Kiwi sides still lead the way at breakdown

    2017-02-21 13:05

    Cape Town - There are many areas where the South African sides need to be better if they are to challenge their New Zealand foes in Super Rugby 2017, but the breakdown remains the most important. 

    That is the view of Stormers coach Robbie Fleck, who will have to pay far more attention to the New Zealand sides this year. 

    While the Stormers met the Australian franchises in last year's tournament, this year they will switch to the other side of the draw where five daunting clashes against the New Zealand franchises await. 

    And while Fleck and the rest of the Stormers are putting on a brave face, memories of their 60-21 quarter-final thrashing at the hands of the Chiefs in Cape Town last year will serve as a reminder of how far behind the South African sides (with the exception of the Lions) were in 2016.

    There has been a massive emphasis on skills and conditioning in Stormers pre-season as the Capetonians look to give themselves a chance against the likes of the Hurricanes, Chiefs and Highlanders, but it is at the breakdown where Fleck believes the most work needs to be done. 

    "It certainly has been a focus," Fleck said.

    "We’ve brought in John Dobson as a specialist breakdown coach. I felt that was an area that he improved on during the Currie Cup and that’s been his focus this entire pre-season.

    "I feel like our breakdown has gone well this pre-season, on defence and attack.

    "That’s where the Kiwi sides are ahead. They’re winning effective ball with less numbers and it’s quicker ball. It’s something that we’ve had to work incredibly hard on. Defensively, the Kiwis make better decisions. They don’t over-commit but they are effective when they do and they slow the ball down."

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk


    05 August 2017
    29 July 2017
    22 July 2017
    21 July 2017
    15 July 2017
    14 July 2017
    08 July 2017
    07 July 2017
    01 July 2017
    30 June 2017
    09 June 2017
    03 June 2017
    02 June 2017
    28 May 2017
    27 May 2017
    26 May 2017
    21 May 2017
    20 May 2017
    19 May 2017
    13 May 2017
    12 May 2017
    06 May 2017
    05 May 2017
    30 April 2017
    29 April 2017
    28 April 2017
    22 April 2017
    21 April 2017
    15 April 2017
    14 April 2017
    09 April 2017
    08 April 2017
    07 April 2017
    02 April 2017
    01 April 2017
    31 March 2017
    25 March 2017
    24 March 2017
    18 March 2017
    17 March 2017
    11 March 2017
    10 March 2017
    04 March 2017
    03 March 2017
    02 March 2017
    25 February 2017
    24 February 2017
    23 February 2017


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    The 2017 Super Rugby tournament has reached its quarter-final stage. When all is said and done, who emerges victorious?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.