Stormers tackle tour from hell

    2013-10-08 09:23
    Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)
    Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says they must "make the most" of the tough draw they received for next year's Super Rugby competition.

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    The draw for next year's competition was released on Monday and the Capetonians have arguably the toughest road ahead.

    They start the season with a bye - with is often considered as a waste - but it is in their third game when the going is expected to get extremely tough.

    They will travel overseas early and face the Crusaders in Christchurch on March 8, followed by a trip to Hamilton to take on two-time defending champions, the Chiefs, before flying to Australia to tackle 2013 runners-up Brumbies and 2011 winners Reds.

    In an interview with the Cape Times, Coetzee said he 'accepts' the draw despite admitting that it will be extremely tough.

    "It's a big tour, but the thing is that these are quality teams we are playing who can beat you home or away. So it's almost better to play them away from home because if you come away with the spoils, they would be good points to pick up."

    Coetzee also said he doesn't mind them having a bye week in the first round as they had a good season (second on the log) when that was last the case in 2011.

    The Stormers get their campaign underway with a visit to the Lions on Saturday, February 22.

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