Stormers under no illusions

Coach Kobus van der Merwe believes the Stormers must improve by at least 50% if they hope to beat the Waratahs on Saturday night.

The Cape franchise got their Vodacom Super 14 season off to a satisfactory start when they beat the Circus Cats at Ellis Park, but the Men in Black never really got out of second gear.

“We have no illusions after Saturday’s win and don’t want to to read too much into it,” said Van der Merwe after the game.

The coach praised his pack, who dominated their Cats opponents and laid the foundation for the win. “Our tight five has taken a lot of criticism in the past and they were talked about again after the game, but this time it was because they gave the Cats such a tough time,” he said. The Stormers line-out was also rock solid, and they won every line-out on their own throw.

Van der Merwe also lauded the performance of flyhalf Peter Grant, who outplayed the woeful Tiaan Snyman. “Peter is another player who’s taken a lot of flak, but he showed that he has the temperament to excel under pressure,” he said.

The only concern for Van der Merwe was the ease with which the Cats forwards mauled. “We’ll look at that this week and come up with a plan,” he said. “The way the Cats drove us back in the second half was a worry.”