John Mitchell has given his verdict on South Africa’s five Vodacom Super 14 franchises.
Speaking on Boots&All, Mitch was asked to comment on the local teams. Here’s what he said:
Mitch on the Bulls
“Their scrum is not what it used to be. The Bulls tighthead doesn’t ask the questions of you that certain players did in the past.
“They’d ask far more questions on attack if their flyhalves attacked the inside channels more. Both Morne Steyn and Derick Hougaard take the ball very deep and don’t ask much of the defence.”
Mitch on the Stormers
“I’ve been absolutely impressed with Luke Watson. He’s been phenomenel. Their back row performs well and they just haven’t clicked yet. But when they do they’ll be a very tough prospect.”
Mitch on the Cheetahs
“I spoke to Rassie preseason when he brought the Cheetahs to Perth, and even then I could see they would be a force in the competition. He’s done a fantastic job and their status as Currie Cup champions attests to their quality.”
Mitch on the Cats
“The Cats fixture will be tough, a lot of guys have never played at altitude. We’re in for a different kind of contest.
“They’ve got really good set piece, possibly at times a bit of skill execution under pressure lets them down, but they’re not afraid to try things. Andre Pretorius will make a big difference when he hits his stride.”
Mitch on the Sharks
“Tony Brown has made a massive difference at 10. Their forward unit is very competitive and their backline can score tries from anywhere.”