Stormers forced to play new faces v champions Hurricanes

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May 4, 2017
Stormers forced to play new faces v champions Hurricanes

MOTIVATOR: Robbie Fleck

Robbie Fleck has called on his squad to show that they can be competitive in New Zealand in their final tour match.

Things have been terrible for the Newlands side – suffering successive 50-point hidings in their previous two matches.

And things will not get any easier when his injury-hit squad face defending champions the Hurricanes in Wellington tomorrow (9.35am).

The Canes have scored 56 tries and boast threats like Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett and the season’s top tryscorer Vince Aso.

Fleck has been forced to name a first-time lock pairing in Chris van Zyl and Jan de Klerk, with JD Schickerling on the bench for cover after Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit were ruled out with injury.

Also the boss chose not to involve the experienced duo of Juan de Jongh and Rynhardt Elstadt after flying them over to New Zealand this week.

And under-pressure Fleckie says: “We have had to learn some hard lessons on this tour which will be good for us going forward.

“We face the defending champions and the players are determined to make an impression and show that we can be competitive.

We need players who are wear their hearts on their sleeves. We need guys who are gonna stand up and be counted.

“Juan hasn’t played any rugby for 16 weeks and Rynhardt for six weeks. They were brought in for desperate measures if we had another injury.

“So those were factors that played a role. And we wanted them over for their experience to the young squad.”

The former Springbok centre also added that he needed more balance in the backrow trio, with openside Kobus van Dyk getting the nod instead of Sikhumbuzo Notshe to tighten up the breakdown where Ardie Savea will be a massive threat.

Fleck explains Van Dyk, who will also help the new-look lineout, coming in as such: “We have been battling to find the balance in our backrow trio.

“Siya [Kolisi], Nemo {Nizaam Carr] and Notshe have similar games and they are effective when it’s an open game.

“But we need someone who can do the dirty work for us and free up the likes of Siya and others.

“Van Dyk is is a great lineout option and a hardworking player and looking after the breakdown. And he gives us that balance.”

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