May 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
Yes, I’m a Stormer fan and yes, they are not good enough this year. Injuries is part and parcel of SupeRugby so, I don’t use that as an excuse. It is, however, pathetic when officials get it so wrong. Daylight robbery is what happened on Friday night in Melbourne.
Yes, it is fantastic that the minnows are capable of beating the so called top dogs and this years competition is very unpredictable which is great for this format. It is just wrong with all the technology that not just the on field referees, but, also the Tele-ref is poor and cause a team to loose.
Numerous Stormers line-out drives were stopped illegally. The penalty try was more than harsh. Yes, Martin Bezuidenhout had a ‘front row’ brain explosion and did pull Nick Phibbs back; however, there were two knock-ons in the lead up to the try. I’m aware that the refs now do consider, rightfully so, that if the tackler knocks the ball out of the carriers possession in a full contact legal tackle, it is not a knock-on. Scott Higgingbotham did not execute a proper tackle when his hand knocked the ball out of the Stormers players hand, thus a knock-on in my book.
The Stormers has not improved in adapting their game plan that worked the last two years. Build on a Berlin-wall defense system with playing the territorial game and converting penalies, is outdated.Poor tactical kciking especially from Dewald Duvenhage and Joe Pietersen was unacceptable. It worked better the previous years when Peter Grant was in the 10 jersey. Elton Jantjies is a waste of money and I hope that WP doesn’t sign him permanently. It’s time to give the young Timo Swiel ago! Go big or go home!
Piet van Zyl and Sarel Pretorius surely do not prefer the bench; so WPRU must try and get one of them or Rory Kockott to join them for next year.
The Stormers must now win their last 5 games to restore some lost pride. They can beat the Reds, Cheethas, Kings (also an away game) and Bulls at home. Too little too late though. Go Stormers!