Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe believes the team’s Springboks are not pulling their weight in the Vodacom Super 14.
The Cape franchise are 12th on the log following their 30-20 defeat to the Chiefs and their coaching staff has copped the brunt of the criticism.
However, Van der Merwe says it’s unfair to blame the coaches when the players don’t come to the party.
“In the match against the Waratahs and the Brumbies senior Wallabies like Phil Waugh and Stirling Mortlock played with an incredible intensity,” Van der Merwe told Die Burger’s Herbert Pretorius. “As a matter of fact – they’ve played like this the entire season.
“Jean de Villiers hasn’t really got into his stride. Marius Joubert and Joe van Niekerk also only started playing recently after injuries. If you want to make an impact in this competition, these players must be at the top of their game.”
The coach could also have mentioned the mediocre efforts of Eddie Andrews, Hanyani Shimange, De Wet Barry and Tonderai Chavhanga.
Van der Merwe added that coaches cannot be held accountable for basic errors.
“It’s unfair to blame the coach if a player misses a penalty plumb in front of the uprights [Peter Grant], if another slips twice [Chavhanga],if someone fumbles an easy tackle or if the players cannot kick the ball out under pressure,” he said.
The Stormers play their final tour match against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.