Stormers make iffy start.
February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
Well the Stormers first game of the season is done and dusted. Their performance was really patchy with some brilliant play matched by some really ordinary play.
I feel Kurt had a good enough game. (except for goal kicking) Do not get me wrong he is no world class player but did better than I expected. He actually got the backline moving once in a while.
For me the real weak point was at scrumhalf and flank where we lacked a bit of class. Schreuder did OK but there was no snipping breaks and I can recall at least 2 times, when on attack, he fumbled the ball at the base of the ruck. Personally I believe that Groom is a much busier scrumhalf. I know his tactical kicking is not the best but that could be left to flyhalf ala Nz style.
On the Flank Carr (more a 8 or 7 than a real 6) and Armand did OK without being influential. We really did miss Kolisi the man is just a defensive machine. Also would like to see how Burger will be going after his long break.
All in all I feel the Stormers were in control of the match for most of the 80. But this performance is not going to win you many games during the actual comp. A real rusty performance.
Making a fast start to a SR campaign is very important but in the end finishing strong is maybe even more important. One would have loved to have more than 2 warm up games but I think AC is taking the gamble to see if he can’t lessen the workload on some key players. I mean it is no good having warm ups with combinations that won’t really feature in the comp it self.