Stormers pack leaves a sour taste

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:33

EXCLUSIVE: The performance of the Stormers' pack will leave a sour taste in the mouths of many of their supporters as they were outplayed by a lesser experienced Bulls pack.

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The stats, however, suggests that the Stormers had the upper hand over their northern rivals but what occurred in the encounter proved to be a different story.

Boasting five Springboks in the starting pack, you would think they would dominate an opposition who fielded just two but that was certainly not the case as the Bulls stood up to the challenge to claim a 33-23 victory.

"You have to give credit to the Bulls. It's John Mitchell's first year, he is not going to be measured by where he ends on the log, he is going to be measured by the performance of the team in certain games. 

"This, along with the Hurricanes game, would have been the games he would have targeted quite heavily, it was their first game back [from tour], they playing at Loftus again - that first half performance, particularly those mauls, were very impressive," Anton van Zyl said.

There has been much talk about the effect of the yellow card to Pieter-Steph du Toit, however, Van Zyl believes that it had no impact on the state of the game or the eventual outcome.

"[The yellow card was] Definitely unlucky, it looks horrendous. I don't know how anyone can claim there is intent there. I think it is bad luck but I don't think it changed [the game] - I know it was a pivotal time.

"I was expecting the Stormers to win with a much better forward pack performance," he added.

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Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
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Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
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Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
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Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
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Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14