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Stormers ditch defense for attack?

Last year the Stormers suffered hars cricism for their inability to convert their dominance into tries. At Newlands, in 9 home games, they only mustered 14 tries, including a 6 try haul against the Western Force. This was ranked third lowest of the competition. Oddly enough, their away try tally was much better than at home, scoring 20 tries while on the road, jointly the third best away try tally and in total for the season, they ended up scoring the 6th least tries with 34.

Opportunities there were a plenty for the Stormers to improve their try tally, but silly decision making and poor handling more often than not cost them crucial tries and bonus points. 

Yet, for the season they were the side to have conceded the least number of tries (20) and it was their defenses that got them to go through to the semi finals where, ironically they lost to the Crusaders who outscored them 2 tries to 1 to clinch the finals berth.

And when we look at the number of tries they scored for every try they conceded, they were ranked second with 1.7 after the Waratahs who had 2.26 tries scored per try conceded.

It might be early days still, but it seems the Stormers might have made a turnabout in their strategy, scoring 3 tries in the opener and the most points in the first round of 2012.(Interestingly, it was their third highest score in the opening round ever in Super Rugby, previous being 42 against the Bulls in 1999) Last year it took the Stormers 5 matches to reach that tally, this whilst they also conceded two tries in their first match last season.

Personally, looking at how the squad played against the Canes it certainly seemed the Stormers were more intent on scoring tries rather than scoring penalties, and it paid off.

Hopefully they will continue in this fashion for the remainder of the season.



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