Force wary of 'physical' Stormers
Cape Town - Western Force coach Michael Foley says they are expecting a physical onslaught from the Stormers when they meet in a Super Rugby clash in Perth on Saturday.
The Stormers started their Australasian tour with two losses (Highlanders and Hurricanes), but rebounded well with a 32-18 win over the defending champions Waratahs last weekend, and will be eager to finish their tour on a high.
"As with any South African opponent, it's important that we're up for the physical challenge in defence and at the breakdown, which has been a feature of our performances in our past three matches," Foley told the Force’s official website.
"While playing physically is a foundation, we have to play smart to finish off the effort that's being put in every week. When 'decision making' is mentioned, it's easy to assume there's a level of complexity, but it's a simple focus on firstly creating momentum and secondly playing with awareness to take opportunities we're creating.”
The Stormers and the Force have met on four previous occasions in Perth, with the men from the Cape tasting victory three times and losing by one point in 2010. Overall, these two sides have played against each other in eight Super Rugby matches, with the Stormers winning six times and losing twice.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at nib Stadium is scheduled for 13:45 (SA time).
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 ALby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan
Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demtri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones