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Stormers need Highlanders win for points boost

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Willemse took a blow to the leg against the Crusaders and will be monitored during the week while Mbonambi had scans and will be assessed later in the week.

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The Stormers are bottom of the South African Conference on 26 points, but still within six points of the Bulls and Jaguares who each have 32 points.

After their draw the Stormers would be looking to build on their performance, coach Robbie Fleck said.

"We cannot afford to look back, we have to look forward. We can only look forward given how we played against the Crusaders. If we bring that intensity every week, we will have a good chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

"This week is a different challenge, it is a completely different team and defensive system we are playing against," he said.

However, drawing on the effort against the Crusaders, Fleck said, "If we can play like this against the best team in the competition, then we can beat anyone who comes our way in the next couple of weeks.
Assistant coach Dawie Snyman said: "We have taken a lot of confidence from our performance. Obviously, we wanted to win, but to go against the best team and come from behind and get the points needed for a draw was good. There were a lot of good performances individually from the players as well."

While the Stormers have not been among the leading try scorers in the competition, they were unconcerned.

"The most important thing is to win games. Whether that is by scoring tries or kicking penalties, that is what you need to do," Snyman said.

"We are working hard to improve our strike rate. I know the guys are keen to score tries when they run out, but it has not come our way."