Storm­ers have hope at New­lands

The Times (South Africa) - - SPORT - CRAIG RAY TimesLIVE

ON PA­PER the Storm­ers don’t have much of a chance of beat­ing the Chiefs in this week­end’s Su­per Rugby quar­ter­fi­nal at New­lands.

But the home team will draw on re­cent suc­cesses in their build-up to the clash.

In 45 matches‚ New Zealand teams have won 42 of 45 clashes this sea­son for an in­cred­i­ble 93.3% suc­cess rate.

But two of those three de­feats were in­flicted by the Storm­ers — on the Chiefs and Blues. Both at New­lands. So there is hope.

Satur­day’s quar­ter­fi­nal against the Chiefs is a re­peat of last year’s en­counter at the same stage‚ at the same venue.

The Chiefs shocked the Storm­ers with their in­ten­sity and skill‚ win­ning 60-21 to hum­ble the Cape Town side.

But when the sides met in early April‚ the Storm­ers won 34-26‚ com­plet­ing an as­ton­ish­ing turn­around af­ter their 2016 hu­mil­i­a­tion.

“So we will study what we did right and look at the pos­i­tives from the win and use them. But they also ex­ploited us in one or two ar­eas‚ so we have to learn from that,” said coach Rob­bie Fleck. —

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