Gareth Duncan – MyPlayers.co.za
Cape Town – Lock Eben Etzebeth says the Stormers will need
to be defensively solid when they face the Brumbies at Newlands on Saturday
The Brumbies have been one of the standout performers during
the early part of the 2016 Super Rugby campaign.
The men from Canberra are tied with the Chiefs for most
tries after three rounds (15), averaging five tries a match. They also boast
the best points difference record, scoring 115 and only conceding 39 points,
highlighting their all-round threat.
Etzebeth said the Stormers have noted the Brumbies’
“The statistics say it all. The Brumbies have performed
really well so far. They’re the leading try-scorers in the competition, so they
will be a big threat with ball in hand,” Etzebeth told MyPlayers.
“We will need to ensure we prepare our defensive structures
accordingly. The Brumbies will test us with ball in hand. They will also be a
big threat at the set-pieces.”
The Stormers suffered their first defeat of the competition
against the Sharks last weekend. However, Etzebeth stressed that the Cape side
is focused on achieving its main goal – winning the Super Rugby title.
“If you’re not aiming to win the title, then I think you’re
in the wrong sport. The Stormers are definitely aiming to win Super Rugby. It’s
a collective goal we have as a team.
“The tournament provides a fresh challenge with its new
18-team structure. But we’ll take things one weekend at a time, starting with
the Brumbies on Saturday.”
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan
de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk
Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth,
3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent
Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Jean-Luc
du Plessis, 23 Leolin Zas
15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12
Matt Toomua, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomas
Cubelli, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory
Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Leslie
Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jordan Smiler, 21 Michael Dowsett,
22 Robbie Coleman, 23 Nigel Ah Wong
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