Most of the Stormers games this year has been as hard to watch than the Australian derbies. There attacking ability was as poor against the Chiefs on Saturday as the referee.
One of those game you wonder why you waste your time in watching it with both teams just not good enough to say that they are playing super rugby.
The Stormers have been struggling to get their attack going all season and their inconsistency almost reminds one to the days of when Kobus coach them.
With the poor performance also went their hopes of making the play-offs.
It was not that the Chiefs was any better than the Stormers, but they deserved the win at the end.
As predicted the Stormers was unable to put a second week of quality together after the win against the Bulls.
It was a stop start affair not just because of the poor performance of the players from both sides but also the officials.
Every week the refereeing is just getting worst as SANZAAR so-called elite competition just keep on with its free falling.
The Stormers could not dominate the scrums which was the start of their downfall. With so many injuries in the Chiefs squad this shown even more how bad this Stormers side was on the day.
Damian Willemse put the Stormers 3-0 ahead with a penalty on the quarter-hour mark after young Chiefs flanker Luke Jacobson was caught coming out the blocks too quickly on defence.
Five minutes later, Damian McKenzie used the penalty advantage to perfection, putting in an expertly weighted cross kick-pass which bounced favourably for Chiefs wing Solomon Alaimalo to collect and manage the offload for Anton Lienert-Brown to have the easy run-in to the line.
The Chiefs took a 5-3 lead into the interval.
13 minutes after half-time, Willemse wrested the lead back for the Stormers with a penalty right in front of the posts after Damian de Allende did stellar work at the breakdown to effect the turnover.
Soon after, Siya Kolisi was penalised for illegally entering the ruck from the side. McKenzie kicked to touch ten metres out from the Stormers’ try-line. From the resulting line-out, the Chiefs took the ball through a number of phases.
The Chiefs pack began to exert pressure on the Stormers scrum and were eventually awarded with a penalty try as the Stormers were guilty of repeated infringements at this particular set-piece. This meant the visitors held a 12-6 lead.
McKenzie appeared to put the game beyond the Stormers’ reach five minutes from time with a three-pointer as the home side went down by a nine-point margin at 15-6.
SP Marais made things interesting with a penalty two minutes from time but the Chiefs held on for the precious victory.
There is no player from the Stormers side that will make my SA 15th side and after so many praises on Kolisi as even a Springbok captain, all I can say is ask an English club to offer him a contract he will not refuse.
He has been poor this season and are not suppose to be even mentioned in a Springbok side more so as captain.
Pens: Willemse 2, Marais
Tries: Lienert-Brown, Penalty Try