Fleck calls for defensive improvement
Cape Town - Stormers coach Robbie Fleck is happy with his side's attack
but says they will need to tighten up their defence ahead of the playoffs.
Fleck's side host the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday in the
Super Rugby quarter-finals in a repeat of the Round Six fixture earlier in the
season in which the Stormers won 34-26 (also at home).
But, in last year's repeat fixture, also at the
quarter-final stage, the Chiefs dealt out a 60-21 hammering..
The Stormers conceded too many tries that day, something
they have been guilty of too often this season. The Cape side have leaked 61
tries in 2017, a great deal more than the 28 they let in at the same stage last
However, that glaring difference is largely due to the fact
that last year they did not have to contend with any New Zealand teams prior to
In five games this year against Kiwi opposition, the
Stormers conceded 30 tries - an average of six per game and almost half their
tally for the year.
While they have been proficient on attack, accumulating 64
tries in 15 matches, Fleck knows they will need to sharpen up their defensive
effort ahead of the crucial quarter-final clash on the weekend.
"We were happy with our tempo and intensity against the
Bulls [the Stormers won 41-33 at Loftus last Saturday]‚ which were two of the
goals we wanted to achieve in the game‚" coach Robbie Fleck told Business
"We purposely didn’t kick out because we wanted a high
number of minutes with the ball in play and we wanted to constantly be in the
game and put them under pressure with their fitness.
"We also wanted to get our physicality right and we
certainly did that. But individual errors let us down and that allowed the
Bulls to stay in the game and get back at us," Fleck said.
"That is an area we have to address because we leaked
some soft tries. We can’t give Kiwi teams time and space so we will have to get
off the line quickly and shut them down."