Not getting any easier for Stormers
February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
So the Stormers played their worst game of rugby in at least 2 years. Their scrums was shaky their line outs a total sham and their handling school boyish at best. It was only the first game but the Chiefs also played their first game and looked like a well oiled machine. Astonishingly they came close in the end but the Bulls deserved to win even though their only try was fortunate. (legitimate?)
Elton Jantjies had his worst game in his short professional career. Missing an astonishing 4 out of 4 kicks with none of them being impossibly difficult. (which indecently could have won them the game which they definitively did not deserve)His kicking out of hand and distribution was average and one could see he has not played any rugby in a long time. It was always going to be a risk playing him without any practice matches and so short after his personal tragedy. I really feel for him as their must be loads of demons running through his mind.
Deon Fourie showed me one thing and that is that he is no hooker he is a decent to good openside flanker. But his scrumming and line out work was one of the reasons the Stormers lost.
The Stormers face the Sharks, Chiefs, Brumbies, Crusaders over the next 5 weeks. No disrespect for the Bulls but of all those teams they are by far the weakest team.
But good on the Bulls, Morne kick brilliant and they deserved to win by 20 – 30 points the way the Stormers played. Although they might be advised to bring in more of their young talent as to boast their attacking skills.
If I were AC which I’m not. I would switch Fourie to 6 and start Liebenberg or Bezuidenhoudt at hooker. Switch Elstadt to 4 and drop Steenkamp to bench. In the back I only bring in Joe for injured Taute and De Jongh if ready for D’Allande. Also bring Grant in on the bench.
I can’ t see them winning the Sharks in Durban so they will have to win the Chiefs at Newlands.
In other news I was so happy that Maties triumphed over Tukkies. Not because Maties are from the WC and Tukkies from Ptown. But because most of the Tukkies team are professional rugby players (contracted by the Bulls) who are studying on the side AND most of the Maties (if not all) are professional students playing a bit of rugby on the side. I just feel this is the real embodiment of the competition. But that is just a personal gripe of mine.