Stormers eye tour improvement
Cape Town - Stormers centre Juan de Jongh
says the team will be focused on achieving successful results during their Super
Rugby tour in Australasia.
The Stormers last qualified for the Super
Rugby playoffs in 2012, when they finished on top of the overall standings. In
2011, they achieved another successful league campaign as they finished second
on the combined table.
The notable difference during these
campaigns compared to their 2013 and 2014 seasons, when they failed to make the
playoffs, are their results on tour.
In 2011 and 2012, the Stormers did well,
winning three of their four fixtures in Australia and New Zealand during both
tournaments. This put them in the position to claim a spot at the top of the
In 2013 and 2014, the Cape Town team
struggled, only managing one win from four games during both tours.
This year, the Stormers will face the
Highlanders (March 28), Hurricanes (April 3), Waratahs (April 11) and Force (April
18). De Jongh said the players are looking to bounce back ahead of their next
game in Dunedin, especially after their bye last week.
“We enjoyed a great start to Super Rugby,
and it’s important for us to continue that momentum on tour,” De Jongh told
MyPlayers.co.za. “For many of the young players, it’s their first time
travelling overseas during Super Rugby, so hopefully they can learn to adapt to
the time differences and foreign conditions.
“We want to start the tour with a positive
start against the Highlanders. We do have a challenging tour schedule, but it’s
important that we take things one week at a time and put our focus on the next
game. We can’t look too far ahead.”
De Jongh added that their bye last week
made a positive difference: “It’s always good to have a bye before a tour, so
the bodies enjoyed a good rest.”
De Jongh will also captain the Stormers this Saturday, with regular captain Duane Vermeulen rested.
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