Stormers need to up the tempo

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck says they need to match the intensity of the Chiefs when they play them in Cape Town on Saturday.

Because the Stormers won the Africa 1 conference they get a home quarter-final. The Chiefs on the other hand lost to the Highlanders in their last game of the regular season, meaning the men from Hamilton have to travel all the way to South Africa to pursue their finals hopes instead of playing the Brumbies in Canberra.

Fleck says that all New Zealand sides are good but the fast tempo in which the Chiefs play at, make them particularly dangerous.

“Any New Zealand side is a good side. They were in a position to top the log and get a home quarter-final, and have played some sublime rugby in this campaign. Extremely dangerous side on turnover ball, some quality backs, mobile pack,” Fleck said.

“The distinct difference between them and the rest of the teams is the intensity that they play at. They are able to maintain that for 80 minutes, and that’s why our goal this week was to try and get to that intensity, and we will speak about it again on Monday. It’s going to be a cracker of a game and we are very excited about next week.

“I have complete belief in this team. We have shown throughout the season that we can play some decent rugby, and when we are on song, we are really good and dangerous, and we put some of the better sides in our group under pressure.

“In previous seasons, we have probably been the favourites, and now we are probably the underdogs in this game and we will ride it. We will work hard and just want Cape Town to get behind us and have a full house at Newlands next weekend.”