Stormers Want Their Pack To Dominate Against The Blues

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The DHL Stormers is the only unbeaten team left in Super Rugby, however, head coach Dobson has concerns about the DHL Stormers game which is still not where he wants to see it, even after beating the Jaguares. The DHL Stormers will host the Blues at Newlands on Saturday in a match where the forwards could well determine the result.

The DHL Stormers are expecting a unique challenge from the ‘unpredictable’ Blues. “They’re quite unpredictable. You can work out the shape of teams like the Hurricanes and Jaguares easily, but this [Blues team] is unusual,”

Head coach John Dobson also said against the Blues, he wanted to achieve pack dominance. “Our game is designed to create space for our steppers, for Sergeal [Petersen], for Damian [Willemse]…and that’s where we’re letting ourselves down so far. That’s what we want to put right this week. Not just to rely on our pack and character. But I think we’re getting there,” he said.

“For us, the big threat there is some of those big carrying forwards. The way they pick and go is very effective. They’re physical but they’re sort of quite off-the-cuff as well. So, it is a challenge for us, we haven’t played a team like this.”

Dobson acknowledged the Blues were looking different to how they had played in recent seasons.

“You can see they [have] worked on their set-piece a lot, they’ve got a good scrum, one of the best in New Zealand. And they’ve got a new kicking game. It’s not like in the past where they would kick instinctively and off-the-cuff, you can see they’ve got a real plan now and they want to put you under pressure. They’re also well structured on attack and defence and they want to put their runners into space. They’re a well-coached side,” he said.