Stormers must stand up

Nick Mallett wants the Stormers “to show what they are made of” when they play the Chiefs in the Vodacom Super 14 on Saturday.

The WP director of rugby was a guest on New Zealand rugby show Re:Union and had to sit through the highlights of the Stormers’ defeat to the Blues in Auckland.

“Our individual skills and indiscipline let us down badly, and the guys were very disappointed,” said Mallett afterwards. “It wasn’t a great game of rugby, in fact it was probably our worst performance of the season. We conceded two soft tries at the end. De Wet Barry also knocked on when we could have counter-attacked, while we won a tighthead and then turned the ball over.”

Mallett said the yellow card picked up by Barry for a reckless shoulder charge was “inexcusable” and that he expected better from a captain.

He also lamented the fact that the Cape franchise had yet to field their best loose forwards at the same time.

“To lose Joe van Niekerk just before the Blues game was a big blow, as was Luke Watson’s [facial] injury. Our ideal loose trio would be Van Niekerk, Watson and Schalk Burger. Hopefully they’ll get to play together before the end of the season!”

The former Bok coach admitted that Saturday’s game against the Chiefs was a vital one for his side.

“It’s time for the guys to show what they are made of,” he said.