Fleck: Chiefs have no weaknesses

    2016-07-22 08:26

    Cape Town - Ahead of their Super Rugby quarter-final clash at Newlands, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck believes there are no weaknesses in the Chiefs line-up.

    The men from Waikato are without All Black centres Charlie Ngatai (concussion) and Seta Tamanivalu (knee), while there is also no Sonny Bill Williams who has shifted his focus on the Olympic Sevens event.

    All Black flank Liam Messam was also not allowed to play because he had not played enough Super Rugby games this season, having also spent time at the All Blacks Sevens.

    However, despite the absentees, Fleck cannot see any frailties in the Chiefs squad.

    “We also have players in our backline who are unavailable due to injuries and other reasons. For me there are no weaknesses in the Chiefs team. Our plan is to focus on the things we did well on the field these last few weeks,” Fleck told Netwerk24.

    Stormers co-captain Schalk Burger also heaped praise on their Kiwi opponents.

    “The Chiefs are maybe the one New Zealand team that plays with an even higher intensity than the rest and they are also very aggressive. A lot is said about their star-studded backline, but one should not discard their forwards,” said Burger.

    Saturday’s playoff at Newlands is scheduled for 19:00.

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