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.Tweet