Kempson is the current forwards coach at the Southern Kings and despite his team’s 38-13 loss to the Stormers over the weekend, he fears for his former team come scrum time.
“It is for me, as a fan of the Stormers, a worry. We knew before Saturday’s match that we could target the Stormers’ front row,” Kempson told Die Burger.
Despite the Stormers winning comfortably against the Kings, the one area in which they struggled was in the scrums. The Stormers complained that the referee’s engagement (crouch, touch, pause, engage) orders at the scrums were different that what teams are used to. And while Kempson acknowledged this fact he still believes the Capetonians should have handled the situation better.
“It didn’t help that there was about 10 seconds between ‘pause’ and ‘engage’, but the front rows adapted.”
“At times the Stormers got good engagements but your opponents can make up for that if you don’t follow through well with your engagement.”
Kempson, who played 36 games for the Stormers, believes Deon Carstens, Tiaan Liebenberg and Frans Malherbe should make up their front row in Super Rugby.
“Steven Kitshoff (loosehead prop) has a tendency to try and walk around the tighthead. He’s still young, but it makes his opponents’ task easier.
“Look, the Stormers don’t have a front row that really instils fear. They do have an unbelievable backline and the goal should probably be to get the ball wide as soon as possible.”
Kempson reckons the Western Province union has made a mistake over the last decade by not trying to find a top class prop.
“Duane Vermeulen (loose forward) was a good acquisition for the pack, but WP has never contracted a world class prop.”
“I don’t think they’ll be able to launch attacks from their scrums this year. However, it (their scrum) shouldn’t disintegrate if I take into account the way the referees are currently applying the laws.”