If It ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 16 Mar 2015 at 10:56
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Words so often thrown about but apparently not often enough around the Stormers management team.

The DHL Stormers were in a good position to go 5 wins from 5 games leading into their bye weekend, yes they had the Chiefs in town but when weighing everything up the scales tipped ever so slightly in the way of the home team. Home advantage, a scorcher of a day, momentum and pack of forwards dead set on playing “hulk smash” on everything in front of them should all have set the Allister Coetzee’s men up for a memorable win against a top outfit but it was not to be.

When Coetzee named his squad on Thursday there was a sense of excitement at the naming of Kurt Coleman at flyhalf with Louis Schreuder in the number 9 jumper although I myself seriously questioned the move. Coetzee, a member of Jake White’s Springbok team was part of the “continuity in selection” brigade. It was a term bandied about whenever there was a member of the press core around and a policy that was a far cry from the previous regime.

It would seem that perhaps Coetzee was not that big a disciple after all or he just has incredibly itchy fingers because why on earth would he change his half back and therefore his game plan for such an important fixture. It would have been understandable had this been an away game at the end of a long tour but I have attended press conferences for 9 years now and have heard “ you simply have to win your home games” more times than I care to remember. Every year the Stormers contend with a monumental amount of injuries , a cruel trend that has been 6 years in the making and perhaps this is why the change was made, just because it was there.

Schreuder and Coleman as combination failed to get the Stormers into the right areas of the field, Schreuder unable to get the ball out of the rucks quickly and Coleman failing dismally with his tactical kicking. All this while Duane Vermuelen , Vincent Koch and Steven Kitshoff were smashing the stuffing out of anything in a chiefs jersey, Chiefs supporters in the stands were said to be moving a few rows back lest they be confused for an opposition player.

Another of the confusing calls was the one to replace the Stormers front row on the 60 minute mark, at that point the Chiefs had taken the lead but were still being penalised heavily at scrum time. At the break Louis de Villiers from Rapport joked that the best way to win this game would be to “ get the donnerse ball into the Chiefs half, knock it on and then win the scrum penalty, from there take [email protected]#1ng points” such was the scrum dominance provided by Kitshoff, Ntubeni and Koch, their replacements however could not replicate and the tables were then turned.

After the match Coetzee stated that his side were “ beaten by a better team on the day” and while it is true it need not to have been that way, an extremely poor selection decision handicapped his own team and robbed them of vital confidence going into their overseas tour. Another online publication stated that the loss as putting the Stormers on a slide back into old habits, I certainly hope this is not the case and that the loss would serve as a brutal wake up call that there is no place for sentiment in the game and that accurate tactical kicking is not to gambled with. In Groom and Catrakilis they have the tools to play the necessary game behind a pack providing the much loved clean ball


  • I watched the first 30min of this game, and saw how the Stormers dominated and smashed everything resembling a Chiefs player….

    I had to leave for a Wedding at 4,and when I reached the bar at 17h15 I couldn’t believe the final score. Was very shocked

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.03.15 11:10:16 by SharksRTB Reply
  • @SharksRTB (Comment 1) : Streamers played the way the Boks always play against the AB’s….burn through all their energy during the first 50mins. of the game, and end up losing on account of poor game management.

    Problem with these kiwi teams (and to use a cricket analogy, cwc and all) no matter how big a score you post batting first, they are always able to put together a calm chase, and end up beating you in the 49th over.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.15 11:25:05 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • It was all a bit mind-boggling…ever since the team was announced I had been trying to figure out the thinking behind the changes…???

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.15 11:31:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 3) : It almost seems a case of players being promised X amount of game time and starts for the season

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.15 11:36:39 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Bad luck Stormers. You’ll get them next time. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.15 11:41:05 by Ben Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 4) : Just bizarre to pick a game against the Chiefs to do that… 😯

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.15 11:47:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Sorry Clayton, I thought your boys were in this game, but what is concerning is the lack of “spontaneous” play by SA teams, they are coached into oblivion and everything must be structured, so when a game gets loose and there is no set piece to dominate, we starting looking like deers in the headlights, this was acutely highlighted at a packed Newlands, but your Stormers are not the only SA team that is guilty of this. Bad luck for going down, if you cannot boss them at your own game, you run the risk of losing.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.15 12:02:57 by Richard Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 3) : @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 4) : Have to agree, it was just plain weird watching the substitutions, made no sense in the game situation.

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.15 12:14:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Bit frustrating being there and seeing the circus

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.15 12:27:23 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • I don’t understand this article,firstly we are rightfully led to believe that in the first half,the Stormers dominated the Chiefs,and that is when Schreuder and Coleman were on the field
    It was in the second half that the Chiefs came into their own,but that was when Groom and Catrekilis were on.So it would seem logical that the first combination was the right one.
    I think the Stormers thought that all they had to do was dominate the scrums and smash SBW into submission and they would win the game.
    The Chiefs scrum half showed us how important it is to have a proper scrum half in place and not a retreaded wing.Hews magnificent from behind a beaten and retreating pack.
    The other factor was how easily the Chiefs wings ran through Kolbe,he was brushed off like a shit fly.
    Chiefs handling was from another planet.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.15 14:00:44 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 10) : Howsit Hound, the point of the article was that the Stormers should not have tinkered with their simple but effective game plan.

    Aside from the first 20 minutes the Chiefs were never out of the game and poor tactical kicking was what kept them in it.

    Kolbes body positioning was nowhere in the tackle that lead to that try, I don’t know what he was attempting.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.15 14:08:45 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • “Chiefs supporters in the stands were said to be moving a few rows back lest they be confused for an opposition player.” Lol

    I think losing their front row made the difference. It was poor tactics.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.15 14:28:54 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 12) : I prefer Dave Rennie’s summation that his team were fitter.I think that Alistar took that front row off because he had to they were played out.
    I actually thought the subbing of Koilisi for Schalk was a stupid move.Schalk came on and immediately gave away crucial penalties

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.15 14:34:49 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 13) : I think his team are fitter, but to be honest the starting front row seemed like they were still going strong.

    Schalk did give away a few penalties.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.15 15:06:43 by StevieS Reply
  • Thought de Allende had another impressive game. Got the feeling the Stormers kind of gave up once their scrum stopped dominating while the Chiefs never seemed to fussed that their scrum was being man-handled. A lesson for all SA team there.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.03.15 19:17:00 by vanmartin Reply
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