Stormers working on creating space for Kolbe


But it was the move that led to Kolbe’s try which was key because, for once, the fullback was afforded some space out wide to try and create that bit of magic he is known for. After a great build-up, flyhalf Kurt Coleman threw an exquisite pass to Kolbe who then danced his way past a host of Jaguares players to dot down.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck says it’s something that they have been working on - creating space for Kolbe - but haven’t quite been able to do regularly enough this season.

“It was a brilliant try,” Fleck said this week. “It’s something that we have been working on, to try and release him. We feel that if we can get Chessie in a one-on-one situation, it will benefit us and he really showed skills with a fantastic try.”

The Stormers have shown great intent on attack this season and there have been passages of play that have been breathtakingly beautiful, in terms of their handling and continuity.

But their problem is still a lack of cutting edge in the final third of the field. Yes, Kolbe’s try was magnificent, but the Stormers probably had another three or four scoring opportunities to punish their Argentine opponents.

It’s a familiar trend, because over the years they have played their best rugby in between the two 22m lines, and finishing opportunities in this competition is the difference between the champions and the also-rans.

“There were another three opportunities there where we should have scored. We let ourselves down there, and maybe one pass would have put them to bed,” Fleck said.

“The good thing is that we created a lot of opportunities, even though we were under the pump in the second half. And that is something we are going to work on.”

Kolbe, though, is in doubt for next Friday’s Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves at Newlands after he was “knocked out cold” in Buenos Aires this past weekend.

The concern is that the Stormers don’t have sufficient depth at No 15 at the moment, with Justin Geduld playing with the Blitzboks, and EW Viljoen only recently returning from injury.

“Cheslin is actually feeling good at the moment. He passed his test, but he was knocked out at the very end of the match. But the fact that he passed his (concussion) test is a good sign. We will assess him again,” Fleck said.

“It is too early to say (if Kolbe is definitely ruled out). He got knocked out, and with the new World Rugby regulations around concussion, I can only really give an answer next week.”

“We will have to dig deep now and look at our greater squad. We have EW Viljoen coming back from injury. We are stretched a bit at fullback, so we’ve got to look at what we’ve got.”



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