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July 5, 2017
Loftus lift us

BACK FROM REST: Skipper Siya Kolisi

Stormers hoping Bulls clash gives boost ahead of playoff

As it stands, the Stormers will host the Chiefs at Newlands in their Super Rugby quarterfinal clash at the end of the month.

Top dogs in Africa Conference 1, the Stormers will qualify for the playoffs in third place, meaning they will play the second-best wildcard entry in the final eight.

The winner of that encounter will face the victor of the quarterfinal between the Lions and the Highlanders, meaning the Stormers possibly don’t have to leave South Africa before the final – if they get that far.

One thing is certain: they will host a quarterfinal match.

And assistant coach Paul Feeney believes Siya Kolisi and his manskappe couldn’t have asked for a better dress rehearsal than playing the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in the final round-robin match of their campaign.

While they are playing the Sunwolves at Newlands on Saturday, it’s the fixture against Warrick Gelant and his brasse that excites the Kiwi.

Feeney explains: “We’re going to get a nice physical game up there… the tougher the game, the better.

“The All Blacks go into a Test match, they play the Lions in Test one and they know they’re going to get a tough game.

“But every time the All Blacks play in the second Test, they are better because of the hit-out they got.

“We want the Bulls to question us and see where we’re at. The bigger the game, the better.”

The Stormers will have to be a lot more disciplined if they want to make a big impact in the playoffs.

Feeney, though, knows they have some more work-ons and says: “I thought we were a bit rusty on attack and defence.

“Some of our exit plays [also didn’t work against the Cheetahs]. Also the little things like running lines for example [we have to improve on].

“Then there’s decision-making at ruck time I’m sure some of those things will improve [against the Sunwolves].”

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