Stormers far from sublime

Frans Ludeke does not believe that the Stormers outplayed his side on Saturday, despite emerging with a 23-12 victory away from home.

Speaking to keo.co.za, Ludeke reiterated the importance of not throwing out the baby with the bathwater … even if that baby is Calamity Snyman, emphasising that the difference between the sides on Saturday was not immense.

“We didn’t play well at all, and yet we were in that game for a very long period,” Ludeke said. “We lost because of individual mistakes, but neither of the sides played well. They used their opportunities better, and Bolla [Conradie] kicked very well from the base of the scrum, but really the difference came down to that intercept try. A result of another individual mistake.”

Ludeke cautioned Stormers fans not to be overly buoyant despite the victory.

“It wasn’t like they beat us by playing well constructed rugby or by putting a number of plays together. They won a grinder, and credit to them for doing that, but it wasn’t like we were blown off the field.”