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Is the form of the Bulls and Stormers changing

April 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

To win the S14 a team has to be in top form at the end of the competition rather than the start. Just ask the Sharks of 09.

The Bulls has been going backwards in form since the game against the Hurricains even though they have been winning half of their games with bonus points. The tries are more individual brilliance than well worked team tries. 

On the other side of things the Stormers have been improving the whole S14 as the new combinations start to gel. Their only problem is that when you play as well as they did this weekend there is really only one way to go and that is down. Can they hold up their form for the next month or so??

Now I am not saying the Bulls can’t turn it around. Personally I think they will get the boost need from Loftus and the altitude of Snor town. The question is can the Bulls start gelling as a team and play more fluently? The Bulls basically have only the Stormers away from home and that will help them a lot. I think the smiles will return when the boys start training in Snor town. 

The Stormers have two more games on the road before they return to Newlands. But that won’t worry them because they (in the last few seasons) play better away from home than at home. I think that is because unlike the Bulls they have no altitude factor a Newlands and only have the pressure of some of the most loyal support in the country. 

The Bulls and the Stormers basically have the same run in to the end with the Stormer having it a bit more difficult because of the longer tour. Who will have the better form come May 15 and beyond? 

Their are still a lot of rugby to be played in this S14 and maybe for the first time as a Stormers supporter the end can’t come fast enough. 

As they say your form is only as good as your last game!!

Are the current LIONS the worst S14 team ever?

April 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

For me personally I would have to say YES. Maybe I have a short memory and just can remember the Reds of 2007 or the Bulls of 2002 but I do feel they are the worst.

There will be people who will say well at least these Lions can score tries and are thus not totally useless. But I would have to disagree, because I always thought that the most difficult thing to teach a team is to attack with ball in hand but this is not true. The most difficult thing to teach is to attack without compromising one’s defence.

The Lions defencive strucktures is a joke. I don’t know if they have a defencive caoch but he should be shot dead twice. To let a team score 4 tries with in 17 mins is one thing but the ease with what the Reds scored was shocking and none of the Lions even made an effort to tackle.

The Reds even struggled with the altitude but still managed 40 points.

I propose this for the Lions: they should go into the game and say we will not score one try and only defend for 80 mins. They still won’t win but at least they will earn the respect of the fans.

Are the current LIONS the worst S14 team ever?

April 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

For me personally I would have to say YES. Maybe I have a short memory and just can remember the Reds of 2007 or the Bulls of 2002 but I do feel they are the worst.

There will be people who will say well at least these Lions can score tries and are thus not totally useless. But I would have to disagree, because I always thought that the most difficult thing to teach a team is to attack with ball in hand but this is not true. The most difficult thing to teach is to attack without compromising one’s defence.

The Lions defencive strucktures is a joke. I don’t know if they have a defencive caoch but he should be shot dead twice. To let a team score 4 tries with in 17 mins is one thing but the ease with what the Reds scored was shocking and none of the Lions even made an effort to tackle.

The Reds even struggled with the altitude but still managed 40 points.

I propose this for the Lions: they should go into the game and say we will not score one try and only defend for 80 mins. They still won’t win but at least they will earn the respect of the fans.