May 13, 2013, 14:12:54
Denny, it must have been a great game to be at the ground. Lot like a test match as Allistair said.
When all is taken into account I thinks its another one that got away. Certainly Habana fouled up but as I said the early subbing of Malherbe yet again and then the injuries to Fourie, Elstadt and Vermuelen cost us dearly.
I am convinced you cannot play Super 15 rugby with a backline that small. I was really pleased when Mallet explained exactly why. I often think of the brilliant Brent Russel. Few guys could run like him but he didnt really make it. To me, like Aplon, he was a terrific impact player - play these guys when space is opening up. But having Aplon, Joe and De jong and a small scrummie as well shows no understanding of where the modern game is.
I have also to state that the current position of the log gives no accurate indication of overall rugby strength as I am convinced both the Stormers and Sharks are top 6 sides. I expect howls of indignation from the uniformed (lacking in rugby acumen and brain matter etc etc ) but only because they don't appreciate context!