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Stormers up for the challenge

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The Stormers have won all five of their home games this season, having lost all six of their matches away from home

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Stormers coach Robbie Fleck believes they “responded correctly” to the Chiefs by naming a full-strength side for their Super Rugby clash at Newlands tomorrow (kick-off 3.05 pm).

At the team announcement yesterday, Fleck explained that they did things a bit differently this week in preparation for the battle against the Kiwis after they produced a big performance in their win over the Bulls last week.

The Stormers coach said that instead of having a Monday training session, they got the players “freshened up” outside of their typical rugby environment.

“We’re good, we’re very well prepared. It was a physical and intense game, but we did things differently on Monday,” Fleck said.

“We took the guys out of the rugby environment and sort of freshened up, and I think that helped us this week. We had a good session on Tuesday and then two good session today (yesterday).”

“We’re certainly looking forward to the game. It’s well-documented that the Chiefs have brought their main side for us and we responded correctly this week.”

The Stormers have won all five of their home games this season, but they haven’t been as successful on tour, having lost all six of their matches away from home.

That record makes this match a must-win for the Stormers, and basically so are all their remaining fixtures.

“We’re in a situation where we have to win every game, and there’s inspiration in that. We’ve got to deliver our best every week.

“We’re playing better, but we know we’re going to have to be 10 percent better than we were (against the Bulls) last week.”

Fleck has named an unchanged side for the massive contest, and explained that carrying the confidence from the Bulls game into this
one is crucial, and so is continuity.