Fleck: Stormers have 'long way' to go

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:02
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REACTION: Although satisfied with his team's 43-7 victory against the Cheetahs in Harare, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck knows that there is still some hard work ahead.

Fleck's charges scored seven tries in their first warm-up game of the season - at the National Sports Stadium in Harare at the weekend.

The Stormers boss said that while it was encouraging to see some results from their hard work in pre-season, he is certainly not under any illusions about where his team are at.

"It is a good start for us, all the goals we set ourselves for this weekend were achieved," Fleck said.

"We saw a few glimpses of the hard work we did in the pre-season, but we are certainly not there yet and we have still got a long way to go.

"We scored some decent tries from turnover ball and it is always nice when you see some results from what you have been working on.

"As management, there were a few things that excited us, but there are definitely aspects that we still need to work on.

"There are still four weeks until our opening game against the Bulls and there is still a lot of work to do," he said.

Fleck added that his team has built on the foundations they laid with a change in approach last year, but there is still a lot for them to work on.

"It was really encouraging to see that what we started working on last year came through strongly as well. It was always going to take time for that change in approach to take hold so it is great that we are seeing the fruits of that now.

"It is now back to the drawing board, we will review the game and look at what needs to be worked on and see where we are at.

"It is now an opportunity for us to give some feedback to the players and knuckle down and get back to work.

"It is certainly pleasing from the point of view that the stuff we have been working on has come through," he said.

One particularly pleasing aspect of the outing in Harare was that there were no new injuries to report.

"Everyone had a fair bit of game time and we came away with no injuries, so we are very happy that everyone had an opportunity," Fleck explained.

Fleck said that it was great to see Zimbabwe and the passionate support for the Stormers in their historic first-ever visit to the country.

"It is a great tournament and definitely something that we would look forward to coming back to again. It was great to play here and connect with our fans in Zimbabwe," he said.

The team will now head to Victoria Falls where they will do some sightseeing and some training before heading back to Cape Town on Tuesday.

"We are going to Vic Falls and the guys will have a bit of time off so they can go and experience Vic Falls, but on Monday we are back to work and we will be training and have our reviews," said Fleck.

Source: @THESTORMERS

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England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
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Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
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Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
Lions v Bulls 51 | 14
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 18 | 16
Sunwolves v Sharks 17 | 38
Force v Highlanders 6 | 55
Hurricanes v Cheetahs 61 | 7
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Leinster v Scarlets 15 | 27
Stormers v Blues 30 | 22
Chiefs v Crusaders 24 | 31
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 11 4 0 7 23
Waratahs 11 4 0 7 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 11 1 1 9 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 12 0 0 54
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Hurricanes 11 9 0 2 43
Highlanders 12 9 0 3 41
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 11 7 0 4 30
Bulls 11 3 0 8 15
Cheetahs 12 2 0 10 11
Sunwolves 11 1 0 10 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 12 11 0 1 51
Sharks 12 8 1 3 38
Jaguares 11 5 0 6 24
Kings 11 4 0 7 19