Fleck backed by board as Stormers seek Liverpool miracle
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.