Stormers backline could be their weapon



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The Stormers still have an eye on a semifnal berth – but to achieve that, they cannot afford to lose their Super 14 match against the high-riding Western Force in Perth on Friday.

Two wins from six matches don’t tell the heartbreak of last weekend’s last second loss to the Blues, or the other close losses before they went on tour.

However, Rassie Erasmus’ side will have to put that all behind them. They’ve shown that they do have the backs to run, and also the forwards to contain if not always dominate.

Ten tries in six outings does not instill too much hope that they will run the Force ragged, but wwith flyhalf Peter Grant now playing to his potential, and the two wingers Tonderai Chavanga and Sireli Naqelevuki dangerous every time they touch the ball, one can expect Erasmus to instruct his side to get it out wide.

Add their two excellent centres Gcobani Bobo and Jean de Villiers and South Africa’s best fullback over the past few seasons, Conrad Jantjes, and this backline can turn the present try-dearth around.

The Stormers also have an excellent loose trio in Schalk Burger, Luke Watsonand Francois Louw, and theirs will be the task to ensure that the Force and especially Matt Giteau get slow ball. One of the highlights could be the lineout battle.

Nathan Sharpe, playing in his 100th Super match, will not allow Andries Bekker and Ross Skeate the lineout control they had last week.


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