Stormers cry foul

Captain Schalk Brits has accused the Chiefs of slowing down Stormers’ ball during Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 match in Mt Maunganui.

The Cape franchise suffered a 30-20 defeat to the Hicks after leading 14-7 at the break. They are now 12th on the log with just two wins from nine matches – picked up against the pathetic Cats and Force.

Brits said the match felt like deja vu and questioned the Chiefs’ tactics at the breakdown.

“That’s the story of our season, getting so close without getting there,” he said. “They were slowing our ball down and you can’t play with slow ball. All credit to the Chiefs, you can’t play with slow ball.”

Chiefs captain Jono Gibbes was pleased to pick up four points but disappointed with the way his side played.

“It’s a bit frustrating because we didn’t really play the way we wanted too,” he said. “I think it felt like who wanted to lose it the most out there. But we dug deep and got it. It’s a hard-earned four points for us.”

The Chiefs changed their tactics in the second half by kicking on the Stormers back three. Tonderai Chavhanga and Jongi Nokwe were both exposed, making several handling errors that gifted the home side possession.

“We felt like we got in behind them and used the ball a bit smarter in the second half and respected it a bit more,” Gibbes said. “Maybe in the first half we were guilty of throwing it away and putting ourselves under pressure but we got there in the end.”

The Chiefs play the Cheetahs in Hamilton next weekend, with the Stormers travelling to Brisbane for their final tour match against the Reds.