Eye of the Storm



July 9, 2016
Eye of the Storm

SOLID AT THE BACK: Jaco Taute will be crucial again

Stormers set for territorial battle in a rainy Perth.

The Stormers are out to dominate the Force with their territorial game as look to book a home Super Rugby final today (13.45pm).

Coach Robbie Fleck is backing up-and-coming flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis kick his fierce pack of forwards into positions they can overpower the Perth side.

But with rain forecast for the coming days, the former Springbok centre knows Du Plessis will have to improve on his exiting after some less than convincing out of hand kicking against the Rebels last week.

Despite a record 57-31 score on Australian soil, a couple of mistakes from the No.10 allowed the Rebels to tie the game at 31-all.

But Fleck believes that Bok great Morne’s laaitie has the class and ballas to do it in a game the Newlanders are desperate to win.

He says: “On review, we felt that the exits were an issue.

“But no all of them. There were times when we didn’t find touch and it put us under pressure. And simple things like losing the ball at the breakdown.

“But in the second half we were much better and got the territory that we were looking for in that first half.

“So it’s a few individual mistakes that hurt us on the exits, but we pointed to it out to the players.

“It was a focus for us this week. Rain is predicted, so the exits need to be spot on.”

Of Du Plessis he adds: “He is coming along and like I said last week he is a work in progress.

“But the way he played in the second half was exactly what we were looking for in terms of a flyhalf.

“We varied his game very well and with the weather it’s important that he keeps it simple and keeps our forwards moving and dominating the territory.

“But we want him to make solid decisions.

“I felt that Jaco Taute at fullback played his role. He was solid.”

In team changes, prop Ali Vermaak comes in for the injured Oli Kebble in the front row and flanker Sikhumbuzo Notshe comes in for Nizaam Carr at the side of scrum, who was sent home for treatment on his shoulder.

Notshe made a moerse impact in the Rebels as he came off the bench to set up Damian de Allende for a try with a great run and offload.

And Fleckie says: “I think he will go well. I though he had a real good impact when he came off the bench against the Rebels.

“It’s those little touches that put opposition defences under pressure. He is playing with a lot of confidence and keen ot get back back into first XV.

“The form is showing, he is playing really good rugby.”

Utility forward Rynhardt Elstadt is set to make his 50th Super Rugby appearance, should he come off the bench.

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