It will be a game of cat and mouse when the Stormers host the Cheetahs at Newlands tomorrow (3.05pm).
And Stormers coach Robbie Fleck knows he has to be wary of wily rival Franco Smith.
Known for their innovative style of play, the Cheetahs used the experienced Rayno Benjamin as a lineout jumper five metres from the Bulls’ tryline in Round Two of the tournament.
The winger then popped the ball to one of his forwards, while the opposition pack lined up for the maul, allowing the Cheetahs to dot down for the five-pointer.
Fleck expects Smith to have a few more tricks up his sleeve in the tie and says: “The good thing about the Cheetahs is that they always come up with something clever and unusual, so it’s always a challenging game for us.
“We need to be at our best to beat them.”
He adds: “It’s good to see in rugby that people are thinking differently and thinking out the box. We may have one or two things that we may exploit them on…”
Fleck also joked that he might use the same tactics by getting his players to lift Cheslin Kolbe at the set-piece.
Jokes aside though, the match will be a big test for Fleck as a coach.
After being overlooked in favour of Smith as Springbok backline coach, the Stormers boss will know that winning this cat and mouse game will go a long way in strengthening his growing reputation as a coach.