Mallett slams ‘half asleep, shocking’ Stormers
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett heavily
criticised the Stormers following their 17-all draw with the Sunwolves in
Singapore at the weekend.
A try from replacement prop Vincent Koch after the full-time
siren enabled the Cape side to take a share of the spoils in a game they
deserved to lose.
The Stormers were heavy favourites beforehand but produced
an alarmingly lacklustre performance which Mallett criticised in the SuperSport
The former Bok mentor said: “It was a shocking performance
by the Stormers. They looked overconfident, and they were really poor with ball
in hand, going sideways instead of forward. Their defence was too passive and
frankly they looked half asleep. This was a serious case of overconfidence and
a lack of experience in key positions. The Stormers were very lucky to come
away with a draw today.
“They just didn’t take the opposition seriously enough. When
you play a team that you should dominate, you must dominate with your forwards.
So many times today, the scrum was going forward, but instead of milking the
penalty and kicking to the corner to set up a driving maul or kick a penalty
goal, the Stormers tried to play ball-in-hand rugby and that played right into
the Sunwolves’ hands. I don’t know what happened with the Stormers. Their
tactics were just wrong.”
For Mallett, the game was similar to the Springboks’ shock
34-32 defeat to Japan in Brighton in last year’s World Cup.
“This reminded me of the Springboks’ performance against
Japan in the World Cup. If you want to win a rugby game, you have to get all
the basics right. An example of this, which South African teams need to look
at, is the Highlanders-Crusaders game. There was no problem with defence,
attacking and/or defensive kicking, the set pieces were incredibly intense and
there was great off-loading when going forward. What we’re trying to do is play
an off-loading game without dominating physically and that doesn’t cut it."