The Stormers will be looking for a good win when they host the Highlanders at Newlands Rugby Ground on Saturday afternoon, knowing that every result now matters if they are to stand a chance of progressing in the Super Rugby tournament.
The Stormers drew 19-all against the Crusaders this past weekend. And while they would have loved to win the game, captain Siya Kolisi says they can take confidence from that result against the defending champions.
Kolisi admits drawing the game left the players feeling a little empty, but it was important to get something out of the game going forward.
Kolisi scored the Stormers’ only try of the game to give the home team a good start to the match, and says it all came from a move they had been working on the previous week.
Kolisi says that he does not regret choosing to take the penalty to force the draw, and while he had hoped there would be more time after the kick, he did not want his team to walk away from another close game empty-handed.
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck concurs and says his team have been on the wrong side of luck a few times this season, and apart from their opening loss against the Bulls, he feels they have not been outplayed in any game.
Fleck says they are now only looking forward to their last four fixtures, and he feels if they can win all of those games they can still reach the knockout stages.
The Stormers remain bottom of the South African Conference, but only six points separate them from the Bulls, who top the group. – Report by Rob Delport