According to the Stormers and Springbok Scarra Ntubeni, they know that they will have to be at their very best from this first weekend in the United Rugby Championship.
The Stormers starts the tournaments against the Rainbow Cup winners, Benetton Treviso. Western Province and the Stormers has been way below their best in the local competitions since the restart after COVID lockdown last year.
They struggled with continuity and from a fan perspective their has been never really a blue print in their game plan. It always seemed that they play for mistakes from the other side to attack and that damage their ability to evolve during the South African local competitions.
According to Ntubeni, they have drawn a lot on players in their squad who has played in Europe to hit the road running from the start.
According to the Stormers website the team has settle in nicely and focused from the start on rugby and not sightseeing.
“Everyone has been welcoming, the training ground and gym are right here, so with COVID restrictions it is nice to have everything in one place. It makes things a lot easier time-wise as well because there is less travelling, so you have more time to put the feet up and do more analysis and tweak some of the finer details,” Ntubeni explained.
Ntubeni said that they have done their homework on Benetton who plays a structured game. According to him the Stormers needs to keep to their own DNA and make sure they execute 100% and make no mistakes.
He also believe their is enough experience players in their squad to have calm heads and do not crack under pressure.
This will be the first time that South African teams will play in front of spectators. The Stormers take in Benetton on Saturday and the game will be live on SuperSport at 13:55