DHL Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has embraced his team’s tough 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby draw, pointing to their early-tournament home run as a big bonus.
The 2012 table-topping and SA Conference-winning side will start their 2013 season with two tough away matches – in Pretoria and Durban – before embarking on a run of four home matches in the space of six weeks.
Those home games, however, are all against quality opposition, with reigning champions, the Chiefs, playing in Cape Town on March 9, 2013, before the DHL Stormers play host to former Super Rugby winners, the Brumbies and the Crusaders on successive Saturdays, followed by a home game against the Sharks two weeks later.
Said Coetzee: “It’s a great run of home matches and we look forward to having the Faithful getting behind us for four Saturdays in the space of just six weeks.
“We know we have a tough start, in those away games against the Bulls and the Sharks, but in the back of our minds knowing that we have four home matches waiting for us will no doubt serve as additional motivation.”
The Stormers will head to Australasia soon after their home run, with away games against the Hurricanes, the Blues, the Waratahs and Rebels lying in wait, before returning home for another long run at home in May, June and July – the likes of the Reds, the Kings, the Cheetahs and the Bulls all heading to DHL Newlands.
“There’s no such thing as an easy match at Vodacom Super Rugby level,” said Coetzee, “so having those clusters of home matches, especially after a tough run away, will be a welcome relief.”
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The DHL Stormers’ 2013 Super Rugby fixtures:
All kick-off times local (SA time); home games in bold
Friday, February 22: vs Bulls, Pretoria – 19h10
Saturday, March 2: vs Sharks, Durban – 19h10
Saturday, March 9: vs Chiefs, DHL Newlands – 17h05
March 15/16/17 – BYE
Saturday, March 23: vs Brumbies, DHL Newlands – 19h10
Saturday, March 30: vs Crusaders, DHL Newlands – 19h10
Saturday, April 6: vs Cheetahs, Bloemfontein – 17h05
Saturday, April 13: vs Sharks, DHL Newlands – 17h05
April 19/20/21 – BYE
Friday, April 26: vs Hurricanes, Venue TBC – 09h35
Friday, May 3: vs Blues, Venue TBC – 09h35
Saturday, May 11: vs Waratahs, Sydney – 11h40
Friday, May 17: vs Rebels, Melbourne – 11h40
Saturday, May 25: vs Reds, DHL Newlands – 17h05
Saturday, June 1: vs Kings, DHL Newlands – 17h05
Saturday, June 29: vs Cheetahs, DHL Newlands – 19h10
Saturday, July 6: vs Kings, Port Elizabeth – 17h05
Saturday, July 13: vs Bulls, DHL Newlands – 19h10
Super Rugby Qualifiers:
Friday, Saturday, July 19/20
Super Rugby Semifinals:
Friday, Saturday, July 26/27
Super Rugby Finals:
Saturday, August 3