Fleck: Stormers will miss playing in Bloem

    2017-07-03 10:20

    Cape Town - Saturday's clash between the Cheetahs and the Stormers at Free State Stadium may be the last time Bloemfontein sees any Super Rugby action for some time. 

    With two South African sides set to be axed from next year's tournament, the Cheetahs and the Kings have emerged as favourites to get the chop. 

    They could still end up playing competitive rugby if they join the Pro 12 league as has been widely reported, but the days of South African Super Rugby derbies in Bloemfontein could well be over. 

    The Stormers emerged as 40-34 victors on Saturday in a match that had two red cards and 10 tries, and coach Robbie Fleck was asked afterwards to comment on the significance of what could potentially be the last Super Rugby game at the venue. 

    "My heart rate certainly won't miss it," he joked.

    "It's tough ... we always know what it's like coming here.

    "We will miss playing here ... we've got a lot of fans up here and it's always exciting. T

    "The cheetahs brought out some of the best in us today and if they are out (of Super Rugby) we wish them well with what happens next year."

    The Stormers have already qualified for the quarter-finals in this year's competition, but Fleck said it was important not to get complacent as the group stages come to a close. 

    "We had a lot to gain from this game. There is a lot we can take away," he said.

    "Work-ons would be our defence and our discipline ... if we want to go further in this competition, we're going to have top sort those out.

    "Our discipline let the Cheetahs back into the game ... but you can't fault the character."

    The Stormers host the Sunwolves at Newlands on Saturday before traveling to Loftus to take on the Bulls on the final weekend of the regular season.

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