Brumbies target Stormers weak area

    2015-05-06 14:30

    Cape Town - The Brumbies will look to further disrupt the struggling Stormers lineout when the teams clash in a Super Rugby match at Newlands on Saturday.

    According to SANZAR's official statistics, the Stormers are the second-worst on their own lineout throws (78.3% success rate) in the competition, while the Brumbies are at the top of the pile (91.1%).

    Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has made no secret of the fact that they will be looking to exploit the Stormers' weak area.

    "They've fared poorly at lineout time in their last few games and it's a facet we've already studied," Larkham told Netwerk24.

    "The Stormers are opting for shorter lineouts because they are inconsistent. The reasons for that are a combination of lineout calls, movement and throw-ins. It's also a facet of the game where you can blow hot and cold from week to week."

    The Stormers will welcome the return of lock Eben Etzebeth for this weekend's clash which should help in their quest to improve at lineout time.

    Etzebeth was rested for last week's clash against the Cheetahs in line with an agreement with SA Rugby to rest top Springboks.

    Saturday's clash at Newlands kicks off at 17:05.

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