Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus says he is happy with the team’s performances thus far but he has called on his chargers to finish off the tight games.
Rugby 365 reports that the Stormers were beaten 10-14 by the Bulls on the weekend while they also lost within seven points to Blues and Sharks in previous rounds.
While they have picked up valuable bonus points in those defeats, Erasmus stressed that they need go the distance.
“All four our games were within seven points. We just can’t seem to put that final nail in,” Erasmus said in an interview on the Stormers’ website.
“We’ll have to work on that. In the end when you lose you did not deserve to win, so well done to the Bulls.
The Stormers put up a brave fight before eventually going down to the unbeaten Bulls in front of 52 000 supporters.
Erasmus proclaimed himself proud of his team’s effort and he also praised No 8 Luke Watson for his performance under immense pressure. Watson was jeered every time he touched the ball and at one stage reacted to the crowd by waving and making hand signals at them.
“I’m definitely proud of the effort, although I’m also definitely disappointed about the result,” Erasmus said.
“I haven’t seen it [the incident] live and cannot react to something I just hear about. I’ve heard about it afterwards but it will never be right if somebody does something like that.
“But I cannot comment about something I haven’t seen. Luke was outstanding.”
The Stormers adopted a very conservative game plan, with the boots of Willem de Waal and Percy Montgomery doing most of the work in the first 40 minutes. Erasmus said he went to Loftus before and had a little bit of success there.
“I can promise you every team that comes to Loftus trying to play rugby the first 50 minutes normally loses. You just have to accept that if you come from sea level to come and play at altitude and you want to play rugby for the whole 80 minutes you come second.
“I have played here myself and coached here before – even coming up from Bloemfontein you get the idea. That’s been their success, when every overseas team comes here, the jetlag catches them and they want to play rugby against the Bulls.
“If you want to play rugby against them the first 50, I promise you, you won’t last. Did you see what the guys looked like the last 20 minutes? And we only played rugby for 30 minutes.
“Can you imagine if we tried to run the ball for 80 minutes what both teams would have looked like. They have a great kicking game and want you to run the ball from your own half.
“I think there was nothing wrong with the plan and it was bad luck on the day for us not to beat these guys. And they deserved to win. So it’s one of those things.”Tweet