Stormers settle in Queenstown
Cape Town - The Stormers, after a long
travel schedule, have settled into their Queenstown base ahead of their first Super
Rugby tour match of 2015 - against the Highlanders in Dunedin this Saturday.
According to Stormers coach Allister
Coetzee things are going well on tour, after leaving Cape Town on Saturday
afternoon and arriving in Queenstown on Monday morning local time.
They flew from Cape Town to Johannesburg on
Saturday and then on to Sydney and Auckland, where they had an overnight stay
before catching an early (Monday morning) flight to their current base.
Coetzee told the Stormers’ official website
on Monday morning (SA time): “It was a long trip and a tiring one, but we’re
here and the players have already had a flush-out session in the gym (with some
swimming and weights training) before what should be a good night’s rest!
“The second day is always a challenge,
after such a long travel schedule, but we have taken all the possible
precautionary steps up until now to keep the travel fatigue at bay.”
The Stormers will train and prepare in
Queenstown all week before taking a bus to Dunedin on Friday ahead of
Saturday’s clash at the Forsyth Barr Stadium (kick-off 08:35 SA time).
“We have some very pleasant memories of
staying in Queenstown,” said Coetzee, referring to their previous visit in 2012
which saw them record a 21-6 win over the Highlanders later that week.
“Not only is Queenstown beautiful but our
training and gym facilities are in walking distance from the hotel and being
out of the public eye a bit allows us to work hard and focus on the job at
“We will be working hard this week but
staying in a great place like this means the guys can enjoy each other’s
company and their surroundings while working hard.”
Whilst rugby is obviously the sole focus
for the Stormers squad, once training is done on Tuesday their attention will
turn to Auckland’s Eden Park where the Proteas will be in action against New
Zealand’s Black Caps in their 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final.
“Tomorrow is Protea Day! We will be right
behind the Proteas team once our training is done,” said Coetzee.
“We will be watching the game on TV and
supporting the guys by having an in-house dress-up competition and willing the
Proteas on to go all the way!”