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Stormers must now replicate good form in foreign conditions



The Stormers gear up for a wet-weather battle as they take on Connacht at the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday afternoon.

South Africa’s in-form team will aim to rack up a full house of points in the match but will have to be prepared for some difficult weather conditions which could help the hosts on the day.

“I’ve been to Galway before in December and it was obviously quite cold and wet so I know a little bit about the conditions we’ll face on Saturday. But it will be a great experience for the boys and we are looking forward to it,” said Stormers assistant coach Norman Laker.

“What they’ve done in Connacht over the past few seasons has been amazing and I respect them for the kind of rugby they play. Despite the bad weather on that side, they are still playing a very nice attacking type of rugby.”

The Stormers are currently on an unbeaten run of four games, all against SA opposition in the past month, and should replicate that form in their one-off game in Ireland before returning to Cape Town for a series of home games.

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They will need to be at their best defensively and also be prepared to attack when necessary, even if the conditions are not conducive to rugby.

“We have to play our best game up front and limit mistakes, especially when the weather isn’t great,” explains Laker.

“We have to be perfect every time we do something on Saturday because they have made teams pay a high price if you don’t know.”

The Stormers also look set to continue using Warrick Gelant at fullback and Damian Willemse at centre-back, having first started together in the win over the Lions in their last game, adding a great attacking dimension to their game.

“Damian has played 12 for the Boxing and we have communicated with Warrick and Damian who will play which matches,” Laker said.

“We had also informed Damian that we would be playing him at age 12 so it wasn’t us messing around with him, he knew where he stood in our plans.

“It’s an extra playmaker and kick option at 12, so it gives the team a boost and it’s something we’d love to continue to do.”

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