Stormers should commit to the breakdown!
April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
I reckon that most of you that watched the Stormers Highlanders game saw that the Stormers are “scared” to commit players to the breakdown, which you can understand in some way as the less players you commit to the breakdown the more players you have in defense, but the Stormers just don’t try and drive over the ball once they make a good tackle that drives the opponent back.
When you tackle and drive a player backwards it’s obvious then that the opposition is on the back foot and that creates and opportunity for your forwards to drive over the ball and create a turnover and that is one thing that the Crusaders have always done well and it now is something that the Stormers are lacking. I for one don’t know why the Stormers don’t try and create the turnovers; we seem pretty chuffed by just tacking the opposition backwards and then waiting on the fringes to do it again. We need to commit players to the breakdown once that tackle has been made to try and create that turnover and as a result of that give ourselves good attacking ball.
I reckon that will be the key to winning the Crusaders over the weekend, they are masters at the breakdown and you can tackle them back all you want but they just always seem to create space for players even when they are going back. This weekend the Stormers must be good in all areas of the game and really close down the space for the Crusaders and put pressure on their back 3.
Another area that the Stormers should focus on is their kicking, if we kick aimlessly this weekend we WILL get punished so a lot of pressure will be put on Peter Grant and Joe to put some good kicks in and not give that back 3 of the Crusaders to punish us on the attack. But to be honest I reckon that this is not the best of Crusaders teams and we should be helped by the fact that the Crusaders this week had to travel back to NZ from Pretoria so you have to think that it is the Stormers team that will be the fresher of the 2 teams.
But I am expecting an amazing battle with the Stormers out to prove a point and this weekend could really cement their position as title contenders as a win away against the Crusaders could prove just how far they have come as a team and that they now have the ability to beat the best away from home.