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
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 09h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 11h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 09h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 09h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 11h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 11h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 14h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
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
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19