No rest for Damian de Allende

Both Robbie Fleck and Johan Ackermann have thrown the hele se kaarte on the table.

And we’ll only know in two weeks’ time whose hand is the stronger.

With both Fleck’s Stormers and Ackermann’s Lions having qualified for the Super Rugby quarterfinals already, the two coaches have decided on taking two completely different approaches heading into the final round of competition.

While Ackermann has opted to rest all of his first team stars for their match against the Jaguares, Fleckie will play his Stormers stars in their match against the Kings.

The Stormers boss says they have learnt their lessons from past campaigns where they have rested key players before playoff matches and it turned out to be the wrong decision.

Fleck explains: “The main thing is that we want to select the strongest side possible going into this weekend. For us it’s all about continuing the momentum from the tour.

“From previous campaigns where we’ve won the pool or group prior to the last game, we’ve gone into that game with a plan to rest some players and it hasn’t worked in our favour.

“Hopefully, we’re learning from those lessons in the past where we want to play our strongest side available.”

He adds: “What we’ve learnt is that this week is more crucial than the quarterfinal week in a sense of our preparation.

“If we take our foot off the pedal, we’re not going to do well next week.

“Lessons are that this week is extremely crucial in terms of preparation and attitude.”