Cape Town - Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has named a 30-man squad for their pre-season
friendly against the South Western Districts Eagles in George on Saturday.
Following their successful
pre-season match against the Eagles at Outeniqua Park in 2015, Fleck said that
the team are keen to return to George where they always enjoy good support.
"We are really looking
forward to the game, there was a huge crowd there last year and the people were
fantastic. We have always enjoyed playing in George, especially as there are a
lot of Stormers fans there.
"Going on last year, the
Eagles were great opponents, and it was a game that was played at a high tempo,
which is exactly what we are looking for," Fleck told www.iamastormer.com.
The Stormers coach
explained that his aim over all the pre-season preparations is to ensure that
each player gets enough game-time before they face the Bulls in their Super Rugby opener at Newlands on February 27.
This started with a defensive
session against UCT last week, and includes another similar session after the
Eagles fixture, with the final friendly against Argentina's Jaguares at Newlands, a fortnight before they take on the Vodacom Bulls.
"The idea is that we need
to give the majority of the players between 80 and 90 minutes before the Bulls game," he said.
"We had that defensive
hit-out against UCT, we have got this SWD game, we will have another defensive
hit-out next week and then we have the home game against Jaguares on February
The match against the South
Western District Eagles will kick-off at 16:00 on Saturday, January 30 at
Outeniqua Park in George and will not be televised.
Tickets to the pre-season
friendly against the Jaguares at Newlands on Saturday, February 13 at 16:00
go on sale on Tuesday, February 2 at 12:00.
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