Life gets tougher for Stormers in NZ

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Sunday, February 25, 2018    Getty Images

The loss was the first five games in Australia for the Stormers.

It doesn't help that they haven't beaten the Crusaders for 10 games in New Zealand while they have won only two of nine against the Highlanders.


Lineout and discipline issues undid the Stormers in Sydney on Saturday and now they have to pick themselves up for Christchurch and a Crusaders side who dealt to the Chiefs 45-23 on Saturday.

Coach Robbie Fleck told, "It is tough to lose in the last second, but the Waratahs had opportunities to score earlier on and so did we.

"It looked like no one really wanted to win it at some stage, but I guess we've only got ourselves to blame.

"Our lineout didn't probably work as it should, so that is something we will have to work on. I guess our exits weren't as good either, so we had plenty of opportunities to get out of our half and put them back under the pump.

"We are disappointed but there were a lot of positives in the game," he said.

"Obviously, our scrum was good and our breakdown was good and I thought our line speed on defence was excellent and we put them under pressure, so we were turning them over a few times.

"When they were down to 14 men we had a few opportunities to really capitalise and get the lead and we just dropped short once of twice. That is rugby and that is how it goes.

"We will have to lift our heads and carry on," he said.

Captain Siya Kolisi said: "We've only got ourselves to blame. Throughout we kept on making mistakes and putting them in the game. The important thing is to exit well – we can't play in our own half. That is where we let ourselves down, but it is all stuff that we can fix as players."