Stormers catch sheep!

    2013-12-20 11:19
    Cape Town - The Stormers used alternative methods of training as part of their pre-season preparations for next year's Super Rugby competition.

    As part of team building and conditioning, the players had to catch some sheep and carry hay bales upon a visit to a nearby farm.

    Coach Allister Coetzee said something different was needed to improve team spirit.

    "Pre-season training is a tough part of the season, so we have mixed things up a bit - taking the players away from the HPC at least once a week and giving them activities at the beach, on a wine farm; it's all about making it more enjoyable," Coetzee told the Stormers' official website.

    The Stormers squad are now on leave before reconvening on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

    It's called a "maintenance phase of conditioning" with the players still expected to keep themselves fit.

    "The players that have been here training deserve this break over the festive season, but they will have to do a bit of work too and maintain their fitness during this period of active rest - as we also like to call it," said Coetzee.

    The Stormers will play their first pre-season match against the Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday, February 1, followed by clashes against the Kings and Boland on successive weekends.

    Their 2014 Super Rugby season kicks off against the Lions - in Johannesburg - on Saturday, February 22.

    Stormers pre-season fixtures:

    Saturday, February 1:
    Bulls v Stormers, Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane) - 17:00

    Friday, February 7:
    Kings v Stormers, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth) - 19:00

    Saturday, February 15:
    Boland v Stormers, Boland Stadium (Wellington) - kick-off TBC

    Team-mates look on as centre Juan de Jongh catches a sheep at Diemersdal Wine Farm outside Durbanville (Picture: @Juan_De_Jongh - Twitter)

    Nice team training @THESTORMERS @diemersdalwines #TeamSocial #Goodtimes #itiswhatitis @brokharris @skara2ntubeni  - @Juan_De_Jongh

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