Vermeulen: Arrogance cost us
Cape Town - Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen says an arrogant attitude cost them in their 25-17 Super Rugby defeat to the Cheetahs last Saturday.
The Stormers headed to Bloemfontein as the South African Conference leaders but were upstaged by a highly motivated Cheetahs outfit, who made full use of their opportunities.
The Cheetahs led 18-3 in the first half, before the Stormers fought back to at tone stage trail only 18-17.
However, replacement flyhalf Kurt Coleman missed four shots at goal and a late try by fullback Clayton Blommetjies sealed the Cape side's fate.
"We knew it was going to be a tough match. But I think we arrived here a little arrogant after last week's win over the Bulls and the fact that we played against a team at the bottom end of the log," Vermeulen told Netwerk24.
"I don't think we pitched up mentally. There were a lot of 'chiefs' but not many 'Indians'. It made it tough to lead the team. We had an ugly talk about it in the change room afterwards."
The Bulls' win over the Lions in Pretoria saw them moved back into first spot in the South African Conference, with 34 points after 11 games, while the Stormers have slipped back to second with 30 log points.
The Stormers though will take heart from the fact that four of their remaining five games are at home, while the Bulls still have to travel Australasia.
The Stormers host the Brumbies at Newlands this Saturday (17:05 kick-off).