Clayton(PJLD)

Small mercies


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 22 Feb 2008 at 12:22

Being a Stormers supporter is no easy task , dismal performances, constant hidings from the Bulls, bad administration and an almost non existant PR machine.So please excuse us for being a touch excited about our team this year, the wind of change looks to be blowing, its a breeze at the moment, but we will take what we get.

Having had to deal with the 75-14s of the past 16-9 was an easier pill to swallow only made slightly bitter by the fact that we should have won the game.

Now here is where the changes are a bit more positive for me, in the past Fester would have spat out the well known ” there were so many positives to take from the result” then give the microphone to every single player to say whatever it is that they want while he hides in his room applying layer after layer of polish to his dome.

Browsing the new look (and much improved) Stormers site I stumbled upon a thread by Rassie, after reading through the piece i was stunned by fact that it had no resemblance to other articles written by previous coaches except where he thanks the fans for the support.

The column is meant to provide the supporters with some insight into what happened on the field , why certain things were done and a few ideas about how things are going to happen in the following fixture.This impressed me because it goes along way to making the supporter feel like they are part of the team.

Some stats from the game are also provided for the stats freaks out there, for example:

In 80 minutes of play the ball was in play for 37 minutes and 32 seconds, the Stormers had the ball for 22 min and 58secs and the Bulls had it for 14mins and 34 secs.Stormers carried the ball 770m and the Bulls just 205m but its in the kicking dept where the picture changes.The Bulls gained 1 131m from kicking against the Stormers 777m showing that although the Stormers kickers have been working hard under the guidance of Louis Koen there is much work to be done in the tactical kicking dept.

The Stormers were on the Bulls tryline 5 times and and the Bulls were hardly on the Stormers line and still scored a try showing that the Stormers inability to use chances cost the game.

The Stormers face a completely different team in the Sharks on Saturday and the focus changes entirely.

Players decision making is going to have to be spot on and not cleaning up at the breakdown will cost us dearly.Rassie points this out as a problem in the Bulls game and also says the players will need to adopt very quickly to the way the ref is applying the rules, if they don’t ,then well, we know where that will take us.

All in all it was something decent to come out of the Stormers camp and no excuses were made for not beating the “big fat biltong biting bastards”

He finishes off with by saying that to instill a winning culture a team has to win,and to win you have to take your chances.

Its going to be a good game.I cant wait.



41 Comments

  • Dragons! :twisted:

    Rassie is in a different class to Fester – best of luck to him!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.02.08 12:39:27 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Rassie loves his analysis, hey… Good oke, though

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.02.08 12:42:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • No we just need PhillipDC or PA to come on over and explain how the team that seemingly lost the gain-line battle won the game…

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.02.08 12:44:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • One of my colleagues just drive past Rassie, apperently chatting on his phone, maybe it was a call to Naka for help… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.02.08 12:48:05 by Charlie Reply

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  • You mean MorneN?

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.02.08 12:50:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • One of my colleagues just drive past Rassie, apperently chatting on his phone, maybe it was a call to Naka for help…

    22.02.08 12:48:05 – Charlie Edit

    Maybe it was a call to find out who this PJLD guy is who is refering to the Stormers as the Breezers. :wink:

    good piece PJLD.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.02.08 12:52:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • My bad – the artist formerly known as Pissant. :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.02.08 12:53:03 by Big Fish Reply
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  • he he… let’s hope he doesn’t go through a weird squiggle phase

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.02.08 12:57:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • welcome to Sharksworld, redj ;)

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.02.08 13:22:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • All in all it was something decent to come out of the Stormers camp and no excuses were made for not beating the “big fat biltong biting bastards”

    Um the official complaint about Willie Roos…?

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.02.08 13:24:35 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • “no excuses were made for not beating the “big fat biltong biting bastards”

    I take it I’m not welcome then? Pity as I was looking forward to chatting to old friends on both forums.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.02.08 13:26:29 by redj Reply

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  • From the coach quinny…
    Wagner and them are admin and as far as im concerned quinny, wp/stormers dont have admin.

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.02.08 13:26:42 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • sure – I’ll make one. What number do I call?

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.02.08 13:27:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks Rob

    Hope all’s well. Good to hear about the site and to see old friends and mentors.

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.02.08 13:28:28 by redj Reply

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  • PJLD :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.02.08 13:30:34 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRMMMEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.02.08 14:35:21 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • stiekuit Tjaarks

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.02.08 14:37:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • …STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRMMMEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…

    Claytie,

    Does the ….ZZZZZZ… part mean they went to sleep :shock:

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.02.08 15:12:19 by Charlie Reply

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  • :lol: :lol: Jy gaan more huil Charlie

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.02.08 15:42:13 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • 3rd time lucky?

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.02.08 16:37:15 by redj Reply

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  • red… what happened the first two times?

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.02.08 16:38:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sorry – just saw two of your previous comments were somehow picked up as spam ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.02.08 16:39:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • And please don’t take the biltong biting bastards comment seriously… that’s pretty much rule 1, here… it’s ALL tongue-in-cheek.

    Province okes tend to have their tongues in each other’s cheeks, actually ;)

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.02.08 16:41:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hi Rob

    All well over there?

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.02.08 16:42:28 by redj Reply

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  • very well so far

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.02.08 16:55:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • and yourself? How are things in Bull-land? Going to Loftus tonight?

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.02.08 16:59:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well thanks.

    Not going to the game. It think it’s going to be heart wrenching?

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.02.08 17:07:00 by redj Reply

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  • yeah – all jokes aside, I don’t see it going well for the home team.

    I am also really unhappy about Chilli’s latest setback. I start to wonder if that poor kid will ever come right.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.02.08 17:09:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Redj

    All you have to do is watch this video to see where the biltong biting bastards comes from and then you will undertsand. :wink:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Ya84Ixa8Y

    BTW what should I have for tonights game, Kudu or Springbok?

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.02.08 17:15:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • YOU HAVE BILTONG? I hate you, you wannabe Arab bastard! :)

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.02.08 17:15:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Damn, and my biltong order is lost somewhere between here and the mud isle :sad:

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.02.08 17:19:01 by Ollie Reply

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  • Greetings KSA

    Always prefer Springbok. Short pieces, well dried and sliced as you eat.

    Kudu, a real luxury nowdays.

    But tonight I will offer up all my biltong for a win. Gonna be tough.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.02.08 17:19:33 by redj Reply

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  • Damn, now I am getting urges for that excellent kudu biltong from a little farm stall outside Grahamstown. That was excellent stuff

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.02.08 17:21:00 by Ollie Reply

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  • red – post me your biltong. It will improve your karma and make teh Bulls win ;)

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.02.08 17:21:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • I miss my Groenkloof biltong. Eddie van Niekerk’s first butchery was a block from my house.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.02.08 17:22:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well they do look at me a bit strangely when I walk in to the Biltong shop and ask for 12 pieces of Kudu, 12 pieces of Springbok, some venison dry wors and some Beef drywors.

    That is all still okay but then when you ask for each piece to be wrapped individually (it lasts longer that way) THEN they look at you like you are a frikken idiot.

    Hey they still do it for me and i open a piece as and when the urge strikes. Gives me biltong for at least 4 months when I am in KSA. :cool:

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.02.08 17:24:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • For some reason I DON’T like beef biltong and if I DO eat some it MUST be without the fat.

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.02.08 17:25:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • are you allowed to bring it in? It’s completely banned here

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.02.08 17:25:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • yip no problem bringing it in.

    Well i suppose it COULD be banned but they don’t really give a hoot. They have seen it clearly before and as long as it don’t look like pork, porn or alcohol they could care less. :wink:

    A lot of the guys make their own over here but then it’s beef. :sad:

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.02.08 17:31:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • man… I need to figure out how to make my own

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.02.08 17:34:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • then again, my old man will be here within 3 months and he knows how

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.02.08 17:35:34 by robdylan Reply
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