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'Edinburgh outclassed by ruthless Stormers'

Edinburgh Fan's Voice
Edinburgh Fan's Voice

You may be expecting this column to eviscerate Edinburgh following our game against Stormers. However, I have to pay tribute to our opposition who were simply ruthless.

Just to pick two stats. Stormers ran for 533 metres. That’s more than twice the distance Edinburgh did. They also made 21 offloads, which is almost identical to the number that Sean Everitt's side have managed over the last four games they've played.

The last time I saw Edinburgh dismantled so efficiently was also the last time they conceded seven tries in a match. I'm sorry to remind you of the 2021 Champions Cup last 16 tie against Racing 92 where we were crushed 56-3.

Our cause wasn’t helped by the pre-match injury to Emiliano Boffelli. Wes Goosen is a very capable 15, but Chris Dean is not a winger any more than Luan de Bruin is a loosehead.

Add to that our scrum malfunctioned, which may be understandable in the light of Stormers 100kg advantage, but so did our lineout at crucial times and there’s little I can offer to explain why.

Stormers were in a groove that even Stevie Wonder would have been proud of. I think even if those issues hadn’t arisen, we still wouldn’t have looked like winning.

The biggest positive of the day was a strong debut for Jake Henry, which hopefully means that’s the last time we will see Dean on the wing.

Five points is what I hoped we could take from this trip. That is still possible. We have only managed to claim a bonus-point win once in the league this season, but it was against another South African side - Bulls - in round five. Maybe that’s a positive omen.

Sandy Smith can be found on The Burgh Watch.