New skills drilled into Stormers

2015-12-04 10:39
Scarra Ntubeni (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The prospect of Eddie Jones transforming the Stormers into one of the most dangerous outfits in Super Rugby is a distant memory. 

But, the good news is that the attacking philosophy remains. 

The Cape franchise is yet to confirm a head coach for the upcoming season, but under the guidance of director of rugby Gert Smal and the now very seasoned coaching figure of Robbie Fleck, the Stormers are hard at work as they look to instill a new philosophy.

"We've taken a slightly different approach to pre-season, I'd say. There is a lot more ball-in-hand stuff and a lot of running as well," scrumhalf Nic Groom told reporters this week.

"As a young side the guys want to throw the ball around a bit. That's the traditional way of Cape Town and Stormers style," said hooker Scarra Ntubeni.  

"(Fleck) Fleckie has really emphasised that this year we're going to throw the ball around and look to play some exciting rugby."

But it is a lot more complicated than simply approaching the game with an attacking mindset. In order to play attractive, enterprising rugby the players - 1 through to 15 - must have the skill set and conditioning that allow for quick, fluid movement with the ball. 

"I know it's going to help me a lot. I have to learn to pass more, left and right," said loose forward Siya Kolisi.

"Every single forward must be able to pass left and right. There is going to be a strong link between backs and forwards. Everyone is backing the new game plan."

The Stormers, and whoever their new coach is, are in Super Rugby action on February 27 when hey host the Bulls at Newlands.

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