Fans turn on Fleck after third loss
SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has come under some heavy criticism from fans after his side slumped to a 12-24 loss to the Reds in Brisbane.
It is now the Cape Town outfit’s third loss in a row, as they sit second from bottom in the South African Conference.
Fleck’s team looked promising in the first half and came very close with two disallowed tries. Although the score was level at half time at 0-0, the Reds took advantage of a Siya Kolisi yellow card for the first ten minutes of the second half and never looked back.
Although the Stormers rallied with late tries, it was fairly comfortable for the Reds in the end, compounded by a litany of handling errors from the South African outfit.
The fans are not holding back on Twitter as they lambast the former Springboks centre for failing to produce anything with his team. With so many internationals at his disposal, many fans feel Fleck has no excuse for why the team are not performing, and that is something that they have been saying all season. While the Capetonians were without titans Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit, that does not seem to be a good enough excuse.
However, this lacklustre performance seems to be the final straw for many fans, and there are increasing calls for Fleck to stand down as head coach, with the hashtag #FleckOut trending.
This is what the fans are saying:
— Jacob Small (@joecool_79) April 5, 2019
Thank you to robbie fleck and his wonderful team for wasting my time again. So many selection mistakes. So many decision mistakes. So many handling mistakes. Errors everywhere. #ssrugby
— Jonathan Yudelman (@jonnyyudelz) April 5, 2019
— Scrum Feed (@FeedtheScrum) April 5, 2019
Robbie Fleck. You were a decent rugby player. You are a terrible coach. Please resign with immediate effect. Thank you.
— Andrew Hallett (@MastodonMUSING) April 5, 2019
@THESTORMERS you just don’t respect your fans……Robbie Fleck shouldn’t even be coaching a high school team
— Mayihlome (@MTshwete) April 5, 2019
— Handre Naude (@handrenaude) April 5, 2019
Full-time in Brisbane, where the DHL Stormers have gone down 24-12 against the Reds. They finish their Australasian tour in Melbourne against the Rebels next week. #REDvSTO
— DHL STORMERS (@THESTORMERS) April 5, 2019
It’s time for Mr Fleck to go!
— MANISH®™ (@Stormy_Boy18) April 5, 2019
Shame what a useless unchoached team with u uninspiring captain of note
— bennie vd westhuizen (@bennie2706) April 5, 2019
My patience is running out for my team that continually loses!#flekkieflop
— Jeremy Oliphant (@jeshau1906) April 5, 2019
The year is 2045 and Robbie Fleck still believes the Stormers are 1 game away from clicking…
— 🏉𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐮𝐠𝐛𝐲 𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬 (@AndreGeel) April 5, 2019
Can Robbie fleck just leave already
— Sagheer Osman (@sagheerosman) April 5, 2019
Fleck is in his fourth Super Rugby campaign with the Stormers, but has struggled to comprehensively win over the fans. The team have been in the doldrums over the past couple of years after promising campaigns in 2016 and 2017. However, they finished joint bottom of their conference last season, and the criticism of Fleck has carried into this season.
The Stormers travel to Melbourne next week to take on a Rebels team that are full of confidence, so it doesn’t get any easier for Fleck.