Chiefs a must win for Stormers?
March 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
So on Saturday it was no surprise to see the Stormers lose the arm wrestle against the Sharks in Durban. From the start of the season this game was always going to be close and a hard one to win. That is why it was so sad to see the way the Stormers started against the Bulls a game they should have won if you look at the quality of the squads.
Now the Stormers are right where the Sharks was in 2012 and will have a lot of pressure on them to win against the form team of the S15 — The Chiefs. In the Stormers favor would be that the Chiefs do have to travel around the globe (luckily for them with time) and that it will be played at Newlands. The Chiefs might also be a bit over confident although I doubt it.
AC will have some hard decisions to make guys like Liebenberg and DeJongh should be back in reckoning. The problem is these guys have not played a game in a long time so will he be brave enough to throw them in the starting line-up?
Damian D’Allande has looked out of his depth in Super Rugby so I would bring De Jongh back if fit straight into the starting line-up. Even if De Jongh stays injured then I will be tempted to try Grant at 12. I know Grant is not the best 12 in the world but D’Allende has really struggled.
Elton had a better game his cross kick to Aplon was the closest any team came to scoring a try. But he still lacks the confidence he had at the end of 2012. Hopefully he will slowly start building some.
I know this sounds strange but I was impressed with the young Stormers front row. They were out muscle and out classed by the Sharks but unlike the Cheetahs they were not in reverse gear the whole 80 mins. At 21 years of age they do still have a lot to learn though.
On Saturday it will be the Stormers defense against the Chiefs attack. While that is old news the Stormers will have to play well above themselves to win the game. It will be tough.