Stormers keen to show advances against Chiefs

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Monday, April 3, 2017    Getty Images

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.

"You're not going to do it through penalties, that's the bottom line. They've got no problem giving penalties away in their own 22. I think it's part of their philosophy and they're happy for you to get three-pointers.

"But you're not going to beat them because they're just going to keep on scoring tries and they back their attack.

"We certainly have to believe that's the way forward. If you want to beat the best teams in the competition, you have to push your attack. And that's what we're facing. We just can't be satisfied with three points every time," he said.

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.

"He [Marais] is the form fullback in South Africa at the moment. Every time he touches the ball he creates something. He's been a journeyman in SA but I think he's found his home. He feels backed here and the style of play suits him.

"Viljoen has been outstanding. He just makes good decisions defensively and he gets those off-loads away. He's still a young kid, but he's playing with a lot of confidence," he said.

The Stormers will be without halfback Jano Vermaak who is out with concussion.