Stormers lucky to have won

2012-03-05 09:07

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

It wasn’t the emphatic performance and victory that some sections of the Cape media were predicting, and in the end the DHL Stormers can count themselves lucky to have got through their bruising Super Rugby coastal derby against the Sharks with a 15-12 win.

The Sharks were severely depleted but they were the team that showed most of the innovation and played most of the rugby, particularly in the first half, and there were some disturbing aspects of the Stormers performance that shouldn’t be ignored as they go forward in the competition. For a start, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the quality of their backplay and all-round attacking game requires urgent attention.

As was the case for most of last season, the Stormers backs were far too lateral on attack. And it can probably be underlined by the fact that the spot on the field where Peter Grant kicked the winning penalty two minutes from fulltime wasn’t much forward from where the big Stormers scrum that effectively won it for them had taken place seconds earlier, and yet the ball had travelled through the hands of most of their backs to get there.

But mention of Grant introduces a potential solution to the problem. For the best part of the last year there has been a game of musical chairs being enacted at flyhalf, with Grant arriving back late from Japan last season too and then being injured for a substantial and critical part of the competition. Gary van Aswegen, his understudy, was injured last year too, and it may explain why he has struggled to assert himself in the early parts of 2012.

Once Grant has played a couple of games maybe the Stormers will get their momentum up and their continuity at the back. For now though it should be concerning to Cape fans that their team has had to rely so heavily on forward grunt for two home wins that haven’t been at all convincing. What’s going to happen on the day their forwards aren’t able to force the issue as they were in the last quarter against the Sharks?

Yet it is attitude that distinguishes champion teams from also-rans, and there was plenty of that from the Stormers as the win was based around their determination. As Coetzee put it afterwards, his team simply out-lasted their coastal rivals, with the Sharks’ failures in the scrums and lineouts late in the match possibly an indication that they had been worn down.

Full marks though to young forwards Steven Kitshoff, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi and Nick Koster for their contribution to the win, as well as to replacement prop Frans Malherbe, who was on the field in those crucial final minutes.

“You can never underestimate a Sharks side, and I thought they played really well. But I think that two years ago we would have lost this game easily,” said Coetzee afterwards.

“We were taken to a bit of a dark place on the field there, and the players responded. We had a lot of youngsters out there, players who had never been in a position where they have to close a game out and pull it off. This is a really big win for us in terms of where we want to go in this competition.”

To be fair, the Stormers might have won more easily had Joe Pietersen not missed three of four penalty attempts he was presented with in the third quarter of the match. But there was a feeling in the Sharks camp afterwards that the Stormers also benefited from the refereeing of Mark Lawrence, who awarded the Stormers 10 penalties against just one after halftime.

It was the second week in succession that the Stormers won the penalty count to a lop-sided extent and may be an indication that discipline is going to be one of their big strengths going forward. That and the never-say-die determination they exhibited in the second half.


  • Jan - 2012-03-05 09:21

    The best result would have been a draw; neither team really deserved a win.

      aubreylo - 2012-03-05 14:11

      Sadly Jan you are probably correct.

      Rob - 2012-03-06 10:16

      Well if it wasn't for the captain doing his usual act of giving away penalties, you would have got your wish!

      Heiner - 2012-03-06 15:01

      Neither should have won or got a draw, how do you like that? In fact they should each have 5 points deducted from their totals - what a pathetic game! reminded me of the Reds Sharks game a couple of years ago.

  • Hanjo - 2012-03-05 09:23

    Joe Missed 4 kickable penalties(12 points) ...if he had his 'usual kicking boots' on it could have been 27-12, which doesn't look like a lucky win to me. The Stormers have based their game over the past three seasons on good defense and a strong forward game(excl scrums) ,in 2011 they were rarely "the team that showed most of the innovation and played most of the rugby" but still ended topping the SA conference. I think both teams struggled on Saturday(much like both teams did the week before when the Sahrks faced the Bulls), but the Stormers were clearly the better team at set piece time, and while the Sharks ran the ball well(without any success) they were obviously matched on the day by the Stormers' luck involved, simply different game plans.

      Robin - 2012-03-05 09:52

      Ok I see your comment.. Pat Lambie also usually has a good kicking game.. had he got his 3 kicks over he missed wouldve been 27-21.. Just Saying.. Im a Stormers fan by the way...

      Deon - 2012-03-05 10:16

      I agree with Robin, Lambie also had an off day. The newlands crowd does not make it easy for opponents kicking.

  • Henri - 2012-03-05 09:27

    ek is so hartseer my leeutjies het nie gewen nie :( maar ja, die stormers het gewen, en hoekom het daai bulletjies nie hul pienk truitjies aan getrek nie, was hulle bang vir verspotting ?????

      Lionel - 2012-03-05 09:33

      Ek is net so hartseer omdat die Leeus nie gewen it nie!!!!!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-03-05 09:46

      @Zoolie Die Cheetahs kan dankbaar wees hulle het nie. Dan sou die vernedering soveel groter gewees het vir hulle. Ek is ook sommer vies dat hulle nie in pienk gespeel het nie, maar ons kan seker niks daaraan doen nie. My droom is natuurlik dat hulle in pienk speel as hulle die stormpies gaan slag. Kyk, dit sou nou lekker wees.

      Reinhard - 2012-03-05 10:08

      Sover ek weet,gaan die bulle wel 4 keer die pienk trui dra,maar dit gaan die 4 games wees wat hulle oorsee gaan speel,en nie enige games in Suid Afrika nie. Maar ek kan verkeerd wees! Dit maak net vir my sin,omdat hul 4 games gaan speel met die truie en dat daar 4 games oorsee gespeel word! En ek's self 'n groot teleurgestelde leeu ondersteuner,maar ons hoop net die pad vorentoe lyk beter! GO LIONS

      Henri - 2012-03-05 10:14

      BlueRaven, dan sien ek jou daar, jy kan langsaan my kom sit, ek sal even vir jou n truitjie kry :)

      Andre - 2012-03-05 10:16

      Ou Daan, ek het al voorheen vir jou gese, jou naam moet nou verander na pienk Daan hahaha

      Henri - 2012-03-05 10:39

      waneer my span nie speel nie en die bulle speel, sal dit enige ander span wees behalwe die bulle, so ek sal `n ou aangeplakte stormer truitjie wees, net om vir jou te wys hoeveel klas ek het :)

      Henri - 2012-03-05 11:04

      kom join ons superbru groepie,

  • legndkilla - 2012-03-05 09:30

    much respect to the young guns in our stormers squad, they stuck their hands up and made it count big time!!etzebeth and kolisi worked hard and kitshoff held his own up front .... pitty the same cant be said for van aswegen who's play is one dimensional .... furthermore im happy that we won wehter its by a penalty or one point, a win is a win!!!

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-05 09:50

      @killa- van assewagen must buy that bull-player-genius's video on how to play 10, right?? right!!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-05 11:40

      Don't you have to work?

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-05 11:41

      Your head is as empty as the WP/Stormers trophy cabinet

  • Peter Klaassen - 2012-03-05 09:38

    Dumb article..... Sharks was lucky to loose so closely. How many kicks did Joe Peterson miss????

      Robin - 2012-03-05 09:55

      How much did Lambie miss?? I am a stormers fan though... and a win is a win

      Deon Et Al - 2012-03-05 12:30

      If my memory serves me corectly Lamby also misse a few . . Still does not change the score line .

  • Fanie - 2012-03-05 09:49

    Gavin Rich you ain't know what you are RIGHTING. Go and write an article about a flower show or how to milk a cow, you may get it right there. Gary Player said that the more you practice the more you get lucky. A loss by 1 point is just as good by losing by 50 points, so in other words the Blue Bulls were also lucky to win.

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-03-05 09:55

      its only losers who thinks that way a win is a win but a convincing win just shows how much beter you are then your opponent.

      Bootman - 2012-03-05 17:26

      Chritian you say "a convincing win just shows how much beter you are then your opponent" Well, the fact is that the Sharks are not a bad team. The Stormers never claimed to be 100 times better than the Sharks. This is Super Rugby and any team can win on the day. Remember last year when the Cheatahs beat the Saders? Why could'nt the Bulls show us how much better they are than the Sharks.

  • Paul - 2012-03-05 09:50

    Sharks played well but gave away to many penalties. Sharks 4 ever!

  • Ruan - 2012-03-05 10:04

    Luck counts!!! Het al ophou tel oor hoeveel keer die ander spanne gelukkig geraak het.

  • Fanie - 2012-03-05 10:09

    Christiaan J Denyschens. When you go hunting and you miss the buck by 2mm you are good but everybody goes to bed hungry. The same goes for somebody when they miss by a meter. this does not make you better. If you are not good enough you are not good enough.

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-03-05 10:19

      what your saying makes sense but who's talking about hunting, a close loss could go down as bad luck but a loss a big as the cheetahs suffered over the bulls shows you the class of both teams.

      Blou-Daan - 2012-03-05 10:20

      Fanie, jy weet mos nou jy soek net verskonings :-) As die Bulle met een punt wen is ek dankbaar hulle het gewen en as hulle soos saterdag met so 30 punte wen het ek vir die hele week n huppel in my stap. Hoeveel temeer nie die spelers nie. So jammer. ek val nie vir jou verkonongs nie. Get over it en begin voorberei vir die Lions Saterdag.

  • Fred - 2012-03-05 10:19

    Gavin Rich - If the Sharks had won by 3 points, you would have said "Great win by Sharks, they beat the Stormers!!!!". WAKE-UP & stop crying because your team lost on the day!!!!!

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-05 10:20

    What a k*k game! Despite that, the Stormers are off to a good start with a freebie next week; that's effectively 4 "wins" in a row.

      Koos - 2012-03-05 10:37

      mm... u mean 3....... third round next weekend......

  • Timothy - 2012-03-05 10:56

    The Sharks are always at the wrong end of Lawrence refereeing, both Mark and the other idiot. Remember a few years ago when Mark refereed against the Sharks against the Crusaders and he won the Saders the game by not calling an offside and they scored in the corner at the last second. Mr M Lawrence has always had it in for the Sharks, perhaps he has something against the English province.

      Heiku - 2012-03-05 12:40

      What BlueRaven said. We are really missing Alberts and Deysel and Lambie is not playing well at all. Plumtree is really starting to get on my nerve... I get the feeling he doesnt know what he is doing.

      Willa - 2012-03-06 15:16


  • Jan - 2012-03-05 11:52

    For once Sport24 has given us an article with some thruth about the Stormers, Thanks Gavin R, you the man.

  • Johan - 2012-03-05 11:52

    @Aubrey Gloster - Die 3 Punte waarmee die Stormers Saterdag gewen het is waarskynlik meer as die totaal van jou en jou gesin se IK gekombineerd!! As ek so nou jou profile picture kyk kan jy dalk die nasionale weigh less span maak in die vaskopstut posisie....Wie ondersteun jy nou eintlik...Ek dink die Sharks het goed gespeel maar die Stormers het verdien om te wen gegewe die aantal strafskoppe wat ons gemis het...Die druk wat ons op die Sharks in die 2 de helfte gesit het was die oorsaak vir al die strafskoppe en het absoluut niks met die ref te doen nie...Gaan terug kleuterskool toe en verf maar eerder as wat jy hier probeer kommentaar lewer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Cape - 2012-03-05 12:46

      Hahaha Johan great one there, and I must agree with you as @Aubrey Gloster (Who ate the pies) is a sad excuse of a human being. I personally think that we need to stop fighting amongst each other and rather protect South African rugby to the fullest as the ANC is eroding everything very quickly. Not sure if most people are aware but before unification in 94 WP rugby union had something like R 50 mil in cash, and many properties. They are now bankrupt and only own Newlands rugby stadium, look who is running WP rugby, I have heard from people in the know that these so called administrators like Mr Titus and co snigger when Province lose, these are the type of rubbish we need to keep out of rugby. It is amazing that WP can still compete and that is why we lose our young players, and yes the BULLS, SHARKS, LIONS & CHEETAHS should thank us as we are the breeding ground of most talent in the country. I would like to know how many BULLS & SHARKS players are from their immediate area, I think you guys with blinkers on will get a big fright once finding out the truth.

      Bootman - 2012-03-05 17:48

      @ Cape when I first read your comment, I thought that it was too brainless to even bother to reply on it but then I thought what the here goes. Why come on to a sport website and perpetuate your stupid political views. What has the ANC got to do with WP Rugby? You do realize that the DA runs the Western Cape. Where did you get the information from that WP Rugby is bankrupt? Was it from the same "people in the know" that gave you the info about Tobey Titus? They "snigger" when Province lose? According to you, WP administrators are milking the union dry, so why would they "snigger" when Province lose? Wp winning means more income for the administrators. From your comment I can tell that you are not very educated. These are the type of comments that Sport24 should be deleting. Sure, everybody is etitled to there own opinion but when an opinion is as misguided and ill-informed as this tool's is, it should not be allowed on any public forum.

      Michael - 2012-03-07 08:41

      @Bootman, Titus is a self-serving cancer. There is nothing racial or political about it, just pure sinister power hungry greed. Full-stop.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-07 12:38

      Gepraat van IK my vrou is 'n Doktor in Kern Fisika. My 2 oudste dogters studeer Siviele en Metallurgiese Ingenieurswese by Trinity College in Dublin.Ek het Lions klere aan so hoe weet jy nie wie ek ondersteun nie. As ek so na jou profile pic kyk dan het jy seker 'n hond van 'n dag gehad. O ja ek speel al jare stut en weeg 135kg en nie 55kg soos jy nie muggie asem.

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-03-07 12:40

      @Cape are you a human being ha ha ha ha

  • Brigitte - 2012-03-05 12:15

    Yes, the Sharks were lucky that Joe missed 4 penalties otherwise the scoreline would've been 27-12

      Timothy - 2012-03-05 12:38

      I long for the return march when we will have most of the team back and with a different reff I hope. Why did we not see Mr M Lawrence at the world cup, because he is useless.

      PietSnot - 2012-03-05 14:32

      Timothy, the return of Willem Alberts (what a great player!) will help. The question remains: "Who is going to replace Jannie du Plessis? He was not and will not be able to handle pressure applied by the 20 year old Kitshoff" You need a decent tighthead prop urgently, my friend. According to my unreliable sources, Kitshoff is open for offers of =/> R1 million

  • Ockie - 2012-03-05 12:48

    Looking fw. to this weekend clashes: Bull vs Blues (How good are our SA teams at this stage ... best way to see is playing a NZ side!) Sharks vs Lions (Sharks got a score to settle ... I do hope however it is my Lions) Cheetahs vs Brumbies (I hope the Cheetas can turn things around). Please let the best team win in all the matches ... but ... I know that most of the losing supporters will claim that the ref crooked! We see this every week on this site! (I do hope it is loyalty and not stupidity!)

  • Nick - 2012-03-05 12:49

    honestly the stormers were lucky twice now this cat got 7 lives left lol enough for playoffs ;p there is no leadership on the field no coaching off it the 1 or 2 ideas coetzee has went stale years ago hopefully with grant there the backline will go forward instead of aiming for the touchline the stormers can actually have 2 fifty year olds on the wings won't make any difference since v d heever has touched the ball twice in two games the will and desire to go for the "kill" also lacking only team in comp that can't score against 14men in fact they were outscored in both games during those periods this current team won't win the vodacom cup maybe they should play in pink cause they sure are playing like girls at this stage ...and i am a disgusted stormers supporter....

  • Piet - 2012-03-05 13:49

    'n Span wie se springbok voorry deur 'n 20 jarige outjie opgefrommel word, verdien nie om te wen nie

  • PietSnot - 2012-03-05 14:20

    Gavin Rich is die lucky een - lucky om met sy vlak van rugby kennis geld te verdien by News 24

  • Clive - 2012-03-05 14:45

    It is no use playing the best rugby on the field and yet you can not score so well done to the stormers for holding out so well.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-05 14:57

    As I said," Thanks Mr Ref"

  • Saffa - 2012-03-05 14:58

    But don't worry, Bootman will still tell you JdV is the best centre in world rugby

      Bootman - 2012-03-05 18:06

      No I wont.......but I bet Pieter will tell you about the trophys the Bulls has won.

      Saffa - 2012-03-05 18:11

      @Bootman I love to explain to people how dominant the Bulls are. In the last five years, we've won the Supercup 3 times.

      Andre Botes - 2012-03-05 18:57

      Jdv is not the best in the world but at least he is better than overrated "meisiekind". - 2012-03-05 21:41

      Andre Bootes jy stel seker nie werklik belang nie maar kyk weer die Bulls wedstryd teen die Cheetas dan sal jy sien dat Wynand Olivier 2 driee gemaak het Saterdag. Eerstens sy man getrek en die bal weggekry vanwaar Basson gaan druk het en tweedens binnetoe gebreek, Ndungane gevoer wat weer vir Kirchner sy eerste drie besorg het. Beslis een van sy beter wedstryde Saterdag.

      Saffa - 2012-03-05 22:46

      @Andre Explain to me how you can say that?

  • PietSnot - 2012-03-05 14:58

    Of die Stormers lucky was om te wen al dan nie is irrellevant. Die wedstryd is klaar en verby. Feit van die saak is dat beide ons Stormers ondersteuners en die Shark ondersteuners eerder BAIE bekommerd moet wees oor die vlak van rugby wat die Bulls Saterdag opgedis het. Ek hoop en bid hulle verswak vorentoe, want volgens Saterdag se spel gaan hulle nie gestuit word deur enige SA span nie (ook nie deur my geliefde Stormers nie).

      Saffa - 2012-03-05 15:01

      @Piet Dankie, die eerste sinvolle insetsel van 'n Stormer in 2 jaar

      Bootman - 2012-03-05 18:05

      PietSnot my seun se o/13 span sou ook Saterdag die Cheetahs geklop het.

      Saffa - 2012-03-05 18:12

      @Bootman Maar jou 1ste span konnie 3 weke terug nie

      PietSnot - 2012-03-05 18:49

      @FakeSaffa, dit was nie 'n volsterkte Stormerspan nie. Kom ons kyk wat met die eerste Stormer/Bulls wedstryd gebeur. Quod erat demonstrandum.

      Saffa - 2012-03-05 22:47

      @PietP... Kom ons kyk ou bees. Jy weet so goed as almal die Cheetahs het die Stormers se naam g@t gemaak 3 weke terug

  • Sardieq Slamdien - 2012-03-05 17:47

    The ref this, the ref that.. After our loss to Australia in the 1/4's I feel refs make the news too often. They're human trying to enforce new rules.. Pro Legota on the side line had another scocher of a game after misjudjing Zane Kirschner last week & apologising there for.. He kept giving the Stormers offside in Mark's ear so Sharkies got nothing to complain.. If Keegan Daniel is not sure when a ball out, abstain brother?! Don't guess in your own half, you'll get punished by Bash! It was an ugly win but whether you win by an inch or a mile, a win is a win~ Vin Diesel Wp youngsters is where the spark lies & I'm sorry to say, but Jean dV is out of form.. Cheers*

      Bootman - 2012-03-05 18:02

      Sardieq you need to get your facts straight before making a public comment dude. Pro Legoete (note the spelling) was nowhere near Newlands on Saturday. So there is no way he could've been saying anything in Mark's ear. Secondly, if you're going to quote somebody, how about William Shakespear, HG Wells, Albert Einstein or even Winston Churchill..............but please not Vin Diesel.

      Sardieq Slamdien - 2012-03-05 18:14

      LoL for Vin Diesel comment.. Who is that dark complexion assistant ref that keeps making these small/big mistakes?

      Bootman - 2012-03-05 18:54

      It was Christie DuPreez and Jason Japhta. You're probably refering to Christie. Just kidding about the Vin Diesel thing. It's just not often you see somebody quoting him.

  • Freddie - 2012-03-05 19:58

    I'm a Stormers fan but I'm not impressed with the backline movement and shape. he on the field...Habana is no where. The backline is way too laterall and has been that way since last season especially during the Currie Cup. The silver fox Robbie Fleck can go loaf at another province as he aint gotta clue...9 and 10 are alright but it all goes pear shaped after that.

  • Johan Coetzer - 2012-03-05 21:06

    Thanks Gavin Rich couldn't agree with you more.

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