Kolisi: It is 'personal' for the Stormers

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:58

SUPER RUGBY DERBY DAY: The Stormers readily admit they have a 'score to settle' when they host the Lions at Newlands on Saturday. Jan de Koning reports.

The Stormers have won 25 of their last 30 home games against South African opposition, but the Lions a had the wood on the Stormers in recent years.

The Lions have not lost to the Stormers in Super Rugby since 2015, while the Johannesburg-based franchise are unbeaten against all South African teams in their last 12 matches - going back to May 2015.

However, it is the 22-29 loss to the Lions in Johannesburg last year and a 19-all draw at Newlands the year before that still rankles with the Stormers.

The Stormers, the country's form team, believe they will have to deliver with the same intensity and tempo against the Lions that saw them beat the Chiefs last wee.

Captain Siya Kolisi listed the "collisions" and his team's "workrate" are key areas on Saturday's big derby.

"Workrate is what won us the game against the Chiefs [last week] and that is why we worked hard again this week," Kolisi said.

The Stormers also outmuscled a very physical Chiefs pack and the captain feels his team will be up for whatever the Lions throw at them.

"They [the Lions] play a similar style rugby to the Chiefs and we are going to be tested in the same way as we were tested last week.

"However, this week is a little bit more personal.

"It is a South African derby and there will be some personal battles.

"But, most important, we haven't won against them in Super Rugby for a while.

"So for us, this game is as big as last week, if not bigger."

By Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28