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Wanted: Viagra for Stormers! By Uysh

Can’t get it up? Pity…

The Stormers fans are left feeling unsatisfied yet again while their side just seems unable to score tries. Yes, the bring home the bacon by winning every match, except the Crusaders, where ironically they outscored the Saders by 2 tries to 1, but there is a growing concern that the Stormers attack is seemingly impotent.

Their inability to switch it on, on attack, speaks volumes of how able they are to win matches, as opposed to defend matches. Yes, just like an impotent man will protect his jewels, just so the Stormers defense is astute. But its in creating tries where the problem lies.

In Saturday’s match the Stormers initially dominated posession and in the first half they spent 1 minute and 46 seconds in the Cheetahs 22. Only one try could be shown for their efforts. In the second half, the Cheetahs dominated the match and at one stage had the posession at 73%. The Cheetahs, thanks to the Stormers resolute defense, could only score 2 tries with this posession, and spent 4 minutes 29 seconds in the Stormers 22.

Strangely though, the Stormers spent 2 minutes 22 seconds in the Cheetahs 22 in the Second half, but did not manage to score a single point.

It is strange how the Stormers went from scoring 3 tries in their opening match to only 14 tries in the remaining 9 matches. They have not scored a bonus point try since their last Round Robin match last year against the Cheetahs, and although they scored less tries at the same time last year, they at least scored 2 bonus point tries by the time they played 10 matches.

But lack of try’ing (pardon the pun) isn’t something new to the Stormers. In fact, they are not really known as a side who scores lots of bonus point tries. In 190 Super Rugby matches they have only scored 44 Bonus point tries, which equates to roughly 1 every 4.32 matches. The most bonus point tries they scored over the years was 5, back in 1998 when they ended ninth on the log.

Stormers   Bonus points Log position BP tries
2012 4 0
2011 2 4
2010 2 4
2009 10 1
2008 5 4
2007 10 3
2006 11 1
2005 9 1
2004 3 4
2003 9 3
2002 7 4
2001 7 4
2000 5 4
1999 2 3
1998 9 5

Compare this to the Bulls who many like to describe as one dimensional “stampkar” rugby who scored 59 in 201 Super Rugby matches (1 every 3.41 matches) and then the Crusaders who score 1 every 2.43 matches and you can see that they are quite below par.  In fact, the average for this season so far is a bonus point try every 2.67 games and although the Crusaders historically scored better than this, this year they have only scored one bonus point try every 5.5 matches.

But the Blues are the leaders in this category, who historically have scored a bonus point try every 2.34 matches. So the Blues scored 2 BP tries for every 1 that the Stormers have scored, so to speak.

BP Try   scorers Matches BPs Frequency
Blues 192 82          2.34
Crusaders 202 83          2.43
Brumbies 201 80          2.51
Hurricanes 202 72          2.81
Waratahs 202 69          2.93
Chiefs 202 63          3.21
Sharks 202 60          3.37
Bulls 201 59          3.41
Highlanders 202 53          3.81
Reds 202 47          4.30
Stormers 190 44          4.32
Lions 201 44          4.57
Cheetahs 103 21          4.90
Force 92 16          5.75
Rebels 26 3          8.67

But is this a symptom only of the Stormers this year? While doing this post, I’ve noticed that, interestingly, all the teams are struggling to accumulate bonus points this season. And most concerning is the declining trend in the amount of BP tries, despite the increase in number of matches.  For instance, in 2003 in the Super 12, only 66 matches were played and 57 Bonus Point tries have been scored. Since the Super 14 started, this total could only be beaten once, 58 bonus point tries in 2009 and 57 in 2008. Alarmingly though, in 120 Super 15 matches last year, only 56 Bonus Point tries were scored. This year only 30 BP tries were scored in 80 matches. At this rate, we’ll end up with 45 BP tries, the least since  2007.

All teams   BP tries Total All teams Matces Frequency Rank
2012 30 80          2.67 15
2011 56 120          2.14 13
2010 57 91          1.60 7
2009 58 91          1.57 6
2008 46 91          1.98 10
2007 43 91          2.12 12
2006 45 91          2.02 11
2005 40 66          1.65 9
2004 53 66          1.25 2
2003 57 66          1.16 1
2002 46 66          1.43 4
2001 41 66          1.61 8
2000 43 66          1.53 5
1999 29 66          2.28 14
1998 52 66          1.27 3

What is even more alarming is that the top 5 seasons in terms of Bonus point tries were all during the Super 12 system. 2003, 2004, 1998, 2002, and 2000. This year has been the worst so far.

So, is the new system working? One thing is clear, more games does not necessarily mean more Bonus Points. But if the Stormers wants to make me feel pleased again, they better start getting “it up” or their fans will be left feeling like this…

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3 Responses

  1. Roly says:

    A win, is a win, is a win, I know and I don’t think viagra will keep them stiff for a full eighty 🙂

  2. bloues says:

    I really couldn’t have said it better.

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