A replica of what Stormers did against the Blues this weekend could impact the remainder of their campaign in a big way
Following their impressive 37-20 victory against the Blues at the weekend, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck says the challenge is to produce another performance like that one when they host the Reds this weekend.
The win was a much-needed boost for a Stormers side that suffered three defeats on tour against the Waratahs, Crusaders and Highlanders, and after the match, Fleck said that a replica of what they did against the Blues this weekend could impact the remainder of their campaign in a big way.
“I’m pretty stoked with the win. We were happy with that first half performance and you could probably see that in the second half our work rate and our intensity dropped a little. And that was to be expected. It was a challenging week with 80 percent of the group being sick, but jeez, what character did the guys show. For us to deliver a performance like that after tour makes me very happy,” he said.
“What was missing on tour was that width to our game. We found a bit more width, but it’s still a work on. The things that needed improving that we identified on tour certainly came through today, like the line speed and width.
“The little passes stuck and completing those phases and getting over the tryline was important this week.
“Our attention to detail on defence was excellent – I don’t think we gave them space to operate.
“We’re certainly not there yet, there’s still lots for us to do. But if we can put in back-to-back performances I guess that’s the next challenge, to put in another performance like that next week, then who knows what can happen for the rest of the campaign.”
A problem the Stormers have had over the last couple of seasons has been inconsistency – as they have alternated games in which they would easily make big statements with games during which they just weren’t good enough.
Blues coach Tana Umaga has a similar goal as the Stormers mentor, as he also wants consistency, and believes that the Stormers just had more “urgency and hunger” to get the win.