Where to from here for the Stormers?

Two years ago the Stormers was a team brimming with confidence.

Unbeaten and on top of the South African conference, the Cape franchise possessed the best defensive record and were grinding out wins.

2012 was probably the Stormers' best chance to win Super Rugby. The team consisted of in-form star-studded players as well as the most promising young talents in South African rugby.

The likes of Bryan Habana, Juan de Jongh and Duane Vermeulen are just some of the players in the Stormers squad that fell agonisingly short of reaching their second Super Rugby final in three years, when they lost to the Sharks in the semi-final.

2012 was also the year youngsters Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi were unearthed and made the most promising starts to their careers.

Fast forward to 2014 and the landscape looks a whole lot different.

One win out of five games played, with three defeats on tour already, and the rugby-loving public of the Cape are now calling for the head of coach Allister Coetzee.

The Stormers are languishing at the wrong end of the table and at this stage, defeat to the Reds this weekend looks a certainty.

So where did it all gone wrong?

Despite earning those narrow victories in 2012, supporters were still criticising the Stormers for their defensive style of play and lack of excitement on attack, which resulted in very few tries scored.

Last year the team tried hard to improve their attacking game, but that came at a cost. They began leaking tries and eventually ended the season seventh, missing out on the playoffs.

This year the Stormers' defence has improved, but their set piece, which was a massive part of the team's game, has been a big problem. There hasn't been a consistent hooker and lock combination, which has affected their lineout.

But is that it? Or are the problems deeper than just on the field and in the dressing rooms?

Latest reports suggest Gert Smal is set to join the union as director of rugby.

The union has not officially had a director of rugby since Nick Mallett left in 2007, but Rassie Erasmus, who was given the title of Western Province senior professional coach, effectively filled that role.

So is Smal the answer to fix all the troubles in the Cape?

Since Erasmus parted ways with the union in 2012, things have become dire for Western Province and the Stormers.

I don't think the problem lies with Allister Coetzee or his coaching staff. Rather, I think the problem exists within the boardroom. Whoever is tasked with making business decisions, such as recruiting big name players, is not doing his job.

This season is too far gone to be repaired, but with Smal on his way, it could be the change the team and the union desperately need.

So give Coetzee a chance, a chance to work under Smal. And then maybe in 2015 the Stormers can win the elusive Super Rugby title.

Rafiq Wagiet is an EWN sports reporter based in Cape Town and covers the Stormers on a weekly basis.