The Stormers know if they are to have a fighting chance of beating the Chiefs at Newlands tomorrow (5.15pm), they have to score tries and bags of it.
Coach Robbie Fleck says the visitors from New Zealand don’t mind giving away three points when you are in their 22 area, hinting that they might use some spoiling tactics in the crunch match between the two unbeaten sides.
Therefore, Fleckie has encouraged his team to go all-out in securing tries when they get a sniff of the Kiwi line.
Entering the match as underdogs, the Stormers know they will have to produce their finest display of the season against the Kiwis, with Fleck saying: “Defensively, they [the Chiefs] are really strong. They’re an aggressive team, they come hard off the line.
“They don’t mind giving away penalties to be honest, it’s part of their plan.
“When we get into their 22, 30 percent of their defensive penalties are in the 22.
“They don’t mind you going for the three points, we have to do better than that. We can’t just accept three points all the time – we have to keep pushing.
“If you want to beat the Chiefs, you have to score more tries than them.
“Their mindset is they’re going to outscore you and they’re going to defend their line with whatever it takes.
“So our mindset is that we’ve got to win it with tries. If that means we’ve got to push the offloads and play like we have in the past, then that’s what we’ve got to do.”
Outplaying the Chiefs at their own game won’t be easy.
With Damian McKenzie, James Lowe (who has been one of the most impressive wings in the tournament to date), Aaron Cruden and Tawera Kerr-Barlow in their backline, they have more than enough firepower to hurt the Stormers like they did in last season’s 60-21 quarterfinal win at Newlands.
And therefore Fleckie will need his form men SP Marais, Cheslin Kolbe, EW Viljoen and Dillyn Leyds to step up to the party.
15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Cobus Wiese, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-capt.), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel