Force for change



July 7, 2016
Force for change

Stormers take on the Force in Perth this Saturday (1.55pm).

Stormers’ defence ready for new Aussie gameplan.

The Stormers are confident that their defence is on point as they look to book their place in the Super rugby playoffs.

Only the Sharks have conceded fewer than the 247 points Robbie Fleck’s manne have in the tournament.

But after conceding three tries in last weekend’s 57-31 win over the Rebels, alarm bells will be going off for the fans.

However, forwards coach Russell Winter believes defence coach Paul Treu’s system is working well.

He says: “The Rebels are a good attacking side, so they made us vulnerable once or twice. But in the second half we corrected it.

“We created a lot of turnovers. And because we want to play an exciting brand we are going to leak some tries at stages.

“We have worked hard on our system and it’s good.

“If you look at the stats I think we are either first or second on defence. So this game we opened up a bit.

“We realise we were a bit weak at some aspects and we have worked on that.”

Ahead of the clash against the Force in Perth this Saturday (1.55pm), the Stormers will be paying close attention to the opposition who showed how dangerous they can be on attack in their second-half fightback in their 30-29 loss to the Cheetahs.

Winter says: “We are trying to work out how they play under the new coaching personnel [led by caretaker Dave Wessels].

“I think that the style of rugby they want to play came out in the second half. The new staff will help free up the players and let them express themselves.

“They were more expansive and exciting and more width in their play. So they’ve raised a lot questions.

“We have to stick to what we’ve been doing. We are not gonna change much.

“The Force played well in the second half.

“There has to be zero complacency from our side.

“We have to improve every week.”

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