|Posted by McLook on February 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM|
On request of Micheal (Flourbomber) here is a spot where we can share some thoughts on the Super15 matches.
We are halfway through the matches of Week 2 and so far we've seen the Blues beating the Crusaders; the cheetahs getting thrashed by the Rebels and the Strormers securing a win in the last few minutes against the Hurricanes at Newlands.
Regarding the Blues/Crusaders match. I found the fact that that almost the entire Blues team consist of freakishly talented pascific islanders very interesting. The amount of talent amongst these Islanders is incredible. Big, strong and fast seems to be the norm and not a oddity. These big Islanders manhandled the 'Saders with ease and was clearly the better team -for me- on the day. Tom Taylor's place kicking was a bit of a disaster and McCaw did not feature at all during the time he was on the field. In fact he missed tackles in the run-up to the first two Blues tries. I like the look of the new Blues flyhalf. He is playing so well that Benji Marshall is relegated to warming the bench.
The Cheetahs was just bloody ordinary. Everytime you think they've got game they turn gutless. Ek so gatvol vir daai spul ek wil nie eers hulle wedstryde kyk nie. The golden Goose (Goossen) is either struggling to get his form back or is totally over rated. His tactical kicking was horrible and he couldn't get his line away to save his live. Big boss Strauss failed (yet again) miserable as captain. This was a match where he should have shown his metal as it was clear from within the first minute that the Cheetahs was lacking passion and urgency. He was unable to deliver and ligt the team and hence -in my books- not even worth being metioned as a future Springbok captain.
Based on last weeks display against the Bulls Goossen might be the future of the No10 berth for the Springboks. This weekend he was poor.
Passion was what pulled the Stormers through but they were frantic in all facets of play. Motivated to the brink of self-destruction but there was -yet again- an absence of evidence that they are being coached. The backline play was lacking finesse and the line out display was the worst I've seen from an SA team in a long time. In the end the Hurricanes in my books didn't deserve to win (even though the Stormers lacked finesse) due to the fact that they scored two soft tries and was never really in the game.
The absence of Bekker and Etzebeth was clearly apparent in the Stormers line-out play. Bekker is -I believe- in Japan and have been a bit dissapointing in his last season (2012) at the Stormers but he was still better than the two that was on display this weekend.
The 'Canes almost won due to good defence but kept on infringing in the red zone to prevent tries being scored against them. The Stormes got three early penalties for such infringements at the tackle ball when they were stringing some phases together. This penalty leaking is a good strategy to break opponents momentum and I would like to see referees stepping in and warn teams that kept on infringing in the red zone to prevent tries.
So far a rather dissapointing show by the SA sides.