Stats reveal cracks in Stormers' defence
STATISTICAL SPOTLIGHT: The Stormers rely heavily on their rush defence to subdue opponents, but it seemed to fall apart in their Round 12 United Rugby Championship fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium.
The Capetonians conceded four tries in a 17-24 defeat in Scotland. Glasgow managed to snatch victory with Sebastian Cancelliere scoring his second try and the match-winner at the death.
The home side spoke about formulating a plan to get around the Stormers’ rush defence in the build-up to the match and it clearly worked on matchday.
However, the Stormers will also be kicking themselves for not delivering their usual high standards.
According to @OptaJohnny, “Glasgow Warriors beat 47 defenders during their game against the Stormers on Sunday, their second highest tally in a single @URCOfficial game since Opta have recorded this data (2010) – they also made 10 line breaks, the most they’ve made in a league game this term.”
And the awful stats does not end there for John Dobson’s side.
According to the URC’s official stats, the Stormers missed a whopping 39 tackles in the match.
Glasgow only missed 18 tackles in the 80 minutes.
The Stormers’ next outing will be against London Irish in England in the Champions Cup and defence is an area they will have to look at if they are to get back to winning ways.