United Rugby Championship: Stormers boss John Dobson rues ‘a very bad day at the office’ for defending champions

Stormers head coach John Dobson says his side had a bad day at the office against an in-form Glasgow Warriors side in the United Rugby Championship (URC) on Sunday. Credit: Alamy
Stormers head coach John Dobson says his side had a bad day at the office against an in-form Glasgow Warriors side in the United Rugby Championship (URC) on Sunday. Credit: Alamy

Stormers head coach John Dobson says his side had a bad day at the office against an in-form Glasgow Warriors side in the United Rugby Championship (URC) on Sunday.

The defending URC champions fell to a 24-17 defeat at the hands of the Scottish outfit, and while Dobson credited Glasgow for their performance, he felt that his side was poor in a few areas of the game.

‘A very bad day at the office’

Glasgow had the slightest edge on the Stormers in possession and territory, and the stark difference in the stats was the number of missed tackles for the Stormers (39), more than double the tally of the hosts (18).

After the match, Dobson said that his side was too focused on the defensive breakdown, which presented opportunities for Glasgow on attack.

“We were poor in areas we didn’t want to be in. We probably over-committed to the defensive breakdowns. I thought we gave them a couple too many yards on defence when they carried off 10 and 9,” Dobson told reporters.

“It was just a very bad day at the office against a team that’s really on a roll.”

Failure to slow Glasgow down

The Stormers boss said Glasgow executed well on attack but added that his side needed to be more effective in slowing down their possession.

“They went deep to get around us. They executed really well against our line speed.

“They carried well, and we were very poor at making double tackles and slowing the ball down. Their ball was too fast.

“We have to give them credit, they knew we were going to come with our line speed and they got ’round us,” Dobson added.

Another concern for Dobson was his side’s inability to exit out of their half, while he was reluctant to blame the nearly 40-hour trip to Glasgow for the performance.

“I’m not going to blame the travel. Maybe with more training time we could have [been better] with our exits,” he added.

“We were really poor in exiting our own half.

“You saw at the end of the game there where we had a four-man lineout on our line five yards out… four minutes to play… all we had to do was exit, and we got turned over.”

The Stormers head to England this week, where they will front up against Premiership club London Irish in the Champions Cup, while Glasgow are off to France to tackle Perpignan in the Challenge Cup.

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