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Bizarre kick sums up Stormers’ problems

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Lions, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 31 Mar 2009 at 11:23
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Once again it appears as if the Stormers’ Super 14 campaign is sliding into mediocrity.

The Cape Times reports that the Sharks are on top of the log after seven matches and have only lost one, and they have toured already; the Bulls are fourth, having also only lost one match, and they have a game in hand. The Stormers should be in their company, but instead are languishing in ninth spot, ahead of the Brumbies on points difference.

The Stormers had a lot going for them in Christchurch: reasonable weather (no rain), a depleted Crusaders team (not only McCaw and Carter missing, but several others), they were coming off a bye, so they didn’t have to contend with jet-lag, a smaller crowd to worry about due to construction taking place at the AMI Stadium and they were coming off a 50-point thrashing of the Lions.

The Stormers say their tactical kicking wasn’t up to scratch and that they were unable to play enough rugby in the Crusaders half. Yes, their kicking was poor, but wasn’t the real problem on Saturday their total inability to conjure up attacking moves?

Despite a lot of the game being played between the two 22s, the Stormers seemed reluctant or unable to attack despite trailing only 8-7 for most of the second half. Players must be allowed to think on their feet and have the freedom to try things, especially in tight situations.

That’s when you want your game-breakers such as Jean de Villiers, Ricky Januarie, Duane Vermeulen, Luke Watson and Schalk Brits to take charge.

That didn’t happen in Christchurch. There was very little, if any, initiative shown on attack. The Stormers were unable to construct a single decent attacking move. Watson’s try after 10 minutes was an individual effort and poor tackling from the Crusaders certainly contributed to it.

Being 12-3 down against the Lions forced the Stormers into playing positive rugby and holding on to the ball more. The result was some marvellous tries.

The Crusaders game saw them trail 8-7 at half time and that is how it stayed for most of the match until Stephen Brett slotted a penalty in the last five minutes of play. So, because they were only a point behind, the Stormers opted to keep it tight.

Why didn’t they try to put the Crusaders away? The game was there for the taking. It also doesn’t help when Percy Montgomery comes into the line in a set backline move and then bizarrely kicks the ball into touch on the full or when Willem de Waal’s cross-kick from close to the Crusaders 22 goes backwards and Gcobani Bobo drops it despite not being under much pressure. Those two incidents just typified the Stormers’ performance on Saturday.

Rassie Erasmus thinks out of the box (or at least used to), he is a quirky figure and is still young so he should still be in touch with the playing demands of the game.

But he seems to have lost his magic touch. To hear him say that he couldn’t understand what went wrong with his team on Saturday is surprising. Erasmus normally has all the answers and gives detailed explanations.

His favourite line this year to those who question a particular tactic or selection has been “if it was coming from someone knowledgeable, then I would think about it”.

But now Erasmus has to get his team to play good rugby again, and quickly, if the Stormers are going to make the Super 14 semi-finals this year. The Stormers are running out of time to get into semi-final contention. They still have four tough matches on tour, against the Waratahs, Brumbies, Hurricanes and the ever-improving Highlanders.

It doesn’t get much more difficult than the Waratahs in Sydney. The Aussies are also in good form after pulling off a superb victory over the Blues in Auckland last week, their first ever in Super rugby history.

If the Stormers don’t win in Sydney the tour could become chaotic. What then for the Stormers and Rassie Erasmus?


  • Seems like one UNHAPPY reporter.

    Sums up the fans’ mood as well, I expect. 🙁

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.03.09 11:31:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • But the reporter is correct. By the way KSA Shark, thanks for the link to the book by Jaco louw. I am sure it will come in handy, as my wife is getting into rugby (finally) 😯

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.03.09 12:03:23 by knock on Reply
    knock on
  • Dude, who is the author of this article??? 🙄

    ‘The Stormers should be in their company, but instead are languishing in ninth spot, ahead of the Brumbies on points difference.’

    No, the Stormers should NOT be in their company cos year in and year out we buy players who are either on retirement or loose forwards and winger when we actually need props.

    Case closed!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.03.09 12:03:51 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : here endeth the lesson, Wes 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.03.09 12:06:08 by robdylan Reply
  • Those living close to Newlands, some top schoolboy rugby tonite

    Schools Rugby Action at Newlands
    – Monday, March 30, 2009
    Some of the top rugby high and primary schools will face one another at the annual WP Rugby Schools Day at Newlands on Tuesday 31 March.

    The Schools Day at Newlands, sponsored by Canal Walk, provides young aspired players the unique opportunity to trace the footsteps of their Provincial heroes, as they run out of the Newlands tunnel onto the hallowed turf. It also gives the many schools participating the opportunity to showcase camaraderie, spirit and passion inherent in the derby traditions of school boy rugby.

    In order to promote the traditional style of running rugby, there will be no kicking to posts – for either penalties or conversions – with only five points awarded for scoring tries. Former WP stalwarts Toks van der Linde and Chester Williams are lending their support to the day and will be handing over some great prizes to stadium supporters, school groups and outstanding players.

    Gates open at 2pm, with the first under 9 matches taking place at 3pm. The main match has been drawn between Bishops and Paarl Gymnasium’s first XV’s and promises to end the evening on a high. All scholars, parents, old boys and rugby enthusiasts are welcome. Entrance is free.

    Match Schedule for the day:

    15h00: Mini Rugby (under 9)
    15h20: Fanie Theron Primary vs Rondebosch Prep (under 13)
    15h55: Milnerton High vs Stellenberg High (under 19)
    16h40: Bellville High vs Wynberg High (under 19)
    17h25: Paarl Boys High vs SACS (under 19)
    18h10: Entertainment – Brackenfell Drum Matjorettes
    18h30: Paul Roos Gymnasium vs Rondebosch Boys High (under 19)
    19h15: Bishops vs Paarl Gymnasium (under 19)

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.03.09 12:09:33 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Obviously a WP supporter who believed the pre season hype. 😉

    @knock on (Comment 2) :

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.03.09 12:11:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Eish – They write them up and tear them down….

    Nothing about the hostage incident at the Sharks academy?

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.03.09 14:06:59 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 7) : this from the Sharks site:

    “The Sharks Academy would like to clarify some facts surrounding the reported hostage incident which occurred last night, Monday 30 March 2009, in Stamford Hill, Durban.

    The house where the incident occurred is not, as reported, a Sharks Academy house but rather a general boarding establishment for rugby players, which includes Sharks Academy players.

    The perpetrator is a College Rovers rugby player but is not a member of the Sharks Academy.

    Hans Scriba, the Managing Director of the Durban-based Sharks Academy, and Graham Mackenzie, chairman of College Rovers Rugby Club stated “All the boys involved with last night’s incident are receiving counseling and we are happy to report they are all responding positively.”

    Hope it helps.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.03.09 14:40:02 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply
    Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette
  • Seems like someone from the hostel was involved in a car accident, left the scene, went to the hostel and took his fellow residents hostage.

    Would you like to meet this guy in the loose scrum?

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.03.09 15:19:52 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Salmonoid the Subtle
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : Fit in well at the Bulls ? 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.03.09 16:08:41 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • easy guys 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.03.09 16:13:25 by robdylan Reply
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :
    Maybe the guy was waiting for a courier package. The way I feel now there would be no hostages to take. 😈

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.03.09 18:51:01 by Salmonoid Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld Salmonoid the Subtle
  • Well first mistake is selecting De Waal at flyhalf. When you pick him at 10, you can only play ONE way. His selection removes the effectiveness of the rest of the backline!

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.03.09 22:38:15 by Villie Reply
  • “The game was there for the taking. It also doesn’t help when Percy Montgomery comes into the line in a set backline move and then bizarrely kicks the ball into touch”

    sounds like he went to the stefan school of attack. 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.04.09 07:24:17 by try time Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 13) :

    I agree Villie. De Waal is just not good enough.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.04.09 07:28:15 by wpw Reply
  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 8) :
    Well the name is out now

    Johannesburg – A College Rovers Rugby Club player who allegedly held other players hostage for four hours on Monday night has appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

    Superintendent Jay Naicker said Melusi Zuma, 23, was charged with attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

    Zuma was arrested after holding up almost 30 people, including Sharks Academy players, at Stamford Hill. All the hostages were freed and nobody was hurt.

    Zuma would remain in custody until his next court appearance on April 7.

    Managing director of the Durban-based Sharks Academy Hans Scriba, and College Rovers Rugby Club chairperson Graham Mackenzie said in a statement on Tuesday: “All the boys involved with last night’s incident are receiving counselling and we are happy to report they are all responding positively.”

    According to the Mercury newspaper the incident happened at a home provided for the players.

    – SAPA

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.04.09 08:27:53 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 16) : and they steroids isn’t bad for you. steroids kill braincells, and when you have few to begin with…

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.04.09 08:33:15 by try time Reply
  • Thought his name is Jan and their 23th player!

    Being Zuma and a ex Hilton boy maybe above the law here?

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.04.09 08:38:15 by PaarlBok Reply

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