Fleck: ‘Stormers didn’t deserve draw’

Date published: May 15 2016

Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck admitted that his side were way off their best after a last-gasp draw with the Sunwolves in Singapore.

Vincent Koch's late converted try rescued a draw for the Africa 1 Conference leaders with replacement Brandon Thomson's conversion making the final score 17-17.

The Stormers had trailed throughout and were outthought and outplayed by their hosts, who came so close to securing their second ever Super Rugby win.

Fleck was quick to stress that his side hadn't been complacent, despite having beaten the Sunwolves 46-19 earlier in the season in Cape Town, and that instead they just never got going.

“We felt that the prep was good, but on the day, it wasn’t. We weren’t good, from a mental and tactical point of view, and physically, we were flat," Fleck told IOL.

"We are not an arrogant team and not complacent by any means. We are a humble side and the guys work incredibly hard, and that’s it.

“It wasn’t what we are about. We did well to get the two points in the end, but we certainly didn’t deserve it. We are not happy and we just want to put this game to bed and move on."

Fleck added that he wanted more control from his half-backs Louis Schreuder and Jean-Luc du Plessis to put the Stormers in better positions territorially, while adding that Monday's review session would be far from smooth.

“We should’ve played more of a territory battle. We had a dominant set-piece and we neutralised that in effect. The list is pretty long, and it’s a tough game to review," he added.

"What we did in the second half was a little bit better, but still too many errors, which sort of stopped all form of continuity.

“I felt our nine and ten could’ve controlled it a little bit better. We’ve been playing really good rugby, and had a good balance between forwards and backs, but that was certainly missing in this game.

"It was one of those games where we couldn’t connect as a team.”