Mallett: Poor move by Stormers
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says the Stormers made wrong substitutions in their loss to the Chiefs at Newlands last Saturday.
As it happened: Stormers v Chiefs
The Stormers annihilated the Chiefs at scrum time, with Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Koch wrecking havoc.
The home side led 13-3 at one stage, but let things slip, eventually going down 28-19.
Alistair Vermaak and Frans Malherbe replaced Kitshoff and Koch in the 61st minute of the match, while Neil Rautenbach also replaced Scarra Ntubeni at hooker in the 63rd minute. These substitutions gave the Chiefs breathing room up front and enabled them to take control of proceedings.
Mallett was speaking in the SuperSport studio after the game and said the substitutions impacted negatively on the Stormers.
"The Stormers should've kept their pack together for as long as possible," said Mallett. "The last 20 minutes (after the replacements) they didn't dominate the Chiefs pack as they had done in the 60 minutes prior.
"The Stormers front row and scrum was the strongest part of their game and to take the three players off was a poor move. In a game as close as that, you don't take off people who are dominating their opponents."