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Opposition File: Stormers

  • Opposition File: Stormers

The Tahs take on the Stormers this Sunday morning, in a match that should be much closer than the Super Rugby ladder would indicate. Whilst the Stormers are languishing towards the bottom of the ladder with one win from five games, it should be noted that they just completed a gruelling four weeks of away matches. Like all the South African teams they're much more dangerous at home.

As per usual we take a look at five things that sum up the Stormers this year:

1. Less is more: The Stormers haven't scored more than 20 points this year, the high-scoring tahs need to play their own game and try and force the stormers to attack more.

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2. Disharmony: After some poor results there is talk that Stormers coach Alistair Coetzee is under a lot of pressure to keep his job. It will be interesting to see if he can rally his troops now that they're at home or if he has already lost them.

3. Duane Vermeulen: The strong back rower takes over the captaincy from  Jean de Villiers this week and expect him to make an impact. A staple in the Springboks squad for the last year or so, he could be the driving force to a Stormers victory.

4. Line-out: There aren't too many teams who have a line-out as non-threatening as the Tahs, but the Stormers probably fall under that category. If one team can sort their set piece out, it will go a long way to securing a victory.

5. Home Field: I know it's a cliche, but nearly all the South African teams are 10 points better in attack and defence when they play at home.  Combine this with a team that is desperate for a win and the Tahs will be in for a fight.


What do you think will decide this match up? Let us know in the comments

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