Mexted offers Stormers advice

2011-06-28 11:23

Ken Borland - SuperSport

Cape Town - Former All Black eighthman Murray Mexted has advised the Stormers to ditch their emphasis on defence if they are to beat the Crusaders in Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final at Newlands.

"The Stormers are an excellent team, I rate them and I picked them as finalists halfway through the season. But their emphasis on defence influences their mindset too much and limits their attack. You can see it by the number of tries they've scored," Mexted told SuperRugby in a telephonic interview from Rustenburg, where he was based while coaching at the Investec International Rugby Academy.

The Stormers have scored 33 tries in 16 matches, the sixth-lowest, while the Crusaders, Reds and Waratahs all scored more than 45 tries. But last year's runners-up have only conceded 18 tries, which gives them the best defensive record in the competition.

The flamboyant commentator said, for him, the Crusaders had been the outstanding team in this year's competition.

"The Crusaders have been the best all-round team, they are strong across the board - up front and out wide. And they play fully to the new law interpretations, which encourage a team to keep possession and exploit whatever space is available," Mexted said.

The veteran of 34 tests said the Crusaders not only boasted top-class players through the team, but had developed a tremendous sense of unity due to the terrible earthquakes that have meant they have been unable to play a single game at their Christchurch base.

"It's been a serious challenge for them to get this far, because they've had to travel much further and for every game because of the tragedy that has brought their city to its knees.

"The team have scheduled helping out around the city into their weekly programme and that has helped their morale. It's about a lot more than rugby for them now and through adversity they've become stronger," Mexted said.

The 57-year-old admitted, however, that the Crusaders would need to be at their classy best in order to overcome a gruelling travel schedule.

"I expected them to win against the Sharks, but now they have to travel to Cape Town, which is a big ask. If they win there, then they'll probably have to travel back to Brisbane. It's a huge logistical and physical challenge, and then we also don't know how much of a toll injuries will take," Mexted said.


  • Jackool - 2011-06-28 11:30

    Ok Mexted. The guys in the Cape will set up a quick meeting and tell the oaks to change the game plan and follow your well timed,100% unbiased, legitimate word of advice.

      sean - 2011-06-28 11:37

      I think Mexted is 100 % correct.

      manuel28 - 2011-06-28 11:39

      hahaha - who cares how many tries we scored in the season, the point was to get to newlands for the semis on home turf! so... ok mexted, im sure allistair got something cooked up.

      donkerhond - 2011-06-28 12:28

      We scored 33. All the other teams scored 18 against us. As long as you score more than the other team, the amount of tries doesn't really matter...

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-28 12:41

      Ja great idea, that is just the advice the Stormers need to loose.. Look at all WC matches and big semis and finals, they are won by penalties... If the stormers defend like they have it will cause the other team to make mistakes and they can bag 3 points a game... Do exactly what you doing and that is how you will win.. Great tactic by Murray to get the Stormers to lose so his NZ side can win..

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-28 12:41

      err a "game" / a shot..

      FearoPhobia - 2011-06-28 12:44

      Mexted has ALWAYS favored attack over defense. His just singing the same tune he's been singing for 20 years. It's the NZ style of rugby. Unfortunately it falls flat in high pressure games where mistakes are often made at critical times and defense becomes the best form of attack. You'd think that after 22 years without a world cup they would've learnt that. Sure attack is a great way of playing when done right (as with the NZ'ers) but when it comes to semi-finals or finals time it's best to have a great defense. As the Stormers will prove on Saturday :)

      Makutu - 2011-06-28 13:12

      They did it in 2010. They can do it again...

      Frik - 2011-06-28 14:03

      Stoffers vat dit of los dit... Maak nie rerig saak nie... Crusaders 24+

      Andrew - 2011-06-28 15:15

      @ Rugby Guru. The problem when defending is that you are on the back foot, in your own half and you also concede penalties. Defending also takes more physical energy than attacking, this wears players down. Concede in your own half and Dan will make you pay. Conceding 3 points is not good but does not have the same phsycological effect as conceding a try. When any team concedes a try look at the effect on the players is visible. Conceding a penalty means you made a simple mistake or perhaps the referee got it wrong. Concede a try and this means that your defenses were breached, you missed tackles, they beat you out wide etc. It has a different meaning in terms of morale. The converse is true for scoring a try. So do you want to feel good for not allowing tries or do you want to feel great for scoring tries. I also think that it is much of a glass half full or glass half empty. While you are attacking and scoring tries you take the game away from the opponent. While you are defending the initiative is handed back to the opponent. I think that the Crusaders do well because they keep coming at you and they do so in the big games as well. When we go into big games we are concious of the fact and keep it tighter. It has nothing to do with BMT at times but purely a more conservative strategy.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-28 15:48

      We dont need your advice Mr Bill Murray.

      Jackool - 2011-06-28 16:01

      @Andrew. A bit of a black and white world you are living in mate. How about feeling good about not letting any tries in, AND feeling great about scoring a couple while you are on the field anyway.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-28 16:08

      Andrew who said the Stormers must kick the ball the Saders and then defend the rest of the game? I am saying play their game the best defence effort in Super Rugby, defend like your life depends on it, and when its time to attack, do the same.. But don't take away the strongest point the Stormers have, and that is playing as a unit, if they get that right then the rest will come on its own...

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-28 16:19

      Stormers by 20!!!!!!

      Andrew - 2011-06-28 17:27

      @ Jackool. Yip that would be the first prize but it is the mindset that you start out on that I think will deliver these results. Yeah perhaps it is a little B&W but there was a wise man who said "What got you here will not get you there". Different strategies are required for different phases of the competition. The parallel I would like to draw is that the way you play the round robin stage may need to be quiet different from the way you would play in the knockout stages. So the percentage game may well have you on the top of the log but it may not win you the cup. With the percentage game you can recover from a loss, you can even get a point or two from losing narrowly. The finals are that, final. The Stormers currently know how to keep people from scoring tries but are less well versed in scoring them. Head to head the Stormers have 33 tries from 16 games (2.1 per game) and the Crusaders have 49 from 15 (3.3 per game). 64% of Stormers tries come from the backline while 74% come from the crusaders backline. So if the law of averages apply (all points in the season) then the Crusaders will win 32 - 25. They will score more tries and the Stormers more penalties. Not factored is the desire to win. All is not lost, with regard to total S15 points SA lead the way in all forms of scoring, tries, conversions, penalties, drops. Total points SA 2017, NZ 1854, AU 1758. Bring the WC on. I am going to get donnered for this but I am having fun messing with the stats.

      Andrew - 2011-06-28 17:45

      @ Rugby Guru. Agreed, but I would like to see a little more effort on attack though.

      Backstabber - 2011-06-28 19:19

      Karoo is an inbreeder. Go Saders!!!!!!!! heheheheheheheheehehe

      Jackool - 2011-06-28 21:12

      @Ja Karoobloed. I don't really see how this fits in with anything I said, but ok, point made. I don't have a problem with kiwis, or anybody else for that matter. I was just having a chuckle at this guys timing and mildly condescending view of Stormers rugby.

      Jackool - 2011-06-28 21:26

      @Andrew. I'm sure there's a technical manual and a bunch of stats behind all the different strategies. At the end of the day you have two good teams, who's different strategies got them this far, so obviously something must be working for them(yes, even for the Stormers). Anyway, It's not stats and figures that's gonna win the game on Saturday. The team that pitches on the day and executes their strategy best will win the game. Why everybody these days, including the running style rugby rule books and refs handbooks, wants everybody to play NZ style run and attack rugby is beyond me anyway. I like the way we play our rugby (including all SA teams), and I think SA rugby has alway been feared for their style of Rugby. There's no reason why we really should be listening to anyone on how we play our rugby.

  • theprodigy - 2011-06-28 11:37

    well if the stormers beat them, then we can say that the stormers are the best. lets hope the ref doesnt ruin the game too much.

      JJRR - 2011-06-28 12:23

      Should have won the Bulls in Capetown to claim you are the best!

      Raka13 - 2011-06-28 12:29

      We are even better, it only took a breeze to beat you in the Bull Ring

      FearoPhobia - 2011-06-28 12:35

      @JJRR - The bulls are a bunch of geriatric pushovers. The "mighty" bulls didn't even finish in the top 6.

      jk - 2011-06-28 13:10

      jjr-you again, you just dont learn... this week got nothing to do with you or your team boetie...

      BlueRaven - 2011-06-28 13:12

      @JJRR give the Stormers credit. They are the best SA team this year, that is why they are playing in the Semi and ended 2nd on the log. The Bulls will be back! @FaeroPhobia whatever!!!! chop

      JJRR - 2011-06-28 14:04

      As julle bekke so groot is met Geeeeeen beker nie wil ek nie weet hoe groot dit sal wees as julle een wen nie. Sal seker dan die volgende 10 jaar moet hoor hoe great julle is! Die 1 beker sal seker dan 10 keer meer wees as die Bulle se 3. Behoed ons tog net van dit. Julle verdien die beker houding maak ons siek!

      Verbatim - 2011-06-28 15:09

      @jjrr - lykmy jou kleintottermannetjie sindroom het nou finaal ingeskop. Jy stem seker ook vir die anc en jou vrou se ras is ook seker onbepaald. Hou jou dom ingeteelde opinies vir jouself jou pateet.

      JJRR - 2011-06-28 16:15

      Dink ek het nou net die spyker raak gekap!? Maak die waarheid seer?>

  • Hanjo - 2011-06-28 11:39

    ditch everything that got them to the semis? wow...great advice...idiot...any team, even the mighty Crusaders can be kept at bay with good defense, and I doubt we've ever seen a team defending better in super rugby than the Stormers of the past two years...The players are obviously use to playing within the current system, and they've been pretty accurate executing their game plan. with literally two games left should they make it all they way, changing tactics now can surely only result in disaster?

      docraven - 2011-06-28 11:58

      He is right, the defense tactics limit their attacking ability.How many forwards hands does the ball go threw when its passed down the Stormers back line.This limits the chance for the likes of Fourie,De Jong etc to try attack.He is not saying change the whole approach but rather try an balance the two out.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 12:03

      Attack = Ball in hand. Defense = Ball in opposition's hands. Two different play phases. Can't see how great defense can limite attacking ability. THe Saders have been very good in defense and attack.

      docraven - 2011-06-28 12:43

      met uysh, are you seriously that thick??On 2nd, 3rd phase ball we are not committing that many players to the rucks in order to defend, come turn around ball we have a string full of forwards in the back line.How many times have you see Bekker running down the touch line or our hookers in the center positions.Wake up you tap dancer.Tell me you not a Bulls supporter.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 12:53

      So doc, you only attack on turnover ball? Figures...

      docraven - 2011-06-28 12:58

      met uysh, we are battling to score tries from 2nd phase ball and up...why nob head????We have to many forwards playing in the backline...why nob head, because we are not committing players to the loose scrums ...why nob head because in case of turn over ball.(either way) Get it nob head???If you even bother to watch the Stormers last game you would have seen this...nob head.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 13:22

      Julius, the last time the Stormers played they scored 5 tries. Surely you are not referring to that game? Are you sure you watched it?

      docraven - 2011-06-28 13:42

      and how many tries were conceded ???????? Thats the balance im trying to get through your thick Bulls kop

      Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 14:20

      Oh, didn't you just say they musn't defend? And now you complain about them conceding tries? Come now Julius, you can do better than that!!

      docraven - 2011-06-28 14:55

      Yes metuysh we must stop defending.That is our new game plan.AC Please listen to me and tell your players to stop defending.Metuysh, you are just to dam stupid to argue with.You are right and i give up.SOS

  • Chris - 2011-06-28 11:43

    mexted is 100% correct, but the stormers just wont have enough defense left in them to keep the crusaders out, they will be tought a valuable rugby lesson this week-end( tell your supporters to humble themselves so long.) love the players , despise the fans. GO SADERS!!!!!!!!!!

      Lord Haw Haw - 2011-06-28 11:48

      Oh please another mullet of a Blue Bulls supporter. Do you wear blue jean pants wiff a belt

      gooinat - 2011-06-28 11:49

      Another sad and jealous Blou Bal!!!!!!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-06-28 11:57

      Chris: Agree 100%. 7/11 has a special going. Show your ticket for the game and get a box of Twinsavers for free!

      The_Fox - 2011-06-28 11:57

      I believe in Blou Bul country they now refer to the mullet as the Mississippi mud-flap. Hougaards' "do" has now (again) made the mud-flap the only acceptable "Hatfield-Hairstyle" and is strictly meant for the Descerning Tappet.

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-28 11:58


      Pooh-Bear - 2011-06-28 12:09

      Chris, so you're supporting the Saders because you don't like the Stormers fans?? Haha

      docraven - 2011-06-28 12:11

      MARCELL...what would your starting Bok side be??

      JJRR - 2011-06-28 12:25

      In die laaste 5 jaar was ons net 2 keer suurgat gewees. 2008 en 2011, maar julle was in al 5 suurgat!!!! hahahahah

      RedAlert - 2011-06-28 12:28

      @The_Fox. Like Vermeulen & Bekker.

      Dal68 - 2011-06-28 12:29

      @ JJRR, heng en ons kon daai 2 jaar ook gewen het!!! As die stormers supporters net weet hoe dit voel om kampioene te wees, dan sal hulle minder jaloers wees en meer rugby as nonsens praat!

      Raka13 - 2011-06-28 12:30

      @Docraven, he will reply with the following - "Maak die bulle almal bokke"

      FearoPhobia - 2011-06-28 12:37

      Nog 'n thread waarop die bulls fans hulle name gat maak. Julle is uit die Super 15. Lankal al. Los dit nou dat die grootmense rugby praat asb.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-28 15:05

      @RedAlert - BTW, what do they call that "hair style" Gits has? It looks like a mullet mutating into a mohawk gone wrong. Is that big in the land of Oz?

      Grey B - 2011-06-28 15:14

      Just two questions: 1) Are you a blue bull? 2) Why do you support the Saders and not the Stormers?

      Grey B - 2011-06-28 15:44

      Chris, you have an infection and need an anti septic to wash it away brother

      Chris - 2011-06-29 16:50

      @ pooh bear, get a real name please! and yes you have made the right conclusion, ha ha vir jou ma jy is die rede hoekom ek so voel, arrogant en vol valse hoop. @ grey b yes and " because they are going to win. seriously okes, I have always supported all s.a. teams when they played overseas teams, but just go read the comments the stormers supporters have made about the bulls through this season then you will understand why I do not support your team, and no I am not "suurgat" my team only has themselves to blame for not being in the play-offs, but that is rugby for you. in my heart I wan=t to wish the stormers the best off luck for this weekend but then again..................

  • gooinat - 2011-06-28 11:47

    In a way he is correct but this is a semi final,4 tries and a bonus point mean nothing!!!!!!!!!

      docraven - 2011-06-28 11:59

      Gooinat he is right -the defense tactics limit their attacking ability.How many forwards hands does the ball go threw when its passed down the Stormers back line.This limits the chance for the likes of Fourie,De Jong etc to try attack.He is not saying change the whole approach but rather try an balance the two out.

  • Astari10 - 2011-06-28 11:50

    I agree with Mexted, to point. I would like to see the Stromers be more attacking, but it's to late in the game to change our tactics to much now. I really believe that we will have to be a bit more attacking Saterday to win, but DEFENCE!!! I think anyway this is a bigger game in the super15 this year. Can't wait to back the boys!

      docraven - 2011-06-28 12:10

      Marcell, have you been able to watch any of this years S15 games thus far???

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-28 12:16

      Marcell, I stand in awe of your superior knowledge of gays, papsakke and beehinds. Us ouks here in the Western Cape have heard of these things, but fortunately it does not occur here. I sincerely hope the problem is not too serious in Pretoria. In Cape Town, papsakke were outlawed years ago, because apparently they were abused by the Vaalies every December. You should consider doing the same thing in Pretoria, it will decrease the incidence of domestic violence.

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-28 11:53

    Hey Mexted, got any advice you'd like to share with the refs? What's your view on SBWs "dive"? That type of thing belongs in soccer, any comments on that? BTW - nothing personal, I think you're a legend with great cometary on the game.

  • Tiger - 2011-06-28 11:54

    Victor Matfield se opvolger by die Bulle het hierdie week 'n draai gemaak by Loftus: Volg net die link vir 'n steelfoto!!! Wonder net of dit nie dalk Lloyd is nie???

  • li'l cherub - 2011-06-28 11:56

    Mexted! The most one-eyed commentator in NZ rugby. I wouldn't take much notice of any advice he would have to give.

  • Maori - 2011-06-28 12:00

    Please girls, listen to the great Mexted- remove your blinkers and appreciate the advice as it will be needed on Saturday. Stormers to be rusty after the week off, not sharp and slow at the breakdown. Remember, big Richie is back and will rule the breakdown play. Appeal to all Stormer supporters to behave, show respect to the Sader supporters and let us enjoy the beautiful game.

      redrobot - 2011-06-28 12:13

      When don't the stormers supporters behave? are thinking of those blue bal team.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-28 12:47

      You mean small dirty richie... 100%

      Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 12:55

      LIke the Saders fans behaved when the Sharks were there?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-28 13:09

      @Pseudo-Maori. Jy verwag ek moet terugstaan terywl jy en jou maatjies spoeg op my span se spelers? Ek moet stil bly as jy en jou maatjies vir Juan de Jongh vloek,skel en spoeg terwyl hy oppad was na sy kar toe, later in die aand na die game? Ek was daar Mr Pseudo Maori........(en Juan de Jongh van ALLE spelers verdien dit volgens julle? He is a TRUE gentleman, someone a chap like YOU should apsire to be) En ek moet dit aanvaar? Helllllllllllllll NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I have told you before, Newlands is the home of Stormers and their, white, brown, yellow. You "pseudo-Saders" are please behave accordingly.

      The_Fox - 2011-06-28 13:46

      Maori - have you ever even been to NZ?

      Curveball - 2011-06-28 15:47

      You ma se pooooth. let me guess .....your chick also has a front loader.

      Karoobloed - 2011-06-28 22:05

      Real Kiwis are some of the nicest people on the planet - tough, but gracious and respectful of their opponents. According to real Kiwis, like Mexted and Fitzy, the Springboks are their most feared and respected opponents. You also would not ever find them dissing the RSA Super Rugby teams. Real Kiwis. Contrast that to the petulant rantings and ridicule of the fake Kiwis on this blog. They obviously still feel the need to engage SA Rugby supporters on SA Rugby websites - a tacit admission that they cannot make a connection to the real Kiwis that would be frequenting the NZ Rugby websites; and perhaps a sad sign of a subconscious yearning to connect with the very people they have been trying so hard to reject. It is not fun to be lonely, however angry one might be... . Thanks for the advice Mr. Mexted. Go Stormers!

  • Kieron - 2011-06-28 12:02

    lol ai murray

  • Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 12:02

    Yes, of course, and MExted only has the Stormers best interest at heart...hmmm.....ok, Mexted, and I suppose the Springboks have to bring over a bunch of youngsters if they are to beat ther All Blacks in the World CUp, right???

      docraven - 2011-06-28 12:45

      Met uysh...shut up.You making us all look like a bunch of poophols to our overseas visitors.Please hush puppy!!!

      Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 12:54

      doc, you are doing the name you try and represent a huge injustice. I suggest you change it to Julius.

      docraven - 2011-06-28 12:59

      met are embarrassing us with all your wonderful knowledge of the game.Please, i have asked you to hush puppy.Your Bulls are out, time for you to leave!!

      docraven - 2011-06-28 13:02

      Met Piss...the sad thing is you have know clue who Mexted is yet you will still make your "i know it all" Bulls comment.The Passed and present AB players deserve just as much respect as any Bok player.I fink Best are bulls my players??????

      scipio - 2011-06-28 13:17

      Docraven. From an Outside perspective you are the one making all Saffas look like P-holes. The Stormers have gotten this far because of their defense. Mexted is an A-hole. It's quite obvious he doesn't know Jack about how the game is played in SA. Last Year the Stormers Won all the NZ teams and Crushed the Saders with the same gameplan. The Stormers are second, only to the Reds. How this chop can claim the Crusaders as being the best team in the comp is beyond belief. Doc I think you need to take something for this NerdRage. No idea why you would take these comments as if it were abusive personal remarks about your life.

      Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 13:20

      Who died and made you in charge? Change your name to Julius, it will be much more appropriate....Julius. Careful of the assumptions you make, Julius, you are proving to be a dumbass. Passed All Black players? I thought Mexted was still alive? Change you name to Julius, now! Stop trying to blemish Doc's good name with your total lack of knowledge of the game!

      docraven - 2011-06-28 13:50

      scipio...NO you are the a hole(rather large one).If you think defense is going to get us to the final then you must go join met uysh in Brakpan.You see what you thinkers dont seem to realize is that up until now we could lose a few games and still its do or die so their is no testing the water .I beg for you both to try think outside the box and also stop thinking that only Bok/ex Bok players are the only respected players in the world.Get off your stupid high bull and come down to earth... BULLS ARE HISTORY!!!You say he has no clue how the game is played in S.A???You to need to hush puppy

      docraven - 2011-06-28 13:53

      Met uysh...our Doc was from the Cape.You stand up straight when you mention his name you hear me!!! How those Blue Bull balls doing on the back of your Bakkie.Maybe you should change them to Poodle Balls

      docraven - 2011-06-28 13:57

      Met Uysh...Julius is your future baas.Careful their boykie!!!

      Met Uysh! - 2011-06-28 14:19

      Hey Julius, what makes you think I support the Bulls? Mind you, with Stormers supporters like you and those Capesaders, it doesn't seem a bad idea to move over to the Blue side. In any event, if the Stormers do anything different than what got them to the semi final, they will be thrashed. The Saders game cannot be copied, not even by their own countrymen. No out with you, you bloody agent!!

      docraven - 2011-06-28 14:57

      metuysh...what makes me think you a Bulls.Copy and paste your daily comments and read over them tonight ...that might answer your question.LOL

      Howzitekse - 2011-06-29 01:13

      Met Uysh. The All Blacks have smashed the "experienced" Springboks year in and year out since the world cup, except for 2009.

  • adrian.bruwer - 2011-06-28 12:04

    Way too late to adopt to a "new game-plan", but thanks anyway Mexted. Now shush...

  • kylespobox - 2011-06-28 12:17

    ditch the emphasis on defence (if any team should not have good defence) is changing the style the stormers play and wont work against the now we established we can play this game plan.emphasis this iiIii .

  • Zee - 2011-06-28 12:19

    Hmmm....suddenly Mexted is offering the Stormers daily advice just a few days before the game. All mind games. A kiwi giving an SA team advice before an SA vs NZ encounter? Gotta be kidding me!

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  • mudrat - 2011-06-28 12:36

    Don't listen to him, he is a New Zeelander

  • Kok - 2011-06-28 12:39

    Mexted, you are the onsly one rating the stormers. Why are you giving advise to the opposition? Are you mad?!

      docraven - 2011-06-28 12:44

      Kok,kok,kokadoodle dooooooo

      gooinat - 2011-06-28 12:52

      @Sparkies LOL LOL@Kok,getting a tad nervous there????

      jk - 2011-06-28 13:11

      he got brains, unlike you kokkie..

  • Steve - 2011-06-28 12:46

    I have utmost respect for Murray Mexted(one of the greats of yesteryear) but believe that defence is the key as it will be in the world cup.The Crusaders never say die and we have to play to the 83 minute.I am a great Stormers fan and believe they can take this game even if the Crusaders have to travel.Go Stormers go.

  • andre - 2011-06-28 12:57

    the point is that in order to beat a try hungry team like the Crusaders,you need to outplay them in their style.Remember this-the last time i checked ,never in the more than 100 year history of rugby has defense only, put score on the scoreboard-you HAVE to be offensive,attack and create scintilating movements in order to put score on the scoreboard.Be offensive,be offensive,be offensive......

      Theuns - 2011-06-28 14:31

      How about the 1995 bok team, the best defence in the tournament, pressure play, and an average team won the world cup...! Takles wins matches...!

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-28 14:53

      @Theuns - I think the phrase you are looking for is, "Catches win matches" which in Bryan's case would be true. While I'd like to nothing more than for WP to whip the crusaders at the weekend playing the great brand of rugby that has proven successful this year, I cant understand how and why Bryan is still in that team with so much talent floating around he seems to let the team down week in and week out. Sorry nothing personal, let's hope he can actually catch the ball this weekend, cos it's catches that win matches, ne.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-06-28 20:17

      The Crusaders pose no threat to the Stormers' cup chances

  • GedorieHans - 2011-06-28 13:03

    Oh shut up you all black!!!! Stormers will win in spite of you very good advice!!!

  • jk - 2011-06-28 13:15

    would all the sad pathetic blou bulle go and do what ever blou bulle do... the next 7 yers is wp\stormers time, get it in your thick skulls!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-06-28 13:21

      why thank you Nostrodamus... Isn't it what you said in 2008?

  • Maori - 2011-06-28 13:25

    Saffa-Cat, stadig oor die klippe, jou hart gaan dit nie hou nie! We do not condone such behaviour neither do we engage in such behaviour, whether a Sader, Stormer or Bulls supporter. It is not different to booing Carter or Berquest when they aim for the posts or chanting/ screaming when the haka is being performed. All that I'm saying, it is the same behaviour which need to stop. The drunk Stormer supporters do not care what they say, when the say it and how they say it. Please, do not act like saints and blame the Sader supporters for unruly behaviour. Do not provoke the Sader supporter as we will not back down. We will be at the home of Saders rugby on Saterday and Skalk will comment on it after the game. I know it is difficult for the Stormers to play a game away at Newlands, but that is the way the dice is falling.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-28 13:56

      On thing bigger than your ego mate. That's the chip on your shoulder. I have some lovely avocado dip for that chip. Cheerio - see you at the stadium. I will be the one fighting fire with fire.

      Andrew - 2011-06-28 15:23

      @Saffa, you got it wrong, he is well balanced, he has a chip on both shoulders.

      Wormtongue - 2011-06-29 05:12

      Nice Afrikaans there pseudo sheep shagger. ID thief and proud of it? - you go girlfriend!!!! Bwahahahahahaha

  • Eugene - 2011-06-28 13:32

    Yes, lets listen to the All Black on how to beat them...

  • call a spade - 2011-06-28 14:19

    great respect for Mexted as rugby great but the Stormers ended higher on the log than the Crusaders. So why should they change their gameplan now. Ridiculous advice. Does his loyalty make him a trojan horse?

      Andrew - 2011-06-28 15:24

      Not a Crusaders supporter but how well will the Stromers have done if ALL their games were away games?

  • Theuns - 2011-06-28 14:29

    Mexted, gaan *&^% in NZ man..! Die Bokke het nog altyd gewys dat die NZ's choke onder pressure, tackle hulle uit hulle toks, en maak hulle spasie toe deur pressure op hulle te sit, ...rattle hulle vroeg in die game en hou die pressure daar...! Die game is dan ons s'n...! Het gewerk in 1995 en weer in 2007..!

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  • wenwe - 2011-06-28 14:50

    Is it not the idea at the end of the 80 minutes to have more points than the opposition? So taking that into consideration, if you are very good (actually the best) at preventing the opposition in scoring points so preventing them from winning ... whats the issue Murray??? The thing is Stormers have been playing "finals" rugby the whole season, win the game rather than get bonus points ... its works why change it.

      Andrew - 2011-06-28 15:26

      You forget the small issue of also scoring points, for this you need to be in THEIR hald and not your own defending.

  • Grunk - 2011-06-28 14:50

    Unfortunately what Mexted is saying about attack now conflicts with perhaps his most insightful comment at Rustenberg which was that SA's don't have the handling skills of the New Zealanders - and he's dead right when you think about the number of balls that we lose in the tackle, knock on and pass badly.. To rely upon attack would therefore be suicidal - so defense must be the cornerstone of both the Stormers and Bok plkans.

  • wenwe - 2011-06-28 14:54

    JJRR said "Should have won the Bulls in Capetown to claim you are the best!" - I said, yes chop, but did we not beat the bull this year ... oh and at Loftus. aaah before I forget, we (Stormers) are still init to winit .... bulls are at home chewing cud!

  • Grey B - 2011-06-28 14:55

    I agree, Alastair was very wrong the whole season. I am sure if he could he would play a totally different game he would - NOT. The Stomers game plan is perfect for the Crusaders. Keep it up!

  • jk - 2011-06-28 15:04

    yes jjr, we deserve it, sa needs that the western province win it, history has proven it-maties wp stormers... say no more..jjr..

  • BENNA - 2011-06-28 15:06

    I agree with Mexted. But only 50%. This game will be decided strategically on whose game plan is going to work. No team at this stage of the competition can suddenly change their plan of play which took them to the semis. It takes a whole bunch of players and coaching staff to determine the team’s strategy over a long gruelling time. I think the Stormers will play their defensive pattern to the full with a surprize or too on the attack. This is final type of rugby and the team making the least mistakes will win!!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-06-28 15:28

    The Crusaders pose no threat to the Stormers' cup chances

      Andrew - 2011-06-28 15:34

      Of course they pose a threat, know thine enemy. I do not for one minute take lightly the Crusaders. Remember playing away for them poses no problems, they have done it all season so this is like a home game to them, their heads are already in the right space. My old boss always won the Friday Super Rugby draws where we had to put in scores and a couple of bucks. The secret he told me was that all of us supporters (he was not a huge rugby fan but went on form) voted with our hearts and not our minds. We put on paper what we wanted and not what we thought we would get. I will never forget that. I do hope for a Stormers victory though.

      BlueRaven - 2011-06-28 16:01

      off course they do, but I think the Stormers will win. The real threat to the cup is the Reds.

  • BlueRaven - 2011-06-28 15:58

    no matter the outcome of this match, I think the final will be in Brisbane with the REDS as the victors.

  • Nantes - 2011-06-28 16:15

    Sonny bill williams is gonna hit that ugly sick jaques fourie out the park crusaders to win ,and to win foking far

  • gsaker1 - 2011-06-28 16:22

    Before any of you SA people crap on that he is saying this to make their defense weak - he has backed up his argument with some telling stats. The Crusaders defense is the best in the comp - what's new really - but they are one of the top try scoring sides as well which the stats show the Stormers are not ...and they beat the Stormers last time round at home by being more aggressive in attack and pressure get tries or gets penalties. He's right but he is copping flack in NZ for opening his mouth...but he is correct and he is known in NZ as an astute rugby brain so don't be silly enough to think he's playing silly games...anyone who knows Mexted knows that's not his style, not when it comes to tactics in rugby that's for sure.

  • gsaker1 - 2011-06-28 16:32

    Met Uysh...who cares how many tries they scored last game...what counts is in the last game against the Crusaders this yr they lost and at home...

  • gsaker1 - 2011-06-28 16:38

    Doc couldn't win a bloody game against the All Blacks last year and got done by Scotland whom the All Blacks thrashed only weeks before so maybe u do need to bring youngsters to the world cup since your Capt can't even get a run on jersey for the Sharks...

  • AA - 2011-06-28 17:17

    I think they realized there are to many white people involved - Not so easy to steal, destroy and get out when you are being watched!!!!!!!!!

  • hardloop - 2011-06-28 18:21

    Shut up, Murray.

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  • Sampie - 2011-06-28 20:48

    Regarding the best SA team this year, 7 out of 8 derby games ain't bad at all. Ask any other team and they will gladly take that with a smile to better their chances of winning the S15. How awesome are the Saders? Our disallowed try in the 1st minute against them would have won us that game anyway. Forget about McCaw, Carter and SBW and play our best STORMERS game with good discipline. Most important though, we do not have a NAKALAF#KKENVUKI to worry about, Habana will be back with a bang now! To the Bulls, sorry chaps we were hoping to smash you in the final this year. Fact remains that we would have supported you to the end if we fell out. No use being nasty to Murray for airing his view on this forum.

  • Jackool - 2011-06-28 21:05

    @Karoobloed...are you talking to me, 'cause I don't really see how anything you said has anything to do with what I said. I don't have a problem with your real Kiwis or anyone else for that sake. I'm just laughing at the timing of this oaks insight...and maybe a little at his condescending view on the Stormers ;-)

  • Tony - 2011-06-29 01:31

    Mexted is 100% correct,wise words,lets see is us SAffas are willing to alter our conservative approach

  • Knock On - 2011-06-29 05:45

    No Murray, should they beat the Stormers, they will have to travel back to NZ and play the Blues at a neutral venue.

  • MB1810 - 2011-06-29 08:38

    I actually think he has it wrong. The Crusaders has a brilliant backline and if the Stormers shift their mindset away from their defense it will just open more holes for an already classy Crusaders midfield. All the Stormers need to do is know when to shift their mindset. Defend like trojans and make full use of any oppertunity that presents itself.

  • Coenza - 2011-06-29 09:11

    Go Stormers!!

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