jerome can be very proud of their efforts.
“No-one is resting on their laurels, though. We know how tough the Waratahs pack will be and we are already hard at work knowing that improvement is necessary.”