Stormers News: The Stormers will go into the Super Rugby season with one captain in an attempt to build an identity around a single personality rather than the co-captain system that they used last year. Coach Robbie Fleck wouldn’t reveal the name of his skipper on Monday‚ saying that the rest of the squad had not been informed of the decision yet. It was telling though that the coach was flanked by decorated Bok lock Eben Etzebeth and Bok flank Siya Kolisi. “But chatting to senior players‚ there was a feeling that we need one figurehead and a vice captain and we have a leadership group consists of seven guys. “It was a difficult process to settle on one captain‚ but a good one to go through because there are some good leaders coming through.”
The Stormers take on the Bulls in their Super Rugby opener at Newlands this weekend and there is an air of confidence in the camp after a good pre-season that yielded three wins against the Cheetahs‚ SWD Eagles and Lions. The Stormers have focused on better fitness and skills but within that they have also placed an emphasis on their breakdown work and having more players on their feet at all times during the game. “We have to take the opposition into account even if we want to play smart‚ running rugby. “We have used John Dobson as a specialist breakdown coach‚ and I feel it’s gone well in the pre-season. “But the Kiwi sides are further ahead because they are winning clean ball with more numbers on their feet. “They make better decisions at the breakdown and slow it down more effectively than SA teams.