5 talking points: Super Rugby Week 8

    2017-04-17 09:05

    Herman Mostert - Sport24

    Cape Town - Cape Town - Sport24’s Herman Mostert highlights FIVE talking points after Round 8 of the 2017 Super Rugby competition:

    1. Lions the best team in SA

    The Stormers were the talk of the town when they stunned the Chiefs at Newlands, but they were humbled on Saturday, with the Lions claiming their first ever Super Rugby win at Newlands.

    Nick Mallett was right when he said the Lions had “bullied” the Stormers. The Lions showed that they can employ a different type of game style, instead of their normal free-flowing approach, and they tactically outfoxed their hosts.

    The Lions won this game on a staunch defensive effort and pounced when their opportunities came, so much so that they claimed a bonus-point win.

    The men from Johannesburg showed their resilience early in the second half when they held off the Stormers for 13 minutes in the red zone.

    Coach Johan Ackermann proved his tactical nous with this performance and his departure later this year to Gloucester in England will be dearly felt.

    2. Controversial TMO call

    There was a critical moment late in the first half of the game at Newlands when Lions flank Jaco Kriel was awarded a controversial try.

    Referee Jaco Peyper referred the decision upstairs to television match official Shaun Veldsman, saying he saw "no clear grounding".

    Replays indicated no clear grounding on the line, but somehow Veldsman came to the conclusion that he saw "compelling evidence" of a grounding and instructed Peyper to award the try.

    Unless Veldsman was looking at a screen other to what we all saw on our TV screens, there was no clear - let alone compelling - evidence of a grounding.

    The score gave the Lions a handy 22-13 advantage at the break.

    This is not the first time Veldsman has made a controversial decision and I’m willing to bet it won’t be the last...

    3. Lack of consistency from referees?

    In the 25th minute of the game at Newlands, Kriel was sent to the sin-bin for making contact with the head area of Stormers flyhalf Robert du Preez. It was also a late hit and by the letter of the law, deserved a yellow card.

    However, just before half-time, Stormers flank Nizaam Carr also made contact with the head area of Lions fullback Andries Coetzee.

    This time, Peyper only awarded a penalty against the Stormers.

    The Carr incident was in my book not as severe as the Kriel one, but perhaps still warranted a yellow card.

    Nick Mallett, speaking in the SuperSport studio afterwards, was even more convinced, saying: “Nizaam Carr comes into a tackle with no arms and uses his shoulder, which makes contact to the head of Andries Coetzee. In my view, that tackle is as dangerous as Kriel’s. It would have been fair if he spent 10 minutes in the sin bin. There is no consistency.”

    There appears to be a lack of consistency in the way referees are officiating the high tackle rule this season.

    4. Cheetahs run out of puff

    The Cheetahs raced to a 24-0 lead in as many minutes in their encounter against the Chiefs in Bloemfontein, only to end up losing 41-27.

    The Cheetahs did a lot of things right, bossing the Chiefs physically and scoring some spectacular tries.

    However, it was almost inevitable - and no surprise - to see the Chiefs hit back and claim a comfortable win.

    There are just too many flaws in the Cheetahs armoury and they lack the depth to compete at this level.

    5. Home comforts for Bulls

    Following their win over the Jaguares, the Bulls can take comfort that they are unbeaten at their Loftus Versfeld home.

    The Bulls stood up physically against the Argentines and this may just be the catalyst for them to get their season back on track.

    They should beat the hapless Cheetahs at home this coming weekend - which will make them feel good heading into a bye weekend, before two home clashes against the Crusaders (May 6) and Highlanders (May 13) certain to prove a real test.

    Only 5 847 fans turned up on Saturday night against the Jaguares and the Bulls will have to improve markedly for that figure to rise...

    Read More On:  super rugby herman mostert rugby

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk


    Friday, 29 June 2018
    • Blues v Reds, Eden Park 09:35
    • Rebels v Waratahs, AAMI Park 11:45
    Saturday, 30 June 2018
    • Highlanders v Chiefs, ANZ National Stadium 09:35
    • Brumbies v Hurricanes, GIO Stadium 11:45
    • Sunwolves v Bulls, Singapore National Stadium 13:55
    • Sharks v Lions, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:15
    • Jaguares v Stormers, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 19:40
    Friday, 06 July 2018
    • Crusaders v Highlanders, AMI Stadium 09:35
    • Reds v Rebels, Suncorp Stadium 11:45


    21 July 2018
    20 July 2018
    14 July 2018
    13 July 2018
    07 July 2018
    06 July 2018
    30 June 2018
    29 June 2018
    03 June 2018
    02 June 2018
    01 June 2018
    26 May 2018
    25 May 2018
    19 May 2018
    18 May 2018
    12 May 2018
    11 May 2018
    05 May 2018
    04 May 2018
    28 April 2018
    27 April 2018
    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Who will finish top of the SA Conference in this year's Super Rugby tournament?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.