Ntubeni: We've moved on from Bulls win

    2015-02-20 09:08

    Cape Town - Stormers hooker Scarra Ntubeni says they have already moved on from the celebrations of the Bulls victory, as their full focus is targeted at the Blues this weekend.

    The Stormers enjoyed an impressive start to their Super Rugby campaign, scoring two tries to beat the Bulls 29-17 at Loftus Versfeld last weekend.

    There's was plenty of celebration as the hosts were fancied or the win as they boasted a Springbok-laden team.

    Heading into the Stormers' next match against the Blues, Ntubeni said they can't focus too much on past results as the Blues will present a new challenge at Newlands.

    "We are really proud of the way the boys performed in Pretoria. We did the job and got the result against a tough Bulls side," Ntubeni told "However, we've already moved on from that win as we focus on our next challenge.

    "The Blues bring something different to the field. Their unpredictability on attack forces us to be sharp on defence. If we don't contain them, they will punish us.

    "We're excited to play our first Super Rugby game at Newlands this season. I can't wait to get in front of the crowd and get the victory for them."

    The Stormers have named young lock Jurie van Vuuren in the second row in their only change to the starting line-up. The Cape side boasts a good blend of youth and experience, and Ntubeni believes this gives the team energy.

    "It's nice that we have a great spread of experience and youth in the team. The younger guys bring a lot of excitement to the squad, while the older guys guide them and offer great advice. There's a great vibe between the players, which creates a positive environment."

    Personally, Ntubeni comes off a great individual finish to the 2014 season, as he was part of the Western Province squad that won the Currie Cup and received a surprise call-up to the Springbok squad during the European tour.

    He's determined to build on that momentum this year.

    "I'm focused on working on my game and improving it as the season progresses. My accuracy and roles at the set pieces is something I'm really working hard on," said Ntubeni.

    "My main goal for the year is to make a valuable contribution to the Stormers on and off the field, week in and week out. I don't want to look too far ahead as I believe if you focus on the present and do things well now, the reward will come."

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



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