Stormers out to avoid Chiefs' repeat

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Having beaten the Bulls 41-33 in a high-scoring encounter in Pretoria on Saturday, Kolisi warned his team that all the hard work put in over the last few months could be for nothing if they don't beat the Chiefs.


"Next weekend is going to be a totally different challenge for us and everything that we have done so far this season will count for nothing if we don't turn up against the Chiefs," he said.

The game is a re-match of last year's quarter final which the Chiefs won 60-21 and which has been a prime motivator for the Stormers this year.

"We are not going to focus on what happened last year but it will serve as motivation to make us want to play even more because I don't want it to happen again.

"We are a totally different team compared to last year and it is good that we are at home," he told

Having beaten the Kings, Jaguares and Bulls on consecutive weekends, Kolisi said those results will be a confidence booster against the Chiefs.

"It is really good to have managed to put three wins in a row at the business end of the competition and it's what we have been talking about internally," he said.

Coach Robbie Fleck said there were still areas of improvement the side needed.

"Our set-piece play and structure of the game could get better and defensively we were a bit loose at times from individual errors. But if we can get a little bit more clarity and confidence we should be okay.

"Going into the quarter final, there is minimal possession, turnover opportunities that you can get from your defence.

"Last year's quarter final was a 60-pointer, and let's hope it's not that.

"If we tighten a few areas it will be a good contest. The way we are going at the moment is good because we are putting teams under pressure and scoring some good tries," Fleck said.