KSA Shark ©

Stormers run out of steam and ideas

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 1 Mar 2009 at 07:46
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The Stormers have won few friends this season with their blanket ban on fans and media at practice sessions.

On the basis of what they dished up here last night, team management should perhaps look at broadening the blackout to include match days as well.

If there’s anything top-secret going on behind closed doors at the team’s new, hi – tech Bellville base, it must still strictly be a work-in-progress.

Now, as if their task of clawing their back in the competition wasn’t difficult enough, the Stormers head to Loftus this week to confront the Bulls on the back of another crushing home defeat — their second this season.

Duane Heath writes for the Sunday Times that the Blues, coming off a back-yard bullying by the selfsame Bulls in Pretoria last week, sensed a much more even fight this time around. And so it proved on a night where the home side once again started the game with clear-headed purpose and ended it in a sleepwalk.

In a match played in a staccato stutter, the opening blows were duly exchanged and they hinted at what was to come: Joe Rokocoko, back from paternity leave, tripped over his own feet and Luke Watson, after a heavy dose of home-team pressure, loosened the vice with a candyfloss chip that went precisely nowhere.

But the Stormers managed to open their account in the 11th minute through a penalty from flyhalf Peter Grant after an extended stay in the opposition 22, although the locals probably wasted at least three try-scoring opportunities along the way.

Hooker Schalk Brits and centre Gcobani Bobo in particular were too often guilty of cutting down the space of the speedsters outside them, while Jean de Villiers did break through — only to find a grateful Blues hand to catch the try-scoring pass. It was one of those nights.

With play swinging from end to end, it was Grant who saved a certain try with a last-gasp tackle on a thundering Josh Blackie, but the home side’s lead was preserved for only one minute longer: from the resultant scrum, the Blues cooked up a back-row move and found wing Paul Williams unmarked on the grandstand touchline. Simple, yet deadly.

The Stormers were again spurred into action and their speedy reply came from Ricky Januarie, who pounced on a loose ball as only he can, then somehow won the race down field against much faster opponents to make it 8-5. It wasn’t quite hare-and-tortoise stuff, but you get the picture.

Williams, the son of All Black great Bryan, ensured that the sides headed into the break deadlocked with a 37th-minute penalty. But no sooner had they returned for the second half than the near misses continued unabated at both ends: there was the rare sight of Schalk Burger spilling the ball with the tryline at his mercy; Isaia Toeva’s intercept was snuffed out by a desperate De Villiers lunge when he seemed certain to score; and Tonderai Chavhanga, denied a look-in all evening, dropped a crucial ball in open space with the Blues stretched to breaking point.

But before all of this, it was Williams who had given the Blues the lead with his second penalty, after which the visitors seemed content to play the percentages until the wing made it 14-6 with his second kick in the dying minutes to send sections of the 30000 Newlands faithful heading for an early exit.

Stormers 8 — Try: Ricky Januarie. Penalty: Peter Grant.

Blues 14 — Try: Paul Williams. Penalties: Williams (3).


  • Okay I am starting a pool as to whether Rassie will STILL say he doesn’t know what everyone is on about with the Stormers having scrum problems.

    I say he WILL say it and probably on Monday maybe Tuesday

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.03.09 09:02:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • only gets worse from here, Stormers

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.03.09 09:37:19 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • They should be fined. :evil:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.03.09 09:42:04 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : for being so kak? :-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.03.09 09:44:53 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Exactly. I wasn’t even there but am considering asking for a refund. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.03.09 09:47:19 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : you won’t get one if you don’t at least ask :-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.03.09 09:51:40 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
    robdylanHead Coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :
    Will they accept your Jersey back? :wink:

    When the Sharks’ replica gear becomes available sometime in July 2015 then you can buy one. :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.03.09 10:08:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Stormers are better than what they are dishing up.

    I wonder when they will cotton onto the fact that Rassie has serious limitations as a coach – as the Sharks had to learn with Dickie?

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.03.09 22:42:22 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishAssistant coach
  • Was on Newlands saturday and not that disappointed. Watching Maties B nearly losing to Maties D. Tonight its Maties C in the Varsity Cup.

    At least I had Roxy Louw to bright things up.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.03.09 11:44:26 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 9) : Noooooo :eek:

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.03.09 11:51:13 by Claytie Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 9) :

    bastard!!! :mrgreen:

    Does your wife know Roxy is not one of your rugby buddies (i.e weighs 130kg and has a beer boep) :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.03.09 12:33:43 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 11) : I think he uses you as his aliby… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.03.09 12:36:13 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 12) :

    jy, jy soek my né??? :evil:

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.03.09 13:14:53 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 13) : Ja man, want na Saterdag se comedy show van die Stormers het al hulle fans into hiding gemove… :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.03.09 13:35:49 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @Charlie (Comment 14) : A bloody tragic comedy.. :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.03.09 13:42:45 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 13) : Anyway, wa’s, wa’s, wa’s, das’s HY !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.03.09 14:53:22 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player

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