Super Rugby

Stormers wary of Brumbies breakdown trio




Stormers interim head coach Robbie Fleck has identified the breakdown as an area of concern in their upcoming Super Rugby match against the Brumbies at Newlands on Saturday.

Canberra based Super Rugby franchise the Brumbies have made an impressive start to the season, scoring 15 tries in their three consecutive victories against the Hurricanes, Waratahs and Force and head to Cape Town with momentum.

The former Super Rugby champions have a formidable track record over the years and their current team is littered with Wallabies players which should make for an explosive clash at Newlands this weekend.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team will put in specific preparations this week to handle the threats that the Brumbies will pose in the set-pieces, at the breakdown and with their tactical kicking game.

“We have identified one or two things we need to work on this week, both in terms of ourselves and the Brumbies.

“We understand that we are going to be under pressure in terms of our exits, at set-piece and at the breakdown,” he said.

The Brumbies came out on top the last time the two teams met in the 2015 Super Rugby quarterfinal at Newlands, and Fleck said that while they can take some lessons from that game, it is a new team and a new season which is their sole focus.

“It is a new team and they have also got a new side, what happened last year happened, I think we can learn from it in the sense that we know what is coming.

“We have spoken about it for a number of weeks – it is the breakdown with [David] Pocock and [Scott] Fardy, and Stephen Moore, they are going to put us under massive pressure there.

“And then there is set-piece, their contesting line-out was outstanding in the quarterfinal and their kicking game was outstanding,” he added.

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