Mallett: Stormers have pack to win title
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick
Mallett says the Stormers have the pack of forwards to take them to the Super
Mallett was speaking in the SuperSport
studio following the Stormers’ 31-15 win over the Melbourne Rebels at Newlands
as the weekend.
“The Stormers have a pack of forwards to
win this competition,” said Mallett. “They've got a very good tight five. Their
front row is the best in the competition from a scrummaging point of view and
they lean very heavily on it to win them penalties. Their lineout was improved
and their loose forwards were fabulous. Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger and Siya
Kolisi were very good today (Saturday).
The Stormers though copped criticism in
some quarters for their inability to bag a four-try bonus point, especially
after they had scored their third try as early as the 45th minute.
Mallett attributed this to below-par
big question mark I've got about this Stormers side is do they have the
backline from structured attack able to breakdown a New Zealand backline? The
answer there is probably no, because the Stormers score a number of their tries
from broken play, usually off opposition mistakes.
“They don't have the physicality in the
backline and they don't have the good running lines or control from 10 to
create their own opportunities. But they were certainly deserved winners today
and they are also going to be deserved winners of the South African conference.”