Stormers have a 'Kiwi Day'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:21

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Stormers have a special day set aside in the week to prepare for their upcoming matches against the New Zealand franchises. Warren Fortune reports.

After their match against the Cheetahs this weekend, the Stormers will face their first Kiwi test of the season when they take on the Chiefs at Newlands in Round Seven.

The Chiefs match will be the start of a tough run of fixtures, which includes the Lions (home), Crusaders (away), Highlanders (away), Hurricanes (away) and Blues (home). There is some reprieve with a bye between the Hurricanes and Blues matches.

The Kiwi franchises have dominated the tournament in recent seasons and Stormers flyhalf Robert du Preez revealed that the Cape side has another game plan set aside for them.

"Every Thursday we call it a 'Kiwi day' where we prepare for them [NZ teams], because we know they pose a different threat. We go hard at each other on Thursdays," said Du Preez.

"We don't want to blow them up - we know that they are good, but we also want to concentrate on us. 

"I think the Cheetahs and the Lions will be good preparation for those Kiwi teams. They play the same kind of rugby." 

Du Preez has been the Stormers' starting flyhalf in their last two matches and he is enjoying the extra game time in the absence of the injured Jean-Luc du Plessis. 

"It is always good to get an extended run," Du Preez added. "I just want to keep building on performances and just build confidence. Jean-Luc, Kurt [Coleman] and myself, we all push each other, we all want to be No.1, so I think that is good. 

"I think it is good that there is three of us who really want to push each other and we are also good mates.

"Personally, I just want to keep going and keep building on the performances and get better every game."

Meanwhile, there were four new injuries sustained by the Stormers in their 44-31 victory against the Sunwolves in Singapore.

Flank Rynhardt Elstadt has had scans which confirmed a full Syndesmosis ankle tear and will undergo surgery, which will rule him out for three months.

Wing Seabelo Senatla has an extensive midfoot sprain including a fracture, which means that he will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Prop Wilco Louw suffered an injury to his sternum and is expected to return to training next week whilst lock John Schickerling will also be out of action this week as he recovers from concussion.

There was some good news on the injury front for the Stormers with outside back Cheslin Kolbe (ankle) and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak (calf) both fully recovered from their respective injuries and available for selection against the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.

By Warren Fortune
@FortuneWarren
@rugby365com

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10