The Super 14 game against the Reds on Saturday in Brisbane is a must-win one for the Vodacom Stormers.
Coach Rassie Erasmus said as much this week when he discussed his side’s third match. The Cape franchise is rooted at the bottom of the log and is seriously in need of a victory.
“We have three defeats behind us and are getting desperate for a win. That is the only thing that grows confidence,” said the coach.
The Stormers have won the previous two games against the Queenslanders, but the Reds have shown an improvement this season. Therefore Erasmus is taking nothing for granted.
“There is not much to choose between us and the Reds. They have the home ground advantage. It will be a big boost for our players’ confidence if we can come away with a win.”
In order for his team to break their duck, Erasmus said his backline players need to show more penetration on the attack. The Stormers have thus far scored only one try in their three outings.
“We are struggling with our attack. But all we can do is work harder to make it right. We have talented players such as Peter Grant, Jean de Villiers and Gcobani Bobo as our inside backs.
“They are all Springboks, so they know what they have to do to improve.”
Teams for Brisbane:
Reds: 15 Chris Latham, 14 Brando Va’aulu, 13 Peter Hynes, 12 Morgan Turinui, 11 Clinton Schifcofske, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Sam Cordingley, 8 Leroy Houston, 7 David Croft, 6 John Roe (captain), 5 James Horwill, 4 Ed O’Donoghue, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Sean Hardman, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Rodney Blake, 18 Van Humphries, 19 AJ Gilbert, 20 Will Genia, 21 Quade Cooper, 22 Charlie Fetoai.
Vodacom Stormers: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean De Villiers (captain), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Robbie Diack, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Luke Watson, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Gio Aplon, 22 Dylan Des Fountain.
Kick-off: 11:05 (SA time)
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand), Simon Moore (Australia)
Television match official: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
Assessor: Gus Erickson (Australia)