Stormers truggle past Cheetahs
The Stormers have suffered a dramatic drop in form over the last month or so and it was certainly a stuttering Cape side that jogged out at Newlands.
The Cheetahs are by no means world beaters yet they kept the homes die honest for the entire 80 minutes. After a loss to the Bulls and a draw away to the Sunwolves insecurities have crept into the Stormers’ game. The Capetonians lacked flow amongst their backs and had to wait until the final minutes of the first half to finally break the shackles and get themselves ahead on the scoreboard.
Despite easing some nerves with their try before the break the home team could still not shake the Cheetahs and get clear. It is difficult pin-pointing the problem for the Stormers but they appear to be a team of individuals at present rather than a team gelling together as a unit, playing off each other and complimenting one another (as the Lions is a superb example).
In the end the Cheetahs never gave up and deserve credit for making a match of it. Were it not for an opportunistic try against the run of play late in the second half (to Kobus van WYk)things could have been a lot different.
As it turned out the home side were able to hold on for a 31-24 win.