Fleck finds this Chiefs loss ‘tougher to swal­low’

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - WYNONA LOUW game at the mo­ment,” he said. “We’ve shown mas­sive im­prove­ment, and there are lots of good signs. This team can only get bet­ter.” There were a few er­rors made by both sides, and the Storm­ers also lost two line-outs early on, but their set-pi

STORM­ERS coach Rob­bie Fleck says their 17-11 Su­per Rugby quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat to the Chiefs at the week­end feels worse than last year’s 60-10 loss to the same op­po­si­tion.

At New­lands on Satur­day, the Storm­ers trailed by one point (1211) un­til the 76th minute, when Shaun Steven­son scored the Chiefs’ only try af­ter a pe­riod of re­lent­less pres­sure by his team.

Through­out the game, both teams showed rock-solid de­fence, and the Storm­ers also smoth­ered the op­po­si­tion with their line speed at times, which was a big im­prove­ment from the de­fen­sive ef­forts they put on show in their three games lead­ing up to the play­offs.

But it’s the fact that they came so close that made this de­feat “tougher to swal­low” for Fleck’s team.

“I think it does feel worse than last year’s loss to the Chiefs. We were just say­ing in the chang­e­room af­ter­wards that last year’s loss was pretty hu­mil­i­at­ing,” Fleck said dur­ing the post-match press con­fer­ence.

“There was a feel­ing that this year is a lot, lot tougher to swal­low, es­pe­cially with how far we’ve come in the last 12 months.”

The Storm­ers have sure made a lot of progress since that quar­ter­fi­nal hor­ror, and while Fleck said he wasn’t sure if “the best team won”, he was pos­i­tive about what his team has shown this sea­son.

“I don’t know if the best team won, but we are cer­tainly a bet­ter out­fit than what we were 12 months ago.

“So it’s a tough loss for us. It’s been a long jour­ney for us. I’m happy with where we are with our

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