Kiwis not elite



July 19, 2016
Kiwis not elite

CHIEF THREAT: Aaron Cruden

Fleck: We can match Chiefs’ intensity

The Stormers are planning to fight fire with fire when they host the Chiefs in the Super Rugby quarterfinals at Newlands on Saturday (7pm).

A lot has been said about New Zealand sides being stronger than their South African and Australian counterparts in the tournament, but Stormers coach Robbie Fleck is not convinced.

He says: “Obviously there’s this aura around all the New Zealand sides at the moment and they’re playing at an intensity that’s quite impressive…

“But I believe this side of ours can match that intensity – I certainly believe that all South African teams have the skill set to match theirs and we mustn’t believe the hype too much about these teams.

“At the end of the day, like Schalk [Burger] said, they’ve still got two arms and two legs and we’ve got the ability to beat these guys.

“We’ve got huge belief within our squad and if we get the right gameplan and players buy into that and we prep really well during the week, then I think that any South African side can beat a New Zealand side.”

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