Fleck positive after solid win

Date published: February 14 2016

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Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck was happy with his side's performance in their 29-14 pre-season victory over the Jaguares at Newlands.

Saturday's win saw the Cape Town franchise go over for four tries through Leolin Zas, Dillyn Leyds, Khanyo Ngcukana and JD Schickerling.

Argentina's new Super Rugby team crossed twice as they fell to the home team, leaving Fleck a pleased boss as they up their preparations.

"We were facing a good team, and the way that we managed it in the first half was pleasing. There are far more positives than work-ons, so I am pleased," he told thestormers.com.

"Our scrummaging performance was good, and our mauls started to work nicely towards the end. Our line-out operated really well, we made a number of changes at the end and it still operated very well.

"I thought our breakdown was excellent, which is something we really have focused on. Our body height in the clean was exceptional.

"Towards the end there was good interplay which is something we have really worked on. As we grew in confidence our game came together. When we did keep ball in hand we were good, and we put them under pressure."

It wasn't all positive from Fleck though, who highlighted some areas that require attention.

"There are a couple of work-ons, which is a good thing, but taking stock of where we are now I am pretty pleased with the performance," he said.

"We need to make better decisions, certainly in our kicking game, I think we pushed it a little bit. There were some good attacking kicks where we put them under pressure but we probably pushed that too much as the game went on."

Fleck continued: "We are nearing full strength in terms of our squad, we will probably look to narrow our squad down to 32 players on Monday.

"We have got a hard week ahead of us before we get into that Bulls week. It has been a tough pre-season thus far, but we will not hold back – we have got a job to do.

"It is massively important that we get off to a good start in this campaign."

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