Wolves in sheep clothes



May 14, 2016
Wolves in sheep clothes

MATCH FAVOURITE: Wing Kobus van Wyk

Stormers can’t afford to take their hosts lightly

The Stormers are heavy favourites to win their Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves in Singapore today (1.55pm).

But they will remember that it was the Sunwolves who enjoyed the bulk of the territory and possession when the two teams locked horns at Newlands earlier in the campaign.

In that match, the Stormers were forced to make many tackles, with the Japanese side giving their all on attack.

And that’s what they will bring again this weekend. In their own backyard.

In Akihito Yamada, the Sunwolves have one of the best finishers in the tournament.

In fact, Yamada is currently Super Rugby’s joint top try-scorer along with the Chiefs’ Damian McKenzie with seven.

Flyhalf and playmaker Tusi Pisi missed the match against the Stormers last month, and if they’re going to give the hosts the bulk of the possession again, Pisi will be a handful.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck knows they have their work cut out and says: “It is great for us to be here as the first Stormers team to play in Singapore, but we have got a job to do and we are firmly focused on delivering an improved performance.

“The bye [last weekend] was good from a recovery point of view, but this phase of the competition is crucial for us and we have to hit the ground running against the Sunwolves.”

Fleck has made a number of changes to his side for the clash.

In the backline, youngster Khanyo Ngcukana, who turned 21 earlier in the week, unfortunately did not make the cut, with Johnny Kotze being preferred on the wing in place of the suspended Leolin Zas.

The other change is behind the scrum, where Louis Schreuder takes over from Nic Groom.

Up front, JD Schickerling comes back into the starting XV with Rynhardt Elstadt moving from lock to flank where he will join Siya Kolisi and Nizaam Carr in the back row.

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