HE'S BACK: Prop Steven Kitshoff. PHOTO: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The Stormers are slowly but surely regaining confidence in their Super Rugby campaign.

Having kicked off the season with an embarrassing 40-3 defeat to the Bulls at Loftus, coach Robbie Fleck admits that it was a long road to recovery in terms of confidence after that.

With the Jaguares coming to Newlands on Friday, the confidence in the group will be further boosted by the return to fitness of Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff, who missed the first few games because of a hamstring injury.

While he will be monitored on Tuesday, it is almost certain that he will start against the Jaguares, with Ali Vermaak, who wore the No.1 jersey in the first three games, a doubt with a neck injury.

If selected, Kitshoff will have to hit the ground running as the Stormers look to build on the confidence they got from beating the Lions and the Sharks.

Fleck explains: “We’ve been trying to build confidence since that Bulls loss and we’re slowly starting to get there. We took a big knock after that Bulls game. For us it was just about picking up the pieces.

"We had to get it tactically right against the Lions and the Sharks. It was just about getting back on the horse - we didn’t care about how we won, we just needed to win.

“Now there is a bit of a vibe within the group [again], the banter is back and I would like to think that our natural game is coming back.

“When you take a knock like that it takes time.”

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