Highlanders wary of Stormers' attacking threat

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:31
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Highlanders assistant coach Mark Hammett is wary of the Stormers' attacking threat ahead of their clash in Dunedin on Friday.

The Cape side went down 24-57 to the Crusaders last weekend, but Hammett said his side are not paying too much attention to that clash.

"They [Stormers] turned some ball over where they normally wouldn't particularly inside the Crusaders' 22m so it probably could have been a different sort of game," Hammett told allblacks.com. "They got a couple of intercept tries, the Crusaders, so we're not looking so much at that game but more at what they've done in the past.

"They've been very strong, they're a dominant, hard-carrying team and they are a team that maybe slightly different from some of the African teams as they really try and attack hard out of their 22 at times."

The match against the Stormers will be the first of three against South African opposition for the Highlanders. After this weekend's clash, the Highlanders travel to South Africa to take on the Cheetahs and the Bulls.

It will be interesting to see if the Dunedin-based will tweak their game for the South African sides.

"We have plans around that, we like to run a lot so we've got to do it at the right places at the right time," Hammett said.

Meanwhile, Elliot Dixon could return to action against the Stormers this weekend.

The loose forward was in hospital with a leg infection, with Dillon Hunt taking his chance and was proving to be one of the success stories of the year for the side.

"He's [Hunt] been playing outstandingly well and he just improves week on week," said Hammett. "He was thrust into a pretty hard position of not only playing the seven role we had him in an unfamiliar role in the lineout as well and I thought he handled that pretty well."

Source: allblacks.com

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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
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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