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Stormers rethink plans for the Blues

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Sunday, March 24, 2019    Getty Images

Beaten 34-28, after Hurricanes first five-eighths Beauden Barrett scored the match-winning try, the Stormers would not comment on their view of the try which saw Barrett grounded short of the line only to crawl over to score.

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Coach Robbie Fleck said it was a game they should have won. However, he was disappointed with the second half effort when their kicking game let them down. Injuries had also limited their options with replacements.

Fleck said on stormers.co.za, "We were really happy with the effort in that first half and plenty in the second half, so there are lots of positives, we were one moment away from winning.
 
"We were just really disappointed that we didn't get a real grip on the game when the opportunities were there. I think the couple of injuries up front were a real disruption for us and slowed our momentum down.

"We will do our work on the Blues this week and come up with another plan. We wanted to target the Hurricanes up front and it worked. We got a number of penalties from our maul and scored from our maul, we got penalties from our scrum and when we carried hard we got some ascendancy there."It was a game that we certainly should have won, so we are a bit frustrated with that. In terms of the effort, it was outstanding and in terms of the plan it was really good in the first half and the beginning of the second half," he said.

Captain Siya Kolisi said it would be important to put the result behind them as quickly as possible and to focus on what they need to do to beat the Blues.

"It was a pity that we missed two lineout opportunities when we could have scored at the end, it is a tough way to finish the game, because we really were confident about coming here and winning. We have to focus on next week now, we can't beat ourselves up about it," he said.

Of concern will be the injuries suffered to locks JD Schickerling and Salmaan Moerat, both of whom left the field during the game. However, it is expected Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will return to the side after recovering from concussion. They are also likely to be without flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit who is on standby to return to Cape Town on paternity leave.