Boland to provide breakdown test

The Stormers have a great opportunity to sharpen their breakdown skills when they travel to Boland this Saturday, says Gary Gold.

The Cape franchise completed a 43-33 beating of Saracens last Sunday, but there were areas where they came off second best. Rassie Erasmus admitted the English side were dominant in the scrums and at the breakdown, and Gold reinforced these observations when talking to keo.co.za.

“It was far from a perfect performance. We accomplished certain things in the way we defended and the way we attacked space, but in other aspects we showed we are not ready,” said Gold. “Having said that we are not worried. There is still time to fix things.

“The scrums were understandable, as our three tightheads were unavailable and we had to move a loosehead in Wicus Blaauw to No 3. I actually feel he didn’t do too badly.

“They did turn us over a bit too often on the deck. We’ll receive a good opportunity to rectify that against Boland. There’s a great rivalry between Western Province and the Boland, and any contest involving these players sees a massive fight from the Bolanders. They’re especially ferocious on the floor, and they’ll never give an inch.”

Erasmus will name his starting side this Thursday and has already intimated that a few fringe players will receive a run. First-choice players like Schalk Burger and Brian Mujati are also set to return in this the last warm-up before the opening Super 14 fixture against the Sharks on 14 February.

By Jon Cardinelli