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Stormers seek to end 10-game NZ losing streak

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Monday, March 18, 2019    Getty Images

Coach Robbie Fleck said the side hadn't been briefed on any additional security measures soon after they arrived in the capital city.

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The Hurricanes game is the first of four on tour which also includes the Blues next week and the Reds and Rebels in Australia.

What he does know is that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will not play in the opening game while recovering from concussion and Pieter-Steph du Toit may play only the opening game of the tour before taking paternity leave to return to South Africa.

Having won three consecutive games since their first round thumping by the Bulls, the Stormers are looking to end a 10-game losing streak in New Zealand.

Fleck told South Africa's Business Day the Stormers' win over the Jaguares at the weekend set them up well for their four-game Australasian tour.

"We can take a lot of good things out of this game on tour, where we are going to be severely tested.

"It is a different kettle of fish playing in New Zealand than it is in our own backyard. But there are some players in this group that have won there before and we can take the confidence from this match [against the Jaguares] and know that it is not impossible to win in New Zealand.
"The tempo of the games will be of a much higher standard and certainly the width that the New Zealand sides attack with will be a test. We are going to have to be pretty sharp.

"There is a lot to work on, but tactically we are going to have to be pretty smart that we have to control the tempo of the game, because that is what the Kiwis love to do. They love to speed things up, they are pretty physical at the breakdown; they like to get the ascendancy there.

"There is good energy in the group. For the first time in a long time we are going overseas with a pretty decent squad," he said.