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.
I have avoided posting anything about the Stormers this Super Rugby season. It’s tough being a supporter at the moment and to put pen to paper – or finger to keyboard in this instance – only confirms how horrible it truly has been. However with a well needed break in the form of looming international matches against a World XV, Wales and Scotland, I have found myself reflecting on the season which has been thus far. Besides the serious lack of tries and victories, two things stand out when analysing the Stormers 2014 Super Rugby campaign thus far: Injuries and the lack of quality depth.