Stormers up for Chiefs challenge
5 April, 2017, 12:00 am
Hamilton – Coming off a 53-10 win over the Cheetahs in Investec Super Rugby at the weekend, the Stormers are expecting a different sort of challenge facing the Chiefs in Cape Town this weekend.
The Stormers have been making good use of their off-loads and quality passing to play an attacking game but have sharp memories of how that sort of game was unleashed against them by the Chiefs in last year’s quarter-finals when they went down by 60 points.
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said the Chiefs were probably the best team in the competition and while the win over the Cheetahs had been impressive, they were stretched by them and they had tested their defence.
“And that’s where we’re going to be tested. The Kiwi sides certainly up the tempo,” he told the Cape Times.
“The squad is confident, but you can only see how far you’ve come when you face the team that destroyed you in the quarter-final,” he said.
The challenge for the Stormers would be to go full-on against the Chiefs with their new approach if they wanted to have any chance against New Zealand sides.
Fleck also made the point that South African players needed confidence to play the more attacking brand of rugby and if able to do that then South African rugby would go from strength to strength.
Two players who had been central to the style advance were fullback SP Marais and centre EW Viljoen.
The Stormers will be without halfback Jano Vermaak who is out with concussion. n SUPER RUGBY