The 2014 Super Rugby season will be better forgotten sooner, rather than later, for most Stormers supporters. The season’s results were indicative of a team low on confidence who were playing an outdated style of rugby, which had seen numerous questions being raised over the coaching staff’s aptitude. Although marred by injuries, the team’s positive run of form toward the end of the season – barring perhaps their most recent match against the Sharks – has shown that perhaps a corner has been turned and therefore a glimmer of hope for the future is somewhat, encouragingly, visible. The question is, however, where to for the Stormers and WPRU from here?
We all know that their season has been one to forget and with two rounds left to play in this year’s Super Rugby comp, it’s time to salvage what we can in terms of pride and focus on the future. It feels as though a weight has been lifted off the players and their supporters as the possibility of making the playoffs fell away some time ago and this has seen the team win four of their last five matches. Whilst I would naturally love to see us in a position to win the comp, it’s somewhat surreal watching the players having a go without the weight of expectation upon them. This can most certainly be construed as a defeatist attitude, yet I feel that it is important to take as many positives as we can from a poor season. Forget what’s happening on the log, this is what I’m looking forward to from the Stormers against the Bulls this weekend.