Stormers fit and ready to start all over again



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The Stormers have come through Round one of the Super 14 without picking up any injuries ahead of their match against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

The Stormers lost the match 16-9 but the Bulls lost their star winger Bryan Habana.

The Stormers however have been boosted by the return to fitness of fullback Conrad Jantjes who is, according to Coach Rassie Erasmus, ready to be considered for the Sharks game.

Captain Jean de Villiers said on the team’s website that the Stormers had a lot of sore bodies. ‘We’ll just have to start all over again for the Sharks game.’ he said.

On the matter of the ELV’s he said, ‘I thought we adapted quite nicely to it, we didn’t make a lot of mistakes. They (the Bulls) struggled a bit with it, for instance kicking the ball out on the full when the rucks were outside their 22.

‘It wasn’t that fast because the rucks were slow and some of the other games were definitely faster.’

‘They scored the try and we lost the game’ that’s how it works, unfortunately,’ he said.

‘We had our chances, but didn’t take them. In this sort of competition you have to use your opportunities and we didn’t. It’s not that we didn’t create the opportunities, we did, but we didn’t capitalise on them.

‘It is disappointing but it’s a start and there is a lot to work with.’

De Villiers rued the opportunities that the Stormers created but couldn’t capitalise on and said said the one point the Stormers earned for a defeat within seven points was scant consolation.

‘A loss is a loss, no matter by many points and yes, we did get one point for losing within 7, but it is not nice losing.

‘Losing at home is not good. For us it’s just about getting back to the training field, have a look at the video, see where we went wrong and get it right for the Sharks.’

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