Alexander: It will be physical
Cape Town - When the Brumbies went down 25-24 to the Stormers at
Newlands last month, there were bodies strewn all over the turf at the end of
It was one of the more physical battles that Super Rugby had
seen in the 2015 season, with on and off the ball niggle plaguing the battle.
The Australians are in Cape Town once more, preparing for
another Newlands tussle, but this time the stakes are far higher. A place in
the semi-finals awaits, and Brumbies prop Ben Alexander is expecting an even
The 30-year-old has 115 Super Rugby caps for the franchise
that he has been a part of since 2008, and he has seen enough over the years to
know that one of the Stormers’ key strengths is their scrum.
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“It’s not one thing or the other it’s a combination of quite
a few things. They’re very well drilled and they’re obviously very string guys,”
Alexander said of the Stormers’ scrummaging prowess.
“You look at the size of quite a few of them and they’re big
blokes but they’re also committing to it and doing a great job. Tactically,
they’re pretty sound as well so they’re the complete scrum.”
Alexander added that having been in Cape Town so recently
would stand his side in good stead.
“Everyone knows what to expect … we’ve got a lot of guys
that have finals experience. But, also, Newlands is a unique atmosphere and a
unique stadium and we’ve got a lot of guys with recent experience of what that’s
like, so that helps,” he said.
“We had a Test match-like match last time we played them, which
was an incredibly physical game, and we know this is going to be up a notch. It’s
exciting – a semi-final in South Africa – it’s very exciting.”
Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:05.