Cape Town – One of the things Stormers head coach John Dobson was most pleased with after their 39-6 Super Rugby Unlocked win against Griquas was the “energy” the new guys took to Kimberley.
After a tough start to their campaign, the Stormers ticked one of the boxes that they hadn’t been able to over the last few weeks – getting rhythm on attack.
They scored six tries – all of them very, very easy on the eye – and created good opportunities for their outside backs (although a number of those chances weren’t converted to points), which was another positive as their exciting wings have often been left out in the cold out wide with little chance to touch the Gilbert.
This past weekend was, however, different.
The interplay between the backs and forwards was good, and there was no shortage of quality productions from individuals.
Fullback Warrick Gelant was an absolute start on attack with a couple of direct try-assists and the way he helped bring their other backs into the mix.
“I thought a lot of the new guys, like David Meihuizen, Marcel Theunissen, Angelo Davids and Paul de Wet brought the energy that we expected of them, and the team overall brought a lot of energy and character,” said Dobson on the contribution of the new guys.
“We were still chasing kicks very hard at the end and put pressure on the opposition, so that was very pleasing.”