Stormers want to find their 'mojo' again

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:19

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Stormers will be looking to get back to winning ways after a horror tour when that face the Blues at Newlands on Friday. Warren Fortune reports.

Robbie Fleck's side lost their last four matches in this year's Super Rugby tournament after winning their first six encounters. Their last win came against the Chiefs in Cape Town on April 8.

Defeats to the Lions (16-29), Crusaders (24-57), Highlanders (14-57) and Hurricanes (22-41) exposed many weaknesses in the Cape side. However, Fleck believes his team's recent form is not a train smash heading into the final rounds of the competition.

"We want an improvement from the tour," said Fleck. "We dropped off on one or two things on tour that we felt that we got right in the first six games. 

"We want to find our mojo again and get that confidence going again. There are certain targets that we have given the team this week and I am happy to say that we have achieved it in training and now it is just about executing it on the day."

The Stormers conceded a whopping 24 tries on their recent tour to New Zealand and Fleck believes that their defence is still very much a work in progress.

"Defence is not a standalone thing and certainly the turnovers have contributed. I am not saying that our defence has been perfect. There are certainly things that we have to work on. It has been a big focus for us in the last two weeks.

"A large amount of those tries that have been scored against us are 80-metre tries. They were 14-point swingers which hurts, so we don't want to dig too deep in terms of our defence. 

"We are certainly trying to get some line-speed in our defence. There were some poor decisions, there are some missed tackled and for us, our defence, like our attack, has growing pains at the moment," Fleck added.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Dillyn Leyds in the No.10 channel on Friday, while the midfield combination of Shaun Treeby and EW Viljoen will be facing a tough task against All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams and George Moala.

"It is what it is, that is the combination that we have got," said Fleck. 

"I felt that Shaun Treeby did really well against the 'Canes. Defensively he was solid and he created a lot of line-speed there. He has played against these guy a number of times. 

"With Dillyn there [at flyhalf], he is the obvious choice for us because of the continuity that came from that Hurricanes game where he didn't do too badly there. 

"It is an untested combination [inside backs]. It is not a tested combination, but that is the situation that we are in. They got a big job to do facing that combination of Sonny Bill and Moala. It is quite a tough midfield to face."

By Warren Fortune
@FortuneWarren
@rugby365com

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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
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