Stormers coach Allister Coetzee emphasised this week that this competition was not for the faint-hearted but that they are targeting their remaining two matches as huge opportunities.
“Like I’ve said before, there is no place to hide in Super Rugby and our challenge is to win both our remaining games in Australia, starting with this weekend in Canberra against a very good Brumbies team,” he said.”
“We’ve trained well in Sydney all week and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
But in order to turn their recent tour losses against the Crusaders and the Chiefs around they need to identify the Brumbies’ strengths.
The Canberra side beat the Waratahs 28-23 last weekend.
“They’re a very physical team, using direct runners off No 9 Nic White; so we have to put our bodies on the line,” said Coetzee.
Kicking well and not turning over ball with aimless punts will be key, and here experienced flyhalf Peter Grant (93 caps) and fullback Gio Aplon will be influential.
“They’re also a good kicking team. They use fullback Jesse Mogg’s left foot and White’s big right boot, and then flyhalf Matt Toomua has a massive kicking game too,” said Coetzee.
But with centre Juan de Jongh back on the bench, he and loose forwards Nizaam Carr and Siya Kolisi could play a big role in the Stormers’ game plan.
“The reserves played a big role in bringing us back into the game against the Chiefs last week, and we are going to use them to up the tempo when the opposition are suffering from dead legs.”