Stormers train in wet Auckland
Cape Town - The Stormers had their first training session in Auckland on Monday, as they
step up preparations for the first match of their four-game Super Rugby
tour of New Zealand and Australia.
after training, Stormers coach
Allister Coetzee said: "The only two guys who didn't participate in team
training were Eben Etzebeth and Elton Jantjies, who did controlled training
under the medical staff, but everyone else seems to be fine.
looks very good and at this stage I'd say he has an 80% chance of playing against
the Hurricanes. Eben will definitely not play this week, but he's on track for
The Stormers touched down in Auckland on Sunday after a trip which saw them fly from Cape
Town, to Johannesburg, to Sydney and then, finally, on to Auckland.
had a smooth flight to Auckland, we got here without any complaints - we've
been doing this trip for years now, there's no excuses of jet-lag," said
here to do a job. The players have done well, I could see at training that
there was a nice energy and we're looking forward to stepping up preparations. We're all excited to be here and (we're) looking forward to the first
game (against the Hurricanes)."
Meanwhile, speaking on
Monday morning, Stormers manager Chippie Solomon said: "It
hasn't stopped raining since we arrived here, but, really; the travel
was hassle-free and enjoyable which augurs well for the next four weeks.
I must thank the SAA staff for making the entire trip an absolute
pleasure for everyone!
"The players will have a light session
this morning, some swimming and stretching, we will then have a team
meeting and then the guys will hit the training ground."
Solomon also revealed that about 10-15 supporters welcomed the team at the airport in Auckland on Sunday night.
"It's a few expats living here," explained the Stormers manager, "the
same guys support us when we play over here and it's really heartening
to know that we've got some great fans standing behind us."
Stormers will be based in Auckland for the majority of the next two weeks and
will travel to Palmerston North on Thursday ahead of this Friday's clash
against the Hurricanes at the FMG Stadium (kick-off is at 09:35 SA
time). They will return to Auckland on Saturday morning.
will move on to Sydney after their second tour match, against the Blues in
Albany (on Friday, May 3 at 09:35), where they will also be based for almost a fortnight
for games against the Waratahs (in Sydney on Saturday, May 11 at 11:40) and the Rebels (in Melbourne on Friday, May 17 at 11:40).