Mallett highlights Stormers' flaws
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett was not
overly impressed by the Stormers’ performance against the Sunwolves at Newlands
The Stormers ran in seven tries to beat the Japanese team
46-17, but Mallett highlighted a few flaws in their game.
“This was a forgettable game for me. I know they scored
seven tries, but the Stormers were not playing against a very good side,”
Mallett said in the SuperSport studio afterwards.
“When you miss 30 out of 120 tackles - that’s one in every
four attempts - make eight knocks, concede eight turnovers, make 11 handling
errors and only have 40% territory and possession, it’s really not a good performance
even though they scored all those tries of which most were long-range efforts
and the rest individual brilliance.
“The Stormers don’t have a controlled, well-organised
attack. Perhaps I’m nit-picking, but our sides won’t win against New Zealand sides
while playing like that. It was fast and loose like touch rugby, lightweight.”
Mallett also noted that a lack of an out-and-out fetcher
could cost the Cape side going forward.
“The Stormers had quite a few guys who went in for turnovers
- Jean-Luc du Plessis, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Nizaam Carr and Siya Kolisi - but
there’s no individual who is permanently making a nuisance of himself like an
openside flank should.”
Mallett is also worried about the size of some of the
Stormers’ outside backs.
“We musn’t underestimate the role (fullback) Riaan Viljoen
played for the Sunwolves. The one thing we have to be a little nervous about
was how easily he held off the Stormers wingers. Size is a big issue, they are
absolutely brilliant going forward on attack, but there are question marks over
the defence. There was Kobus van Wyk being handed off by Viljoen for a try.”
Mallett though was impressed by the performance of flyhalf
Jean-Luc du Plessis, who started his first game at pivot for the Stormers.
“Du Plessis showed good physicality at the breakdown and
he's not scared to tackle. I Ioved the accuracy of his passing and how he took
the ball to the line. That pass to set up Notshe for the try was excellent. His
first game couldn’t have been better.”