Lessons learnt for Stormers
Cape Town - The Stormers will be looking to continue their recent good form in Cape Town when they host the Cheetahs in a Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday (17:05 kick-off).
Neither side will have forgotten their derby match in Bloemfontein a month ago, when theCheetahs won 35-22, scoring five tries to three - their best ever try-scoring return against the Capetonians.
Since that defeat though, the Stormers have stepped up a gear and have beaten the Highlanders and Force at Newlands, a venue where the franchise from central South Africa have not won since 2006.
That Cheetahs victory eight years ago in Cape Town was by 31-25, when the home team lost despite outscoring their visitors by three tries to one.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Stormers coach coach Allister Coetzee
said: “We learnt a few lessons from our defeat last time out. On that occasion we gave the Cheetahs too much space when they ran the ball.
“We allowed them to get into that space, which you cannot do against them as they have players like Willie le Roux who will punish you. We must close up that space better than we did in Bloemfontein.”Teams:Stormers:
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Damian de Allende, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen
, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Michael Rhodes
, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Alistair Vermaak
Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Brok Harris
, 19. Jean Kleyn, 20. Siya Kolisi
, 21. Dylon Frylinck, 22. Peter Grant
, 23. Kobus van WykCheetahs:
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Boela Serfontein, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen
, 2 Adriaan Strauss
(captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen
Substitutes: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Gouws Prinsloo