Kings for a day



July 18, 2016
Kings for a day

Stormers stars celebrate try. Credit: Bertram Malgas

Stormers run riot against PE visitors.

The Stormers sent out a strong warning to the Chiefs ahead of their Super Rugby quarterfinal clash at Newlands next week with an eight-try 52-24 thrashing of the Kings on Saturday.

A Stormers record four tries by Scotland international centre Huw Jones and three from winger Leolin Zas gave Cape fans hope that their team can actually run wild again.

In years gone by, getting over the whitewash has proven to be a bit of a problem for the Capetonians.

Just last year, the Stormers were joint third-last in terms of tries scored but still ended regular season in third place overall.

This year they again finished third overall, but climbed to eighth in terms of tries scored at the end of regular season.

And while this is hardly the stuff of dreams, they have scored an incredible 18 tries in their last three outings, meaning they are peaking at the right time.

It won’t be as easy against the Chiefs, though, but Dave Rennie’s men will know they have their work cut out against their hosts next week.

And judging by the way they played in their 25-15 defeat to the Highlanders , there will be a lot for them to work on this week.

Both the Stormers and the Highlanders pride themselves on a strong defensive game – in fact, they are the two stingiest teams in the competition – having conceded only 28 tries each this season.

They have also scored roughly the same amount of tries this year – with the Highlanders on 50 and the Stormers on 49.

If stats are anything to go by, then Rennie will know his side is in trouble.

Their performance against the Highlanders was fairly similar to that of the Kings against the Stormers.

Like the Kings, the Chiefs were not at their best on defence.

Slipping a total of 28 tackles against their countrymen will be of concern to Damian McKenzie and company.

Then there were the unforced errors made by the Chiefs – 17 in total, compared to the 18 made by the Kings against the Stormers.

But while the Chiefs will have a lot to work on heading into the encounter, they will probably still enter the match as favourites.

And Stormers boss Robbie Fleck will know that if they want anything out of the match, they will have to improve their discipline.

The 12 penalties they conceded against the Kings were too many and they will know that conceding as many against the Chiefs on Saturday will leave them in a spot of bother.

Furthermore, Fleck’s Stormers will know that they can’t enter the match with the same sort of freedom they had in the encounter against the Kings.

They will have to be more disciplined and take fewer risks.

Against the Kings, though, they proved that they can pull off an attacking game at great intensity when it is needed.

And with the New Zealanders admitting that they haven’t watched a lot of the Cape side’s matches this year, their new-found attacking flair will be a nice weapon to have in their back pocket.

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