Fleck backed by board as Stormers seek Liverpool miracle

    2019-05-11 21:18

    Cape Town - The current Stormers management has received the full backing of the WP Rugby Board as the team enters the home stretch of the 2019 Super Rugby season.

    With five matches to play until the playoffs, four of which will be at home at Newlands, the Stormers are still well within range of the knock-out phase of the competition.

    Having met with Robbie Fleck during the current bye week, the WP Rugby Board of Directors are backing the Stormers head coach to get the results required in the next few weeks to ensure the team is firmly in the playoff mix this season.

    Fleck's charges have lost just one game at Newlands this season and will be aiming to build on that record as they face the Crusaders, Highlanders, Sunwolves and Sharks on home soil.

    Western Province Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks said that now is the time for all stakeholders to stand together and back the team management and players, as the board has done.

    "Rugby is a game of inches and there have been some frustrating results this season from the Stormers where the rub of the green has not gone our way, but we all need to give them our full support as we get closer to the playoffs.

    "We have seen some inspirational stories in the Champions League in recent weeks, with both Liverpool and Tottenham producing epic comebacks which show what is achievable if all stakeholders are aligned. There is no reason, with all the quality we have in our playing and coaching group, that the Stormers cannot emulate those performances this season," he said.

    Chairperson of the WP Rugby Board of Directors, Dr Johan van de Merwe, said that the supporters are key to the success of the Stormers this season.

    "We know that we have fantastic players, great coaches and the best supporters in the world. The Board of Directors has shown faith in the coaching staff and with the support of the Newlands Faithful we can all drive this team to achieve great things this season," he said.

    Western Province Rugby Football Union President Zelt Marais said that the Newlands family will rally behind the Stormers.

    "I would like to urge everyone to follow the lead of the Board and show why they are known as the Newlands Faithful.

    "Let's all come together and show the world why our fans are known for their passion and loyalty," he said.

    The Stormers are currently bottom of the South African Conference and ninth in the Overall standings.

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