AC putting to much emphasis on end of the season?
February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized
In the last 2 – 3 seasons the Stormers started of with a bang and usually sneaked their first few games and then just kept on winning.
AC placed a lot of importance on winning every game even if it is only by 1 point without the Stormers scoring a try. Players were picked with slight injuries and played week in and week out. AC believed that a half fit JdV is better than no JdVfor example.
While this worked for them in the short term it always came back to bite them come play-off time because normally by that time the Stormers will have plenty of injuries and very fatigued players.
This season has seen a turn around from the Stormers brains trust. They decided on a very short and noncompetitive preseason and have also rested any player who resembles a slight injury.
I believe if this was last season players like DeJongh, Liebenberg and even Burger would have played or been on the bench. To his mind this is only Feb and not a semi or final thus it is not worth risking players.
Now this is very admirable and might be a smart move. It is the same sort of tactic the Sharks used last season. (or were forced to use) But just how good it will work remains to be seen.
Thing is if you say you will take a win in the first few weeks but you are not putting everything you have on the line it is fine. But what will happen if the Stormers lose to the Sharks and then to the Chiefs?? A very realistic scenario. Will AC then change his song??
Thing is if you go down 3 – 0 or even 5 – 0 at the start of the season this will leave you having to win every week there after. Sure if you manage it you are on a roll come play-offs but do you really want that pressure?
Anyhow AC has made his decision and will have to stand by it. I just hope he has a strong hart and thick skin because things can get pretty ugly for him in the Cape media after a couple of losses. Esp with the squad he have at his disposal.