The weights tell a story for the Stormers
April 10, 2013, 09:40:12
I have just gone onto the Stomers website and looked at the weights.
The best Stormers pack is as follows:
Kitshoff 120, Liebenberg 110, Malherbe 122
Etzebeth 118 (I think this is wrong as he was 120 kg last year and growing) Bekker 120
Burger 114, Vermuelen 116 and Elstadt 114 (He was118 last season but apparently debulked to gain speed)
Total 934kg. (The 2 kg re Etzebeth and 4 kg re Elstadt make the differnce re my 940 kg power pack)
However we have instead fielded against the crusties for example. Cillliers 113kg, Steenkamp 113kg and
Kolis 102 kg. Meaning a lot less firepower.
But it doesnt stop there. On comes Carr and off goes Elstadt. Carr - a poor player and only 102 kg. Instead Coetzee could have played the very effective Don Armand110 kg - he now also has the choice of Rhodes at 110 kg. Will he drop Carr.
Then in the backs Allende keeps getting dropped to the bench!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Allende 100 kg and a serious Bok candidate if Meyer would open his eyes. Howard at 100 kg doesnt even get a game off the bench. Van der heever at 98 kg only gets a chance when Habana is injured!!!!!!!!!!!! Small guys like Aplon can be dangerous when play gets broken and spaces appear as legs get tired. Play him off the bench in the last 30 minutes.
I did not see Du Plessis name but think he is 96 kg. Man this guy looked like he had something. Hope he gets over his injury quickly. He skinned JJ beautifully that one game!!
Seldom have I seen such a combination of injuries and stupid selection policies ruining a sides chances.
One can only wonder now how a backline of Groom, Grant, Jean, Allende, Habana, Van der Heever and a settled Taute would have been like behind the power pack!
What a disapointment it has been thus far. So far from what might have been.