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The Stormers have broken their winning duck will be hoping to make it two from two on tour when play the Chiefs in a Super 14 match in Wellington on Friday morning, SA time.


The Stormers showed glimpses of what they’re capable of in their first win of the competition against the Reds last weekend.


Conversely, the Chiefs (again) didn’t convince as they were initially outplayed by the Cheetahs, who then lost focus to squander what would have been their first win.


It’s not that the Chiefs don’t have a very, very competent side. They have switched caretaker captain Mils Muliaina from fullback to centre where he will link up with Richard Kahui.


They also boast an excellent scrumhalf in Brendon Leonard, his competent halfback partner Stephen Donald, and the difficult Sitiveni Sivivatu on the wing. Sosene Anesi is back from injury and this time starts at fullback.


With Liam Messam and Tom Willis up front and a player such as Sione Lauaki only on the bench, the Stormers will not have it all their own way.


Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus’ aimed style off running in the old Western Province tradition, is expected by the home side.


“The Stormers are a bit different to other South African teams in that they like to spread the ball and use their speed out wide. But we need to look to our game first before we think about them,” said Muliaina this week.


And it would be prudent for the Stormers if they do not go overboard with their running. They are now good enough to grind it out when necessary, and a little more of this would limit mistakes which were in abundance against the Reds because of their approach.


Luke Watson, who was outstanding in the fetcher’s role in the absence of Schalk Burger, reverts to No 8 to make room for the Springbok, who is back from suspension.


In Friday’s other match the Brumbies, at home to the Hurricanes, came so very close against the Waratahs last weekend. Their opponents, on the other hand, beat the Highlanders 10-6 in Dunedin.


There can be little doubt the Highlanders were the better side on the day where the Hurricanes side started off impressively just to take their foot off the second-half pedal


Friday’s fixtures (SA times):
Chiefs v Stormers, Hamilton, 8.35am;
Brumbies v Hurricanes, Canberra, 10.40am.


Sapa – Super14.com

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