Hertford Highlander

Stormers’ need bonus points and fast !


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers on 19 Apr 2011 at 04:22
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Greg Growden writing for the Sydney Morning Herald feels the Stormers’ inability to convert tries into bonus points may cost them darely come play-off time, unless they address it – and quickly.

Growden writes that while the leaders of the Australian and New Zealand conferences – the Reds and Crusaders – have turned try-scoring into a habit, their South African counterparts’ inability to get over the line could cost them come finals time.

The Stormers lead the South African conference following their 33-19 win over the Lions in Johannesburg, but were again unable to secure a bonus point for scoring four or more tries. Although finishing with three tries is a vast improvement for the Stormers on many other matches, it leaves them with just one bonus point for the season.

This means the Blues move ahead of them on points, even though the Auckland side has six victories to the Stormers’ seven. While the Stormers easily have the best defensive record in the competition – with six tries scored against them in eight games – their ability to get over the opposition line is almost as scarce, scoring just 12 tries. This pales into insignificance when compared with the Crusaders, who have scored 29, and the Reds 26.

And this could easily work against the Stormers at finals time. Although each of the three conference winners is assured at least one home match in the expanded finals series, there are advantages in finishing in the top two. The top two teams – determined by the number of competition points – will go straight through to the semi-final. However, the third conference winner on the table has to play a qualifier final against the sixth-placed side. The loser of that match is omitted and the winner goes into the semi-final.

And the bonus points deficit means their closest South African rivals, the Sharks, are just four points adrift of the Stormers – although they have two fewer victories.

Despite their latest victory, the Stormers were again criticised by the South African media for being ”impotent” in attack against the Lions. At least the Stormers were not as lethargic as last weekend when a controlled Reds team beat them 19-6 in Cape Town. Those bored by the Johannesburg game were at least enlivened by the following match in Bloemfontein, when the Hurricanes at last found some semblance of form when beating the Cheetahs 50-47 in a tryfest.


25 Comments

  • Our sharks supporters knows all about the position the stormers find themselves in. We have played good ruggu for many seasons winning sometimes more games than the opponents above us on the log but failing to produce bonus point against the “weaker” teams has been a hold back. This year it seams a bid better.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.11 06:09:44 by franshark Reply
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  • The stormers have definitely had the better of this seasons fixtures. Playing the bulls at there worst, playing the sharks on the return of a double touring program. But give them credit for keep on winning. Its passed the halfway mark and they have lost only one game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.11 06:14:59 by franshark Reply
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  • Wonder how many tries the Sharks have scored…

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.04.11 08:59:18 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 3) : They have scored 21 so far this season and picked up the try bonus point 4 times. Unuasual… Have a look at the link below for a good breakdown of the log…

    http://www.sarugby.co.za/logs.aspx?categoryid=sarugby/super14&leagueid=795&fullview=true

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.04.11 09:22:22 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 4) : OR you could just have a look at OUR log.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.04.11 09:27:22 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • The lack of tries is not the problem, it’s only a symptom of a bigger problem which is limited attacking play.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.04.11 09:29:29 by war1 Reply
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  • Breyten Paulse yesterday said that it was not a problem that the Stormers were not scoring tries.
    I think he also said that they would win the Currie Cup last year. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.04.11 09:29:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : There’s an unbiased opinion right there πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.04.11 09:31:30 by war1 Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 5) : That can also work 😯

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.04.11 09:33:57 by Viking Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 3) : 21 for and 10 against a 2:1 Ratio isn’t bad.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.04.11 09:35:47 by Danman110 Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 4) : Almost double the amount of tries that the Stormers have scored. Thanks

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.04.11 09:37:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : Did you watch that kak show as well last night?

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.04.11 09:39:17 by Ben Reply
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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 5) :

    We need some column for the Bye on our log, so people know if a team has had the Bye Points or not !

    …… still think that concept is crazy ! πŸ˜•

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.04.11 09:42:46 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) : I don’t think that concept is crazy, I know it is.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.04.11 09:44:36 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 11) : I hardly think that the Stormers is the benchmark that you should compare us with πŸ™‚

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.04.11 09:49:06 by Viking Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) :

    Why not just have a column saying how many byes the teams have had, and just credit teams with the amount of points they have earnt !

    It just confuses me ! 😳

    I have never seen it befrore in other league I have watched !

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.04.11 09:50:01 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 16) : Don’t worry, it confuses everyone a bit. Including me.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.04.11 09:52:03 by Ben Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 15) : They are leading the SA conference. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.04.11 09:53:07 by Ben Reply
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  • As always – I want to echo the importance of bonus points…

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.04.11 10:00:29 by Ice Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) : You don’t need to think to hard to come to that conclusion.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.04.11 10:00:41 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : I saw a bit of it, but heard Breytens try comment on the radio.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.04.11 10:05:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : I enjoyed ol Poelie from the Weskus! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.04.11 10:06:44 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : And I just LUV Ashwin! When he laughs, he just look like he is enjoying it SO much – his eyes closed as he laughs – and off course my heart melts when he talks about the Sarks… πŸ˜€

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.04.11 10:08:06 by Ice Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 16) : According to Sanzar it is a scoring system used by the NRL in Aus, where it is to difficult for the drunk supporters to figure out if their team has a game in hand or not.

    This is so that you can look at the log at any time (between rounds) and ONLY have to look at the points and nothing else. The Aussies don’t look at the log during the weekend because they are either locked up or passed out. And then on Monday morning they cannot compute games played v log points so they just look at the last column with the numbers.

    There is no truth in the rumour that the NRL will only list the team logos in log order from next season, making it even easier for the Aussies who can’t read even when they ARE sober.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.04.11 10:09:49 by KSA Shark Β© Reply

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  • @KSA Shark Β© (Comment 24) : FLUCK…I bet this confuse them even more though!

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.04.11 10:11:53 by Ice Reply
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