After a good win against the Highlanders on the weekend that kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive, the Stormers will travel to Johannesburg this weekend to take on the Lions in a key Super Rugby game.

Front ranker Steven Kitschoff, who has been captaining the side when Siya Kolisi is off the field, believes the team is stepping up at this crucial time of the season, and he feels it is good to see the players taking accountability and responding to the call.

Kitschoff says the Stormers are a close-knit bunch, and they have a good core of leaders who keeps everyone in their place.

The 27-year-old Springbok feels the team are now finding their stride, and he is confident they can keep the momentum going against the Lions.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck says they will spend this week doing recovery, after a physical two weeks playing against tough New Zealand sides.

Captain Siya Kolisi is doubtful after leaving the field against the Highlanders, while Fleck says Scarra Ngubeni, Peter-Steph Du Toit and Kobus Van Dyk all took knocks on the weekend. – Report by Rob Delport