Highlanders crumbled under Stormers pressure




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Highlanders coach Glenn Moore said the Stormers’ pressure on his side’s set-pieces was the primary reason behind his side’s 33-0 defeat in Saturday evening’s Super 14 clash at Newlands.

“Our game, particularly our line-out was under pressure and when you have a side as clinical as the Stormers, you end up playing catch-up rugby,” said Moore.

“You you look at the stats, you’ll see it is always going to hard to break them down. “The pressure they exert at the set-pieces provides them with platforms work with.”

The Highlanders said after the match that the stubborn Stormers’ defence had sapped their energy levels after they failed to make a breakthrough at various stages of the match when they enjoyed a territorial advantage.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said it was pleasing to see that his players were able to bounce back after the defeat last week at the hands of the Brumbies.

“Unlike last week, we showed patience tonight and we were able to take the ball through the phases,” said Coetzee.

“The guys tried their best to go for the bonus point.

“It was good to see the bench (reserves) perform today and this competition will always be testing on a team’s depth of strength.”

Stormers captain Schalk Burger said restricting the opposition to a clean sheet was “pretty special” and the bonus point was really a “bonus”.

“We got our field positions right, and then we created pressure,” said Burger.

“It’s important to first win the match and once that has been achieved you can start thinking of a bonus point.”

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