The Stormers can’t scrum

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers on 26 Jan 2009 at 09:14
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Cape Town – Saracens may have lost their friendly fixture against the Stormers, but that certainly did not stop their coach, Eddie Jones, from going on the offensive. Jones slammed the Stormers scrum after the Cape side beat Saracens 43-33 at Newlands.

“I’ll send John Plumtree (Sharks coach) a message that he does not have to worry about the scrums,” Jones said at the press conference afterwards.

The Stormers play the Sharks in their opening Super14 game at Newlands on 14 February.

On Sunday they were impressive considering how long it has been since they last played. Their front row had also been disrupted by the late withdrawal of tighthead prop Brian Mujati, who injured his foot at the captain’s training session. With JC Kritzinger and Brock Harris also injured, loosehead prop Wicus Blaauw had to wear the No 3 jersey.

“Their scrum was very poor. Cobus Visagie (Saracens tighthead prop) is demanding a new two-year contract,” said Jones.

“Both sides of their scrum were terrible. They were really poor. In a serious game they would have been punished at every scrum. People always say Aussies can’t scrum. It amazes me to see a South African side that can’t scrum.”

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus was satisfied with his side’s scrumming effort under the circumstances and believes Blaauw did reasonably well.

Regardless of Jones’s strong opinions about their scrumming, the Stormers showed a lot of promise prior to the new season. The Newlands crowd seemed happy with a side that blended work ethic with traditional Cape flair.

Nowhere was that clearer than in the try substitute fullback Joe Pietersen scored. Fijian wing Sireli Naqelevuki, who scored two tries, tackled an opponent and turned over possession with the help of a few teammates. The ball travelled to the right and Pietersen scored.

The Stormers would probably also have won by a bigger margin had their rhythm not been disrupted by substitutions. They play their second warm-up game against Boland in Wellington on Saturday.

This article was originally published by Stephen Nell in Die Burger.


  • And Eddie is right, the scrum was shocking.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.09 09:25:27 by MorneN Reply
    MornéTeam captain
  • you’ve got to fear for the Stormers, going into this competition with only one half-decent tighthead, who seems worryingly injury prone…

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.09 09:26:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    Their backs, for the first game of the season looked damn sharp against a team in mid-competition and not doing half badly in the NH. Defense at times awesome, but also at times very poor where they let in 2 tries from about 40 meters out.

    But if the Stormers does not sort out their scrums and penalty count at the breakdown, a mid-table finish from 5 to 7 would be the best they could hope for imo.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.09 09:35:26 by MorneN Reply
    MornéTeam captain
  • Eddie doesn’t seem to cope with losing very well.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.01.09 10:25:42 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 4) :

    He was an absolute hose in the presser. Funny man old Eddie.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.01.09 10:28:30 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 5) : I like ol Eddie van der Jones.

    He gets today’s ‘No shit Sherlock’ award for stating the bleeding obvious. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.01.09 10:32:08 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Seriously though. Stormers front row will be adequate.

    On Saturday Blaauw played out of position & soon (hopefully) Mujati & Kritzinger will be back.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.01.09 10:33:43 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • I won’t be too surprised if we see an uncontested scrum or two from the Stormers this season. :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.01.09 10:35:02 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Eddie had this one line yesterday.

    He was asked why, with two world class wings that Sarries had, they did not go wide more often and seemingly always just cut back inside.

    He said the Stormers have what they call a ‘soft drift’ defense, meaning they tease you to go out to the outside. Like putting a pretty girl out wide to tease you into going wide, but once there, you have a boyfriend standing behind the girlfriend which you have to deal with first before you get the girl…

    Man was very funny.

    The on the scrum where he said that in Aus they get accused of cheating in the scrum he cannot believe what he is seeing in South Africa – “What is happening in the world of rugby with South Africans now cheating in the scrums!?”

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.01.09 10:56:06 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 9) :

    LoL that is…

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.01.09 18:50:17 by Hmmm Reply

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  • It cannot get any better with Mujati returning to the front row…

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.01.09 18:50:50 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 11) : :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.01.09 19:20:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    Well it depends on which way Rassie is looking at moving…else Mujati could be the best he has for his game plan…LoL

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.01.09 19:28:16 by Hmmm Reply

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