Stormers were simply blown away

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:57

SUPER RUGY REACTION: A first half Crusaders blitzkrieg, which led to a 36-3 half-time lead, was more than enough to put the result to bed despite a much-improved second-half performance by the Stormers.

The second half ended deadlocked on 21-21 and that is something Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck is positive about as they head towards their second match on their New Zealand tour.

"We are going to be better [from the defeat] because the second half performance gave us plenty of positives to take - we were better on attack and defence. We can't look that much into the first half as the Crusaders were just too good for us. 

"We struggled to stop their momentum, their offload game was outstanding. Once they got the roll on us, it was tough to stop them. They were putting us under pressure at the breakdown in the first half and defence was a big issue for us. Regardless of what the score was going into the shed [half-time], it was a better performance from us in the second half.

"I think that we stuck to our plan and the players relaxed a lot more when we grabbed that first try, which led to us playing a lot better," Fleck said.

Fleck paid credit to the Crusaders' defensive improvements.

"One thing about them [Crusaders] is that their defensive system has changed. Their line speed is outstanding and that had us on the back foot, especially in the first half. They have made huge strides as a team," he added.

The coach believes the defeat will stand the Stormers in good stead as they head into their second tour match - against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

"We always knew it was going to be a tough tour for us as this is a young group with only about three players who played in Christchurch before. 

"This tour is about us finding each other again against tough teams in tough conditions. We want to play against the Kiwi sides who are the best in the competition. If we feel like we can learn from every performance, then it will stand us in good stead going forward," he said.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 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 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 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
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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