RE: How will the Stormer's scrum perform
February 28, 2013, 13:47:28
Well, I have said all along Pat Cilliers is an average prop and he was exposed by the inexperienced Morne Mellett of the Bulls. Mellett is certainly one to watch.
Some wrongly had Kitshoff down as the issue, this was not the case, Kitshoff was solid enough his end against the impressive Frik Kirsten. He got wrongly pinged for hinging when in fact the Bulls prop had his knee on the ground.
The Stormers scrum lacks grunt with the average de Kock Steenkamp at 4 and the loss of Liebenberg at 2. I dont rate Liebenberg at all but he does add bulk to the frontrow. Malherebe is an improvement on Cilliers and it was a bit of an insult to Malherbe with Coetzee selecting Cilliers over him for the first match. Typical of the out of touch Coetzee. Had he looked after Quinn Roux last season, the loss of Etzebeth would not have been a sorley felt.
Adding old Schalk to the pack ahead of Kolisi would weaken the Stormers pack. Kolisi adds more these days.
The Stormers pack without Eben and Liebenberg will be no match for the impressive Beast and Jannie. They can be thankful Bismark is injured.