May 31, 2012 in Uncategorized
So with all of Burger, Vermeulen, Koster, Bekker, Pietersen and Kitshoff out this Stormers team sure do look like a full strenght Lions team (just joking Baylion). But it sure does not look like a championship team.
The Bulls on the otherhand are at full streght (Bar penalty machine Steggman and J Potgieter the last available if they wanted to choose him).
So for AC it is all about getting some sort of points out of the game. A losing bonus point of a 4 try bonus point will be nice.
BUT will be very hard to come by since the Bulls have really stepped up their defence since that farce of a Rebels game and the Stormer inability to score tries.
Be that as it may, the Bulls will either be 1 , 2 or 3 points ahead of the Stormers after this weekend.
I think AC should start this game looking for a bonus point of sorts and if after 50 - 60 min that looks totally impossible he should withdraw players like Kolisi, Etzebeth, JdV and Habana to spare them for the games after the brake.
A loss this weekend will also force the Stormers management to change their defence 1st, 2nd and 3rd most important approach. And will force them to at least try and do some dummy runners ect. and not just the FH loop around as against the Sharks.
The Stormers players like Burger, Vermeulen and Bekker will be rested and ready to go. They might be a bit rusty but esp. Burger never seems rusty after an injury layoff.
We still play the Lions, Cheetahs and Rebels and esp. the away Cheetahs game will be tough. But as the Sharks now, then the Stormers will be in a place where they will have to win and preferably with 4 tries this do put some sort of pressure on you and migth bring the best out of the team. (or if not then there season will be over and they should start building towards next season)
The Stormers ofcoarse will need the Sharks to do them a favour by beating the Bulls in Durban if the men from the Cape would stand any chance of topping the conference.
If not then the Stormers can still qualify in the top 6. Which may not be such a bad thing as the Stormers have just in recent times played some of their best games away from Newlands and all the presure. (Homeground advantge sure did not help in 2011 nor in 1998?)
So although it is sad (as a Stormers supporter) that the game on Saturday night will be hugely onesided affair, we are still in a good position and might just be the freshest of all the RSA contenders.