Will the Stormers wilt?

2011-05-10 09:23

Gary Boshoff

After the highly anticipated clash between the Stormers and the Crusaders, some rugby reporters felt that the Stormers were the dominant team for most of the game and that based on that “dominance” they should have won this very important Vodacom Super Rugby match.

The match was on the one hand billed as the clash between the two centre pairings; the highly experienced Springbok duo of Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie and the in-form Crusaders pairing of Sonny Bill Williams and Robbie Fruean. It was also billed as a ‘must-win’ for the Stormers ahead of their four-week tour to Australasia.

Let’s first discuss the view that the Stormers “dominated” the Crusaders for most of the game.

My personal assessment of this was that in certain departments of the game there were indeed periods when the Stormers took the initiative and managed to direct the flow of the game through a combination of good phase-play and rock-steady defence. 

However, at the same time, the Crusaders displayed outstanding discipline in defence and despite being on the short-end of most of the statistics, remained patient in attack until they were able to break down the Stormers’ defences at crucial stages of the match. 

The Crusaders were better off in the scrums and certainly in the midfield Williams lived up to his reputation as the latest superstar to don the All Black jersey. 

So while some felt that the Stormers were dominant, they were equally dominated in what now seems to be the more telling aspects of the game, hence the final score in favour of the Crusaders. 

The outcome at Newlands has also once again exposed the inability of our teams and players to adapt to the changing dynamics during a match when their pre-planned game strategy is rendered ineffective by the opposition. 

The Stormers just stuck to their physical in-your-face confrontational approach that worked so well for them against the Bulls and Sharks. They kept at it for the remainder of the game despite their inability to break down the Crusaders’ defenses in the second half. 

Apart from offering your typical New Zealand hard-knuckle forward play the South Islanders have over the years build up a reputation of having a special nous for the technical and skill sides of the game. This was clearly evident on Saturday when they used all of those abilities to beat the Stormers, South Africa’s best Super Rugby side.

So while Stormers fans might think that their team lost a match they should have won, the Crusaders will celebrate a critical win and this without their stalwarts, Richie McCaw and Dan Carter!

Finally, the match also exposed the vulnerability of De Villiers in midfield: on two occasions the forceful Williams literally ran over him and if it wasn’t for poor handling from Fruean things might have looked much worse for the Stormers.

Add to that the strong scrumming by the Crusaders tight five and all of a sudden the Stormers’ performance was not as “dominant” as it seemed to be for some.

Over the next two weeks the Stormers play two New Zealand teams in New Zealand, a daunting task indeed. Both the Chiefs and Blues have very tough forward packs and more than capable backs – tough teams to bounce back against. Both games that the Stormers have lost this season (against the Reds and Crusaders) saw their confrontational forward play matched by equally tough opposition. They can expect the same from the Chiefs and Blues.

These will be the defining two weeks for the Stormers’ Super Rugby season. Will they blossom or will they wilt?

Gary Boshoff is a former SARU player and current Afrikaans rugby commentator on SuperSport.

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  • KingSmurf - 2011-05-10 09:29

    Gary Boshoff = AllBlack supporter!!

      Devon - 2011-05-10 09:39

      Gary Boshoff = Pragmatic least he's not one of those Stormers supporters who are already polishing a trophy they are yet to win...

      Tamzien - 2011-05-10 10:30

      Like the Keo guys. *and i am a stormer*

      YB Normal - 2011-05-10 10:34

      Gary Boshoff took over from Quintus van Bloues (rooyen) and only see blue. The new bulls jersey will confuse him for a while as he can only see blue and will not be able to report on the red bulls

      Uwe Klopfer - 2011-05-10 10:44

      because he states the facts ? dont be blinded by loyalty/ The facts are the saders had the stormers under control and then some. The SA sides cannot seem to adapt to the situation at hand.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-10 11:23

      The man speaks the truth except for 1 thing , If you look at the log , Stormers have remained one of the teams with the most wins this season , one or two hiccups does not mean wilting , 5/10 is wilting !!!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-10 11:58

      Come on...admit it Mr were also cheering with the Crusader section of the crowd!

      DeonL - 2011-05-10 15:34

      Cliff, He was speaking about the next 2 games ("will they blossom or wilt") The Stormers are doing very well, but it might be very different after the tour?

      kungfupanda - 2011-05-11 16:58

      What are you talking about? It sounds like they lost 50-10. You can easily dominate a scrum with illegal scrumming tactics. It was a hard fought game of which the result could have gone either way. People who write sports columns shouldn't be biased.

  • CobaltZulu - 2011-05-10 09:43

    Ah Gary yet you do not mention in the battle of the Midfield the 4 occassions where Fourie ran between the much vaunted Williams and Freuan as if they were lamposts and that as I have stated on many occasions Williams defence unless littered with illegal challenges is very suspect indeed. The Stormers were naive and rushed a few chances but on the whole created as many if not more chances to score as the Crusaders but were not clinical enough and far more of SBW's offloads went astray and ruined scoring chances than succeeded so yes a tough battle awaits the Stormers but all in all if they learn from this it will have been an exercise well done.

      Uwe Klopfer - 2011-05-10 10:52

      agreed, Fourie breaks a line very well. And his defense is always good. And yes, the stormers could have scored more by being more clinical, but so could the saders. A good team creates many scoring opportunities, a great team finishes more of them off. I hope the stormers can fix those. As for SBW defence...yes it is dodgy at times, but it seems to be getting better...remember he comes from sissy rugby league where such play is often overlooked.

      WPBEFONK - 2011-05-10 12:53

      Gary Boshoff = ALL BLACK en BLUE BULLS supporter

      EmileV - 2011-05-10 14:47

      If you look closely....both times Fourie broke the line he was running between props and not SBW and Fruean. Only once did they break between SBW and Fruean, when Sadie came through

  • Met Uysh! - 2011-05-10 09:43

    SBW ran over JdV? As far as I saw, not once did SBW get past him. Maybe have a little revisit to the game All Black supporter Gary.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-10 09:52

      @Uysh - Morning. In the aftermath of this game, one thing has become evident: Many journos/experts/analysts - DON'T watch the game.

      thumper - 2011-05-10 10:04

      Exactly. JdV might have gone to ground but he never let SBW get away. Crusaders disciplined in defence???? The ref had his blinkers on when the Stormers got anywhere near the 5m line. Yellow cards should have appeared much earlier in the game. Gary Boshoff has once again proved himself an idiot.

      Julz - 2011-05-10 10:08

      SBW did run over Jean.You go check the tapes, early on in the 1st half, near the Sader's 22m area, SBW went right over JdV.SBW basically tripped over Jdv cos he was lying on the floor.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-10 10:16

      Agree with Julz, he did run over JDV, and frankly was better than JDV on the day. His offloads were sublime.

      Raka13 - 2011-05-10 10:26

      Gary, do you know who Jean de Villiers is? It is the guy who wore the Nr12 on his back for the Stormers, now, go watch the game and then please amend your article.

      Uwe Klopfer - 2011-05-10 10:48

      i agree, SBW never broke through jean, but he always had the sader getting front foot ball and with it assuring they got fast ball. SBW style of play is high risk, but a success rate of 50% and the other 50% that doesnt work get covered by great cover defence, then why not. If you know your defence has your back then by all means, go for it. As for Fourie, well done, he did what a centre is there to do. Break the line. Much better than meisiekind olivier that picks out defenders.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-05-10 11:54

      @Julz and Kaapie, go watch again who was holding on to SBW's foot in that incident. He might have bumped JdV to ground but Jean still held on to the tackle. Axs I said, not once did SBW get past Jean. Show me ONE instance where he got past Jean?

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-10 11:55

      Yes, SBW knocked JDV onto his butt. The cross cover then took SBW down - fact, saw it myself. I still thought that SBW was well looked after, and SA must look at how we can exploit or smother his off-loads.

  • Julz - 2011-05-10 10:06

    Ou Papbek Boshoff!

  • Mike Oosthuyzen - 2011-05-10 10:10

    Can't believe I wasted my time reading this rubbish

  • Kaapie - 2011-05-10 10:18

    Whtas more is that Gary is quite correct without saying that at forward we may struggle, or rather in the front row. CJ is not up to standard. What the Stormers need is very good tighthead and Wicus has also been struggling.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-10 10:32

      @Kaapie - I agree with that.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-10 11:22

      And we need a scrummie.. This kid fom Ikeys caught my eye

      StaalBurgher - 2011-05-10 11:24

      Agreed about CJ. Somewhere along the line he has dropped off from international quality. He struggles every game he is out there.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-10 11:50

      @Kaapie - Nic Groom - yeah, very fast service.

  • WPStrm 4ever - 2011-05-10 10:36

    I was hoping for an article where I could post this morning regarding Saturdays game. I left the stadium thinking that yes we played well but got beaten by a better team. Got home re-winded the tape and watched it al over again and then started wondering if this so-called "crucial stages of the match" was not helped along by a certain mr Pollock. The Crusaders got 2 official team warnings for repeated infringements in the red zone as they call it, but action was only taken after the final hooter have gone. Mr Reid their esteemed stand in captain was playing from an off-side position at almost every ruck after he made tackles, a sin for which Dickinson yellow-carded him in the 2010 match, without any sanction. Mr Crockett almost never bound in any of the scrums which were shown close up, also without being penalized and then this morning on the Rugby365 site it was all confirmed, the ref had a shocker from the ( discuss/ 2731122.htm). It will tell you that the Stormers was clearly up against it from the first minute, and they had no control over it, as Schalk said to the ref at some point, "It doesn't help me talking to you because you have whistle". SBW, yes he is good, but definitely not great yet, and Mr Boshoff was maybe watching the game of his beloved BB when he saw SBW running over an no. 12 because it surely did not happen on Saturday at Newlands. And before you say I complain about the ref, I'm only stating facts, thats all.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-10 11:26

      WPStrm 4ever: Please dont say that , it is the truth but moaning about the ref is reserved for that crowd there far north of the Jukskei stream, they will be on your back !!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-10 12:16

      @Cliff - this is why people give you so much shit. Half the time you are correcting Stormers behaviour, the other half you are accussing Bulls of the same behaviour. The Stormers like old Chris Holtzhousen is still blaming refs about losses from 2005. This issue was debated last week, where I was called and idiot by some Ian dude, and this week we are debating it again. The fact is that the NZ teams have gotten away with murder for a very long time now. Refs have not been consistant, but I am sure that they are doing the best they can. Last week the Sharks were blamming the ref, and if you look at Burger's shoulder charge, I would agree to an extent - but some were saying that they were blown out the game. So Cliff, stop being such a plonker.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-10 12:58

      GraemeBB - I ndont suppose its right to give you crap , you are objective , but those other trits , and whether you like to admit it or not , the most come from the ranks of the BB supporters , start by saying SBW was so good , he was not , game was lost due to the following : (1) Bad Reffing - I watched the replay , the ball was not changed in DD disallowed try , SBW gave a def forward pass leading to Crusaders 1st try, plenty , and not a few , a moer of a lot of obstruction by Crusaders & last but least , bad bad Captains calls , Apologise , I should not let those tits get to me.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-10 13:00

      GraemeBB - If you will remember I was one of the few stormer supporters that moaned about that charge !!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-10 13:27

      @Cliff, as I said, the Stormers could still have won the game, and stupid line kicks was the nail in the coffin. Remember, I am a Bull. If you give the Bulls K@K, I may have something to say about it - if you give individuals who support the Bulls K@K, I may even agree with you. But, have a good one, and I hope your team the best of luck on tour. Oh, I just want to add that SBW is a good player. He was well looked after this weekend, so he wasnt given space to make those devastating runs, but his off-loads is killer. I hear you when you say that it was a forward pass that led to a try - but what it also does is stretch any defense. Where a team would have been stopped, the defensive teams only stops the reciever 10 meters further, and keeps the Saders on the front foot. He is a threat, but again I agree with you, there is opportunity to exploit these risky plays. Have a good day

      BardofAvon - 2011-05-10 21:43

      Dude, the Stormers choked. Plain and simple.

      Marcell - 2011-05-11 00:50

      The quick throw-in by the Crusader was not forward but the ref thought that it was and that gave the Stormers the chance to get some points, remember?

      Whoosa - 2011-05-11 06:17

      Just to clear out the confusion on the quick throw in. The touch judge said "the players foot was in field when he made the throw", thats why it was not allowd. NO TRY.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-11 14:46

      The way I understand it is that if his foot was in play, they ball remained dead. So no try.

  • Rob - 2011-05-10 10:42

    Sure Gary, stormers did struggle aganst crusaders scrum, but they got away with murder in red zone. Along with idiotic ruling on Duvenhage's try that wasn't allowed and forward pass for 1st try missed by our great assistant refs on the touchlines. Stormers did waste some opportunities, but these small rulings in big games play a big part. And their technical skill in my books should refer to their absolute negative and yellow card offenses near the tryline.

      WPStrm 4ever - 2011-05-10 11:00

      I agree with you Rob. There wasn't space in my post above to still ad what you have said about the forward pass, I checked it quite a few times and the trajectory of the ball from SBW's hand was towards the try line they were attacking which then deems it a forward pass.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-05-10 11:58

      Yup, incredible these AR's. They can spot for the first time in this competition a quick throw with foot in field, but never sees the stationery hookers with their feet in field of play at the lineouts and cannot see obvious forward passes in line with play ,yet when a quick throw in is not straight they can spot it from a mile away. Amazing!

      Rob - 2011-05-10 12:42

      @Met Uysh! - well advantage should have gone to the stormers for the throw in and 7 points early in the game would have given them the momentum for the rest of it. Bad call but all in the past now. Stormers need to pick themselves up for Chiefs. First game of tour always shaky for them.

      King - 2011-05-10 14:12

      Rob. You can't play advantage in such a situation. The throw was illegal and that takes precedent. It had to be re-thrown. Learn your laws.

      King - 2011-05-10 14:21

      @Rob. So it doesn't matter that it was intercepted. The ball was still officially dead because the Assistant Ref had not put down his flag to signify a correct lineout, and rightly so. Here's another example. If team A takes a quick tap penalty in front of the designated mark, but subsequently knocks the ball on to team B, and team B "scores", that try will not count. The ball has to be re-started on the correct mark by team A. You can't play advantage from illegal play in a dead-ball situation.

      WPStrm 4ever - 2011-05-10 15:04

      King Shaka, go read the following article ( as I also thought it was the right call, but not any more. Still have the same opinion? I don't think so my friend.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-05-11 15:04

      @WPStrm4ever et al. No, the try should not have been allowed. Law 19.2 e) says clearly that if a player has his foot in the field of play with a quick throw in, the throw-in is disallowed and the option must be given to the other team if they want to throw the ball into the line out or have a scrum. That means advantage was not relevant as the throw in was wrong and the law says the throw in should not be allowed, in other words, as if it never happened.

  • PHIL - 2011-05-10 10:48


  • Torro Azur - 2011-05-10 11:13

    The result was expected, same situation as last years S14 final! What is amasing is that no one address the age old Provence problem - they were ruffeld in the scrums and messed up 5 lineouts on their own throw. Concerning SBW running over JdV, if I am hit from the front and land on my back, I lost that tackle ask JdV himself! Of course the Stormers will blame the ref - it is what they do best. The next "red thing" running past a Stormer player will be a Red Bull - who return to their traditional strip this weekend - the Red strip was to say thank you to a loyal sponcer.

      jimmbo - 2011-05-10 11:27

      what was the bulls vs saders score? cant remember? Wait wait next comment "no cup for 10 years" Great comeback. lol i dont give a SHHHH*t

      WPStrm 4ever - 2011-05-10 11:30

      The red strip was no thank you, it was selling your soul/tradition to the highest bidder. There is no guarentee they would not expect it again, it happened once, it can happen again. Like someone from Pretoria said when this story broke a few weeks ago, he could believe something like this happening, because Victor is invlolved and apparently loves the money very much. I also don't think the stormer supporters are blaming the ref, they are highlighting some key decisions that could have turned a closely contested match as it was in another direction.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-10 11:51

      What is a "loyal sponCer" @ Torro? Is it the Tswane version of a ponce?

      Jan - 2011-05-10 17:30

      Dream on about a red nul running past a stormer

  • The_Fox - 2011-05-10 11:20

    Thank you Gary for AGAIN pointing out the obvious. Dont despair, we will "blossom". Like Waco Jaco vdW at a Mighty Men Rally!

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-05-10 11:31

    To say JdV failed because an incredibly talented player got front foot ball for his team on occassion is BS. In that sense SBW and Fruen also failed because JdV and JF also got across the gain line on numerous occassions. It is impossible to stop great players behind the gain line all the time. They did however prevent him from breaking our line completely, he or his backup runners did not get away once like they did against just about every other team they have played against. Job well done if you ask me. The reason we lost was tactical decision making. If we had taken those 2 penalties the Crusaders would not have been able to transgress at the end for fear of losing. It is better to chase 2 or 1 points instead of 7 because it gives the defence a lot more leeway in what they can do to spoil your chances.

  • disagecko - 2011-05-10 11:39

    SBW was good, Jaque was better. The 'Saders just used Stormer's own gameplan against them. They did their homework, at times when we (ja, I'm a Stormer-man) were actually moving forward with the ball, 'Saders defence was on par with ours - in previous games. The most worrying is how easy they neutralised Bekker. Has he ever lost 5 lineouts in a game in his life? 's orraait, we'll fix it in the final!

  • bullincapeto - 2011-05-10 11:45

    Rubbish article, utter codswallop. Im a bulls supporter (Not like effel and pink lloyd) and after twenty mins i was really proud of the stormers, thinking they would win easily.How I saw it was a few lapses of judgement by the youngsters, which then led to drop in overall intensity by the stormers.Not a train smash, Crusaders an exellent team. No one on this forum has commented on what i think as being the problem with the Bulls this season, they started the season completely unfit!! Maybe on purpose, long season, time to play themselves fit.All of you have that have written them off, they are only two spots away from the play-off spots!! With four home games left.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-10 11:57

      @bullincapeto - I doubt anyone with half a brain would write the Bulls off. I certainly haven't. I think the Bulls will make a dash for the playoffs bigtime. The 2X Bulls/Sharks games will be of huge influence.... Personally I feel the Bulls might have left things a little late - but write the Bulls off? Not quite. I also refuse to align myself with groups that say the Stormers WILL win, WILL tour well, WILL win 4/4 etc. Cr@p - there is quite a lot that must happen before ANY team is hyped UP or hyped DOWN. I say, let's all just sit back and enjoy the rugby for what it is.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-10 13:36

      @bullincapeto - I also think lapses by seniors like Bekker losing line-outs, and taking line kicks instead of the 3 pointers, all played a role in the Stormer's defeat. I would lie if I said I wasnt on my feet when Jaques scored. That was Poolman's try, but played it safe. The Kiwi's need to lose to us now, so that they dont get too much confidence for the Tri-Nations and RWC - but few see the bigger picture. And yes, never write off the Bulls! I hope they come back big, but they have made it difficult for themselves by losing against the Force for example. But they certainly can still make the top 6!

      Plato - 2011-05-10 13:42

      I agree. Stormers played a good game. The best thing is that they know they can beat the Crusaders. It was a good learning exercise and can only be positive for the rest of the games. Take lessons from the Bulls. In 2010 they have stayed positive, even after their losses. You never saw panic or desperation in their eyes, even when trailing with 20+ points in a game. They stuck to their game plan and even the Crusaders could not beat that. My bet is there is going to be 3 SA teams in the top 6 this season. What a position in WC year!

      Marx - 2011-05-10 14:22

      @Bullincapeto, I doudbt that the Bulls started the season unfit, I think a lot of their players are, and were mentally drained, you can name a lot of players that has played way more hours of rugby than the other unions. The Bulls didn't have a lot of pre-season games, mostly for this reason!! Now the experts from down South have the nerve to call certain players hasbeens and over the hill, but are quick to forget the amounts of rugby played, the incredible service to SA rugby in the whole. On the Saders thumping the Bulls, go and have close look at all the 50/50 calls going in favour of the Saders, the same happened the weekend, the same dodgy calls against the Stormers!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-10 15:02

      @Graeme - don't take the 'trolling' comments made by ALL on here 2 seriously - it cuts both ways :) All on here are guilty of it - end of. The trick is to differentiate between for example: My TRUE rugby comments, and my "incite reaction" comments....One can't be 2 serious on here, it's entertainment, nothing more or less. Apart from 1 or 2 genuine 'trolls' (Lloyd/Marcell etc) most chaps on here are pretty solid rugby lovers (I think...), who will shortly be supporting the Boks.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-10 16:36

      @SAFFA - true. I also like to put in a playful punch, and see some reaction, even with you. I laugh my ass off at some of the stuff on here, trust me. If one dishes, one must be able to receive, and if you make statements, you must back them. Just like you said - there are people here that you dont like, same goes for me. We all just playing the game. Cheers

  • JR - 2011-05-10 12:02

    Duh? Dit is baie maklik om te praat van die Bulle en veral om hulle sleg te se. Jy wen nie hierdie kompetisie deur ander spanne af te kraak nie, jy wen dit deur BMT. Op die groot dag moet jy wen, JY MOET WEN. Ja en nou gaan die idiote weer alle comments gee wat absoluut niks met Rugby uitewaai het nie... Shame ,,,Siestog.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-10 13:48

      JR - dit is hoekom ek glo die Bulle staan nog n kaans - BMT. Mense kan se wat hulle will oor die Bulle, dit stem uit jaloersie uit, wat die haat veroorsaak. Maar dit gese, moet ons as Bulle ondersteuners vir ons mede SA ook onderteuning gee. Ek vir een laat nie n klomp suur gatte my teen my land draai nie. En ek sal vir my Bulle en spelers opstaan. As hulle my teleur stel, sal ek so se. Ek worry nie of mense my respekteer of nie - ek se wat ek sien en dink. Cheers

      Sprover - 2011-05-10 14:19

      Stem saam JR, Ek is 'n Stormer ondersteuner en 'n mens kan baie dinge sê van die Bulls, maar mens kan nie sê dat hulle nie BMT het nie. Ek dink tog hulle het dalk te laat wakker geskrik hierdie jaar, maar hulle het nog kans om my verkeerd te bewys.

  • Clifton - 2011-05-10 12:33

    Ja Gary....easy to pick on the loss, but nothing about how it could have gone both ways...had we won it would you even write ....or would you simply say.......the saders lost it more than the stormers won it......The Sharks lost 4 on the trot and stil no one said they are wilting?????? Our pack did wel in the scrums I thought....specially since they went in almost every time before the engage and was alowed to all night!!!??? We beat all the NZ teams last year.....what did you say then? Means nothing?

  • carjan - 2011-05-10 13:03

    Gary Boshoff - it's all about bad coaching and wrong selection at the stormers. Address the coaches, for Pete's sake. They selected the wrong flyhalf, wrong gameplan, etc., etc.

  • Sprover - 2011-05-10 13:46

    I think some of the comments are very harsh on Gary Boshoff here. He is asking a ligitimate question. Will the Stormers blossom or will they wilt? The possibility is there that they can lose both their next games without picking up any bonus points as the Chiefs and Blues are very good sides packed full of exciting and dangerous players that can take a game away from any opposition like Liam Messam, Rene Ranger, Masaga and Kevin Mealamu to name just a few. The Stormers also have a very poor record against the Brumbies. So they could possibly lose their next 3 games and that I would say is a wilting team, wouldn't you? On the otherhand they if they beat the Chiefs, Blues and Brumbies then I would say they will be well on their way to top the South African conference and that would be a blossoming team, would'nt it? One thing I will disagree with in Mr. Boshoff's article is the fact that SBW might have bumped JDV over once, but he didn't once ran over him. JDV still managed to bring him down every time. If I remember correctly even little Gio Aplon took SBW's legs away from underneath him effecting a scew offload to Fruen and a knock-on. Don't get me wrong SBW is extremely good, but he is over-hyped, much like a certain Jonah Lomu was and how many tries did he score against South Africa again? Exactly. I'll hold my breath until I see him take on the Springboks at altitude and the French in a World Cup thank you very much.

  • FrankLee - 2011-05-10 14:49

    What this means is that the South African supporters should start choosing either the ABs or the Wallabies as the sides to support in the RWC. The Springboks will be lucky to make it past the quarterfinals - if they even reach it!!!! And no, I'm not a pessimist or a traitor - simply a realist. The current bunch of players just don't have it to make it to the RWC final. I'm hoping that the ABs win it for a change - and on their home ground, nogals!!!!.

  • DeonL - 2011-05-10 14:53

    It would be great if the Stormers could win theire next 2 games, but chances are slim in achieving this as very few of our teams has travelled well in the past.

  • FrankLee - 2011-05-10 14:59

    What this means is that the South African supporters should start choosing either the ABs or the Wallabies as the sides to support in the RWC. The Springboks will be lucky to make it past the quarterfinals - if they even reach it!!!! And no, I'm not a pessimist or a traitor - simply a realist. The current bunch of players just don't have it to make it to the RWC final. I'm hoping that the ABs win it for a change - and on their home ground, nogals!!!!.

  • Raymond - 2011-05-10 20:46

    It was an even game and could have gone either way. I think that the team that took it's chances walked away with the rewards.We were a bit suspect in the front row and in the lineouts during the late part of the game.I felt that Schalk should have gone for the goalable kicks rather than the lineouts as he could see things were not going too good in this department.I wish the STORMERS the very best of luck and success in their away games-a tall order indeed.

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  • Northern Stormer - 2011-05-11 05:50

    Good game though !!! Two great teams !!!

  • Whoosa - 2011-05-11 06:21

    What gary BosDOFF knows about rugby, i can fit into a box of matches

  • transkeidave - 2011-05-11 06:23

    good comments here--same applies to our other teams who do not seem to be able to change direction during a game--i think the coaches are at fault here in not allowing game plan changes as and when required--also agree on the skills issue--we do not have the consistency in displaying our skills--flashes thereof only--we have the players so what or where is the problem--me thinks it starts at school level???

  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-11 19:58

    Jis jis al jul breindood onnosel klomp pikstele! Julle het gedink ek het in 'n totale introvert verander ne!! Ek het maar net vir 5dae aaneen gelag vir hoe pateties die Stormers is!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. The jokers of world rugby living up to their reputation again! Ek het altyd gedog 'n Bulls wen is die "ultimate," maar ek moet se ek dink 'n Stormers verloor is absoluut orgamies lekker!! Kry vir julle!!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 22:53

    Gary Boshoff is also a Blue Bull and Northen Bulls supporter and should report on his team and leave the Stormers to somebody who knows something about rugby. He does not have to worry about what is happening down here in the Cape. If they wilt, they wilt; if they don't, then even better.

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